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Jose Bosingwa sickened QPR team-mates Ryan Nelsen and Clint Hill, says Harry Redknapp

You're a disgrace! Bosingwa blasted by his own sickened QPR team-mates



13:35 GMT, 26 December 2012

Jose Bosingwa has been slammed by his QPR team-mates for refusing to sit on the bench during their win over Fulham earlier this month.

The former Chelsea right-back’s strop resulted in a fine of two weeks’ wages (130,000) and he has also left his future with the club in jeopardy.

Manager Harry Redknapp is furious with the 30-year old, and didn’t hesitate to reveal what his disgusted other players thought of Bosingwa’s behaviour.

Disgrace: Jose Bosingwa refused to sit on the bench for QPR

Disgrace: Jose Bosingwa refused to sit on the bench for QPR

‘The good lads would be sick,’ he told the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle.

‘There might be one or two of his pals who might think ‘Well, you know,’ but the Ryan Nelsens and Clint Hills and all the good lads all thought it was a disgrace.

‘That’s the first time it’s ever happened to me as a manager and I’ve managed some pretty temperamental players. I’ve never known anyone to do that.

Good lads: Ryan Nelsen (right) and Clint Hill were among those disgusted, revealed Harry Redknapp

Good lads: Ryan Nelsen (right) and Clint Hill were among those disgusted, revealed Harry Redknapp

‘It was something new to me and not something I like.’

QPR want to offload Bosingwa this January but given the player’s high wage demands – Chelsea declined the opportunity to take up the extra year on offer on his contract in the summer – he may be low on bidders.

Gambler wins 190k after 11 Champions League bet

How's your luck Punter bags 190k after placing 11 bet on four Champions League games



16:24 GMT, 8 November 2012

A lucky punter scooped 190,000 from an 11 bet on four Champions League games played on Wednesday night.

Dan Field placed a Yankee bet on Manchester United to beat Braga 3-1, Benfica to beat Spartak Moscow 2-0, Chelsea to beat Shaktar 3-2 and Valencia to win 4-2 against BATE Borisov.

Winner: Lucky punter Dan Field placed an 11 bet on Wednesday night

Winner: Lucky punter Dan Field placed an 11 bet on Wednesday night

Amazingly, all four bets came in and he won a total of 189,597.50.

Writing on Twitter on Thursday, the lucky punter, who is in his 20s, said: 'Hasn't sunk in yet. 11 bet returning 189,000 doesn't happen too often.'

Head boy: Victor Moses scored Chelsea's winning goal

Head boy: Victor Moses scored Chelsea's winning goal

Sealed with a kiss: Hernandez scored United's third goal on Wednesday night

Sealed with a kiss: Hernandez scored United's third goal on Wednesday night

He then joked with pals on Twitter, telling them: '(I'll) treat my mates to a 5 curry and a pint prob – expecting change from a 20 note.'

Even former Wales international and BBC pundit Robbie Savage congratulated Dan on his win, tweeting: 'Wow mate – unbelievable bet, well done.'

Tiger Woods moves ahead of Rory McIlroy in battle for $10m FedEx Cup booty

Woods drops old pals' act to move ahead of McIlroy in battle for $10m booty



23:50 GMT, 20 September 2012

If this is what Tiger Woods plays like when he is feeling intimidated, heaven help the rest of golf if he ever gets over it.

Greg Norman's bizarre belief that the
American has been somehow cowed by Rory McIlroy's recent success always
did sound fanciful, and certainly here as Woods breezed round East Lake
in a score of 66 to share the first round lead at the Tour Championship
with the Englishman Justin Rose.

McIlroy was more prosaic by comparison,
and was thankful for some exemplary bunker play to salvage a score of
69. As things stand, it is Woods who has moved ahead of the Northern
Irishman in the race for the FedEx Cup booty of $10million but this, of
course, was nothing more than a small jab to the ribs with three rounds
to play rather than a telling blow.

Behind you: Tiger Woods keeps a close eye on Rory McIlroy in Atlanta

Behind you: Tiger Woods keeps a close eye on Rory McIlroy in Atlanta

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McIlroy, for his part, was happy enough. 'Obviously I'd like to have been a couple of shots better but I'm still in a good position,' he commented.

