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B&Q pull out of deal with Football League over title sponsorship

EXCLUSIVE: Football League's attempt to hammer out a deal with B&Q break down

By
Charles Sale

PUBLISHED:

16:25 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:34 GMT, 23 April 2013

The Football League have suffered a huge setback after potential new title sponsors B&Q suddenly pulled out of negotiations.

The DIY chain had been expected to sign a three-year contract worth 21m to replace nPower as the backers of all three Football League divisions from the start of next season.

But talks broke down on Monday with the Football League unaware why B&Q, who had previously shown huge enthusiasm for the sponsorship, had changed their mind at the last minute.

No go: B&Q have pulled out of a deal to become the Football League's title sponsors

No go: B&Q have pulled out of a deal to become the Football League's title sponsors

Turning off the lights: NPower's sponsorship of the Football League will come to an end this summer

Turning off the lights: NPower's sponsorship of the Football League will come to an end this summer

Fresh deal: Domino's Pizza are in the mix

Fresh deal: Domino's Pizza are in the mix

The disappointment at the breakdown of the deal is compounded by B&Q, who have stores near numerous Football League clubs, being regarded as such a good fit for a sponsorship that has proved difficult to fill.

But their exit leaves the Football League commercial department having to go back to the companies who had shown interest before attention was turned to finalising the B&Q deal.

One of those companies is restaurant chain Domino's Pizza, who have released a football app and a football sitcom on their Facebook page.

Domino's marketing director Simon Wallis said: 'Football and Pizza are a match made in heaven.'

Jonny Wilkinson signs one-year contract extension to prolong career at Toulon

Wilkinson signs one-year contract extension to prolong career at Toulon

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

11:20 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:20 GMT, 30 March 2013

Jonny Wilkinson has revealed he canvassed the opinions of fellow fly-half stars Matt Giteau and Frederic Michalak before electing to extend his career for a further year.

The 33-year-old England World Cup winner spent the winter debating whether to continue his successful stint at wealthy French club Toulon or retire.

The pain of a long-standing groin problem was tipping the balance towards retirement, but following the success of a recent operation, he says another season is now in his sights.

On the up: Jonny Wilkinson has led Toulon into the Heineken Cup quarter finals this season

On the up: Jonny Wilkinson has led Toulon into the Heineken Cup quarter finals this season

St George: Wilkinson plays alongside Englishmen Andrew Sheridan, Simon Shaw and the Armitage brothers

St George: Wilkinson plays alongside Englishmen Andrew Sheridan, Simon Shaw and the Armitage brothers

Discussing his recent operation in The Times, Wilkinson said: 'I didn't know if it was going to work, but it has given me the ability to go out and work hard, to recover and go again.

'From November through to January, I was thinking: end of career.'

Wilkinson said the views of Toulon team-mates Giteau and Michalak were taken into account before he decided to play on.

'These are guys who play inside and outside me and both play in my position too, so there is no better position to have to see if they think I am doing a good job,' he said.

Crunch match: Toulon face an tough quarter final in the south of France when they host Leicester

Crunch match: Toulon face an tough quarter final in the south of France when they host Leicester

'I also wanted to know where they see their futures. Am I in the way of their future Am I helping their future Do they feel comfortable playing alongside me I was more than willing to hear.

'These are guys for whom I have such great respect, guys from whom you want to hear the negative stuff.

'But they were really honest and I got the impression that they wanted me there.'

Champagne moment: Wilkinson will always be remembered for his drop-goal to win the 2003 World Cup

Champagne moment: Wilkinson will always be remembered for his drop-goal to win the 2003 World Cup

Wilkinson stepped down from the international game just over a year ago following a stellar Test career, but his name continues to be linked with the British and Irish Lions squad to tour Australia.

While refusing to rule himself out of contention, he admits he has had no contact with head coach Warren Gatland and considers himself a left-field selection.

'The Lions is so exciting,' he said. 'I would certainly welcome the opportunity, though I'm not sure why my name would be mentioned.

'I'm not thinking, ''I'm in with a shout''.

'The young guys in international rugby are the ones taking the sport forward.'

