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Mo Farah is asked by US presenter LaTonya Norton if he has run before after New Orleans half marathon – VIDEO

VIDEO: Have you run before, Mo US TV presenter asks Olympic hero Farah if New Orleans half marathon was his debut

Olympic champion over 5,000 metres and 10,000m, asked her to repeat the question and then answered tactfully: ‘It’s not my first time. I have done a half marathon before but it’s my first time in New Orleans.’

Sunday’s race was Farah’s second outing over 13.1 miles following his debut in New York in 2011. The Briton will run half the Virgin London Marathon in April and then attempt his first race over 26.2 miles in the capital next year.

VIDEO: Mo Farah is asked an awkward question by a US presenter

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No 1: Mo Farah wins gold in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games in London

No 1: Mo Farah wins gold in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games in London

No 2: Farah winning his second Olympic gold in the 5,000m

No 2: Farah winning his second Olympic gold in the 5,000m

Mo-Bolt: Farah and Usain Bolt swap celebrations at London's Olympic Stadium

Mo-Bolt: Farah and Usain Bolt swap celebrations at London's Olympic Stadium

Decorated: LaTonya Norton seemed unaware she was talking to a double Olympic gold medallist

Decorated: LaTonya Norton seemed unaware she was talking to a double Olympic gold medallist

Iconic: Farah performs the 'Mobot' on Team GB's open-top bus tour

Iconic: Farah performs the 'Mobot' on Team GB's open-top bus tour

Ricky Hatton in Let"s Dance For Comic Relief

Former world champion Hatton to pull on dancing shoes for Comic Relief

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:01 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:03 GMT, 27 January 2013

Ricky Hatton will swap the boxing ring for the dance floor when he takes part in Let's Dance For Comic Relief.

Fifteen contestants will battle it out in weekly heats before the 2013 champion is crowned in the grand final.

Former world champion Hatton retired for a second time after losing his comeback bout to Vyacheslav Senchenko last November.

Change of scenery: Boxer Ricky Hatton will dance for Comic Relief

Change of scenery: Boxer Ricky Hatton will dance for Comic Relief

He will be joined on the show by impersonator John Culshaw, ventriloquist Nina Conti and stand-up comic Tim Vine.

They will be attempting to emulate the success of television presenter Rowland Rivron, who wowed audiences with his routine to Fatboy Slim's Weapon Of Choice last year.

Host Steve Jones said: 'It's still the most fun I have on TV so I am ecstatic Let's Dance is back with a whole host of famous faces along with famous arms, legs, necks and fingers all attempting to dance for our viewing pleasure.'

Over and out: Hatton was beaten by Vyacheslav Senchenko on his comeback

Over and out: Hatton was beaten by Vyacheslav Senchenko on his comeback

Co-host Alex Jones said she was 'ridiculously excited' about the series, which raises money for the Comic Relief fund to help those in Africa and in the UK.

She added: 'We have some of our best comedians as panellists, and an unbelievable line-up of brave celebrities who are all prepared to don their dancing shoes to raise lots of money for this year's Red Nose Day.'

Judges for this year's Let's Dance, which starts on February 16 and ends on March 9, include Frank Skinner and Jo Brand. Viewers vote for their favourite performer each week, with the judges also choosing a runner-up to compete in the final.

M&C Saatchi complete ground-breaking deal with Merlin talent agency

Magic touch: M&C Saatchi seal Merlin tie-up in bid to rule world of sport and entertainment

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

09:58 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:15 GMT, 24 January 2013

The biggest players in sport will join up with some of the leading lights in showbusiness in a company aimed at ruling the world of entertainment.

M&C Saatchi UK Group, one of the world’s fastest growing global communications companies, has acquired leading talent management agency Merlin Elite.

It combines leading sportsmen, such as Amir Khan, with Merlin’s stable of clients, including Andrew Flintoff, Jamie and Louise Redknapp, pop star Jay Kay, TV personality and fashion model Jodie Kidd and radio presenter Jamie Theakston.

