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John McCririck released from hospital

McCririck released from hospital with wife claiming Channel 4 axe caused illness

Rod Minchin


12:21 GMT, 15 March 2013



14:08 GMT, 15 March 2013

Veteran racing pundit John McCririck will have to watch today's Cheltenham Gold Cup race on television after being released from hospital.

McCririck, 72, known for his distinctive sideburns and deerstalker hat, is convalescing at home after being detained in Cheltenham General Hospital.

He complained of feeling unwell during the first day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

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Unwell: John McCririck, pictured on day one of the festival, has been released from hospital

Unwell: John McCririck, pictured on day one of the festival, has been released from hospital

The former Channel 4 pundit had said earlier this week that he planned on returning to Prestbury Park to watch the highlight of the four-day National Hunt festival.

But after being released from hospital he has returned home to recover.

Mr McCririck's agent Patsy Martin said today: 'John is resting today.

'He is not going racing today and the next race meeting he will be attending will be Doncaster on Saturday week.'

John McCririck.

Horse Racing - Royal Ascot - 4th Day John McCririck English Horse Racing Pundit at Ascot

Larger than life: But McCririck was taken ill, with wife Jenny blaming the stress of his Channel 4 dismissal

In January Channel 4 dropped McCririck from its racing coverage when it unveiled its new presenting team, headed by Clare Balding.

McCririck announced he was to sue the broadcaster for 3million, claiming it axed him from its racing coverage because he was too old.

His wife Jenny told the Daily Mirror she believed the stress from a continuing disagreement with his former employer caused his illness.

Mrs McCririck told the newspaper: 'Look at the stress from Channel 4. He was perfectly OK, he had a check-up two weeks ago, but Channel 4 have done this to him.'

Some of John McCririck's memorable moments from Channel 4 Racing

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Newcastle set to bid 9m for Ajax"s Siem de Jong

EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle plot bold 9m swoop for Ajax playmaker De Jong

: Scores 13 goals as Ajax win the title

2012: Named in provisional Holland squad for Euro 2012 but does not make final 23

2012: Takes over club captaincy as Jan Vertonghen joins Tottenham

2012: Scores three goals in two games to help knock Man City out of the Champions League

Ajax appearances: 196. Goals: 64.

He has two years remaining on his Ajax contract and while wages wont be a problem to Newcastle, sources in Holland say he is eager to run down his deal and move on a free.

Pardew and his team of scouts will have to overcome that and convince him now is the time to move to the Premier League.

Pardew is planning a push for the Champions League places next season and wants to pack his team with more quality. It is understood he is particularly keen to link De Jong with French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Pardew also wants to show Cabaye – missing for much of the season with injury – that Newcastle are prepared to buy big.

Money talks: Pardew hopes to make a statement with the signing of De Jong

Money talks: Pardew hopes to make a statement with the signing of De Jong

With QPR winning the race to sign of French forward Loic Remy from Marseille, the move for the much-wanted De Jong is Pardew’s next move.

De Jong is being pursued by German Bundesliga clubs and his brother, Luuk already plays for Borussia Monchengladbach.

VIDEO Siem de Jong's best moments at Ajax

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as Formula 1 host

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as BBC's Formula 1 host for 2013 season



16:07 GMT, 21 December 2012

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Former MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry will front the BBC’s Formula One coverage next season.

Perry replaces Jake Humphrey who leaves after four years to present BT Vision's inaugural foray into football.

Speaking of her new role, Perry, 42,
said: 'Motorsport is my life and I have really missed being away from
the grid. I am so excited to be joining the BBC.

'Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can't wait to get started.'

Perry’s live debut will come at the
third round of the season in China after the TV schedule for 2013 was
also released on Friday.

Races live on BBC in 2013

China – April 14
Spain – May 12
Canada June 9
Silverstone – June 30
TBA* – July 21
Belgium – August 25
Italy – September 8
Japan – October 13
India – October 27
Brazil – November 24

The BBC will screen ten races live
including the British Grand Prix and season-ending race in Brazil but
will only screen highlights of the blue-riband Monaco Grand Prix.

Sky Sports F1 will screen all 20 races exclusively live in 2013 and have named an un-changed presenting line-up.

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

Romain Grosjean retains Lotus seat despite string of crashes

'First-lap nutcase' Grosjean retains his seat at Lotus despite string of crashes



20:36 GMT, 17 December 2012

Lotus have retained Romain Grosjean for the coming Formula One campaign despite his catalogue of crashes this season.

