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David Beckham: I will decide my Paris Saint-Germain future in the summer

Beckham: I will decide my Paris Saint-Germain future in the summer

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

21:06 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:07 GMT, 4 April 2013

David Beckham has not ruled out staying for another season at Paris Saint-Germain and has had talks with the club’s owners.

The former England captain made a return to the Champions League on Tuesday, playing the first 70 minutes of PSG’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes.

Now the 37-year-old is being asked if he will extend the short-term deal he signed at Christmas. ‘We’ll see. I’ve spoken to the owners and I’ve spoken to the manager, I know how happy they are with me, and they know how happy I am here,’ Beckham said.

Staying put: David Beckham could be set to extend his stay in Paris

Staying put: David Beckham could be set to extend his stay in Paris

‘But I’m not getting any younger, so I’ll enjoy the rest of the season and then we’ll talk.’

Beckham’s performance in Paris certainly didn’t seem that of a man in any rush to retire and was mostly well received across Europe.

Fellow midfielder Blaise Matuidi is suspended for next week’s return leg in the Nou Camp, giving Beckham a decent chance of featuring on the ground where he won the Champions League with Manchester United in 1999.

‘If I start, then great,’ he added. ‘If I don’t and come on then I’ll try and make an impact. It’s always good at the Nou Camp. It’s even better when you win there. Winning the European Cup wasn’t against Barcelona but that’s my
greatest memory of playing there.

Top level: David Beckham continues to look comfortable against some of the world's very best

Top level: David Beckham continues to look comfortable against some of the world's very best

‘And when we [Real Madrid] beat them there 2-1, the first time Real Madrid had beaten them there for a few years, was special too.’

Despite a role as an impact player and turning 38 next month, Beckham revealed his training regime hasn’t changed much over the years.

‘At my age usually you change things,’ he said. ‘But I’m still training the same as the rest of the players and the team, work as hard as them and don’t want to be treated any differently, even at my age.’

Billy Davies Nottingham Forest manager

Davies back as Nottingham Forest boss to replace McLeish

By
Graeme Yorke

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13:45 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 7 February 2013

Forest return: Davies

Forest return: Davies

Billy Davies has returned to Nottingham Forest for a second spell as manager, becoming their third boss this season.

Davies and his representatives were in negotiations with Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi on Wednesday and the Championship club announced it on Thursday afternoon.

'I'm delighted to welcome Billy back to our club and really look forward to working closely with him,' chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said. 'Billy has unfinished business with the Reds and we know how hungry he is for success. In returning to the City Ground we believe his leadership will help us fulfil our ambition of making it to the Premier League.

'Billy is a Forest legend who needs no introduction to our loyal fans. We know how excited he is to pick up where he left off last time and we will back him 110 per cent – this is a very exciting appointment for us.'

Davies described being back at the club as a 'dream come true' and is looking forward to officially beginning his role on Monday.

'It is a privilege and an honour to be back in charge of the Reds. As my new friend Fawaz says, I have unfinished business here at Forest and I am relishing this great opportunity to return Forest to its former glory.

'My tenure at the City Ground was cut short last time and I can't wait to get my boots back on and training the lads.

'We have a great squad and I know I can get the best from them. Coming home to the Reds is a dream come true.'

The 48-year-old Scot was dismissed by Forest's old regime in June 2011.

After steering the club away from relegation following his appointment in January 2009 and then masterminding successive play-off campaigns during his first spell at the City Ground, Davies is on record as stating that he has 'unfinished business' at the club.

Davies succeeds Alex McLeish and Sean O'Driscoll at the City Ground.

McLeish resigned his post earlier this week just over a month after taking over from O'Driscoll, who was sacked on Boxing Day.

Leonna Mayor – female jockey photshoot

From racing horses to racing hearts! Apprentice Mayor is a Grade One jockey

By
Mike Dawes

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12:02 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 7 January 2013

Leonna Mayor's job is to race horses, but with these pictures the young jockey will have hearts racing across the country.

The stunning 22-year-old is an apprentice at Alastair Lidderdale's stable – and already has 31 wins to her name.

And while her fledgling racing career remains in its infancy, these pictures will send her shooting to the forefront of all race-goers minds.