Deal: Amir Khan (right) is represented by M&C Saatchi

Deal: Amir Khan (right) is represented by M&C Saatchi

It is the first time a global advertising agency has bought a talent business and the ground-breaking enterprise sees M&C Saatchi acquire a majority 60 per cent of the talent business, with the new company, M&C Saatchi Merlin, becoming the first new organisation to be part of M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment Group.

To be based at M&C Saatchi’s headquarters in London, M&C Saatchi Merlin will act as a stand-alone business and will look to further grow its portfolio in sport, TV and entertainment, with a number of new names expected to join the line-up.

Represented: Andrew Flintoff

Represented: Andrew Flintoff

Since founding Merlin a decade ago,
chairman Richard Thompson has built an impressive roster of clients
within sport and entertainment and he commented: 'I am extremely excited to be joining the M&C Saatchi family. With the quality of people I have met, to the level of creativity and professionalism, I have no doubt this merger of talents will help create a new breed of Management Company – the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

'Talent management, both for sportspeople and entertainers, has fundamentally remained the same for the past thirty years. M&C Saatchi Merlin will have a creative approach to managing, nurturing and developing a career that will be unique. This acquisition demonstrates why M&C Saatchi have long been regarded as pioneers.'

Steve Martin added: 'This is not about selling Merlin’s talent portfolio back to our existing clients. We are joining forces with Merlin Elite to allow us to develop new revenue streams, build valuable intellectual property and harness some of the best talent in the country. It is a pioneering business model and the combination of creativity with strategic personal management will really freshen up a part of the industry that has been doing the same thing for a long time.'

The board of M&C Saatchi Merlin will consist of Richard Thompson, who will be chairman, Sian Connolly, Merlin Elite MD, Steve Martin, Lisa Thomas and Jamie Hewitt, M&C Saatchi Group FD.

Lisa Thomas, CEO M&C Saatchi (UK) Group, added: 'The combination of these two incredibly successful businesses will form a formidable powerhouse in our growth areas of Sports and Entertainment. M&C Saatchi Group has always done things differently and we are delighted to lead the way with this brutally simple, strategic acquisition.'

Cheltenham"s New Year"s Day fixture abandoned

Balding's parade is rained on as Cheltenham's New Year's Day fixture is abandoned

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UPDATED:

13:29 GMT, 31 December 2012

Host: Balding is part of Channel 4 racing's new-look team

Host: Balding is part of Channel 4 racing's new-look team

Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day fixture at Prestbury Park has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Clare Balding had been due to make her Channel 4 Racing debut from Cheltenham but the abandonment means the former BBC presenter will be broadcasting from a stable in Berkshire.

The only live action will be from Musselburgh and Channel 4 will send Balding and Mick Fitzgerald to visit trainer Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows, Lambourn, home of Gold Cup contenders Bobs Worth and Long Run.

Channel 4 Racing executive producer Carl Hicks said: 'We have arranged for Clare and Mick to visit Seven Barrows.

'Nicky Henderson has so many high-profile horses to run before the Festival, there is plenty to see and talk about.'

Not at the races: Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting was called off on Monday morning

Not at the races: Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting was called off on Monday morning

Wet: Further rain is forecast at the racetrack

Wet: Further rain is forecast at the racetrack

Course officials originally scheduled an inspection for 3pm on Monday but the meeting was abandoned long before that.

Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse told At The Races: 'Sadly we've had to take the decision earlier than we thought to abandon the meeting.

'We've had more rainfall and there's quite a lot more rain forecast between now and 2pm. The course is waterlogged in too many places.'

Leeds coach McDermott hails captain fantastic Sinfield after Super League title success

Leeds coach McDermott hails captain fantastic Sinfield after Super League success

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UPDATED:

22:31 GMT, 6 October 2012

The name of Kevin Sinfield was on everyone's lips as the Leeds captain inspired his side to a sixth Super League title in nine years at Old Trafford.

