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West Ham 1 Stoke 1 – match report

West Ham 1 Stoke 1: O'Brien strike earns Allardyce a point against resilient Potters

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PUBLISHED:

21:51 GMT, 19 November 2012

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 19 November 2012

Joey O'Brien struck early in the second half to earn a point for West Ham against a tough-to-beat Stoke City.

The Potters had led after a well-worked corner routine saw Jon Walters smash home.

After the equaliser West Ham pushed to win the game but could not breach Tony Pulis' mean defence for a second time.

Andy Carroll was substituted with five minutes remaining and was clearly annoyed at the decision by Sam Allardyce.

More to follow.

Back on track: Joey O'Brien (right) is congratulated by Kevin Nolan after scoring the equaliser

Back on track: Joey O'Brien (right) is congratulated by Kevin Nolan after scoring the equaliser

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien (Demel 77), Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Diame, O'Neil, Carroll (Cole 85), Maiga (Taylor 85).

Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Spence, Hall.

Booked: Noble.

Goal: O'Brien 48.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson (Shotton 32), Whelan (Palacios 62), Adam, Nzonzi, Walters, Crouch, Etherington (Kightly 74).

Subs not used: Sorensen, Jones, Upson, Jerome.

Goal: Walters 13.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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Opener: Jonathan Walters struck from a cleverly worked corner

Opener: Jonathan Walters struck from a cleverly worked corner

Good job: Peter Crouch celebrates the strike which put Tony Pulis' side ahead

Good job: Peter Crouch celebrates the strike which put Tony Pulis' side ahead

Shocking: West Ham had a less than impressive first half

Shocking: West Ham had a less than impressive first half

That'll do: O'Brien struck just after the interval

That'll do: O'Brien struck just after the interval

Scrappy: Glenn Whelan and Mohamed Diame get tangled up

Scrappy: Glenn Whelan and Mohamed Diame get tangled up

Come on: Pulis' side faded as the match went on

Come on: Pulis' side faded as the match went on

No impact: Crouch could not help his side as the game petered out

No impact: Crouch could not help his side as the game petered out

Off form: Andy Carroll was not at his best and was substituted late on

Off form: Andy Carroll was not at his best and was substituted late on

Thump: Matthew Etherington and O'Brien fight for the ball

Thump: Matthew Etherington and O'Brien fight for the ball

Nevin Spence tribute planned by Aviva Premiership clubs

Premiership sides to observe minute silence in tribute to tragic Ulster star Spence

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15:54 GMT, 21 September 2012

Tributes will be paid throughout the Aviva Premiership this weekend to Ulster rugby player Nevin Spence.

The 22-year-old was killed, along with his father and brother, in an accident on the family farm in Northern Ireland last weekend.

A minute's silence will be observed before all six Premiership games, starting with Sale's match against London Welsh and followed by matches hosted by London Irish, Northampton, Gloucester, Leicester and Exeter.

Tribute: Aviva Premiership clubs will observe a minute silence in honour of tragic Ulster star Nevin Spence

Tribute: Aviva Premiership clubs will observe a minute silence in honour of tragic Ulster star Nevin Spence

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Sale, meanwhile, will also remember Greater Manchester Police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, who were killed in a gun and grenade attack earlier this week.

'After the devastating events of last weekend, it is entirely appropriate that the whole of the rugby world remembers Nevin and his family this weekend,' Premiership Rugby rugby director Phil Winstanley said.

'In times like these rugby as a sport pulls together, and Premiership Rugby and all the Aviva Premiership clubs want to remember Nevin and show support for his family and for Ulster Rugby at this extremely difficult time.'

Nevin Spence death: Ulster devastated – Johann Muller

Ulster captain Muller reveals devastation at the tragic loss of starlet Spence

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13:17 GMT, 18 September 2012

Ulster captain Johann Muller has spoken of the team's devastation over the tragic death of Nevin Spence, who died along with his father and brother in a farming accident.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the funerals on Wednesday of Spence, 22, who along with his father Noel, 58 and brother Graham, 30 was overcome by slurry fumes at the family's farm near Hillsborough, Co. Down.