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Mayor first appeared in MailOnline 18 months ago during a photoshoot alongside a number of other young female jockeys.

She revealed her desire at the time was to become a top jockey in racing circles. And there was also a revelation about her slightly embarrassing modelling past.

She said: 'My main ambition is to be known as a good female jockey and to get to a situation where trainers want to use me rather than my agent having to ask them.'

'Winning my fourth and most important race of the year (in 2011) on Thunderball at Pontefract when the owners could have used a more experienced jockey was a highlight.

She added: 'I did modelling as a youngster and was pictured wearing a hideous pink tracksuit in the Argos catalogue.'

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Staying in shape is a key element of her day-to-day life as a jockey, but has admitted staying trim is a constant battle.

Leonna, 22, told the Daily Star: 'It is weird having to adjust your weight for different races but it becomes second nature.

'It makes dinners out difficult and, after a long day, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking a complicated meal. I eat a lot of soup and treat myself to a takeaway if I get a win!

'If I need to lose a pound or so, I
sweat in a hot bath. One of the lads suggested a couple of glasses of
wine the night before a race to dehydrate.'

Judging by these pictures, her fitness regime is working just fine.

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly sets the pulses racing on and off the track

Rafa Benitez was right, Sir Alex Ferguson is treated as a special case by The FA – Des Kelly

Rafa was right… the sight of Sir Alex ranting at THREE officials on the touchline laid waste to the feeble Respect campaign

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00:47 GMT, 29 December 2012

Every 12 months we make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, drink less, exercise more often and be an all-round better person.

We see some previously chubby ‘celebrity’ selling the tale of how they transformed themselves from a fridge-bothering munter into an amazingly svelte, ‘have it all’ picture of perfection thanks to an amazing diet regime (plus a gastric band and a considerable amount of plastic surgery, although they usually neglect to mention this).

Duly inspired, you decide to drag yourself off the sofa, squeeze into gym gear suddenly stretched to the limit of its molecular structure and do something about it. Yes, it’s time to jog to the home of that D-list celebrity and club them to death with a copy of their bogus diet book.

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Speaking out: Rafa Benitez (left) criticised Sir Alex Ferguson during his 'facts' speech in 2009

Speaking out: Rafa Benitez (left) criticised Sir Alex Ferguson during his 'facts' speech in 2009

BREAKING NEWS:

According to reports, Rafa Benitez is in line to become Chelsea’s permanent manager. BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: At Stamford Bridge, there is no such thing as a ‘permanent manager’.

If you are feeling inadequate or lacking in willpower, console yourself with the idea that at least your resolutions last longer than the average ‘disciplinary crackdown’ in football.

Football is forever threatening to ‘get tough’ on managers and players who set a bad example. It generates a few useful headlines, yet like a New Year’s vow to cut out the sauvignon blanc, it usually lasts less than a week.

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But I have a resolution for the Football Association and the Premier League in 2013. Find some resolve. Show some resolution.

The game becomes a laughing stock when it is too timid to control itself and the sight of Sir Alex Ferguson ranting at not one, not two, but three officials on the touchline laid waste to the feeble ‘Respect’ campaign. And what happened Nothing much.

Elsewhere Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini grumbled the referee at his match might have eaten too much turkey at Christmas and Harry Redknapp advised the assistant to take a trip to Specsavers. They were immediately told to account for their critical remarks.

So there we have it. The FA is prepared to get tough on sarcasm. But angry, spittle-flecking displays of fury and dissent That passes without a word of official condemnation.

Mancini and Redknapp should write back saying: ‘Dear FA, I didn’t do anything that was even half as bad as Ferguson. So get stuffed. Yours sincerely, etc.’

The FA hid behind procedure. They claimed it was impossible to initiate action against

Ferguson because referee Mike Dean had bottled out . . . sorry . . . neglected to mention the incidents in his report.

So what Even if Dean ducked any hassle, the whole unedifying scene was caught on camera. It was obviously aggressive in its intent. It was certainly designed to intimidate officials and it absolutely falls within any definition of the term ‘bringing the game into disrepute’. So do something, FA.

Managers snipe at officials because they believe they can influence them, bully them into submission and they assume they will get away with it, too, with plenty of justification.

