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Cycling: Mark Cavendish wins Tour of Qatar

Golden boy Cavendish sprints home to glory with Tour of Qatar triumph

PUBLISHED:

15:31 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:11 GMT, 8 February 2013

Mark Cavendish sealed overall victory at the Tour of Qatar with a fourth win in a row.

The 27-year-old from the Isle of Man triumphed on the sixth and final stage, the 116-kilometre route from Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche to claim the race winner's golden jersey with a second stage race success of his career.

'I'm over the moon,' Cavendish said.

Six of the best: Former team Sky cyclist Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line in stage six of the Tour of Qatar

Six of the best: Former team Sky cyclist Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line in stage six of the Tour of Qatar

Six of the best: Former team Sky cyclist Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line in stage six of the Tour of Qatar

'We come here every year almost guaranteed an overall victory with Tom Boonen but he's recovering from an injury. So it put a little bit of pressure on me and I was a bit nervous.

'But I'm really happy to get the win. The guys worked incredible here. They really looked after me so, so well here and delivered every single day.

'I am so happy and proud I can bring it home again for the team.

Over the moon: Cavendish has enjoyed a new lease of life since joining Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Over the moon: Cavendish has enjoyed a new lease of life since joining Omega Pharma-QuickStep

'We've won the Tour of Qatar six times, and I don't know how many stages, so I am happy to be a part of that.'

It was a fifth win of the season for Cavendish to fully justify his close-season move from Team Sky to Omega Pharma-QuickStep.

The 10-second bonus for the stage win saw Cavendish triumph by 25 seconds from American Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing).

Golden boy: Cavendish lights up the peloton in the golden jersey

Golden boy: Cavendish lights up the peloton in the golden jersey

Golden boy: Cavendish lights up the peloton in the golden jersey

Michel Platini: Match-fixing is football"s greatest threat – not racism

Match-fixing – not racism – is greatest threat to football, says Platini (who still wants World Cup 2022 to be moved to the winter)

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11:23 GMT, 22 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:23 GMT, 22 January 2013

Michel Platini believes match-fixing poses the greatest threat to the future of football as the UEFA president reiterated his desire to switch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter.

While acknowledging the continued spectres of racism and violence, for the Frenchman throwing a game would sound the death knell for the game.

Making a stand: AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng (C) left the playing field during a friendly against Pro Patria amid alleged racist chants earlier this month

Making a stand: AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng (C) left the playing field during a friendly against Pro Patria amid alleged racist chants earlier this month

Concerns: UEFA president Michel Platini

Concerns: UEFA president Michel Platini

Speaking to French radio station RTL, Platini said: 'Racism and violence – it is a little beyond our control because it is not just about football but also affects the public.

'On the other hand we're directly concerned by match-fixing. For me, this is the greatest shame.

'If tomorrow, we'll see a game and we already know the result, football is dead.'

Football is waging an ongoing war against racism with Kevin-Prince Boateng recently making a stand by walking off the field with his AC team-mates against Pro Patria because of racist chanting.

Platini expressed his admiration, saying: 'It's great, I really liked it. It was very good, I also called to congratulate Milan.'

Speaking about his wish to reschedule the timing of the World Cup in 2022, the former France midfielder added: 'When I told the Emir of Qatar that I would vote for them, I told him two things.

'First, I would fight for it to be in winter.

'It's 50 degrees in the summer in Qatar. If we do not change the date, there are countries that will never receive the World Cup.'

Change the date: Platini wants the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be moved to the winter

Change the date: Platini wants the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be moved to the winter

Michel Platini plans for winter World Cup 2022 in Qatar

UEFA chief Platini pushes ahead with plans for winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 25 September 2012

UEFA president Michel Platini is determined to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the winter and force the Barclays Premier League to take a break during November and December to accommodate it.

FIFA's decision to award football's greatest showpiece to the tiny Arab state has attracted derision due to the difficulties it will place on supporters and teams alike if held in the searing heat of the summer months, when the tournament is traditionally staged.

Platini's solution is to break with tradition and stage the tournament during the winter, which will clash with the regular club season across Europe.

Feeling hot, hot, hot: The World Cup 2022 will be held in Arab state Qatar

Feeling hot, hot, hot: The World Cup 2022 will be held in Arab state Qatar

Grand plans: How one of the stadiums will look in the capital Doha in 2022

Grand plans: How one of the stadiums will look in the capital Doha in 2022

But the Frenchman is adamant that forcing clubs in England and across the continent would not be a problem as the leagues could simply finish a month later than usual.

He also suggests that the tournament could not go ahead in January 2022 because of a potential clash with the Winter Olympics.

