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Kazakhstan corner on waterlogged football pitch – VIDEO

VIDEO: Floody hell! No wonder this player gets that sinking feeling when he doesn't get past the first man from a corner…

By
Jill Reilly

PUBLISHED:

13:06 GMT, 7 March 2013

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UPDATED:

15:50 GMT, 7 March 2013

Disgruntled footballers have been known to blame the state of the pitch for a bad result.

But if these players in the Kazakhstani league were to put in a complaint it would probably be justified – after all taking a corner kick on a submerged football pitch is tricky work.

In a comical video posted on YouTube a footballer is seen being instructed by the referee to take the corner in what resembles the middle of a lake.

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Water joke: The taker could be forgiven for not beating the first man with this corner

Water joke: The taker could be forgiven for not beating the first man with this corner

When he tries to throw it
to an area where the ball isn't at risk of floating away, he is ordered by the referee to replace it in the corner.

His team-mate comes over and the pair then improvise to try to get the ball in the box.

The corner taker, wearing No 10, kicks the ball up in the air and it is then caught by No 22 and kicked on to the pitch.

Comical clip: In a video posted on YouTube a footballer is seen being instructed by the referee to take the kick at the corner of the pitch

Comical clip: In a video posted on YouTube a footballer is seen being instructed by the referee to take the kick at the corner of the pitch

Easier kick: The footballer tries to throw it to an area where the ball isn't at risk of floating away

Easier kick: The footballer tries to throw it to an area where the ball isn't at risk of floating away

Handiwork: The player wearing a number 10 shirt, then engages in some impressive moves - he kicks the ball up in the air and it is then caught by his tea mate and kicked on to the pitch

Handiwork: The player wearing a number 10 shirt, then engages in some impressive moves – he kicks the ball up in the air and it is then caught by his team mate and kicked on to the pitch

But the water reprieve does not last long – the ball is then kicked straight back into the water.

In the background a clean-up crew can be seen pumping water out of the water-logged pitch.

Some users who watched the video commented the game should have been called off as the referee was not unable to see the pitch markings.

Flooded. THE most ridiculous corner kick EVER

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Oscar Pistorius accused of having testosterone and needles at his home as court hears of "non-stop shouting" before gunshots fired

Pistorius accused of having testosterone and needles at his home as court hears of 'non-stop shouting' before gunshots fired
'Non-stop' shouting heard from Pistorius' home before shooting
Court hears Reeva was shot on right side of head, in right hip and right elbowPistorius is a flight risk and shouldn't be granted bail, says detectiveUnlicensed ammunition was found at the propertyPolice say testosterone, needles found in Pistorius' bedroomPistorius has said he had been a
victim of crime and received death threats

PUBLISHED:

06:38 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:14 GMT, 20 February 2013

'Non-stop shouting' was heard coming from Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius' home before his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead, his bail hearing was told today.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the prosecution team has a witness who heard the shouting between 2am and 3am.

Steenkamp, aged 29, was shot three times in her arm, hip and head.

Two containers of testosterone and needles were also found in the bedroom of Pistorius.

The details were revealed as the second day of the 26-year-old athlete's bail hearing began at Pretoria Magistrates' Court.

Back in court: Oscar Pistorius on second day of bail hearing

Back in court: Oscar Pistorius on second day of bail hearing

VIDEO Pistorius arrives at court two hours early for second day of bail hearing

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In an affidavit, Paralympic star
Pistorius has denied murdering the model Steenkamp, 29, at his
home in the early hours of Thursday.

He has said the couple were in love
and he fired through his closed bathroom door, hitting the victim,
thinking a burglar or burglars were inside.

Steenkamp was hit three times and today the court heard the bullets hit her arm, hip and head.

Pistorius has said he shot her with a 9mm pistol.

Investigating officer Hilton Botha said he wanted the Olympian charged additionally with a weapons violation after unlicenced .38 calibre ammunition was found at the property on the exclusive Silver Lakes Golf Estate.

Pistorius arrived at the court
building in a police car with a blue blanket covering his head as
prosecutors prepared to detail why they are charging him with
premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Under cover: A TV crew film Pistorius arriving at court with a blanket over his head

Under cover: A TV crew film Pistorius arriving at court with a blanket over his head

Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock

Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock

Today's proceedings were delayed as more than 100 journalists squeezed into court to report the hearing.

