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Gangnam style: West Ham mascot in Psy tribute

Hey, sexy ladies! West Ham mascot rivals the Crystals and Sammy the Saint in battle for best Gangnam Style tribute



12:01 GMT, 10 December 2012

If the Crystal Palace cheerleaders' performance is anything to go by, Hammerhead and Sammy the Saint have a lot to live up to in their bid to deliver football’s finest version of global craze, Gangnam Style.

Korean pop singer Psy's popular dance routine has been impersonated by millions across the world since the smash hit’s release earlier this year.

And yesterday, West Ham took great pride in re-living the highlights of their robot 'superhero' mascot getting carried away in the act.

The Upton Park crowd were treated to a half-time airing of the mascot's dancing skills, which he first previewed during the win over Chelsea just over a week ago.

Hoping it would conjure the same inspiration for their victory over the Blues, the dance failed to deliver another famous win for the east London side, as Liverpool came from behind to celebrate a 3-2 win.

But Hammerhead is not the only Premier League mascot to get wrapped up in the fever.

Southampton's Sammy the Saint delighted the St Mary's faithful ahead of last month's 1-1 draw with Norwich with his take on the trend.

Neither come close to outpointing the Crystals. All together now: ‘Hey, sexy ladies’…

Gary Hooper: Injury to deny England cap call for Celtic striker

Hooper woe: Injured star set to miss England cap call and Barca clash


23:24 GMT, 6 November 2012



23:24 GMT, 6 November 2012

Gary Hooper is set to suffer a double blow by missing out on Celtic’s Champions League clash with Barcelona and a long-awaited England call-up.

Sportsmail understands the FA contacted Celtic on Tuesday to enquire over the 24-year-old’s fitness.

Roy Hodgson will name his squad for the forthcoming international friendly in Sweden on Wednesday and was actively considering a call-up for Hooper, scorer of 11 goals in 18 games this season, including a Champions League strike in Moscow.

So close, yet so far: The FA contacted Celtic over Hooper's availability

So close, yet so far: The FA contacted Celtic over Hooper's availability

Nursing a debilitating hamstring
problem, however, Hooper is a major doubt for the Barcelona clash
tonight, with Celtic also racing to get Georgios Samaras fit in time.

With left-back Emilio Izaguirre facing a six week lay-off and James Forrest crocked, Neil Lennon could be forced to pitch 18-year-old Tony Watt into his starting line-up to face arguably the greatest club side ever assembled.

Asked to assess Hooper's chances, the Parkhead boss admitted: ‘I would say he’ll not play. He’s very, very doubtful. Sammy’s also touch and go and we’ll give him another day. He was out today doing some light training.

'He’s a lot better than he was yesterday, so we’re hoping in another 24 hours he’ll be good to go.

'Even if he starts, there’s a possibility that he might not finish, so we’ll have to be flexible in our thinking about him. We will have a late session tomorrow morning.

'He knows himself and I think he’s pretty confident that he’ll make it but it depends on the reaction he gets overnight from today’s exertions, but we’ve gone pretty easy on him and given him as much chance as possible because we’ll need him. Regardless of the other injuries, we’ll need him.’

Final preparations: Celtic are readying themselves to face Barcelona

Final preparations: Celtic are readying themselves to face Barcelona

Final preparations: Celtic are readying themselves to face Barcelona

Venezuelan striker Miku’s experience
of La Liga could be key to his selection on a night when the boss
believes patience and discipline will be key.

'We’re running out of options,’ said Lennon. ‘You could play (Kris) Commons up front or off somebody.

'We’ve got Watt and we’ve got Miku. I’d have no hesitation about playing Tony. The kid’s fearless and he’s playing very well at the minute and scoring goals. It’s a big ask but sometimes with that lack of fear you can go and be a hero on the night. He’s definitely in our thinking, as is Miku.

‘But that’s the challenge and we’ve got
good depth and players willing to come in. The majority of the squad are
in good nick. You hope these nights will inspire them to go out and do
something special.’

Essex's finest: Loughton-boy Hooper will have to wait for his chance

Essex's finest: Loughton-boy Hooper will have to wait for his chance

There will also be alterations in defence after Izaguirre’s return to form was shattered by a six- week lay-off with a hamstring problem. Thomas Rogne, injured in Dundee on Sunday, is also out for a fortnight.