Platini said in the Standard: 'I hope it (the 2022 World Cup) will be held in winter. We have to go to Qatar when it is good for everybody to participate. What is better for the fans

'Did you see in South Africa It was freezing and nobody could go anywhere to a fan club or anything. You had to stay in the hotel.

'In 10 years we can manage to decide how we can postpone the season for one month.

'January is difficult for the World Cup because you have the Winter Olympic Games.

'If we stop [the European season] from November 2 to December 20, it means, instead of finishing in May, we stop in June.

'It is not a big problem. It is for the good of the World Cup, the most important competition in the world.'

On screen: UEFA president Michel Platini, at a conference for European national team coaches in Warsaw on Monday, wants a break with tradition

On screen: UEFA president Michel Platini, at a conference for European national team coaches in Warsaw on Monday, wants a break with tradition

FIFA's executive committee made the shock decision to hand Qatar the staging rights in a vote in December 2010 that also saw Russia awarded the 2018 tournament, ahead of England and other bidders.

World football's governing body later became embroiled in a far-reaching corruption scandal that saw several high-profile executives removed from office in disgrace.

But Platini defended the outcome of the vote, saying it was the right outcome and that he would vote for the country again if he had the chance.

The former France and Juventus star also played down suggestions there could be a re-run of the election in the wake of the FIFA scandal.

'To revoke World Cup decisions will be difficult. And, if there is another vote, I will vote the same way: for Russia and Qatar,' he said.

'I voted for Qatar because it was time to go to a country in that part of the world. They bid five times.'

Platini also refutes the suggestion that he voted under instructions of the then French president, Nicolas Sarkozy: 'No, no, no. I tell you one thing immediately. One day I was invited to dinner by Sarkozy where there was the Prime Minister of Qatar.

'Mr Sarkozy never asked me during the dinner to vote for Qatar. They invited me to the dinner but they know I will be independent, that I will vote for who I want.'

London 2012 Olympics: Robbie Grabarz wins bronze

Bronze for Grabarz as high jumper adds another medal to Team GB's collection

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UPDATED:

19:55 GMT, 7 August 2012

Robbie Grabarz completed a remarkable rise by taking a share of the Olympic bronze medal in the high jump.

The 24-year-old had first-time clearances up to 2.29 metres before three failures at 2.33m sent him out of the competition.

Canadian Derek Drouin and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim had exactly the same record to share third place with the Briton.

More to follow…

Up and over: Robbie Grabarz had high hopes in the high jump

Up and over: Robbie Grabarz had high hopes in the high jump

Share the joy: Robbie Grabarz and two other athletes took home a bronze medal

Share the joy: Robbie Grabarz and two other athletes took home a bronze medal

Gutted: Robbie Grabarz's hopes of a gold medal were dashed

Gutted: Robbie Grabarz's hopes of a gold medal were dashed

Harry Redknapp could be tempted by move to Middle East

Back me or I'm off: Redknapp tempted by Qatar move if Spurs fail to support him

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06:41 GMT, 1 June 2012

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will hold talks with chairman Daniel Levy in the next 48 hours over his future after suggestions he could be ready to quit White Hart Lane for a job in the Middle East.

Redknapp wants assurances from the Spurs board that they are behind him and ready to back him in the transfer market as the club look to make up for the disappointment on narrowly missing out on the Champions League.

And if not then a Middle East consortium has put together a financial package to try and tempt Redknapp to a job in Qatar, according to The Mirror.

Fun in the sun Harry Redknapp could be tempted by a move away from Tottenham and to Qatar

Fun in the sun Harry Redknapp could be tempted by a move away from Tottenham and to Qatar

The Spurs boss was sounded out by a club in the Middle East last year, and it is believed they have come back in for him as they feel they may now be able to lure him away from Spurs.

The 65-year-old fears there is an element at Tottenham who may want a change of manager, despite finishing fourth last season.

Redknapp stalled on new contract talks in February as he was keen on the England job, only for speculation over his future to coincide with an end-of-season slump that cost them Champions League football after Chelsea won the competition.

Missing out: Redknapp suffered a double blow by missing out on Champions League football and being over looked for the England job in favour of Roy Hodgson

Missing out: Redknapp suffered a double blow by missing out on Champions League football and being over looked for the England job in favour of Roy Hodgson

He only has 12 months left on his current 3million-a-year deal and is anxious to see whether Levy will offer him a new deal.

It is now coming to a crunch and Redknapp fears missing out on the Champions League – despite finishing fourth – will be a factor in discussions.

Redknapp hopes Tottenham's plans and his future will become clearer in the near future.