Honoured: Wilkinson won an MBE for his exploits at the World Cup

Honoured: Wilkinson won an MBE for his exploits at the World Cup

Michael van Gerwen draws with Phil Taylor

Van Gerwen unable to hold out for win over The Power on thrilling opening night

runner-up Simon Whitlock was also a winner at the Odyssey Arena as he crushed a poor Adrian Lewis 7-3.

There was nothing to separate the players early on as the first five legs went with throw. But the Aussie struck a 121 finish to break and go 4-2 up before Lewis hit back immediately to reduce his arrears to 4-3.

Whitlock broke again, though, to lead 5-3 before hitting double top in the next leg to guarantee at least a draw. ‘The Wizard’ didn’t have to wait long to complete his win as the 10th leg summed up Lewis’s evening.

Eagle eyed: Simon Whitlock in action

Eagle eyed: Simon Whitlock in action

The two-time world champion missed six darts at a double and Whitlock stepped in to hit double eight and wrap up a comfortable win in Northern Ireland.

In the first match of the evening, Robert Thornton secured a 7-5 win over Andy Hamilton on his Premier League debut.

The UK Open champion raced into a 5-1 lead and appeared to be cruising towards victory before Hamilton fought back to level at 5-5.

But Thornton checked out a 120 finish against the throw in leg 11 before sealing a 7-5 victory in the deciding leg.

In week one’s other match, perennial Premier League slow starter James Wade earned his first opening-week win since 2008 as he cruised past debutant Wes Newton 7-4.

Dowie emerges as leading contender for vacant Oldham job after Scholes link is dismissed

Dowie emerges as leading contender for vacant Oldham job after Scholes link is dismissed

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

01:15 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

02:02 GMT, 5 February 2013

Iain Dowie is leading the race to become the next Oldham Athletic manager, despite bookmakers installing Oldham fan Paul Scholes as shock favourite.

Latics chairman Simon Corney is eager to install a new boss before the club’s FA Cup fifth-round clash against Everton next Saturday.

Surprisingly the 38-year-old midfielder was labelled as a front-runner but Corney has denied any suggestions that the Old Trafford legend would be taking the post.

Out of work: Dowie's last managerial job was in 2010 he unsuccessfully tried to keep Hull City in the Premier League

Out of work: Dowie's last managerial job was in 2010 when he unsuccessfully tried to keep Hull City in the Premier League

‘If Paul Scholes was to so much as express a desire to come here, it would refresh the whole club and of course I would be interested,’ Corney said.

‘But is it going to happen No, it isn't and there has been no contact between ourselves and Paul Scholes.

‘For one thing, I cannot see him wanting to go from earning 60,000-a-week at Manchester United to 600-a-week at Oldham!

Despite engineering their famous victory over Liverpool, Paul Dickov resigned on Sunday after a run of poor form in League One which left the Boundary Park side just outside the relegation zone.

Relaxed: Scholes at United's Doha training camp

Favourite: Scholes, seen here relaxing at United's Doha training camp, has emerged as the bookies choice for the Oldham job

Dowie has previous experience of managing Oldham after taking the club to the League One play-offs in 2002-03 and

Corney confirmed that he has been in contact with the former QPR manager.

‘Iain and I are good friends and we speak on a regular basis, but the club has time to make the right appointment,’ added Corney.

‘I would certainly expect a manager to be in place in time for the FA Cup tie against Everton next week and hopefully the issue may be resolved before the game against MK Dons this weekend.’

Alex Ferguson denies FA charge over rant at Tottenham linesman

Fergie DENIES charge over blast at linesman who turned down Rooney penalty claim at Spurs

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

17:13 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 1 February 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has today decided to contest an FA charge of misconduct.

It relates to comments the Manchester United manager made following the draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane last month.

It is alleged that Ferguson breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias.

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Hot water: The United boss has been summoned before the FA

Hot water: The United boss has been summoned before the FA

His case is now set to be heard
before an independent commission. If found guilty, he is expected to be
fined but could feasibly face a touchline ban.

The United boss has decided not to request a personal hearing but the club will submit a file arguing his case.