There were chaotic scenes as one
reporter fainted, an overflow room was set up to provide more space and
courtroom screens had technical problems.

Mr Botha said he arrived at Pistorius's house at 4.15am when the victim was already dead.
She was wearing white shorts, a black top and was covered in towels, the court was told.

Mr Botha said he believed Pistorius,
who won two gold medals and a silver at London's 2012 Paralympic Games,
was a flight risk and he was opposing bail.

He also told court Pistorius has offshore accounts and a property in Italy.

The court heard that two mobile phones were seized at the property and neither had been used to call the police or paramedics.

Pistorius has said he had been a
victim of crime and received death threats, but today the court heard
there were no records of this.

Police told the presiding magistrate that testosterone and needles were found in Pistorius's bedroom.

The athlete – who was sobbing this morning in court – made notes with a silver pen as the case progressed.

It was claimed the track star was
involved in another shooting at a restaurant in Johannesburg in January
and asked the gun owner to take responsibility for the incident.

Mr Botha also told the court of an
incident at Kyalami racetrack where Pistorius allegedly threatened to
“f*** up” a man during a row over a girl.

Anxious wait: Oscar Pistorius' sister Aimee, brother Carl and father Henke in the courtroom on Wednesday

Anxious wait: Oscar Pistorius' sister Aimee, brother Carl and father Henke in the courtroom on Wednesday

Inside Oscar's Bathroom - a graphic illustrating a suggested representation of the events that lead to Reeva Steenkamp's death

Prosecutors want to show why he should be denied bail. Pistorius denies the charge, and said it was an accidental shooting.

The double-amputee Olympian, his
brother, father and uncle were inside the court room as proceedings for
the bail hearing began. The room was packed for a second day.

The 26-year-old Pistorius sat in the
back of the car, which was in a convoy of three police vehicles that
entered the Pretoria Magistrate's Court through a side entrance ahead of
the second day of his bail hearing.

A detective has testified that Pistorius is a flight risk and shouldn't be granted bail.

Mr
Botha also said in the star athlete's bail hearing Wednesday that
Pistorius illegally possessed .38-caliber ammunition in a safe in his
bedroom.

Pistorius is
charged with premeditated murder for the Valentine's Day shooting death
of Steenkamp with a 9 mm pistol. The policeman testified that Pistorius
did not have a license for a .38-caliber weapon and consequently
possession of that ammunition was illegal.

Pistorius
argued in a court affidavit Tuesday that the shooting was accidental
and he thought the model was an intruder in his home.

The detective says all Pistorius would say after the shooting was 'he thought it was a burglar'.

Pistorius' attorney read out an emotional statement on Tuesday in which the
athlete denied murder.

In the statement, which Pistorius was too upset to read out himself, the
athlete said the couple were 'deeply in love', adding: 'I am absolutely
mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva.'

In his statement, the 26-year-old claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a
burglar after hearing a noise in his bathroom.
Believing Steenkamp to be still in bed, he grabbed his 9mm pistol and
shouted a warning before firing shots at the toilet door.

Pistorius added: 'When I reached the bed, I realised that Reeva was not
in bed. That is when it dawned on me that it could have been Reeva who
was in the toilet.

'I returned to the bathroom calling her name. I tried to open the toilet
door but it was locked. I rushed back to the bedroom and opened the
sliding door exiting on to the balcony and screamed for help.'

According to Pistorius he then smashed his way into the toilet using a
cricket bat, finding her 'slumped over but alive'. He then phoned for an
ambulance and carried her downstairs, but she died in his arms.

Magistrate Desmond Nair ruled that the case was a schedule six offence –
meaning premeditated murder – for the purpose of the bail hearing in
Pretoria.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court the victim arrived at the house
between 5pm and 6pm on Wednesday, and went to the bathroom after an
argument between the pair.
He said that at 3am Pistorius got up from his bed, walked to the
bathroom door and fired four shots through the closed door, hitting her
three times.

Nel said: 'She couldn't go anywhere. You can run nowhere.'
He told the court Pistorius later told a friend he thought she was a
burglar. Nel added: 'It was all part of the pre-planning. Why would a
burglar lock himself inside the bathroom'

The bail hearing came as Steenkamp's funeral was held in her home town of Port Elizabeth.
Steenkamp was cremated at a memorial service attended by family and
friends who had travelled from around the world. Six pallbearers carried
her coffin, draped with a white cloth and covered in white flowers.