‘Emilio screwed his hamstring,’ said Lennon. ‘He has been back to his best and plays all the games, but this is a soft-tissue injury and he hasn’t really had one before.

'I don’t know if it’s fatigue, the amount of games or just one of those things that happens. The way he’s flicked the ball on the follow-through he just might have yanked something.’

Celtic were within 30 seconds of an improbable draw in the Nou Camp two weeks ago, but Lennon expects a more difficult game at home.

He believes any kind of result tonight would be a match for some of the club’s finest over the years.

'If you look at our team, then it didn’t cost a lot of money compared to Martin O'Neill and Gordon Strachan's teams,' he said. 'And this Barcelona side has gravitated to another level since we played them in '07-08.

'The performances over the last five years have been at a different level to everyone else.'

Demba Ba doubt for Newcastle trip to Liverpool

Newcastle striker Ba doubtful for trip to Liverpool with shin injury



14:59 GMT, 31 October 2012

Newcastle United are sweating on the fitness of Demba Ba for Sunday’s visit to Liverpool.

The Senegal star injured his shin in last weekend’s win over West Bromwich Albion and hobbled off. Although a scan has revealed no serious damage, the striker has not trained so far this week and is rated '50-50'.

Crocked: Ba comes off against West Brom on Saturday

Crocked: Ba comes off against West Brom on Saturday

Ba will have a fitness test ahead of Sunday’s trip to Anfield but if he is not passed fit, manager Alan Pardew will turn to Papiss Cisse, who sat out most of the 2-1 win over West Brom before scoring the late winner off his back.

It was the first time both Ba and Cisse had netted in a Barclays Premier League game since the February win over Aston Villa when Cisse made his Newcastle debut.

Pardew said: 'I think Demba is 50-50 at best.

Top scorer: The Senegalese has bagged seven goals already this season

Top scorer: The Senegalese has bagged seven goals already this season

'We’ve got Papiss back on the goal trail and Shola and Sammy (Ameobi) so we’re happy with that.

'It is very important to have that. Papiss is fit and well and we are looking forward to seeing him this weekend.'

Liverpool are one of the sides linked with signing Ba who, Pardew revealed last month, still has a clause in his contract which will allow him to leave St James’s Park for 7.5million.

Newcastle 1 Bruges 0 – match report

Newcastle 1 Bruges 0: The SAS hit the mark to lift Pardew


20:56 GMT, 25 October 2012



21:01 GMT, 25 October 2012

Sammy Ameobi eclipsed his brother Shola with a moment of magic to help Newcastle maintain their impressive start in group D.

Toon boss Alan Pardew resisted the temptation to start the brothers for the first time against the Belgian league leaders.

But Shola was brought on at half-time and three minutes later Newcastle grabbed the winner when Sammy weaved his way through the defence and released Obertan to fire his drive into the corner.

More to follow

Hot shot: Newcastle's Gabriel Obertan scores

Hot shot: Newcastle's Gabriel Obertan scores

Match facts



Ivan Campo wants Bolton manager"s job

Bolton legend Campo urges chairman Gartside to consider him for manager's job



09:37 GMT, 10 October 2012

Bolton legend Ivan Campo has thrown his hat into the ring to take over from recently deposed boss Owen Coyle at the Reebok Stadium.

Coyle was relieved of his duties on Tuesday with the club languishing near the bottom of the nPower Championship.

Mick McCarthy, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Roy Keane have all been mooted to take over, but now Campo has joined the chase for the top job.

Legend: Campo spent six years at Bolton - and now wants to return

Legend: Campo spent six years at Bolton – and now wants to return

The Spaniard became a terrace hero with Trotters fans in six years with the club during which he made 194 appearances.

And he now has taken to Twitter to urge Bolton chairman Phil Gartside to consider him for the position.

He said: 'After to know what its happening in the BOLTON FAMILY i want to say that of corse i would like to help to the club.

'I love very special moment in my life. Big SAM. Nolan. Davo. JJ Okocha. Jussy , Djorksef, Hierro…… And all FANS OF BWCF. My FAMILY.


Game over: Coyle's tenure at Bolton has come to an end

Game over: Coyle's tenure at Bolton has come to an end

'Ok. I would try to speak WITH PHIL GARTSIDE And after meeting the fans will know of i will GO again to Bolton or NOT.'