The first three events of this FedEx race were marked by chumminess and almost non-stop banter between Tiger and Rory. On Thursday, there was a noticeable drop in the levels of conversation. Had they run out of things to say More likely, it was simply an awareness they are now in the final knockings of what has appeared for the past month to be their own private race to $10 million.

So it was that Woods had the game-face on he used to wear during all those major victories, while McIlroy's bore the strain we normally see on the final day of an event, not the first.

Just 30 players contest this event and,
in theory, all 30 could win the mammoth bonus. But such are the current
roles Woods and McIlroy occupy it felt like the first 14 pairings were
warm-up bouts.

Feeling it: McIlroy struggled early on in Atlanta

Scrappy: McIlroy struggled early on

Tiger's intent was there from the start. He should have birdied the first hole and did birdie the second and third.

McIlroy, by contrast, began like someone who has just had the biggest
cheque he has ever seen dangled under his nose. A pulled iron shot and a
clunked chip for an untidy bogey at the first was the classic start of a
man feeling a little tight, and another bogey looked on the cards when
he tweaked his tee shot into a bunker at the short second. A perfect
recovery, however, rescued a par.

At the third, with Woods tap-in distance away, McIlroy was looking over a
20ft birdie putt knowing if he missed it he would be three strokes
behind after three holes. But here was another indication of how much
his putting has improved, as he died the ball beautifully into the hole.

It was a fascinating start to another compelling duel, with Woods taking
this one. The great strides forward he has made with his driving were
on show here, and on the purest greens imaginable he made a few putts as

Perfect start: Justin Rose

Perfect start: Justin Rose

McIlroy, by contrast, was a little scrappy, which was hardly surprising
given how hard it is to continue the momentum of successive victories.
It might be of interest to Norman that, of the five rounds McIlroy and
Woods have played together over the past month, Tiger has finished ahead
in four of them.

The feelgood factor established by the Europeans over the past six weeks
continued as Rose chipped in at the 14th and then holed a 50 footer at
the last on his way to his own four under par score.

A lot of things would have to go Rose's way for him to win the $10
million – Rory would have to finish outside the top 16 and Tiger outside
the top five, to name but two unlikely scenarios – but at least he has
made the perfect start.

As for the other home players, Luke Donald shot 71 and Lee Westwood a 72.

Hamburg keen to sign Rafael van der Vaart from Spurs

Hamburg will fight to re-sign Spurs midfielder Van der Vaart



21:43 GMT, 29 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Hamburg insist they will do ‘everything they can’ to sign Rafael van der Vaart from Tottenham before tomorrow night’s transfer deadline.

The German club have already had a 8million bid turned down by Spurs for the 29-year-old but are confident a deal can be concluded.

Van der Vaart has already shown a willingness to return to his former club but the fee remains a problem.

Old pals: Rafael van der Vaart (left) is wanted back at former club Hamburg

Old pals: Rafael van der Vaart (left) is wanted back at former club Hamburg

Spurs want 14m for the Dutch forward
but Hamburg will attempt to find a compromise before the window closes,
offering around 12m.

Hamburg chairman Carl-Edgar Jarchow said: ‘There is not a lot of time — it is really up to Tottenham Hotspur.

‘If we have a chance to sign him, we will do everything we can to make that happen.’

Signing on: Mousa Dembele completed his move to Tottenham on Wednesday

Signing on: Mousa Dembele completed his move to Tottenham on Wednesday

Midfielder Mousa Dembele, whose move
to Spurs was confirmed on Wednesday, said on his Twitter page: ‘Happy to
confirm I signed a new contract with Tottenham FC.

‘I would like to thank all the Fulham fans for their support. You were amazing.’

Manchester City"s Joleon Lescott hopes Everton can keep title race going

Lescott hopes old Everton pals can beat United and keep City in the title race



13:03 GMT, 10 April 2012

Manchester City's Joleon Lescott says he will be sending numerous text messages to his former Everton team-mates and asking for a favour to try and keep title race alive.