The 32-year-old produced a man-of-the-match performance in a 26-18 success over Warrington, scoring a try and five goals despite being knocked out cold by the head of Michael Monaghan.

Trophy hunters: Kevin Sinfield and Brian McDermott

Trophy hunters: Kevin Sinfield and Brian McDermott

The injury clearly did not set him back too much, though, as he dusted himself down on his 78th successive appearance to climb the podium and lift another trophy, before returning to a shower of compliments from coaches past and present.

'To borrow a line from (Leeds president) Harry Jepson, he's not the best six Leeds have had and he's not the best 13 they've had, but he's by a long way the best captain they've had,' said Leeds' now dual title-winning boss Brian McDermott.

Touching on the Rhinos' 48-24 final-round loss to 12-man Huddersfield, which appeared to rule them out of retaining a title they also won from fifth a year ago, McDermott added: 'You don't find out the quality of people until times are tough. It's easy when you have the momentum and back-to-back wins.

The greatest: Sinfield celebrates his sixth success

The greatest: Sinfield celebrates his sixth success

'But when you're getting murdered at Huddersfield in your final game before the play-offs, and your captain knocks on your door to give you some advice… He holds it together in tough times.'

Those inside rugby league have long since acknowledged Sinfield's brilliance, but those from other fields are now starting to notice.

Wayne Rooney took to Twitter to call his performance 'a joke', such was its quality, while television presenter Clare Balding admitted to being 'choked up' by him.

Warrington coach Tony Smith is all too aware of Sinfield. The Australian coached Leeds to the first two of their six titles, with the Oldham-born player in the armband for both of them.

'He's a terrific player and one of the best club players I have seen over here,' said Smith, whose side failed to do the double having beaten Leeds to the Challenge Cup in August.

'He contributes in a massive way, not just in his performances on the field but off it. He's a steady thinker and steady hand, he does everything right and he is a real inspiration. I'm proud to have been associated with him and to have coached him.'

The man himself preferred to direct attention away from himself, short of admitting he was knocked out but was 'fine'.

It was his normally unheralded try-scoring which got Leeds going, though, getting them back on terms with an opportunist effort.

Kevin Sinfield of Leeds Rhinos lifts the trophy

Kevin Sinfield of Leeds Rhinos lifts the trophy

His goalkicking remained as steadfast as ever – he has landed 21 from as many attempts during a play-off series that has seen back-to-back wins over Wakefield (eighth place), Catalan (fourth), Wigan (first) and Warrington (second).

'It gets better to win these,' Sinfield added.

'The first one was special, but for us to come from fifth again, it's an incredible night. The last month has been awesome. The year has been tough, we talked about not being happy to be fifth, but we showed quality and desire.

'The will to win isn't just the players and the coaches, it's the whole club. Myself and Mac spoke after the Huddersfield game when they had a man sent off and put nearly 50 points on us. That was the turning point.'

After last year's win over St Helens, Sinfield and McDermott turned on the press who had written them off as a team which was over the hill.

They were more restrained tonight, with the former humbly admitting that he feels his side's final league placing suggests they are still not the finished article.

'The table doesn't lie, we were fifth and there are some great squads out there,' he said, having won 27 of the 33 votes cast for the Harry Sunderland trophy.

'Squad-wise we could be better, our team is very, very good but we need to take a leaf out of Warrington's book and the way they rotate players.'

Having been considered as many people's favourites for the title ever since the opening game back in February, Warrington found the last hurdle the hardest to climb.

They scored three tries through Richie Myler, Joel Monaghan and Ryan Atkins, but were ultimately undone by the brilliance of Sinfield.

'It was a tough game, a hard game and one that got away from us,' Smith added.

'We can be pleased with our efforts, the game ebbed and flowed, we needed to take a hold of it and up the ante. We needed to improve our kicking game and it looked like we were trying not to lose rather than to win.'