Grosjean impressed with his speed upon to returning to Formula One but several high profile accidents, the most serious being when he caused a first lap pile-up in Belgium which resulted in a one-race ban, had raised speculation as to whether Lotus would keep him on.

However, fresh from winning the Race of Champions in Bangkok – the year-ending competition also featured Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher – Grosjean was welcomed home by the news he would once again be partnering Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus.

Double delight: Romain Grosjean (left) is celebrating victory in the Race of Champions and keeping his drive at Lotus

Double delight: Romain Grosjean (left) is celebrating Race of Champions glory and keeping his Lotus seat

Pile up: Grosjean was catapulted into the air after causing this crash in Spa

Pile up: Grosjean was catapulted into the air after causing this notorious crash at the first corner in Spa

‘It's fantastic for me to be continuing with Lotus F1 Team for 2013,’ said the 26-year-old. ‘It's superb to have the support of everyone at Enstone. I'm really looking forward to rewarding their faith when we take to the track in Australia.

‘I learnt a lot in my first full season in Formula 1 and my aim is to put these lessons into practice with stronger and more consistent performance on track next year.’

Despite being dubbed a ‘first-lap nutcase’ by Mark Webber for his numerous early collisions caused by ambitious moves off the start line, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier is convinced Grosjean can cut out the mistakes.

He's good... when he keeps the car on the road! Grosjean won the Race of Champions in Thailand on Sunday

He's good… when he keeps the car on the road! Grosjean won the Race of Champions in Thailand on Sunday

‘Romain is a great talent and we are pleased that he is continuing with us for a second season,’ said Boullier.

‘With the continuity of two exceptional drivers like Romain and Kimi we are well placed to build on our strong 2012 with even better results in the year ahead.

‘Both drivers worked very well together in their first year as team-mates, and I think there is the potential of even better things from the season ahead. We were regular visitors to podiums in 2012 and we certainly intend to continue with this trend in 2013.’

Arsenal and Manchester United discover Mario Gotze has Borussia Dortmund release clause

Arsenal and United in race against time to sign Dortmund's 30m Gotze



01:33 GMT, 29 November 2012

Arsenal and Manchester United have been alerted after it was revealed that Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has a release clause of 30million.

The Germany international, 20, has excelled in the Champions League this season.

The clause is set to expire in July and a written offer needs to be submitted to the Bundesliga champions by April.

He'll cost you: Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze is available at 30m

He'll cost you: Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze is available at 30m

Gotze is a long-term Arsenal target who came through the youth system at Dortmund. The German international playmaker is wanted by a host of top clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid.

But Gotze agreed in March a deal to stay with the German champions until 2016. He has helped Dortmund win the Bundesliga title for the last two seasons.

Manchester United"s Nani has hamstring injury

Nani ruled out of United's trip to Villa with hamstring injury as Evans faces fitness race



10:21 GMT, 9 November 2012

Manchester United winger Nani has been ruled out for 10 days with a hamstring injury.

The Portugal star suffered the problem during Wednesday's Champions League encounter with Braga and means he will miss Saturday's trip to Aston Villa.

'Nani is out with a tight hamstring. It will be about 10 days,' said Sir Alex Ferguson.

Out: Nani will be missing for 10 days after suffering an injury against Braga

Out: Nani will be missing for 10 days after suffering an injury against Braga

Central defender Jonny Evans is struggling with a groin injury for this weekend's game against Aston Villa, which could mean a second game in four days for Chris Smalling.

'Jonny is a doubt,' said Ferguson.

'It is not a serious one. We are monitoring it and hopefully he will be OK.'

If recent history is anything to go by, United should not be too inconvenienced given they have recorded 10 wins and six draws in the 16 years since their last Premier League defeat at Villa Park, in 1995.

Race against time: Jonny Evans

Race against time: Jonny Evans

It seems strange to think now the Midlands giants were the side United edged out to win their first title of the Ferguson era in 1993.

The Red Devils have won 11 more, a figure almost matched by Villa's turnover of managers, which, following the summer arrival of Paul Lambert, stands at eight since the exit of Ron Atkinson in 1994.

'It is a daunting task to bring Aston Villa back to where everyone expects them to be,' said Ferguson.