But far from engendering Respect, the game’s governing body actively undermines referees by shying away from tackling managers at moments such as this.

Eight months ago, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore announced all the top- flight clubs had decided it was ‘time to raise the bar’ on standards of behaviour in English football.

Ref rant: United manager Sir Alex Ferguson makes his point to Mike Dean

Ref rant: United manager Sir Alex Ferguson makes his point to Mike Dean

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Across at the FA, they have trumpeted so many crackdowns in recent years I’ve lost count. But just 12 weeks ago chairman David Bernstein was banging on about how football would ‘draw on the sporting spirit of the Olympic Games’, offer ‘moral leadership’ and take the ‘high ground’.

Looking at how things are panning out, I don’t think the high ground is going to be at the kind of altitude where we’ll need oxygen.

It’s quite simple. When a knight of the realm, a statesman of football and an occasional lecturer at Harvard starts shouting the odds like a white van driver abusing a traffic warden, the authorities have a duty to deal with him, or anyone else for that matter.

Not so long ago managers were told they would be fined for even daring to mention a referee before a match. Now, contests are engulfed in all-too-familiar squalls of complaint, recrimination and bitterness. Significantly, assaults on referees at the grassroots level are increasing.

So is Ferguson treated as a special case I know a manager who thinks so. Back in January 2009, when he was at Liverpool, the current Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez said this: ‘During the Respect campaign — and this is a fact — Mr Ferguson was charged by the FA for improper conduct after comments made about Martin Atkinson and Keith Hackett. He was not punished. He is the only manager in the league that cannot be punished for these things.

‘We know what happens every time we go to Old Trafford and the United staff are always going man to man with the referees, especially at half-time when they walk close to the referees and they are talking and talking.

‘You can see every single week how they put (referees) under pressure. We had a meeting in Manchester with managers and FA about the Respect campaign — and I was very clear.

And that's a fact: Benitez during his rant about Sir Alex Ferguson while Liverpool manager in 2009

And that's a fact: Benitez during his rant about Sir Alex Ferguson while Liverpool manager in 2009

‘Forget the campaign because Mr Ferguson is killing the referees but he is not punished. How can you talk about the Respect campaign and criticise the referee every single week You can analyse the facts and come to your own decision and ideas.’

Four years on, I think we can. We will also wait and see what happens to Mancini and Redknapp with some interest. In 2013, surely it is time the Respect campaign was shown some respect.

VIDEO: Rafa Benitez's 'Fact' rant from 2009

This item’s a Zlatan…

The Swedish have added the verb ‘to Zlatan’ to their dictionary. They have introduced the new word in honour of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic to describe an act ‘with an outlandishly talented action’. This bout of national adulation set me thinking. Which sporting figures would earn a place in our own English dictionary

A new word for a star: Sweden have introduced a new word into their dictionary in recognition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

A new word for a star: Sweden have introduced a new word into their dictionary in recognition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

‘terry’ (verb): to gatecrash a ceremonial occasion or celebration in matching garb.

‘berged’ (past tense of verb ‘to berg’): sunk without warning on an unlikely trip. Known as ‘iceberged’ or ‘henninged’ in Nordic countries.

‘bartonesque’ (adjective): to speak with a ridiculous comedy accent; to fake it; to assume the role of poseur.

‘wenger’ (verb): to blindly pursue an unseen object or ideal, however futile, eg. ‘I spent hours wengering for my keys in the dark’.

‘fergiefied’ (adjective): when an authority figure cowers or backs down after being confronted by rage, eg. ‘the teacher was fergiefied when the delinquent pupil began to shout in front of the entire class’.

John Terry

Henning Berg

Fit for a word: Both John Terry and Henning Berg could have their names used in the English dictionary

‘suarezing’ (also ‘baleing’ in Welsh): the act of losing one’s balance for no apparent reason; to succumb to Newton’s laws of gravity without any indication of an external force.

‘deliaing’ (noun): haranguing from an older lady who appears to have imbibed excessively, eg. ‘I was minding my own business in the pub when this old girl on the sherry gave me a right deliaing for no reason’.

