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Lance Armstrong drug confession saddens Roger Federer

Armstrong has damaged all sports… not just cycling, says 'saddened' Federer

By
James Andrew

PUBLISHED:

05:37 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

05:37 GMT, 20 January 2013

Roger Federer has expressed his sadness at American cyclist Lance Armstrong's admission that he cheated his way to seven Tour de France wins and believes it will have a negative impact on all sport.

Armstrong confessed in a televised interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey this week to using banned performance-enhancing substances to establish himself as one of the biggest names in sport.

'What a sad story,' 17-times grand-slam winner Federer said after reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Sad times: Roger Federer says Lance Armstrong's confession has hurt all of sport

Sad times: Roger Federer says Lance Armstrong's confession has hurt all of sport

'I don't know what to say. It just really saddens me to see that someone did this for such a long time.

'Obviously he's hurt his sport in a big way, even though he helped it in the beginning. But now the burden they live under, all other sports maybe as well.

'I'm an active athlete right now and it's not fun times really to be in sports to a degree. I guess all I needed to see was the first few minutes of the interview and then I knew what was the deal, and the rest I don't really care.

Coming clean: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong reveals all to Oprah Winfrey

Coming clean: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong reveals all to Oprah Winfrey

'It's just very saddening this story, to be honest.'

Serena Williams, who has won 15 grand slam titles, earlier admitted she had been 'glued' to the televised confessional.

'I think as an athlete, as someone that works really, really hard since I was four or three, I think it's a sad day for all athletes in general,' the American said.

Lance Armstrong

Roger Federer

Questions: Federer fears that Armstrong's admission will lead to people questioning other great athletes

'But I think overall it's even more disappointing for the people that were adversely affected through everything. You can only just hope for the best for them.

'Unfortunately, I think a lot of people now look and are like, okay, if somebody that great (has been cheating) what about everyone else in every other sport'

Dedicated: Serena Williams says the Armstrong saga was a sad day for athletes

Dedicated: Serena Williams says the Armstrong saga was a sad day for athletes

Milija Aleksic dies: Tottenham mourn former goalkeeper"s death, aged 61

Tottenham mourn sudden death of FA Cup winning goalkeeper Aleksic, aged 61

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 19 October 2012

Former Luton and Tottenham goalkeeper Milija Aleksic has died, aged 61.

Aleksic, who played for the Hatters from 1976-78 before moving to White Hart Lane, was in goal for Spurs' 1981 FA Cup-winning team.

A statement on Tottenham's official website read: 'We were shocked to learn of the passing of Milija Aleksic, who passed away suddenly in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

Mourning: Former Tottenham goalkeeper Milija Aleksic, who won the FA Cup in 1981, has died aged 61

Sad news: Former Tottenham goalkeeper Milija Aleksic, who won the FA Cup at Wembley in 1981 (below), has died aged 61

Aleksic (bottom R) was part of the 1981 FA Cup-winning Tottenham side

Aleksic (bottom R) was part of the 1981 FA Cup-winning Tottenham side

'Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.'

Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme to a Yugoslavian father, Aleksic's career started at Port Vale in 1968 and also included a stint at Plymouth.

He also had spells with non-league Eastwood and Stafford Rangers – winning the 1972 FA Trophy with the latter.

Fabrice Muamba devastated after Owen Coyle sacked by Bolton

Muamba devastated after Coyle exits Bolton and urges successor to deliver promotion

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UPDATED:

12:35 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has said he was 'devastated' to see Owen Coyle lose his job and believes whoever replaces him has to get the club promoted back to the Premier League.

The Trotters have struggled since relegation to the second tier and lie 18th after collecting a mere 11 points from 10 matches.

Such form saw Coyle sacked after nearly three years at the Reebok Stadium helm – a move Muamba was sad to see.

Sad times: Muamba has revealed his disappointment at Coyle's exit

Sad times: Muamba has revealed his disappointment at Coyle's exit

The midfielder was forced to retire from football after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton in March, with Coyle praised for his support in the aftermath.

Doctors revealed that the 24-year-old's heart had stopped beating for 78 minutes, but he was eventually stabilised and went on to make a recovery which some described as 'miraculous'.

'Owen was very supportive to me and I am grateful for that,' Muamba said.