Chris Coleman and Charlotte Jackson watch Swansea v Everton together

Kneesy does it: Coleman on Swansea scouting mission… with Sky presenter Charlotte Jackson

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UPDATED:

09:51 GMT, 23 September 2012

Wales manager Chris Coleman watched his former side Swansea at the Liberty Stadium – in the close company of Sky Sport presenter Charlotte Jackson.

Coleman was busy keeping an eye on a number of Welsh internationals, including Swansea skipper Ashley Williams, but he could be forgiven for being distracted by pretty blonde Jackson.

Faces in the crowd: Wales manager Chris Coleman watches Everton's game at Swansea with Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson

Faces in the crowd: Wales manager Chris Coleman watches Everton's game at Swansea with Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson

The pair were pictured with their hands on each other’s knee at one stage.

Jackson, 33, earlier tweeted that she was going to the game, she said: ‘On way to watch Swansea V Everton. My @SkyBet charity bet [email protected] is wins for Brighton & Birmingham.’

Breaking the news: Charlotte Jackson has worked for Sky Sports News since 2009

Breaking the news: Charlotte Jackson has worked for Sky Sports News since 2009

Coleman, 42, has been manager of Wales since the end of last year when he replaced Gary Speed following his suicide in November. He has yet to lead his country to victory in his four games in charge.

Charles Sale: Jake Humphrey given Vision of a new job with BT

Humphrey given Vision of a new job with BT

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 12 September 2012

BBC sports presenter Jake Humphrey is in talks to become the host of BT Vision's live Premier League match coverage that starts next season.

BT, whose building of a sports channel around Premier League content includes Wednesday's 152million deal for Premiership rugby, want a big-name anchor for their football coverage.

Humphrey, best known for his presenting of Formula One on the BBC, has been negotiating with the corporation over his contract for exclusive work which expires at the end of the year.

Ready for a new job Jake Humphrey (right) could join BT for their Premier League coverage

Ready for a new job Jake Humphrey (right) could join BT for their Premier League coverage

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But it's known the 33-year-old, who changed his representative agents this year, wants to work on other sports and earn a lot more money.

His 250,000 salary lags far behind BBC colleague Gary Lineker's 2m-a-year wages.

Humphrey also displayed his frustration at his low profile at Euro 2012 as part of the BBC team by suddenly leaving to present the Valencia Grand Prix he had been scheduled to miss.

And fronting BT Vision's 38 games a season, which cost 738m over three years and includes the prime package of first-pick games, would give Humphrey the football prominence he wants.

Bernstein backed by Gill

David Bernstein's chances of extending his FA chairmanship past his 70th birthday in May, which would require a change of statutes, have been boosted by the backing of Manchester United chief executive David Gill.

The support has helped persuade the rest of the FA board to allow the proposal to be taken to the shareholders for approval.

But there will be resistance from those on the FA council who believe the age-limit rules should not be changed to suit one person.

Certainly Bernstein will have helped his cause by putting forward Gill last month as the FA's candidate for a place on the UEFA executive committee, as successor to Geoff Thompson.

Refurb for the FA

There will need to be plenty of refurbishing done at the FA's St George's Park National Football Centre ahead of the official opening on October 9, with parent company Nike taking over discarded subsidiary Umbro's sponsorship of the venue.

More than 100 Umbro shirts are on display in the reception of the sports facility while two pitches have been named after Umbro boots – Aztec and Speciali.

But at least the main gates do not need rebranding as the ordered 'tailored by Umbro' signs were never mounted; the FA were aware for months it was only a matter of time before Nike came in.

Back in the game: Ricky Hatton will fight on November 24

Back in the game: Ricky Hatton will fight on November 24

Hatton back on Primetime…

Ricky Hatton's boxing comeback three years after being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao is understood to be screened by pay-per-view operators Primetime.

They are controlled by media tycoon Richard Desmond, whose Channel 5 TV station would heavily cross-promote Hatton's return.

The 33-year-old fighter would have a share of the PPV income from a fight in Manchester against a journeyman opponent.

Sky Sports pulled the plug last year on their contract for Hatton-promoted shows, much to his upset.