‘mcleish’ (verb): to take on a challenge despite the lack of popular support, eg. ‘I want to be sheriff of Nottingham, but I’m taking a mcleishing in the polls.’ Also known as ‘clegging’

Will 2013 be the year Shebby reveals his grand plan

The business of prophecy is a hazardous one. As Paul Gascoigne observed: ‘I never make predictions — and I never will.’ But there are some things we can be confident of seeing in the year ahead.

We know that compared to the recent bash, the Sports Personality Of The Year awards in 2013 will be as barren as Oliver Reed’s hotel minibar the night he bumped into Alex Higgins. There are other sure-fire certainties in the 12 months ahead.

January: Blackburn Rovers appoint a new manager — a former boss of a friend’s chicken takeaway. The club’s Global Adviser, Shebby Singh, says: ‘This is part of our plan to return to the Premier League.’

Man with a plan: Shebby Singh is the Global Advisor at Blackburn

Man with a plan: Shebby Singh is the Global Advisor at Blackburn

February: UEFA chief Michel Platini says acts of racism will not be tolerated as he upholds UEFA’s appeal against the punishment imposed on Serbia — by UEFA.

March: Blackburn Rovers sack their manager. The club’s Interplanetary Adviser, Shebby Singh, says: ‘We have a plan.’

April: UEFA chief Michel Platini demands the sacking of Michel Platini as part of UEFA’s crackdown on itself.

May: Blackburn are relegated from the Championship. The club’s Intergalactic Adviser, Shebby Singh, says: ‘It is part of our plan.’

June: Taking his cue from UEFA, FIFA president Sepp Blatter declares he will investigate himself in a new corruption probe, until colleagues point out he has done that many times before.

The only hope: Andy Murray is likely to be the only male British tennis player to progress at Wimbledon

The only hope: Andy Murray is likely to be the only male British tennis player to progress at Wimbledon

July: Every British player crashes out of Wimbledon in the first round — except Andy Murray. Lawn Tennis Association chief Roger Draper hails ‘a great success story for British tennis’ and awards himself a huge pay rise.

August: Australia unveil a new spin bowler as they defeat England in the Ashes series. It subsequently emerges it is Shane Warne, only nobody recognised him because of his scary ‘new look’.

September: Sir Alex Ferguson slams a referee for forgetting to serve him his customary glass of red wine at half-time.

October: Blackburn sack their new boss before hiring him. Pan-Universal club adviser Shebby Singh says: ‘It saves time and money and is part of our plan.’

Outcast: Jose Bosingwa looks unlikely to play for QPR anytime soon after his refusal to be a substitute

Outcast: Jose Bosingwa looks unlikely to play for QPR anytime soon after his refusal to be a substitute

November: Queens Park Rangers go bankrupt. Former player Jose Bosingwa emerges as a potential buyer.

December: Channel 4 racing presenter Clare Balding wins Sports Personality Of The Year in the absence of any other nominations.

The FA accused of showing "total apathy" towards fan safety at time of Hillsborough disaster

Hillsborough latest: FA were more 'interested in lunch' than fan safety in 1980s, claims former Wembley chief

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09:57 GMT, 21 December 2012

The Football Association have been accused of showing ‘total apathy’ towards fans and their safety in the 1980s at the time of Hillsborough disaster.

David Griffiths, who was chief executive of Wembley stadium in the 1970s and 80s, made the accusation and claims there was a 'culture of complacency' in the FA’s safety inspection regime.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, he said: ‘This culture of complacency existed all the way through the 70s and 80s. My belief is that it was prevalent at the time of Hillsborough.

Horror scenes: Fans spill onto the pitch during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

Horror scenes: Fans spill onto the pitch during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

'They would turn up and basically ask ‘what’s for lunch’

The FA have declined to comment on Mr Griffiths’ specific claims, but a spokesman said: 'The FA and English football has changed immeasurably and has learnt many lessons in the last 23 years.

'Through advancements in safety and investment in facilities English football is now a much safer, more welcoming environment for supporters.'

Mr Griffith’s comments comes as the FA prepare to be investigated by a new police probe for its role in the disaster.

Justice: The families of the 96 outside the High Court after the original accidental death verdicts were quashed and an order for fresh inquests

Justice: The families of the 96 outside the High Court after the original accidental death verdicts were quashed and an order for fresh inquests

The Hillsborough Independent Panel report said there was no meeting between FA officials and the police ahead of the 1989 semi-final that claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium.