Muller said: 'He was determined to be the best that he could be and I have no doubt that he would have gone on to play for Ireland on many occasions.

Tragedy: The funerals of Spence, his father and brother will take place on Wednesday

Tragedy: The funerals of Spence, his father and brother will take place on Wednesday

Tragedy: The funerals of Spence, his father and brother will take place on Wednesday

'He was the kind of player that inspired others with his attitude in training and sheer will to win in matches.'

Health and safety experts are carrying out an investigation into the tragedy last Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday's funeral will take place at Ballynahinch Baptist Church, Co. Down and Ulster fans will pay their own respects at a memorial service at the team's ground at Ravenhill, Belfast on Sunday afternoon.

Muller said Nevin's loss was deeply felt by all the players.

Devastated: Ulster captain Johann Muller (right)

Devastated: Ulster captain Johann Muller (right)

He said in a statement: 'Nevin Spence was a highly skilful and gifted rugby player. He was utterly committed to Ulster and was enormously proud to represent his Province.

'His positive outlook on life brought a smile to people's faces. He was kind, polite, generous and courageous, and we were blessed to have him in our team.

'The one comfort for us as a squad is that we have each other for support.

'It has been a difficult time for the players and coaches but I believe that through this tragic loss, we will have a new sense of togetherness.'

Ulster centre Nevin Spence dies trying to save father in slurry pit accident

Ulster star Spence dies while trying to save father in horrific slurry pit accident

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07:04 GMT, 16 September 2012

Ulster centre Nevin Spence was killed alongside his brother and their father in a farming tragedy on Saturday which also injured their sister in Northern Ireland.

The 22-year-old rose to prominence playing for Ulster Rugby and was a rising star in Ireland's international rugby scene but died after falling into a slurry tank.

Emergency crews went to the family farm in Drumlough Road outside Hillsborough, Co Down, shortly after 6pm on Saturday following reports that four people had fallen into the slurry pit.

Terrible episode: Nevin died alongside his father Noel and brother Graham in the shocking accident on the farm

Terrible episode: Nevin died alongside his father Noel and brother Graham in the shocking accident on the farm

Following a lengthy rescue operation it was confirmed that three men had died and a woman was taken to hospital for treatment for the inhalation of fumes.

Nevin Spence was a member of the Ulster Rugby squad that reached the European Heineken cup final last season, and he was predicted to have a glittering international career ahead of him.

Rugby players and fans paid tribute to the young player on social media as news emerged of his involvement in the tragedy.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said on Twitter: 'Deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy in Hillsborough this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with family at this time of devastation.'

He will be missed: Nevin Spence had a bright future ahead of him as a professional rugby player

He will be missed: Nevin Spence had a bright future ahead of him as a professional rugby player

Tributes appeared on Twitter feeds representing both the British and Irish Lions and the RaboDirect Pro12, the league in which Ulster play.

The Lions post read: 'All our thoughts are with the family and friends of Ulster centre Nevin Spence, his father and brother. Reportedly died in accident.'

The post on the Pro12 account read: 'Shocked. We just read about Nevin Spence. RIP. There are no words.'
Spence's erstwhile Ulster team-mate, fly-half Ian Humphreys, wrote: 'Devastated to hear the news about Nevin Spence and his brother and dad. Prayers with all his family… RIP Nev, you'll never be forgotten…'

Former Ireland and Munster hooker Jerry Flannery added: 'Terrible news on Nevin Spence, his Brother and their Dad. Offering up prayers for their family and friends, unbelievably sad.'

Former Wales winger Shane Williams was also among those to pay their respects on the social media site, writing: 'My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Nevin Spence. A tragic loss. A class act on the field also. RIP.'

Lives have been lost in the past in accidents at other farm slurry tanks, but the scale of the latest tragedy caused widespread shock.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it responded to a 999 call at about 6.15pm following reports that at least three people had fallen into a slurry tank.