Ferguson’s comments were aimed at
referee’s assistant Simon Beck after he refused to flag for a penalty
when Wayne Rooney went down under a challenge from Steven Caulker.

By claiming that United ‘were never
going to get a decision’ from Beck and ‘he gave them everything else’,
the FA believe that Ferguson – who also brought up a previous
controversy involving the same official when United played Chelsea in
2010 – questioned his integrity.

He said: ‘The stand-side linesman
never gave us a thing all day,’ said Ferguson. ‘I think he had a
shocking game today. I'm disappointed in his performance, I really am.

Late twist: Ferguson was even more unhappy after Clint Dempsey (left) scored Tottenham's added-time leveller

Late twist: Ferguson was even more unhappy after Clint Dempsey (left) scored Tottenham's added-time leveller

‘We’ve got that history with him. He
never gave offside with (Didier) Drogba at Old Trafford when he was
three yards offside. Everyone remembers that. I certainly do.’

The decision not to award what
Ferguson described as ‘a clear penalty’ proved costly for United when
Clint Dempsey struck in injury-time to cancel out Robin van Persie’s
first-half header.

Yesterday, United defender Rio
Ferdinand backed his manager saying: ‘It was a 100 per cent penalty. I
cannot believe he didn’t give it. The linesman didn’t really help us on
the near touchline at all in the second half especially.

‘He maybe wasn’t going to put his flag up but I’m disappointed that the referee didn’t give what was a stonewall penalty.’

Ferguson has been banned from the
touchline on five occasions in the past, most recently in 2011 when he
was found guilty of questioning the integrity of referee Martin
Atkinson.

Fulham set to sign Urby Emanuelson on loan from AC Milan

Emanuelson checks into the Cottage for reunion with Fulham boss Jol

By
Simon Jones and Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

22:42 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:56 GMT, 30 January 2013

Fulham are in talks to sign AC Milan midfielder Urby Emanuelson on loan. The 26-year-old Dutch international can play left-back, midfield and as a winger.

The Dutch international has been increasingly on the sidelines at Milan this season, and has not found a settled position in the side.

Emanuelson is understood to be in London where he will undergo a medical and sign the contract until the end of the season.

Heading to Fulham: Urby Emanuelson looks set to sign for the Cottagers

Heading to Fulham: Urby Emanuelson looks set to sign for the Cottagers

Emanuelson all but confirmed the move when he tweeted: 'a strange day… Leaving Milano for London… Tomorrow we know more'

The 26-year-old played under Fulham boss Martin Jol at Ajax and has been capped 16 times by the Dutch national team.

He will become Fulham's second loan signing this month after Emmanuel Frimpong joined from Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Igor de Camargo has snubbed both Fulham and Everton by returning to Germany to join relegation threatened Hoffenheim.

No go: Igor de Camargo looks set to sign for Hoffenheim

No go: Igor de Camargo looks set to sign for Hoffenheim

Fulham were confident of signing striker De Camargo and negotiations were well advanced for a loan from Borussia Monchengladbach for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

Everton were also involved and offered better wages than Fulham but again wanted a loan with the option to buy at the end of the season for the 29-year-old Brazil-born Belgium international.

De Camargo left England on Tuesday to discuss a permanent transfer to Hoffenheim, who offered a two-and-half year permanent contract.

Hoffenheim sporting director Andreas Mueller said: 'We hope to have a stronger strikeforce with Igor up front.

'He can play an important role for us with his quality and Bundesliga experience.'

Alex Ferguson charged by FA over rant at Tottenham linesman

Fergie CHARGED by FA over blast at 'shocking' linesman who was 'never going to give United a decision'

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

17:09 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:42 GMT, 29 January 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged by the FA over his rant at the linesman during their draw at Tottenham this month.

The Manchester United boss could now be fined for misconduct after attempting to explain his comments.

Ferguson was furious that referee's
assistant Simon Beck did not flag for a penalty when Wayne Rooney was
challenged by Steven Caulker.

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney


Hot water: The United boss has been summoned before the FA

Hot water: The United boss has been summoned before the FA

By
claiming that United 'were never going to get a decision' from Beck and
'he gave them everything else', the FA believe that Ferguson may be
guilty of questioning his integrity.