BOA to begin cutbacks

THE first casualty of the cash-strapped British Olympic Association in the post-Games bloodletting is expected to be commercial director Hugh Chambers, who has not brought in the revenue needed.

Meanwhile, Albert Woods, the British Canoe Union president and GB Hockey's Richard Leman are considering standing against Lord Coe for the BOA chairmanship.

Boris Johnson (right) is taking over as the chairman of the London Legacy Development Company

Boris Johnson (right) is taking over as the chairman of the London Legacy Development Company

Chairman Boris

Boris Johnson taking over as chairman of the London Legacy Development Company from hand-picked ally Daniel Moylan, who had just three months in charge, follows tensions in the hopelessly run LLDC.

Boris and the board had lost confidence in the combative Moylan, whose leadership style caused friction after he allegedly made changes without the necessary board approval.

They included Andrew Altman's ousting as chief executive and the appointment of interim replacement Dennis Hone.

Complaints were made to the FA's protocol committee that the Ukrainian party were not wearing ties at their Wembley reception before the World Cup qualifier. The blazer protester was told guests could dress as they saw fit.

Sid Waddell funeral: Voice of Darts remembered

The 'Voice of Darts' remembered: Stars turn out for Sid Waddell's funeral service

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UPDATED:

15:46 GMT, 22 August 2012

Sports stars including Andrew Flintoff and Eric Bristow gathered for the funeral of the 'voice of darts', Sid Waddell.

Flintoff and Bristow arrived together at the service in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, on Wednesday.

They were followed into the Parish Church by Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling and the chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation, Barry Hearn.

Paying respects: Eric Bristow (left) and Andrew Flintoff

Paying respects: Eric Bristow (left) and Andrew Flintoff

Football commentator John Helm said as
he arrived: 'If we'd had an Olympic games for commentators he would
have won the gold medal so many times.

'He was top of the tree.

'We are here to pay tribute to a colossus of his trade.

'Every time I was with Sid he always made me laugh.

'He was a man with so much eloquence he could stop the world with his commentaries.'

Keith Deller

Jeff Stelling

Friends: Keith Deller and Jeff Stelling and Barry Hearn (below, right)

Order of service

Barry Hearn

Waddell died earlier this month at the age of 72, following a battle against bowel cancer.

He was one of the most recognisable
figures in the sport, famed for his unique one-liners delivered in his
trademark North East accent.

Northumberland-born and a Cambridge graduate, Waddell was a central part of Sky Sports' coverage of PDC darts events since 1994.

He was known for his colourful and
excitable commentary style, with his best-known lines including 'There's
only one word for it – 'magic darts'.'

He also noted, while watching Bristow
become world champion: 'When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried
salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer … Bristow's
only 27.'

The church was packed for the
hour-long service which featured tributes from Hearn, Sky Sports
commentator Dave Lanning and Waddell's son Dan.

There was no coffin brought in as Waddell was cremated at a private service earlier today.

Family: Dan Waddell, left, Sid's son leaves Pusdey Parish Church with Sid's wife Irene

Family: Dan Waddell, left, Sid's son leaves Pusdey Parish Church with Sid's wife Irene

In his eulogy, Hearn talked about the commentator's 'frenetic, Geordie frenzy' style.

He said: 'We wouldn't be where we are
today without his service to the sport. Painting those pictures, those
Picassos, Sid took a pub game and made it a global phenomenon.'

Hearn told the congregation how a new trophy named after Waddell would be presented at the PDC World Championships.

In his tribute, Dan Waddell said: 'To
me he was more like a mate. We could speak about sport. We could speak
about books. We could speak about anything.

'I'll miss those chats. I'll miss my mate.'

Outside there were more tributes to Waddell.

Flintoff described the fun he had joining his friend in the TV commentary box.

He said: 'At home we'd spend hours
watching him entertaining us on TV as well. He was a great man and it
was a fitting tribute today when the theme of the service was all about
his character and how much fun he was. He was just great to be around.