'If you look at the start of the season, the guys have not been playing particularly well and the results have not been up to the standards we thought with the players we've got in the team.

'I was obviously devastated to see he was going but I am sure the club and the chairman will bring someone in to get promoted because we need to get promoted.

'In football you make changes and sometimes that's good, sometimes it's bad. We just have to wait and see how the club react.

Life saver: Coyle was there for Muamba when he came close to losing his life last March

Life saver: Coyle was there for Muamba when he came close to losing his life last March

'Football is results game and you get paid and picked if you play well. If you don't, you get out the team. For players it is the same as a manager. You stay in the job as long as the boys are performing for the team.

'I can understand exactly where the club came from, but at the end of the day he did a great job for the club and I am grateful to him.'

Muamba was speaking at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, where he was presented with a Brazil shirt by Ronaldo.

He was coy when asked about his own future in the game and is just enjoying some time off.

'I have just been enjoying life, spending time with my family,' Muamba said.
'I am writing a book at the moment, which will hopefully be out in November.

'I have been travelling as well but I never watch much football because I get really frustrated. As a professional, you get frustrated not being involved.

'I have been spending time with family, friends and catching up with a lot of people. Doing things I wasn't able to do when I was playing. I have time to do it now.'

Asked about moving into management, he said: 'Regarding coaching, I'm too impatient. I would like to be involved in football in some shape or form.'

Gareth Roberts killed in IRC rally crash in Sicily

Rising British star Roberts, 24, killed in crash during Sicily rally

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UPDATED:

15:03 GMT, 16 June 2012

Rising Welsh rally star Gareth Roberts has been killed in a crash during the Targa Florio rally in Sicily.

The 24-year-old, from Carmarthen, was navigator in a Peugeot 207 being driven by Irishman Craig Breen which crashed on the eighth stage of the event.

Emergency crews attended the scene but Roberts died as a result of his injuries the series organisers, the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, reported on its website.

Rising star: Roberts (right) died on Saturday

Rising star: Roberts (right) died on Saturday

As a mark of respect the IRC called off the remainder of the event.

A statement from IRC said: 'On stage
eight of Targa Florio-Rally Internazionale Di Sicilia there was an
accident involving car number 15, Craig Breen and Gareth Roberts, which
resulted in the stage being stopped to enable medical crews to attend
the scene.

'Despite their best efforts, Gareth
Roberts succumbed to his injuries and the remainder of the event has
been cancelled as a mark of respect. Craig Breen was unhurt in the
accident. No spectators were involved.

'Intercontinental Rally Challenge
promoter Eurosport Events joins the IRC community in offering its
sincere condolences to Gareth's family and friends who are in our
thoughts at this very sad time.'

Breen and Roberts were lying sixth in the rally after seven stages when the accident took place.

IRC Manager Jean-Pierre Nicolas
said: 'It's a very sad accident that reminds us that motorsport is
dangerous: accidents can affect both driver and co-driver in rallying.

'As the president of the Automobile
Club Palermo, Antonio Marasco, said after the accident, the Targa Florio
is an event where many great champions have left us in the past, and
sadly this has happened again.

'The death of a 24-year-old young man at the start of a fantastic career is always a tragedy.

'From the start of this year,
together with Craig Breen, Gareth has put in some excellent performances
and the crew really got themselves noticed.

'There's no doubt in my mind that these performances would have got even better.

'At this terrible time, I'm thinking
very much of Gareth's family, to whom all of us at Eurosport Events pass
on our sincere condolences.'

Lee Miller"s partner dies

Miller in mourning after Carlisle striker's partner dies

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UPDATED:

10:58 GMT, 25 April 2012

Carlisle striker Lee Miller has revealed his partner Donna died on Tuesday night.

The 28-year-old, who has three caps for Scotland, announced the news on his Twitter account.

He wrote: 'Saddest day of my life.RIP Donna…….u will always b loved!!..a
wonderful mum 2 our beautiful boys!!..they will never 4get u!!..xxx'

Tragic: Lee Miller (left) revealed the news of his partner's death

Tragic: Lee Miller (left) revealed the news of his partner's death

Miller joined Carlisle from Middlesbrough last summer and was named the club's Player of the Year this week.