It said it immediately sent three rapid response paramedics, four accident and emergency vehicles and an ambulance service doctor to the scene.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service also attended and rescued four people from the slurry pit.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: 'Three were unconscious and NIAS paramedics commenced resuscitation efforts immediately assisted by other ambulance personnel.

Tragedy: Large numbers of emergency service vehicles attended the farm

Tragedy: Large numbers of emergency service vehicles attended the farm

'One of the four showed initial signs of responding to the efforts of the crews and was transported immediately to the nearby Lagan Valley Hospital, where unfortunately he died a short time later.

'Despite the best efforts of all involved the other two men died at the scene.

'A female was treated at the scene and taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where she is recovering from the effects of fume inhalation.'

The ambulance service said it extended its sympathies to those involved.

The Ulster Farmers' Union said the tragedy had shocked the entire farming community.

UFU president Harry Sinclair said: “On behalf of all our members, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family involved.

'This news has shocked the farming community. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the three men who have so tragically lost their lives.

'We understand that a fourth member of the family has been hospitalised and we pray that they will make a full recovery.'

Tributes also came from notable Northern Irish sportsmen Rory McIlroy and Mark Allen.

McIlroy, golf's world number one, wrote on his Twitter account: “Just heard the tragic news of Nevin Spence and his family. Makes you cherish every day you have on this Earth.'

Snooker star Allen added: 'What a loss for the family and for ulster and Irish rugby!! In shock here!!'

London 2012 Paralympics: Oscar Pistorius escapes punishment for Alan Oliveira outburst

Relief for Pistorius after blade runner escapes punishment for Oliveira outburst

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11:21 GMT, 4 September 2012

Oscar Pistorius will not face censure for his comments on regulations governing prosthetic running blades, the International Paralympic Committee said.

The South African apologised for raising his concerns over the length of some rivals' blades immediately after being beaten to T44 200 metres gold by Brazil's Alan Fonteles Oliveira on Sunday night.

IPC communications director Craig Spence said 'There will be no disciplinary action against Oscar for his comments.'

Outburst: Pistorius questioned the legality of Oliveira's running blades

Outburst: Pistorius questioned the legality of Oliveira's running blades

A date is still to be set for a meeting between Pistorius and the IPC, with arrangements being taken place through official channels.

'We're waiting for the national Paralympic committee of South Africa to go through the relevant channels and contact the IPC and then the meeting will be set up,' Spence added.

London 2012 Olympics: LIVE – final day including LeBron James

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8.15: The big stories just keep coming at the Olympics. Mo Farah topped the race of his life last Saturday by repeating the trick yesterday evening to win gold in the 5000m.

As the sporting action inside the Olympic Stadium came to a close, the 29-year-old made British sporting history.

8.10: And give this event a chance. I found it slow going yesterday but the suspense built as it progressed.

After the fencing is 200m swimming and even some horse riding.

But the drama comes at the end of the day when the combined events of shooting and running crown the champion.

At these Games, the women's event will be the last gold medal – so keep an eye on it.

8.05: And the early birds are already out in the modern pentathlon.

The fencing has begun at the Copper Box, where Britain has representation in Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray.

Just to clear a few things up there are 36 competitors in all, with each one facing each other in a round robin format.

Each fencing bout is one minute long and the first to score a hit wins. If neither score a hit then both pentathletes lose the bout.

8:00: So sadly here we are, the last day of London 2012 and the final act of what has been a highly successful Olympic Games.

I admit I had my doubts, but these Games have gone far and beyond my expectations.

But now is not the time for reflection – we still have loads of action to get through before London 2012 really ends – and there may be a couple more British medals too…

Plunge: Tom Daley celebrates his bronze

Plunge: Tom Daley celebrates his bronze

London 2012 Olympics: Heather Fell misses modern pentathlon standby spot

Olympic medalist Fell vents frustration at missing out on standby spot

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22:33 GMT, 8 June 2012

Beijing silver medalist Heather Fell has spoken of her frustration at not even being named on standby for the modern pentathlon Olympic team.