Manchester United could win the title against Everton at Old Trafford on April 22, but Lescott hopes they can cause an upset and give City a chance to claw back some points in the Manchester derby a week later.

Not in the script: Joleon Lescott sees Mikel Arteta score and send City eight points behind City

Not in the script: Joleon Lescott sees Mikel Arteta score and send City eight points behind City

United face Wigan at the DW Stadium on Wednesday, followed by Lescott’s boyhood side Aston Villa on Sunday, and then Everton all before the Etihad showdown.

And City defender Lescott told the Manchester Evening News: ‘There’ll definitely be a bit more than text messages going back to Goodison Park, maybe phone calls.

‘It’s out of our hands now but we can dictate how we finish in the league and how close to United we finish. It’s definitely not over.

Help! Lescott hopes in-form Everton can do City a favour

Help! Lescott hopes in-form Everton can do City a favour

‘We’re going to keep fighting until the end, and hopefully some of the teams that are fighting relegation help us out against United.

‘We owe that to the club and especially to the fans.’

Mario Balotelli mayhem at Manchester college

Balotelli is a class act! Mad-cap Mario stuns Manchester college with surprise visit

Mad-cap Mario Balotelli caused mayhem at a Manchester college when he made a surprise visit on Thursday.

Students and teachers were stunned when the Manchester City striker jumped out of his white Bentley in the car park.

Walkabout: Balotelli and college pals

Walkabout: Balotelli and college pals

The Italian then strolled into the canteen and asked pupils if he could use the toilet at around 1.30pm.

After spending a penny, Balotelli then wandered into the staff room at the 1,800-pupil Xaverian College to chat with teachers.

Accompanied by three friends Balotelli then walked around the campus of the
sixth form college for 20 minutes followed by cheering City supporting students before heading off in his Bentley.

Character: Mario Balotelli and his famous T-shirt

Character: Mario Balotelli and his famous T-shirt

Student Edward Gasson, aged 18, was sitting in the canteen with friends when Balotelli walked in.

'Balotelli parked his Bentley outside then came in and was asking where the toilets were, then he went to the teacher’s staff room,' he told the Manchester Evening News.

'After that he was just walking round campus like he owned the place and everyone was following him around.

Mario Balotelli

Colourful: Balotelli has been a hit both on and off the pitch

'I’m a City fan so it was amazing to see him but it was a bit ridiculous for him to come here – you would never expect it to happen.'

Fellow student Josh Keogh, also 18, said: 'When he was walking around all the City fans were cheering him.

'He just seemed proper chilled. It was really weird to see him at our college but pretty amazing.'

A spokesperson for Catholic Xaverian College on Lower Park Road – located just a mile from City’s former Maine Road ground – confirmed the star had visited the college.

'Xaverian was delighted to receive a surprise visit from Mario, who chatted to some of the students at one of Manchester’s most successful colleges.

'We weren’t able to enrol him on any courses, but he is welcome back anytime.'

Blow: Balotelli went off injured in Wednseady's cup tie against Liverpool

Blow: Balotelli went off injured in Wednesday's cup tie against Liverpool

Balotelli played for City in Wednesday night’s Carling Cup semi final at the Etihad Stadium against Liverpool but was substituted shortly before half time after suffering an injury.

Balotelli has been at the centre of numerous
controversies since arriving in England, prompting him to once unveil a T-shirt at the end of a game that read ‘Why Always Me

was disciplined by the club for throwing darts at a youth team player
last season, while he was also pictured trading punches on the training
ground with former team-mate Jerome Boateng. He has paid a total of
300,000 in club fines.

In October 2010 he drove his Mercedes through an open security gate at a women’s prison in Italy after deciding he would take a look around. He was questioned by prison officials for half an hour before he was allowed to leave.

In April, it was reported Balotelli had spent 10,000 in parking fines and had his sports car impounded 27 times

Last October his Cheshire home was set on fire when a firework went off in the bathroom and at Christmas he walked into St John’s Church, Chorlton, for midnight mass and put 200 into the collection tin.

In an interview with an Italian newspaper earlier this week he said: 'I’m not mad, not at all – even if sometimes I do things that are a bit strange.'