The forward counts Aberdeen, Dundee United and Bristol City among his former clubs.

A statement released by Carlisle said: 'The thoughts of the directors, staff and everyone connected with Carlisle United Football Club are with Lee Miller and his family at the sad news of the passing of his partner Donna last night.

'The club is sure that everyone will respect the privacy of the family at this very sad time.'

Lee Miller

Tragic: Donna Miller

Hurting: Lee Miller (left) is mourning the death of his partner Donna (right)

Gary Ablett funeral: Stars pay final respects to former Liverpool and Everton defender

Stars pay tribute to Ablett at former Liverpool and Everton defender's funeral

Mersyside's footballing community united this afternoon to celebrate the life of Gary Ablett.

The former Liverpool and Everton defender's funeral was attended by hundreds of mourners at the city's Anglican Cathedral, showing the esteem in which he was held by both Reds and Blues.

Sadness: Gary Ablett's son Fraser helps carry the former Liverpool and Everton defender's coffin

Sadness: Gary Ablett's son Fraser helps carry the former Liverpool and Everton defender's coffin

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was
joined by Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, along with several of his
former team-mates including Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and John Barnes.

Mourning: Ablett's former team-mates John Barnes, Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish and Mark Lawrenson leave Liverpool Cathedral

Mourning: Ablett's former team-mates John Barnes, Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish and Mark Lawrenson leave Liverpool Cathedral

A moving service, which lasted for
more than an hour and started with his coffin being brought in to
'You'll Never Walk Alone and leave to Everton's club anthem 'Z-Cars',
also included a huge presence from Goodison Park.

Everton captain Phil Neville, midfielder Tim Cahill and former forward Duncan Ferguson attended the memorial service

Everton captain Phil Neville, midfielder Tim Cahill and former forward Duncan Ferguson attended the memorial service

Among them were David Moyes, current
players Phil Neville and Tim Cahill, plus a number of Ablett's old
colleagues Duncan Ferguson, Matt Jackson and David Unsworth.

Former Everton manager Joe Royle arrives at Liverpool Cathedral prior to the funeral

Former Everton manager Howard Kendall arrives at Liverpool Cathedral

Former Everton managers Joe Royle and Howard Kendall also paid their respects at Liverpool Cathedral

Jackson, who gave one of the readings, described Ablett as 'a fantastic family man, great team-mate and a true friend.'

Roy Keane, who worked alongside Ablett at Ipswich Town, was also at the service

Roy Keane, who worked alongside Ablett at Ipswich Town, was also at the service

Everton captain Phil Neville was among a
host of football stars of past and present who attended the memorial
service and later tweeted: 'Sad sad day RIP Gary Ablett.'

Ex-Anfield boss Rafa Benitez was joined by Kop legends Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler to pay their respects to Ablett

Ex-Anfield boss Rafa Benitez was joined by Kop legends Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler to pay their respects to Ablett

Club-mate Tim Cahill echoed Neville's
sentiments on the social networking site, posting: 'Rest in peace to a
legend Gary Ablett. An emotional funeral and also amazing turnout for
such a great person.'

Gary Ablett's wife Jacqueline arrives at the memorial service for her late husband who lost his tragic battle with a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Gary Ablett's wife Jacqueline arrives at the memorial service for her late husband who lost his tragic battle with a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Also in the congregation were England
Under-21 head coach Stuart Pearce, England goalkeeping coach Ray
Clemence, Howard Wilkinson, Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers and Roy
Keane, who gave Ablett his last job in August 2010 at Ipswich, shortly
before he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Everton manager David Moyes and Team GB Olympics boss Stuart Pearce were also in the congregation

Everton manager David Moyes and Team GB Olympics boss Stuart Pearce were also in the congregation

Gary Ablett: 1965-2012

Gary Ablett: 1965-2012

The only man to win the FA Cup with
Liverpool and Everton, Ablett lost his 16-month battle with the illness
at the beginning of the year.

He leaves behind his wife Jacqueline and five children, Scarlett, Reece, Riley, Josh and Fraser.

Tribute: Everton honoured former star Ablett ahead of their FA Cup third round win over Tamworth earlier this month

Tribute: Everton honoured former star Ablett ahead of their FA Cup third round win over Tamworth earlier this month