Gartside will begin the process of finding a successor to Coyle after putting academy chiefs Sammy Lee and Jimmy Phillips in temporary charge.

Coyle’s sacking follows relegation to the Championship in May and only three wins from 10 league games this season.

Owen Coyle sacked by Bolton

Coyle sacked by Bolton as McCarthy heads shortlist for manager's job at the Reebok



10:20 GMT, 9 October 2012

Axed: Owen Coyle's reign as Bolton boss is over

Axed: Owen Coyle's reign as Bolton boss is over

Bolton have sacked manager Owen Coyle after just 10 games of the Championship season.

Coyle leaves the Reebok Stadium after nearly three years in charge following a day of talks with owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside.

Former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy heads the shortlist of potential replacements with Leeds manager Neil Warnock and Karl Robinson at MK Dons also in the frame.

In a statement on the club website, Gartside said: 'Owen poured his heart and soul into the job, both on and off the pitch, and he led our club with great dignity during some very challenging times.

'It is the right time for a change. We set a target at the beginning of the season and want to get back on track.

'I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Owen, Sandy Stewart and Steve Davis for all their hard work during their time at Bolton Wanderers.'

Frontrunner: Mick McCarthy

In with a shout: Karl Robinson

In the frame: Mick McCarthy (left) and Karl Robinson have been linked with Bolton

Coyle, who also served the club as a player from 1993-95, said: 'I have always been driven to act in the best interests of the club and care passionately about it.

'I had fantastic times here as a player and it has been a privilege to have held the post of manager.

'I want to thank the fans for their backing since I returned, the chairman Phil Gartside and the owner Eddie Davies for their support and friendship and the club’s staff and players for all their effort and commitment.

'I wish everyone connected with Bolton Wanderers all the very best.'

The statement continued: 'In the interim period, academy manager Jimmy Phillips and head of academy coaching and development Sammy Lee will take temporary charge of the first team squad.'

Option: Neil Warnock has also been mentioned in connection with the Bolton job

Option: Neil Warnock has also been mentioned in connection with the Bolton job


1966: July 14 – Born in Paisley, Scotland.

1985: Begins his professional career with Dumbarton.

1988: Joins Clydebank.

1990: Moves to Airdrie for 175,000. Finishes season as top scorer in the Scottish League for the 1989-90 season.

Wins promotion with Airdrie and reaches the Scottish Cup final, losing to Rangers.

1992: Appears in the European Cup Winners' Cup for Airdrie as Rangers were competing in the European Cup.

1993: Signs for Bolton for 250,000.

1994: Wins one and only cap for the Republic of Ireland, coming on seven minutes from time in a friendly against Holland.

1995: Wins promotion to the Premiership with the Trotters.

Transferred to Dundee United for 400,000. Scores winning goal in extra-time in the play-off final against Partick Thistle to help United to promotion.

1997: Joins Motherwell.

1999: Signs for Dunfermline.

2001: Returns to former club Airdrie after a loan spell with Ross County.

2002: Airdrie go into liquidation with Coyle joining Falkirk.

2003: Becomes co-player-manager at Falkirk alongside John Hughes.

Returns to Dundee United as player-coach.

2004: Joins the newly-reformed Airdrie as player-coach following a loan spell.

2005: Takes over at Scottish First Division side St Johnstone and goes on to guide Saints to the League Cup and Scottish Cup semi-finals, while narrowly missing out on promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2006-07 season.

2007: July – Signs one-year contract extension.

November 22 – Signs three-year contract to become manager of Burnley.

2008: Leads Burnley to League Cup wins over Chelsea and Arsenal.

2009: May 25 – Takes Clarets into the Premier League with victory over Sheffield United in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

June: Signs contract extension at Turf Moor amid speculation linking him with Celtic vacancy.

2010: January 4 – Burnley confirm Coyle has held talks with Bolton over the managerial vacancy at the Reebok Stadium.

January 5 – The Clarets issue a statement saying Coyle has “reaffirmed his desire to leave Burnley” and join Bolton. The clubs begin talks over compensation.

January 6 – Burnley chairman Barry Kilby voices his disappointment with events and his surprise at Coyle's 'sideways' move.

January 8 – Bolton confirm Coyle as their new manager.

May – Keeps Wanderers in the Premier League, finishing 14th, as Burnley go down.

2011: April – Bolton lose 5-0 to Stoke in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

May – Bolton finish 14th in the table again.