Five women made the qualifying standard for London but only two could go and despite Fell ranking seventh in the world, and second among British athletes, she was judged fourth best.

No silver lining: Heather Fell won silver in Beijing but is being replaced

Olympic place: Freyja Prentice

No silver lining: Fell won silver in Beijing (left) but Prentice (right) earned selection

World champion Mhairi Spence and world bronze medallist Samantha Murray were named as the chosen two on Thursday – an understandable decision which stuck to the selection policy of weighting the World Championships most highly.

But Fell, 29, also lost out to Freyja Prentice for the sole standby spot, used in case either of the other two get injured.

Prentice, 22, is ranked 24th in the world and qualified for London by virtue of coming eighth in the European Championships last year.

It is this snub which has rankled Fell, who only last month won silver in the world cup event in Chengdu.

'We all knew the selection policy inside out,' she told Sportsmail.

'After the worlds I knew I wasn't going to be in. I was absolutely devastated.

'I had a few days of not wanting to do anything. It felt as if part of me had been taken away. I've done something for four years and now don't know what to do.

Deep disappointment: Fell misses out on a chance to shine again

Deep disappointment: Fell misses out on a chance to shine again

'The world cup silver made me feel a bit better and I'm now ranked seventh in the world, the second highest Briton behind Mhairi (ranked third – Murray is 10th).

'The thing that has knocked me back a bit is that I wasn't even picked as reserve. That was surprising and very disappointing.

'I know it's only a precaution and unlikely to come down to that but it would have been nice to be part of the Olympic team in whatever way.

'I never thought about appealing. It would have been a waste of everyone's time. They sent the team out on Saturday at 3.30pm and because of the Bank Holidays I only had 24 hours anyway.'

Fell was also critical of rules dictating just two out of the 36 women at London will be British.

The country has won four medals in female modern pentathlon since the women's event was added to the Olympic programme at the Sydney Games in 2000 and GB currently has five women ranked in the top 32 in the world.

She said: 'It's unfortunate, but the Olympics will not be the best competition in the world for modern pentathlon.'

Fell has not yet decided what to do at the Games, conceding it is either a case of 'burying your head in the sand' or 'embracing it'.

She added: 'I'm proud to be part of such a strong women's pentathlon and wish the girls the best of luck.'

London 2012 Olympics: Aaron Cook faces fight-off with Lutalo Muhammad

World No 1 Cook faces fight-off with Muhammad for Olympics taekwondo berth

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22:23 GMT, 7 June 2012

A play-off between the two fighters locked in the taekwondo impasse has emerged as a possible last resort to settle the continuing dispute.

The chances of a quick resolution dissolved on Thursday when the British Olympic Association declined to overturn British Taekwondo's baffling decision to pick Lutalo Muhammad instead of the world No 1 Aaron Cook.

Controversy: The row over refusing Cook an Olympics berth rumbles on

Controversy: The row over refusing Cook an Olympics berth rumbles on

They backed off because the World
Taekwondo Federation stepped in to review the selection process in the
80kg category, an intervention without precedent.

Showdown: Muhammad may have to fight for his Olympics place

Showdown: Muhammad may have to fight for his Olympics place

Jean-Marie Ayer, secretary general of the WTF, said: 'We are disappointed by the way British Taekwondo's selection process has been conducted and it is clear the lack of a conclusive rationale has caused confusion.

'The manner of the selection is bringing our sport into disrepute among the UK media and major Olympic stakeholders due to a perceived lack of transparency.'

Cook, who has instructed lawyers Harbottle & Lewis to act for him, wants to win his place procedurally but his camp acknowledged a playoff could be a 'last, last, last resort'.

The BOA also countenanced the idea.

Fell out of favour

Heather Fell has not made the modern pentathlon team for London.

The Beijing silver medallist, 29, was fighting for one of two women's
places, with Mhairi Spence, Freyja Prentice and Samantha Murray making the qualifying standard.