Earlier, French fashion house Thierry Mugler became the latest high-profile sponsor to distance itself from Pistorius.

The company has announced the immediate and complete withdrawal of all
products featuring Pistorius, including its 'A*men Pure Shot' fragrance
featuring Pistorius, which was launched as a special edition to mark
last year's London Paralympics.

In addition, Thierry Mugler has removed all point-of-sale advertising
featuring Pistorius, and deleted all references to the athlete from its
website.
Two other major sponsors, Oakley and Nike, also distanced themselves
from the athlete this week. Oakley has suspended its contract with
Pistorius while Nike said it has no plans to use him in future
campaigns.

Lee Mears retires because of heart condition

Former England and Lions hooker Mears forced to retire because of heart condition

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:36 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 11 February 2013

Former England hooker Lee Mears has been forced to retire with immediate effect due to a heart condition.

An abnormality known to occur in some athletes was discovered during a cardiac screening completed by the 33-year-old Bath front row, who announced his international retirement last year.

'There is a significant potential risk of developing further complications if Lee continues to perform the prolonged strenuous exercises required to be an elite rugby player,' read a statement issued by Bath.

A great shame: Lee Mears has been forced to retire because of a heart condition

A great shame: Lee Mears has been forced to retire because of a heart condition

'He has therefore been advised by a specialist to retire from professional rugby.'

More to follow.

Over the line: Mears scores a try for the British and Irish Lions

Over the line: Mears scores a try for the British and Irish Lions

Reading v Arsenal: Theo Walcott to start

Wenger to take a risk on contract rebel Walcott for Reading clash

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 16 December 2012

Arsene Wenger is set to recall Theo Walcott for Monday night's clash at Reading.

The England forward has been passed fit after missing Arsenal's last three games with a calf injury.

Risk: Walcott could start against Reading on Monday night

Risk: Walcott could start against Reading on Monday night

It's a gamble for the Arsenal manager, who knows that if Walcott aggravates his injury it will jeopardise the club's plans if they decide to sell the 23-year-old next month.

Walcott has just six months to run on his contract and is refusing to sign the 75,000-a-week deal on offer.

William Gallas fears Champions League blow for Tottenham

Gallas fears Spurs will miss out on Champions League after late Everton defeat

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 10 December 2012

William Gallas believes Tottenham must learn to close out matches or it will cost them a shot at the Champions League.

If Premier League matches ended at 80 minutes this season Spurs would be top of the table, but once again Spurs let a lead slip this time against Everton.

Tottenham conceded two goals in injury time that turned a 1-0 victory into a cruel 2-1 defeat and David Moyes’s side replaced them in the crucial fourth spot.

Late show: Nikica Jelavic stunned Spurs to clinch a last-gasp win for Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday

Late show: Nikica Jelavic stunned Spurs to clinch a last-gasp win for Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday

Yellow peril: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris stands dejected after his side lose the game in the dying moments

Yellow peril: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris stands dejected after his side lose the game in the dying moments

The Spurs defender told the Evening Standard: 'Football is a bit funny — I’ve seen the good quality at Tottenham but for some reason, we lose the funny games at home or away and I can’t explain it.

‘We have to pass one more step to be on the [same level as the] top three and I don’t know when it is going to happen. I hope it will this season but it is a shame because when we get very near, something always happens and we draw or lose.

‘In our squad, we have some players that have experience now so I don’t think it is about a lack of maturity. For example, yesterday we did almost everything right but they scored that goal which killed us. It is difficult to explain but sometimes you need luck.

‘When I was at Chelsea, we had that luck to win some games even if we were not playing good. But Tottenham is different. I hope it will change this season or next.

Words of warning: William Gallas has called for improvement at Spurs or risk losing out on a top four place

Words of warning: William Gallas has called for improvement at Spurs or risk losing out on a top four place

‘We gave everything yesterday and had no luck. If you go back, [Gylfi] Sigurdsson hit the crossbar and it would then have been 2-0 but it didn’t happen. They scored late and it is very difficult to accept. When we came here, our target was to take the three points and at the beginning of the game, we played well.

'Maybe in the last 10 minutes in the first half, Everton pushed a lot but we went back to the dressing room with a 0-0. In the second half we played better and we scored.

‘What we have to know is that the game is never finished until the referee blows his whistle. Yesterday showed that we have to be much more focused at the end of the game.’