An FA statement read: ‘The FA has
today charged Sir Alex Ferguson in relation to post-match media comments
made following Manchester United’s game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday
20 January 2013.

‘It is alleged the Manchester United
manager breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official
was motivated by bias.

‘Ferguson has until 4pm on Friday 1 February 2013 to respond to the charge.’

Earlier
this month Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini escaped punishment
when asked to explain a comment that referee Kevin Friend 'ate too much'
before the Boxing Day defeat at Sunderland.

On the same day, Ferguson angrily
confronted referee Mike Dean at half-time of United's game with
Newcastle but the FA took no action.

However, their legal team decided to
take the matter further on Monday after analysing his remarks following
the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

'The stand-side linesman never gave us a thing all day,' said Ferguson.

'I think he had a shocking game. I'm
disappointed in his performance, I really am. We've got that history
with him. He never gave offside with (Didier) Drogba at Old Trafford
when he was three yards offside. Everyone remembers that. I certainly
do.'

The decision not to award what
Ferguson described as 'a clear penalty' proved costly for United when
Clint Dempsey struck in injury time to cancel out Robin van Persie's
first-half header.

Late twist: Ferguson was even more unhappy after Clint Dempsey (left) scored Tottenham's late leveller

Late twist: Ferguson was even more unhappy after Clint Dempsey (left) scored Tottenham's late leveller

United defender Rio Ferdinand backed
his manager saying: 'It was a 100 per cent penalty. I cannot believe he
didn't give it. The linesman didn't really help us on the near touchline
at all.

'He maybe wasn't going to put his flag up, but I'm disappointed that the referee didn't give what was a stonewall penalty.'

Ferguson has been banned from the
touchline on five occasions in the past, most recently in 2011 when he
was found guilty of questioning the integrity of referee Martin
Atkinson.

Australian Open 2013: Jeremy Chardy beat Andreas Seppi 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-2

Chardy fights back from a set down to see off Seppi and make his first quarter-final

By
Jon Fisher, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

05:42 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

05:42 GMT, 21 January 2013

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy made it through to his first grand slam quarter-final – and a possible crack at Andy Murray – after seeing off Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open.

Chardy dropped the first set to the 21st-seeded Italian but hit back to win 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Marching on: Jeremy Chardy celebrates beating Italian Andreas Seppi

Marching on: Jeremy Chardy celebrates beating Italian Andreas Seppi

Over and out: Seppi reacts to going out despite taking the first set

Over and out: Seppi reacts to going out despite taking the first set

Seppi claimed the opener after breaking for a 6-5 lead but was then pushed around by Chardy with his big serve allowing his opponent few chances to plot a route back into the contest.

Murray plays Chardy's compatriot Gilles Simon in the fourth round later today. He has a 4-1 record against Chardy but the defeat came in their last match, at the Cincinnati Masters last year.

In control: Chardy fought back from a set down to make the quarter finals

In control: Chardy fought back from a set down to make the quarter finals

Showboating: Seppi plays a shot through his legs

Showboating: Seppi plays a shot through his legs

Australian Open 2013: Gilles Simon confirms he is fit to face Andy Murray

Murray is favorite to beat me, admits Simon after declaring himself fit following Monfils battle

By
Mike Dickson

PUBLISHED:

06:17 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

06:17 GMT, 20 January 2013

Gilles Simon, Andy Murray’s fourth round opponent in the Australian Open, confirmed that he will be able to take the court for the match despite suffering heavy cramping in his Saturday night epic against Gael Monfils.

The slightly-built Frenchman was unable to speak to the media after beating his compatriot 8-6 in the fifth set of an extremely gruelling encounter that lasted nearly four and three quarter hours, and was marked by the sheer length of the rallies involved.

He only appeared in public this afternoon local time, having needed extensive treatment when he came off the court after midnight in some distress suffering cramp all over his body following the most attritional match imaginable.