Masters berth for Paul Lawrie

Failings of others hand 43-year-old Lawrie first Masters berth since 2004

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UPDATED:

19:20 GMT, 25 March 2012

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie has clinched his first appearance in the US Masters since 2004 – without hitting a shot.

The 43-year-old was certain to keep his place in the world's top 50 because of the results of others at the Hassan Trophy in Morocco and Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.

See you there: Paul Lawrie will be at the Masters for the first time since 2004

See you there: Paul Lawrie will be at the Masters for the first time since 2004

Lawrie last season had his first win for nine years, ended 2011 by finishing runner-up in the Dubai World Championship and then last month won the Qatar Masters.

He has not played any major in America since the 2004 US Open and in five appearances at Augusta has a best finish of 15th nine years ago.

Leon Smith wants to know is Andy Murray will play in the Davis Cup

Murray's poser over extra Davis Cup duty: Captain Smith wants to know if World No 4 will play

British captain Leon Smith will seek a swift indication from Andy Murray about his Davis Cup intentions for the next round in April, which could put his side within one match of a return to the elite World Group.

‘I will try to get an idea of how he is thinking because it might affect how other players plan their schedules, although I won’t necessarily expect a firm answer,’ said Smith after Sunday’s shock victory over Slovakia sealed a home tie with Belgium.

Answers: Leon Smith wants to know if Andy Murray will commit to the Davis Cup

Answers: Leon Smith wants to know if Andy Murray will commit to the Davis Cup

Murray had pencilled in September as his next David Cup foray but must now decide whether to sandwich in an extra appearance between the American outdoor and European clay court season.

The tie has already been scheduled for Glasgow at Easter — which would mean Murray flying back from the Miami Masters before turning his attention to the clay.

Good display: Smith celebrates beating the Slovak Republic

Good display: Smith celebrates beating the Slovak Republic

Meanwhile, Anne Keothavong kept up her fine form at the Qatar Total Open by beating world No 47 Tamira Paszek in Doha on Monday.

Anne Keothavong reaches Qatar Total Open

Keothavong too strong for Watson as she reaches Qatar Total Open

Anne Keothavong has qualified for the
main draw of the lucrative Qatar Total Open after a 6-4 6-4 victory
over fellow British player Heather Watson.

Their first professional meeting came
only a week after they had teamed up to help Britain's Fed Cup team
reach the World Group II play-offs and it was Keothavong, nine years
Watson's senior, who dominated.

Big victory: Anne Keothavong goes through to the main draw

Big victory: Anne Keothavong goes through to the main draw

Anne Keothavong has qualified for the main draw of the lucrative Qatar Total Open after a 6-4 6-4 victory over fellow British player Heather Watson.

Their first professional meeting came only a week after they had teamed up to help Britain's Fed Cup team reach the World Group II play-offs and it was Keothavong, nine years Watson's senior, who dominated.

Teenager Watson played catch-up in both sets but, although she broke Keothavong the first time she served for the match, the Londoner made no mistake on her second chance.

Keothavong finished last season in superb form, winning titles in Ismaning and Barnstaple and reaching the semi-finals of the WTA Tour event in Luxembourg, and she appears to have carried that form into 2012.

The 28-year-old, who beat another British teenager, Laura Robson, in the first round of qualifying on Saturday, joins the likes of Australian Open champion and world number one Victoria Azarenka in the main draw.

Anne Keothavong to face Heather Watson Qatar Total Open

Keothavong sets up all-British clash with Watson after seeing off Robson

Anne Keothavong will face British compatriot Heather Watson for the first time on Sunday as they compete for a place in the main draw of the lucrative Qatar Total Open.

For British No 2 Keothavong it will be a second all-British clash in as many days after she dispatched Laura Robson 6-1 6-1 in the first round of qualifying on Saturday, while Watson defeated Poland's Klaudia Jans-Ignacik 6-2 6-1.

The trio were all part of the British team that last week reached the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs by winning all four matches in Israel.

In form: Anne Keothavong has enjoyed a promising start to the year

In form: Anne Keothavong has enjoyed a promising start to the year

Mark Cavendish wins stage five in Qatar

Brilliant Cavendish storms to another stage victory on Tour of Qatar

Mark Cavendish has won stage five of the Tour of Qatar.

The Briton moved to the front with 200m to go, and claimed victory ahead of Daniel Oss and team-mate Peter Sagan.

Victory: Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line first

Victory: Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line first

Cavendish had already won the third stage of the tour on Tuesday.

Boonen retained a 31-second lead over Tyler Farrar going into Friday's final stage.

Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha is third, while Cavendish moved up to seventh.

What a sight: Cavendish just before the start of the fifth stage

What a sight: Cavendish just before the start of the fifth stage