O"Neill faces "tough fight" to save Sunderland with crucial Reading match up next

O'Neill faces 'tough fight' to save Sunderland with crucial Reading match up next

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UPDATED:

21:19 GMT, 8 December 2012

Sunderland face a make or break
confrontation with fellow strugglers Reading on Tuesday that could
define their season … and Martin O'Neill's future.

But, as his team dropped into the
bottom three for the first time since he took over at Stadium Of Light
12 months ago, almost to the day, the 60-year-old manager insisted:
'We'll fight our way out of it. I think we've got enough talent and more
important I think we've got enough self-belief.

'We've dropped into the bottom three. It's a tough fight on, a really tough fight.'

Nail-biting: Martin O'Neill knows his Sunderland side will have to fight to stay up

Nail-biting: Martin O'Neill knows his Sunderland side will have to fight to stay up

Harking back to last season's struggles, he recalled: 'We got some fantastic results and it seemed by mid- February that we had calmly taken ourselves out relegation problems, but I never saw it like that; I thought every game was a fight.

'It is exactly this now; every game is a fight for us. And when we have a foothold in games, we need to try and make it count. I think that's the major point.'

Sunderland have won only two of their past 23 games.

Against Chelsea they never recovered from conceding goals either side of half-time to trail 3-0; the goal which made it 2-0 a penalty conceded by a needless Seb Larsson challenge on Ramires.

'It's heavy punishment when we make mistakes,' added O'Neill. 'I said to Seb that if you go to ground like that, you run the risk. It was a ball into the corner and the best they were going to get out of that was a corner kick. Suddenly they're going in 2-0 at halftime, so it is frustrating.'

No argument: Sunderland's Seb Larsson concedes a penalty with a challenge on Chelsea's Ramires

No argument: Sunderland's Seb Larsson concedes a penalty with a challenge on Chelsea's Ramires

O'Neill still has the backing of the fans, observing: 'Because we were playing Chelsea and we were the underdogs in the game, the supporters were terrific. The players were talking about it in the dressing room at the end; just talking about the boost they still get from that; that they kept with us.

'There will be anxious moments during the game on Tuesday night and we've got to be really strong. There will be frustrating moments but I think we can cope with that.

'Even though we've been defeated we can certainly feel we've taken something out of the game and something to take with us for Tuesday.'

Criticising Sir Alex Ferguson is just far too costly, says Spurs boss AVB

Criticising Fergie for influencing refs is just far too costly, says Spurs boss AVB

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UPDATED:

22:19 GMT, 28 September 2012

Andre Villas-Boas claims he will run
the risk of another FA fine if he is honest about Sir Alex Ferguson's
influence over referees.

The Tottenham chief, who was fined
12,000 last season after claiming Chris Foy was 'very poor', takes his
team to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Foy will again be in charge.

Expensive lesson: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

Expensive lesson: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

Villas-Boas said: 'It would be
brilliant to be able to talk about this, but I paid a very high fine
last season and I don't want to do it again.

'In this country, it is impossible to respond to it, but I would never stop myself expressing an opinion at Old Trafford.'

The Spurs chief will again rely on Jermain Defoe for his side's firepower against United.

Villas-Boas added: 'He's looking extremely happy and he's been creating so much. He's been immense.

'He is getting continuous opportunities. Maybe he didn't get them in the past.

'When he had an uninterrupted sequence of games last season, he scored a lot of goals.

'At the moment we are extremely happy with what he is doing and I'm sure it has an impact on how he feels about himself in this team.'

Paul Lambert ready to introduce 8m striker Christian Benteke to English football

Lambert to stake all on young guns: Unproven gems ready to take their chance at Villa

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UPDATED:

21:57 GMT, 14 September 2012

Paul Lambert's gamble on youth gets its first test at Villa Park on Saturday, as 8m striker Christian Benteke makes his entrance into English football.

The Aston Villa boss followed a high-risk policy of buying young and all of them may play against Swansea City.

Giving youth a chance: Lambert's policy of unearthing lower league talent paid off at Norwich

Giving youth a chance: Lambert's policy of unearthing lower league talent paid off at Norwich

Lambert said he wanted the likes of
midfielder Ashley Westwood and defender Joe Bennett to ‘hit the ground
running’ and should hand the 22-year-olds their debuts against Swansea.