Scroll down to watch the 71-shot rally between Simon and Monfils

Shattered: An exhausted Gilles Simon sits down after winning his third round match against fellow countryman Gael Monfils

Shattered: An exhausted Gilles Simon sits down after winning his third round match against fellow countryman Gael Monfils

There had been rumours that he had been taken to hospital and might pull out of his meeting with Murray due to leg or arm injuries, but he quickly quashed those while admitting that he was still very sore.

'No, my treatment was here, but yes I was in bad shape,' he said. 'I’m never cramping on the court normally. I felt like I played the end of the match in a dream, like I was not even on the court. I was just hitting the ball, trying to run, and not thinking anymore. I was too tired to be upset or happy, at the end of the match I had just completely lost control.'

Gilles Simon

Gael Monfils

Epic: Simon and Monfils shared a brilliant 71-shot rally during their third round match

One of the rallies against Monfils had
lasted 71 strokes and took one minute forty second to complete, but many
of the baseline exchanges were long between two counter punchers.

'All parts of my body were painful but there’s no miracle cure so you’ve just got to have massage and stretching. I went to sleep about 5am and woke up about two o’ clock.'

Murray is about the last player you want to meet if your legs are heavy because he is so skilled at making opponents run side to side and back and forward, so it looked a mountainous task for the fourteenth seed to disrupt his march towards the last four.

Giving it everything: Simon rests on the net during his third round match

Giving it everything: Simon rests on the net during his third round match

Treatment: Simon received medical attention

Treatment: Simon received medical attention

Their match will start at 5pm local time so there was another 24 hours to recover, with Roger Federer the featured night match on Rod Laver Arena.

'With Andy I know how strong he is and of course it will be really difficult but at the moment I’m just happy I won the last match. Even if I don’t have a lot of chance to win this it’s my job to go on court and do the maximum I can to bother him and give him a hard time.

Next up: Andy Murray will be the strong favorite against Simon

Next up: Andy Murray will be the strong favorite against Simon

'It is not easy to win 6-2 6-3 6-2 against Andy and I’m not sure if we play longer than that I will be able to make it to the end. But I will do everything I can to be ready and I still have another sleep.'

Another small problem for Simon is that Murray has won their last nine matches against each other, so he would start as strong favourite regardless.

VIDEO Watch the amazing 71-shot rally between Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils

West Ham latest: Winston Reid agrees new two-year deal

Reid all about it! A good sign for West Ham as Toon target agrees new two-year deal

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

10:29 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 15 January 2013

EXCLUSIVE

Winston Reid has agreed a new two-year extension to his West Ham contract to see off interest from Barclays Premier League heavyweights, including Newcastle.

Reid, the Hammers' best player this season, was out of contract in the summer and that alerted top-flightt vultures.

But Sportsmail has learned West Ham have invoked a two-year extension clause in his deal and club sources will renegotiate further in the summer with the lure of a five-year deal.

Promising signs: New Zealand defender Winston Reid has agreed a new two-year deal with West Ham

Promising signs: New Zealand defender Winston Reid has agreed a new two-year deal with West Ham

So impressed have the east London club been with Reid, they want him to become an Upton Park stalwart.

'There was never any chance of us letting him go,' said a club insider. 'We want to build for the future and Winston has a key role to play going forward.'

New Zealand centre half Reid has become a popular figure at West Ham and is rated highly by manager Sam Allardyce, who has built his defensive strategy around him.

Reid, 24, moved to Denmark when he was 10 and received Danish citizenship but always wanted to play for his native New Zealand.

Fans' favourite: Winston Reid won the acclaim of Hammers supporters after his decisive goal against arch-rivals Millwall last season at Upton Park

Fans' favourite: Winston Reid won the acclaim of Hammers supporters after his decisive goal against arch-rivals Millwall last season at Upton Park

West Ham signed Reid from FC Midtjylland and he was a mainstay of their promotion season – and even scored an important goal against Millwall for which he is revered for by the fans.

He was rested for the third-round FA Cup draw with Manchester United but may return to the side for the replay with James Collins injured. It could see Reid up against Robin van Persie, the hottest striker in the Premier League.

West Ham sources believe this deal is a sign of their ambition as they look to build on the squad through the transfer window. The club are looking for a left back to join Reid in the back four.