'There's not too many people who can make people smile instantly and spread happiness almost. He'll be sadly missed.'

Voice of darts: The legendary commentator will be remembered

Voice of darts: The legendary commentator will be remembered

Speaking outside, Hearn said: 'He was a very smart guy, a very bright man, but he never lost his love for working-class people.

'He hated snobbery of any type, and darts, to him, was a proper game, a proper sport.

'Who else can call Cliff Lazarenko and Jocky Wilson athletes

'He believed it with a passion and it was his passion that came through.'

He added: 'He was a total one-off and
in the world of sport the word 'legend' is often over-used, but in Sid
Waddell it's an understatement.'

Insight: Waddell offered superb knowledge of darts and spoke with humour

Insight: Waddell offered superb knowledge of darts and spoke with humour

Toon: Geordie Waddell was a Newcastle fan

Waddell conducting an interview

Keith Deller, who won the World
Championship in 1983, said Waddell projected darts worldwide as a sport
in the 1980s when many commentators wrote it off as a game for fat beer
drinkers.

'He was a very intelligent man,' Deller said.

'I think he was a lot more intelligent than the people who were writing against us. He really did give us a lot of credibility.

'He had so much enthusiasm for every game.'

Darts veteran Cliff Lazarenko said: 'I don't think, unfortunately, there'll be anyone else to replace Sid.

'He was, once and for all, one of the greatest commentators for our sport.

'And he was a good friend of the darts players. If he didn't have something kind to say, he didn't say it.

'Sid was Sid and it was always a pleasure to be in his company.'

Broad palate: As well as commentating, Waddell also wrote books

Broad palate: As well as commentating, Waddell also wrote books

F1 Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have stars in spin at launch of London Grand Prix

Button and Hamilton have stars in spin at launch of 35m London Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 28 June 2012

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone made sure his ambitious plan for a London Grand Prix made a flying start with a star-studded launch.

British F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were joined by Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, TV presenter Melanie Sykes, Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams, radio presenter Sarah Jane Crawford and comedian Al Murray.

Cheers, Lewis: TV presenter Melanie Sykes clearly enjoyed her experience

Cheers, Lewis: TV presenter Melanie Sykes clearly enjoyed her experience

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and TV presenter Melanie Sykes

Girls just wanna have fun: Olympian Amy Williams, radio presenter Sarah Jane Crawford and TV presenter Melanie Sykes at the launch

Girls just wanna have fun: Olympian Amy Williams, radio presenter Sarah Jane Crawford and TV presenter Melanie Sykes at the launch

The star-studded audience at the the Royal Automobile Club were taken on a tour of some of London's most famous
landmarks – including Big Ben – in a vision masterminded by Spanish banking group Santander,
who are sponsors of McLaren and the British Grand Prix.

If given the green light, the London Grand Prix could eclipse Moncao as the world's richest street race with a minimum of 100million estimated to be made across three days of action.

Focused: Lewis Hamilton and Rio Ferdinand

Focused: Lewis Hamilton and Rio Ferdinand

On track: Sarah Jane Crawford has a go

On track: Sarah Jane Crawford has a go

Box seat: Button (left) and Hamilton race a simulator

Box seat: Button (left) and Hamilton race a simulator

Speaking in London, Hamilton said: 'A grand prix here would be the best thing in the world, the biggest event, sensational.

'They (track designers) never approach drivers to have any input into the design of circuits. But I would be very, very open to help in any way if they are planning to do it, to give advice on curves and corners and parts we should be going through. It would be insane.'

London calling: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button with a map of the proposed track

London calling: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button with a map of the proposed track

Peta Todd attends special event

Sarah-Jane Crawford

Famous faces: Peta Todd (left), Sarah Jane Crawford (right) and Phillip Schofield and Stephanie Lowe (below)

Phillip Schofield and Stephanie Lowe

Appreciating the prospects of a race around the streets of the capital, Hamilton said: “How many people in London How many would turn up to this grand prix if you had it in the summer

'The turnout would be phenomenal. It would be millions.'