2012: March 7 – Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffers a cardiac arrest on the pitch during at FA Cup match at Tottenham. He spends 30 days in hospital.

May – Bolton are relegated by one point after drawing 2-2 with Stoke on the final day of the season.

October 9 – Sacked by Bolton with the club 18th in the Championship.

Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse miss Newcastle trip to Maritimo

Pardew calls in teenager Campbell as Cisse and Ba miss trip to Portugal



10:11 GMT, 19 September 2012

Alan Pardew will be without his two leading strikers against Maritimo after Newcastle travelled to Portugal without Senegal duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.

Pardew has been forced to call-up 17-year-old homegrown forward Adam Campbell for the club's opening Europa League clash after Cisse was forced to withdraw from the squad with illness.

Cisse's strike-partner Demba Ba was also missing from the party which flew out from Tyneside on Wednesday morning a day after his agent suggested he does not understand his current role at the club.

Missing: Demba Ba

Illness: Papiss Cisse

Missing: Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse (R) have not travelled to Portugal

However, midfielder Sammy Ameobi was on the plane after confirming his return to fitness by playing in the Under-21s' 2-2 derby draw with Sunderland on Tuesday night.

Steve Harper looks set to continue in goal with Dutch keeper Tim Krul also missing through injury.

SC Braga 1 Newcastle 2

SC Braga 1 Newcastle 2: Ba on target as Toon win scrappy pre-season trophy match



22:20 GMT, 28 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Demba Ba and Ryan Taylor struck for Newcastle as they beat SC Braga to win the Trofeu Internacional Futebol Da Guadiana.

A scrappy encounter in the Algarve saw Papiss Cisse blaze a great first half chance over the bar and both sides were goalless at the interval.

Cheick Tiote picked up a booking in the second half after a typically strong tackle and before long Braga conceeded a penalty.

On target: Demba Ba opened the scoring

On target: Demba Ba opened the scoring

Scrap: Sammy Ameobi is fouled in what was a niggly game

Scrap: Sammy Ameobi is fouled in what was a niggly game

Douglao brought down Sylvain Marveaux as he ran into the area but Beto saved Ba's penalty.

However the Senegalese international recovered to fire home the rebound.

But Ruben Amorim's deflected strike levelled things up five minutes later.

Challenge: Jonas Gutierrez (left) fights for the ball

Challenge: Jonas Gutierrez (left) fights for the ball

It took a beautifully flighted Ryan Taylor free kick to put Toon back in the lead with 18 minutes to go.

To add insult to injury for the Portuguese side, Douglao was sent off for his second yellow card before the end.

England beat West Indies at Kia Oval to win one-day international series

Classy Cook fires century as England beat Windies by eight wickets to seal ODI series



18:24 GMT, 19 June 2012

England cruised to an eight-wicket win over West Indies at The Oval, on the back of a century from Alastair Cook, to wrap up the NatWest Series a match early.

Cook (112) shared a century opening stand with Ian Bell (53) and then put on 81 for the second wicket with Jonathan Trott as England raced past West Indies' patchy 238 for nine with five overs to spare to establish an unassailable 2-0 lead.

The hard work was done, though, when Cook's bowling attack withstood an early barrage from Chris Gayle (53) and restricted the Windies to an under-par total despite a worthy 77 from Dwayne Bravo.

Cooking with gas: The England captain led by example at the top of the order

Cooking with gas: The England captain led by example at the top of the order

England v West Indies at the Kia Oval

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On a typically reliable batting surface
of even pace and bounce, Cook and Bell then duly put England's
achievable target into context.

There was barely a false shot from either as Cook won the race to 50,
until Bell forewent the chance of his own second successive hundred by
loosely pushing a change of pace from Darren Sammy straight into the
hands of cover.

Cook made no mistake, until he lobbed a cutter from Sammy over the
bowler to be caught by mid-on, as he extended an enviable sequence of
six centuries from an England opener in consecutive one-day
internationals – a series the captain himself began with back-to-back
hundreds against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

For whom the Bell tolls: It was another impressive knock for the new England opener who made a half century

For whom the Bell tolls: It was another impressive knock for the new England opener who made a half century

For whom the Bell tolls: It was another impressive knock for the new England opener who made a half century

Unsurprisingly, six victories have resulted, Cook underpinning the
latest with his fifth hundred at this level – containing 12 fours in 114

The ease of England's victory, and West Indies' continuing blank on this
tour, was hardly in the offing when Gayle was demonstrating his
renowned raw power with five sixes and three fours clattered to all
parts in a 41-ball 50 at the top of the order.