Instead the arrangements that had been used in 1988 were confirmed for 1989 by telephone.

The panel also revealed that according to Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell that there was no inter-agency pre-match briefing.

'Somebody should have been at that meeting. Had I been the chairman of the FA’s match and ground committee I would have wanted to see the people who managed Hillsborough.'

Robin van Persie reveals the secret of his success at Manchester United

Secret of my success: Van Persie at the top of his game… but he's learning from the kids

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08:29 GMT, 12 December 2012

Manchester United hot shot Robin van Persie has revealed how his career has been reinvigorated by his young strike partners

The 29-year-old has been in sensational form since his 24m summer switch to Old Trafford from Arsenal.

Hots hot: Robin van Persie has already scored 16 goals for United

Hots hot: Robin van Persie has already scored 16 goals for United

Van Persie scored his 16th goal in 23 appearances when he grabbed a dramatic late winner against Manchester City to send United six points clear at the top of the Premier League.

And he credited his success to the likes of Javier Hernandez, 24, and Danny Welbeck, 22 keeping him fresh.

'It goes both ways – I can learn from them as well,' Van Persie told MUTV.

'For example, I love Chicharito's (Hernandez's) enthusiasm, I love how he plays and trains and does his work off the pitch after training.

New regime: Van Persie has upped his game in training

New regime: Van Persie has upped his game in training

'A couple of weeks ago he wasn't playing as much but he was in the gym every day doing extra work, and that sets a big example for everyone.

'Danny, too. He's not playing in his favourite position at the moment but we need him and he's working hard.

'When you have four strikers being so professional, it sets the tone for the others.

'Everyone realises we are all in it together and we all need to do our bit.'

Vote for Sanctuaire as big Nicholls hope for Sandown has the X Factor

Vote for Sanctuaire as big Nicholls hope for Sandown has the X Factor

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20:18 GMT, 7 December 2012

The people at ITV will have you
believe that all this weekend's fireworks are reserved for the X Factor
final but, for National Hunt fans, there are two explosive chasers at
Sandown today for whom that description fits adroitly.

Both Sprinter Sacre and SANCTUAIRE
(Sandown, 3.05) boast the star quality that X Factor finalists can only
dream of, although the progression through the series of favourite James
Arthur does in a way mirror that of Sanctuaire.

tale of the tingle tape

Peter Scudamore's view

The Tingle Creek Chase provides the clash between Sanctuaire and Sprinter Sacre that we’ve been waiting for since the Spring and, with both unbeaten over fences, something has to give. My worry is the ground is going to play a part. Jockey Peter Buchanan, who landed the big race yesterday on Bold Sir Brian, described conditions on Sandown’s chase course as ‘hard-work ground’.

The big two have both had breathing operations in the past. You can never be totally confident how they will react in arduous going.
I’d also be concerned that the ground will negate the immense jumping of Sprinter Sacre. He is a horse with natural spring in his legs. His technique last year was outstanding and some of his leaps spectacular.

His defeat of Cue Card at the Cheltenham Festival was a piece of form to drool over. He has already shown the potential to be not only the most exciting steeplechaser in training but also the best pound for pound across the distance spectrum. Despite my concerns I can’t desert the Nicky Henderson-trained favourite.

A troubled soul at the start of the
series, the talented Arthur has prospered due to a strict regime of
rehearsal and training and much the same can be said of the headstrong
Sanctuaire

It is only in the past 12 months that trainer Paul Nicholls and his team has managed to resolve the physical and mental issues that were stopping his charge from ascending the chasing tree.

The result has been three unblemished chasing victories by an aggregate margin of 74 lengths, two of which were achieved at today's venue.

It is those front-running demolitions that Sanctuaire's supporters will put their faith in as he bids to see off the imposing claims of Sprinter Sacre.

Nicky Henderson's hot favourite is yet to taste defeat over fences.

A six-length defeat of Cue Card in the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival looks all the more creditable given the runner-up's subsequent efforts.

However, Sanctuaire's experience of the tricky Sandown fences could prove decisive in springing a mini surprise.