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Simon Lazenby Sky presenter in trouble – Charles Sale

F1's Lazenby gears up for a rollocking after plane shame

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UPDATED:

22:33 GMT, 25 June 2012

Formula One presenter Simon Lazenby has some explaining to do to his Sky Sports bosses for his alleged conduct on the easyJet flight back to London from the European Grand Prix in Valencia.

A BBC grand prix producer working on the Corporation’s rival coverage of the race posted a tweet claiming an un-named TV presenter had been a ‘loud drunk’ during the journey.

And other F1 personnel on board the budget airline flight last Sunday night identified Lazenby as the target of the attack, describing his behaviour as ‘obnoxious’.

Rollicking: Simon Lazenby (right) is in hot water

Rollicking: Simon Lazenby (right) is in hot water

The BBC’s Richard Carr had tweeted: ‘Tedious delayed easyJet flight. Enlivened by loud drunk TV presenter. Fortunately not a BBC TV presenter though. I give you two guesses.’

However, Sky sources insisted there had been no complaints from easyJet and the accident-prone Lazenby had been unfairly singled out for criticism when he was travelling with a group containing BBC personnel.

It is only a month since Lazenby was severely reprimanded by his Sky bosses for making a tasteless joke on air before the start of the Monaco Grand Prix about the car crash that killed Princess Grace nearly 30 years ago. Hapless Lazenby told viewers: ‘Some twisty and dangerous roads above us here in Monaco. Princess Grace knows all about them.’

Incident: He disrupted the flight home from the European Grand Prix

Incident: He disrupted the flight home from the European Grand Prix

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California-based rock group Evaline, whose song 'There There' provides the soundtrack to the UEFA Respect campaign ad Swap Your Jersey, were told it would feature at least three times a day in every TV territory as part of the broadcast rights conditions.

However, the ad was not shown in the UK, which was described as ‘scandalous’ by Evaline’s management. A UEFA spokesman said there wasn’t an obligation in place in every deal done.

Talking of swapping, it wasn’t the most fitting of pairings after wholly contrasting performances that England’s great disappointment Wayne Rooney asked to exchange shirts with Italy’s playmaker genius Andrea Pirlo as they went down the tunnel at half-time.

No Terry trouble

The same FA high command led by chairman David Bernstein, who stripped John Terry of the England captaincy, were on Sunday praising his ‘outstanding, first-class’ attitude on and off the pitch during Euro 2012.

He proved one of England’s best players, while keeping as low a profile as possible.

Top class: John Terry excelled for England

Top class: John Terry excelled for England

Terry will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on July 9 to face a racially aggravated public order charge armed with a character reference from his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. He denies making racist comments to Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

The future is ready

With England’s technical deficiencies exposed so brutally by the Italians in Kiev in front of a 23.2million peak audience, at least there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The FA receive the keys to their St George’s Park National Football Centre, seen as one of the long-term answers to the problem, from builders Bowmer and Kirkland next week.

Touch of class: Roy Hodgson (right) was magnanimous in defeat

Touch of class: Roy Hodgson (right) was magnanimous in defeat

Hodgson’s classy exit

Roy Hodgson, who has come out of his first tournament as England manager in credit despite yet another quarter-final penalty exit, took defeat a lot better than his former Liverpool bosses warned he would. A magnanimous Hodgson walked down the length of the plane taking the England party home from Euro 2012 before take-off thanking everyone individually for their efforts.

Stadium woes for Rogers

Panorama reporter Chris Rogers, who was responsible for the Stadiums of Hate documentary about racist problems at matches in Ukraine and Poland, has had his own issues in a major sports venue.

Rogers was arrested on his last job for ITN’s London Tonight programme after attempting to breach Olympic Park security posing as a Lithuanian builder on a false passport. The giveaway was the brand new set of tools he was carrying. An ITN spokesman said Rogers, who was released without charge, was carrying out a 'legitimate investigation'.