Cook must have been wondering what he had done while Gayle was in full flow after the Windies were put in on a sunny morning.

But twice two wickets, starting with Gayle's, fell on the same score as the Windies stumbled to 79 for four.

Back with a bang! Gayle returned for the Windies but was out just after making a rapid 50

Back with a bang! Gayle returned for the Windies but was out just after making a rapid 50

Back with a bang! Gayle returned for the Windies but was out just after making a rapid 50

A sombre atmosphere, following the death yesterday of Tom Maynard,
prevailed at the Surrey batsman's home ground – where a minute's silence
in his memory preceded start of play, flags remained at half-mast and
both teams wore black armbands.

Once under way, the hope was that cricket might be allowed to lift
spirits or at least divert the senses – and Gayle did not disappoint.

James Anderson and Steve Finn bowled three maidens in the first four
overs. But once Gayle had deposited Anderson for his first six, sent
thudding into the electronic scoreboard with a pull high over midwicket,
four more followed in 10 balls.

He greeted first-change Tim Bresnan with three sixes in his first over,
the last on to the roof of the Bedser Stand at wide long-on.

His last maximum, off Anderson, brought a brief lull while England
summoned help to retrieve the ball from a trough underneath the press

Respects: The two teams and spectators fell silent for Tom Maynard

Respects: The two teams and spectators fell silent for Tom Maynard

Respects: The two teams and spectators fell silent for Tom Maynard

When Gayle reached his 50, with an incongruous nudge to midwicket for a
single off Bresnan, his near silent opening partner Lendl Simmons was
still in single-figures.

A shock absentee in West Indies' defeat in the opening match of this
series because of a shin injury, Gayle was playing in his first
international fixture since last year's World Cup following a dispute
with his employers.

He seemed to be on the fast track to marking the occasion with a 20th
one-day international hundred too, until Graeme Swann won the tightest
of lbw decisions against the left-hander.

Gayle went without hesitation to DRS after Tony Hill gave him out, but
third umpire Kumar Dharmasena upheld his colleague's decision as replays
showed contact with bat and pad was simultaneous.

Whitewash Cook can lead his team to a rout in the final ODI at Headingley on June 22

Whitewash Cook can lead his team to a rout in the final ODI at Headingley on June 22

Gayle slowly trudged off in disbelief – and everything changed.

Dwayne Smith went for a duck, swishing at only the second delivery from Stuart Broad and edging behind.

Simmons eventually fell to a direct hit from Cook at mid-off, ending a
50-ball innings which produced only 12 runs – and when Marlon Samuels
miscued a pull at Broad straight to deep midwicket, West Indies had two
new men at the crease on nought.

Kieron Pollard escaped an obvious stumping opportunity off Swann on 28,
and Bravo's mishit at the off-spinner on 18 just spilled out of Eoin
Morgan's hands running in and diving from long-off.

But between them, until Pollard holed out in the leg-side deep off
Bresnan, the fifth-wicket pair did admirably in a stand of 100 to keep
West Indies in position to attack the last 10 overs.

Bravo's deserved share amounted to eight fours and two sixes from 82
balls, before he skied Anderson and was well-held by Ravi Bopara in the
penultimate over.

But the suspicion already was already he had merely managed to delay an inevitable home win – and so it proved.

Lee Clark heads Birmingham City managerial shortlist

Birmingham whittle down shortlist to replace Hughton



22:21 GMT, 10 June 2012

Lee Clark, Steve Cotterill, Sammy Lee and Nick Barmby are in the frame to be the next manager of Birmingham City.

The former Huddersfield Town boss and ex-Sunderland and Newcastle player Clarke will come under serious consideration as the search for Chris Hughton’s replacement is sought.

Brum rush: Former Sunderland and Newcastle player Lee Clark

Brum rush: Former Sunderland and Newcastle player Lee Clark

Clark, 39, was sacked by Huddersfield in February with chairman Dean Hoyle saying he had ‘lost faith’ in his ability to secure automatic promotion from League Two.

Huddersfield did subsequently go up, via a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the play-off final against Sheffield United, under Simon Grayson.