But it is Benteke, 21, who will be
under the most scrutiny after his move from Genk on deadline day.
Lambert joked: ‘If Christian tells you it’s raining, you just agree.

‘I think we needed a targetman because we’ve not got someone who can get hold of it,’ said Villa’s boss.

‘Christian is a presence — I think he
will put himself about. He’s a big, strong boy. I watched him the other
night playing for Belgium against Croatia and he was excellent.

'Handful': Lambert praised his new Belgian signing Christian Benteke

'Handful': Lambert praised his new Belgian signing Christian Benteke

‘That Belgium team is really good, so if you can hold your own in that company, you’ll do all right,’ he added.

‘And I’m hoping he can get the best out of Darren Bent, too, because we needed someone who could get us up the pitch.’

Euro 2012 More to Portugal than Cristiano Ronaldo, warns Spain"s Alvaro Arbeloa

There's more to Portugal than Ronaldo, warns Arbeloa as holders Spain continue assault on history

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UPDATED:

18:05 GMT, 26 June 2012

Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa has warned his team-mates not to fall into the trap of assuming Cristiano Ronaldo is the only threat that Portugal pose to their hopes of progressing through to the Euro 2012 final.

Ronaldo has carried his stunning form with Real Madrid last season into the finals and heads into tomorrow's semi-final against Iberian rivals Spain as the tournament's joint leading scorer with three goals.

The world's most expensive player undoubtedly poses a major risk to Spain's hopes of defending their European title, but Arbeloa believes his side would be making a big mistake if they focused all their attention on the former Manchester United star.

On top of his game: Cristiano Ronaldo has fired Portugal into the semi-finals, but Alvaro Arbeloa says there is more to Spain's Iberian rivals

On top of his game: Cristiano Ronaldo has fired Portugal into the semi-finals, but Alvaro Arbeloa says there is more to Spain's Iberian rivals

Right-back Arbeloa, who could find himself going head-to-head against his Madrid team-mate, said: 'We all know that Ronaldo is an excellent player, but Portugal is not only Cristiano. They have had an excellent tournament with players of great quality and we have stop all of them, not only Cristiano.

'We know how good he is, and he is showing that at the Euros. We hope that we have a good game and Cristiano not so much.'

Arbeloa admits he is looking forward to the challenge of trying stopping his club-mate, who scored 60 goals in all competitions for Madrid last season.

Arbeloa said: 'It's always physically and mentally demanding to face a player who is one of the best and playing at a spectacular level. I always like to measure myself against the best, it's a great challenge.'

On guard: Arbeloa is ready for Portugal

On guard: Arbeloa is ready for Portugal

Ronaldo is not the only Madrid player Spain are set to come up against, with defenders Pepe and Fabio Coentrao also key members of the Portugal side.

Those three, along with Spanish quintet Arbeloa, Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and Raul Albiol, helped Madrid win their first Primera Division title since 2008 last season.

However, Arbeloa warned his Portuguese colleagues not to expect any favours, saying: 'It's the same as when you are at your clubs and you play against team-mates from the national side. Tomorrow I will have not club-mates, they will be enemies.

'I don't usually speak with the people against who I'm going to play. I will fight to help Spain get into the final.'

Scott Sinclair Swansea future uncertain over contract stall

Sign up or leave! Swansea offer winger Sinclair ultimatum over new contract

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UPDATED:

15:22 GMT, 25 June 2012

Ultimatum: Scott Sinclair

Ultimatum: Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair has been warned to sign a new contract at Swansea or risk being sold.

The 6million-rated winger has only 14 months left on his deal and is expected to resume talks over a new contract in the next two weeks.

Sinclair has stalled the process in the wake of Brendan Rodgers’ departure to Liverpool, but chairman Huw Jenkins has told the 23-year-old there will be a limit to the club’s patience as they look to avoid a scenario where he could leave for nothing.

‘At this level of football and with the transfer money which could come in with players leaving in the final year of their contract, we wouldn’t want to go down that route again of allowing a player to let his contract run out again,’ Jenkins said.

‘The times have gone where we can leave a player go into the last year of his contract because the values of (transfer) fees are far greater than they were when we made those decisions years ago.’

He added: ‘Perhaps we did make those decisions on players who weren’t first-team regulars at the time.

‘But with Scott being a first-team regular we need a decision one way or the other as soon as possible so the manager can be clear in his mind on where the team goes and make sure the squad is right for August.’