'They have a great history. They won the European Cup in 1981. It is correct to say they have not matched their expectations over the years.

'You wonder whether changing managers has a bigger impact than the actual playing standards of the team.

'They have had quite a few managers and it takes time to change a team's fortunes.'

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel swear in Abu Dhabi on live TV, forcing BBC"s David Coulthard to apologise

Raikkonen and Vettel turn the air blue on live TV, forcing BBC's Coulthard to apologise



22:41 GMT, 4 November 2012

BBC pundit David Coulthard was left red-faced after Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both swore on live television.

When Coulthard asked Raikkonen to describe his emotions after winning the first race of his comeback at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the 2007 world champion said: ‘Not much really. Last time you guys was giving me s*** because I didn’t really smile enough.’

Vettel then caused further embarrassment during the post-race podium presentation saying: ‘It was obviously a chance to f*** it up and we didn’t do that,’ in reference to his third-placed finish after Red Bull’s qualifying blunder which left him stranded at the back of the grid.

Turning the air blue: Both Kimi Raikkonen (second left) and Sebastian Vettel (right) embarrassed David Coulthard (second right)

Naughty boys: Both Kimi Raikkonen (second left) and Sebastian Vettel (right) embarrassed – and drenched – David Coulthard (second right)

Coulthard, a 13-time race winner, then issued an apology for the bad language used.

Raikkonen, who became the first driver to win a race for Lotus since Ayrton Senna’s victory at the 1987 Detroit Grand Prix, has previous in swearing on live television.

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He infamously told Martin Brundle he was ‘having a s***’ after the television pundit asked why he’d missed a presentation by Pele ahead of the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen nor Vettel can blame their poor use of language on the champagne usually dished out on a Formula One podium.

As in neighbouring Bahrain, the top three drivers in Abu Dhabi are given non-alcoholic rose water instead.

Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes ruled out of England"s game with Fiji

Blow for England as Hartley and Lawes ruled out of Fiji Test and face race to be fit for rest of series



18:48 GMT, 30 October 2012

Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have been ruled out of England's opening Autumn international game with Fiji through injury.

And Hartley is in danger of missing the entire series after damaging his knee playing for Northampton at the weekend.

Hartley will definitely miss the opening game against Fiji on November 10, as will his Northampton team-mate Courtney Lawes while Jonathan Joseph remains a significant doubt.

Ruled out: Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes sit out training with England physio Phil Pask and will not play against Fiji

Ruled out: Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes sit out training with England physio Phil Pask and will not play against Fiji

Hartley has not officially been ruled out
of the series but he faces an uphill battle to be available and back to
Test-match pace by the time New Zealand arrive at Twickenham on
December 1.

'Courtney Lawes has got an injury that will probably be one or two weeks and Dylan will be a couple of weeks after that,' Lancaster said.

'They won't be available for the Fiji game. They are reasonable injuries.

'Dylan could potentially be available towards the end of the series but a lot of things have to happen before then.

Plenty to think about: England head coach Stuart Lancaster will be without a number of key players

Plenty to think about: England head coach Stuart Lancaster will be without a number of key players

'We have got to get him some game-time for Northampton before we can pitch him into international rugby, particularly if you look at our last two games against South Africa and New Zealand.'

Hartley's injury – added to those already suffered by Bath hooker Rob Webber and Harlequins' Joe Gray – leaves England choosing between the uncapped Tom Youngs and David Paice for the number two jersey.

Joseph will not return to training until next week after suffering an ankle injury, although England are more confident over the fitness of prop Joe Marler, who has a slight hamstring strain.

Hartley and Lawes will continue treatment with Northampton while nine other squad members have been available for Premiership duty this weekend.

Keeping the armband: Chris Robshaw will captain England

Keeping the armband: Chris Robshaw will captain England

Anthony Allen, Mike Brown, Phil Dowson, Ben Morgan, James Haskell, Jordan Turner-Hall and Ben Youngs were all released by England Tuesday night.

Worcester prop Matt Mullan and Harlequins lock George Robson, who were initially called up as injury cover for Joe Marler and Lawes, will train with England tomorrow before returning to their clubs.

Lancaster insisted those who are in Premiership action this weekend are still in consideration for the Fiji game on November 10.

'Some return for further treatment from their club and others to get some game time to put a marker down for selection for when we meet again on Sunday after the weekend's games,' Lancaster said.