Brendan Rodgers not expecting Liverpool to spend big in January transfer window

Rodgers rules out January splurge as he admits Liverpool's frivolous past has cost club dear

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06:52 GMT, 26 November 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers does not expect to make any major investment in his squad in January as the club continue to count the cost of previous regimes.

Rodgers watched his side secure a goalless draw on his return to former club Swansea on Sunday, where they lacked the cutting edge to claim the three points despite having several presentable chances.

Jose Enrique had a goal ruled out on a marginal offside decision, which Rodgers disagreed with, while Raheem Sterling struck the bar and Luis Suarez twice tested Gerhard Tremmel in the Swansea goal.

Demands: Brendan Rodgers won't have big money to spend in January

Demands: Brendan Rodgers won't have big money to spend in January

The result leaves Liverpool 11th in the Barclays Premier League, a point and two places below the Swans, but their performance suggested progress is being made in the adaptation to their manager’s passing principles.

The Reds are only five points adrift of Merseyside rivals Everton in fifth, but Rodgers does not expect January to help bring about a huge leap up the table and admits he does not yet consider the current squad to be his own.

He said: 'It will evolve. The guys are working very well, they have been fantastic, but we all know you need to get in your own types of players before you can say it is your own side.

'When I came to Swansea in my first season there were 12 players that were used and six moved on. In the second year seven came in over the course of the season and there were nine who went the other way.

'Until you get that turnover of players you can only look at it then as your team. But we will work with the players we have.

He added: 'I am not so sure it will be in January to be honest. This year the club wanted to balance the books and see where it was at.

Splurge: Kenny Dalglish's doomed regime cost the club a lot financially

Splurge: Kenny Dalglish's doomed regime cost the club a lot financially

'There was a big investment in the club and obviously a lot of players went out in the summer and a few came in.

'We will look to do some business in January to help and support the players here, but that is where we are at as a football club and it is something the owners trust me to grow over time. Eventually we will get there.'

Hannah Miley claims 200m individual medley silver at European Short Course Championship

Brit Miley claims 200m individual medley silver at European Short Course Championship

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00:47 GMT, 23 November 2012

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UPDATED:

00:48 GMT, 23 November 2012

Hannah Miley set a British record as
she claimed silver in the 200m individual medley at the European Short
Course Championships in France.

The Scot, who won silver and bronze at last year's competition in Poland, finished behind Hungary's Katinka Hosszu in two minutes 6.21 seconds, with British team-mate Siobhan-Marie O'Connor in fourth.

Making a splash: Brit Hannah Miley

Making a splash: Brit Hannah Miley

Miley, who reached three finals but
failed to find the podium at London 2012, attributed her new training
regime to the result in France.

'I've changed my training programme and it's showing it works,” she told the BBC.

'Every season we change things slightly and I'm pleased with the effect it's had.'

The 23-year-old was eighth at the end of the butterfly leg, and found herself in fourth on the backstroke before her breaststroke leg saw her first at the turn.

But Hosszu – fourth in the 400m individual medley at London 2012 – beat her on the final freestyle leg to secure gold.

QPR boss Mark Hughes has put steel in Adel Taarabt

Taarabt gets tough after Hughes has put steel into QPR midfielder

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23:11 GMT, 9 November 2012

QPR boss Mark Hughes says Adel Taarabt has toughened up after his easy ride under the previous regime.

The Moroccan has been a bright spot
in a dire season and is ramping up his defensive side, something he was
not asked to do under Neil Warnock.

Focused: Queens Park Rangers' Adel Taarabt (right)

Focused: Queens Park Rangers' Adel Taarabt (right)

He will need all his new-found grit when his side face Stoke looking for their first win of the season.

'I think Adel will tell you he was indulged a little bit too much,' said Hughes.

'He was only a young player, and that certainly went on. But you could understand why – he was a real talent at Championship level and could win games on his own.

On a mission: Manager Mark Hughes

On a mission: Manager Mark Hughes

'But it's a different standard in the Premier League. He couldn't be allowed to do the amount of work he did leading up to games then.

'We don't expect him to be flying into challenges, getting up for headers or covering round defenders, but he knows he must get back into position quickly when we are defending, and he does that now.'