'We will not finalise selection for the Fiji game until after training next Tuesday and so for those going back and playing this is a real opportunity to stake a claim with a really big performance.'

Ashley Cole to shake Rio Ferdinand"s hand

Cole ends feud: Chelsea defender agrees to shake Ferdinand's hand and bury hatchet



22:31 GMT, 25 October 2012

Ashely Cole is ready to end his feud with the Ferdinand family and shake hands with Rio ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

Cole, who was ignored by Anton Ferdinand before the 0-0 draw with QPR at Loftus Road on September 15, had been considering snubbing Rio at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea left back will discuss the issue with manager Roberto Di Matteo before the Barclays Premier League game but it is understood he is ready to move on.

Shake on it: Cole wants to end feud with the Ferdinand brothers

Shake on it: Cole wants to end feud with the Ferdinand brothers

Cole and Rio were close friends before the Chelsea defender agreed to give evidence for team-mate John Terry in his race case involving Anton at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Then Rio was fined 45,000 for his 'choc ice' re-tweet on Twitter, which was judged by an FA disciplinary panel to be an insult to Cole.

Cole has remained silent on the issue but was fined 90,000 after calling the FA a '#BUNCHOFT****' in a tweet when the independent regulatory commission accused him of being an ‘unreliable witness’.

The Ferdinands have also called a truce with Terry — who is banned for the game against United — after a troubled year.

Oh, brother: Anton and Rio have been at the centre of the race storm

Oh, brother: Anton and Rio have been at the centre of the race storm

Oh, brother: Anton and Rio have been at the centre of the race storm

Terry held out his hand in the pre-match ceremony at Loftus Road in September, but Anton ignored him and Cole.

He even made sure a young Rangers mascot couldn’t shake Terry’s hand by shoving the youngster out of the way.

Korean Grand Prix qualifying: Mark Webber on pole, Lewis Hamilton third

Webber grabs pole from team-mate Vettel while Hamilton starts third in Korea



06:44 GMT, 13 October 2012

Mark Webber produced a stunning lap at the end of qualifying to snatch pole position for the Korean Grand Prix from the grasp of Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel had topped the first two sections of qualifying but Webber stepped up when it mattered with a lap of one minute 37.242 seconds to beat the German by less than a tenth of a second and claim the 11th pole of his career.

Lewis Hamilton was third in the leading McLaren while championship leader Fernando Alonso, holding just a four-point lead over Vettel, was fourth for Ferrari, but Jenson Button failed to make Q3 and was 11th.

Top trio: Mark Webber (centre) took pole from Sebastian Vettel (right) and Lewis Hamilton (left)

Top trio: Mark Webber (centre) took pole from Sebastian Vettel (right) and Lewis Hamilton (left)

While Vettel will be frustrated at missing out to his team-mate, his chances of taking over the championship lead from Alonso look good with Red Bull proving to be the car to beat so far this weekend.

Hamilton, 42 points adrift of Alonso, recovered well after a disappointing Friday as he tries to keep his title aspirations alive, but he was very fortunate to avoid a collision with Michael Schumacher in the pitlane during Q3.

The German pulled out of his pitbox into the path of the Briton, whose sharp reactions prevented a coming together.

Alonso was fourth and will hope Ferrari's encouraging race pace in practice will yield a strong race result, although he will have one set of super-soft tyres less than his rivals after being forced to use a set to get through Q1, which he ended 16th, just ahead of Hamilton.

Kimi Raikkonen was fifth in the first of the Lotus cars, with Felipe Massa sixth in the second Ferrari.

Romain Grosjean was seventh with Nico Hulkenberg a fine eighth for Force India ahead of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Schumacher.

But it was a disappointing session for Button. The 2009 world champion was trying to improve during the final seconds of Q2 when the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo stopped in sector three, bringing out the yellow flags.

Button appeared to lift to allow for the caution flags, but others, including Rosberg, improved their times while the yellows were out, dumping the McLaren man out, although the stewards may yet decide to take a look at the incident.

Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi were 12th and 13th for Sauber while Paul Di Resta was another frustrated by the yellows as he ended up 14th.

Pastor Maldonado was 15th ahead of the two Toro Rossos of Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Bruno Senna was again the man to join the Caterhams, Marussias and HRTs in the drop zone in Q1.

The Williams driver could potentially have put Hamilton out as he went for a lap on the super-softs, but a mistake at the penultimate corner ended his chances.

More to follow.