Revealed: The go-karting guru who helped Button become F1"s smooth operator

Revealed: The go-karting guru who helped Button become F1's smooth operator

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20:37 GMT, 24 May 2012

As Jenson Button bounds up to the middle deck of McLaren’s magnificent three-storey motorhome, on the ground floor two men are drinking a bottle of red wine.

Instantly recognisable is John Button, Jenson’s dad. His ruddy complexion and Riviera chic outfits are a permanent fixture at every grand prix. Less well known is the man in full McLaren regalia with the close cropped balding pate.

Dave Spence does not work for McLaren. But having been instrumental in the career of a driver they feel confident will deliver more world titles he is always a welcome visitor to their hospitality.

Button is widely regarded as the smoothest driver on the grand prix circuit, an advocate of the Alain Prost school of motor racing. But long before Button was earning comparisons with ‘Le Professeur’, it was go-kart guru Spence who was shaping that style.

Good start: Jenson Button was fastest in second practice at Monaco on Thursday

Good start: Jenson Button was fastest
in second practice at Monaco on Thursday

Searching for someone to act as a buffer between a competitive father and son, Button senior approached Spence.

‘Everyone on the go-kart scene knew Dave was a very clever man,’ says John Button (below) of the early days of his son’s career at the Hoddesdon Kart Club in Hertfordshire.

‘We were struggling to have some direction in karting, and to get someone who really understood the sport well,’ recalls Jenson. ‘We needed someone who knew how to set up a kart but also someone who could help me improve as a driver and to help me with my race craft.

‘Dave came on board and looked after me. He controlled me as well, my aggression, and that of my father, in difficult circumstances. The way he did that was by getting really angry himself!

Support: Father John helped to hone Jenson's smooth driving style

Support: Father John helped to hone Jenson's smooth driving style

‘There was an incident when somebody pushed me off the circuit, I was 11 and this guy was 16 and we were racing in the same category. Dave came to me and explained that I needed to stay relaxed and these sorts of things happen. But the more he talked about trying to stay relaxed the more he got angry before picking up a giant hammer and going running after the guy. Luckily he couldn’t catch him!’

With Spence’s help, not many could catch Button either, as his smooth driving style soon began to pay off. ‘I have always had that, since a very early age,’ says Button. ‘I used to watch Alain Prost on television and I had my father and Dave trying to help me be smooth in corners.

‘In the lower categories of karting, they are so underpowered you have to be as smooth as possible so you don’t lose speed through a corner. That is how you are quick. Because of those two I won 34 out of 34 races one year. I progressed through the other categories trying to keep the same style, just tweaking it here and there.

‘But the basic race craft and how you should look after the car or the kart like you look after yourself … you do remember those early days.’

It is the style Button will employ as he strives to win his second Monaco Grand Prix this weekend. Cool, calm and collected off the track and super smooth on it, Button is ideally suited to Monaco as a location in which to ply his trade and live his life.

It was not always so, however. His well-documented lifestyle in the playboy’s principality during his early Formula One career raised serious questions from team principals and team-mates alike regarding his dedication to the sport.

Winning the 2009 drivers’ world championship was an emphatic response to those who wondered whether Button would ever get his priorities right — although, in fairness, his performances in the run-up to his title-winning season had already shown him to be a serious racer.

But was there still a risk he might set tongues wagging by deciding to swap two years in the calm of Guernsey for a return to Monaco

Back home: Button has switched base to Monaco

Back home: Button has switched base to Monaco

‘I have experienced Monaco and I have experienced living somewhere else,’ says Button. ‘Moving away from Monaco is a good thing because you realise how good you have it in the south of France.

‘I really enjoyed Guernsey. It was nice to have a garden and a house with a garage. But I just couldn’t deal with the weather. If I wasn’t training as much as I am, I would be fine with it. Monaco is the perfect place to be right now.’

The ‘training’ involves the thousands of punishing kilometres to enable Button to compete in triathlons as often as his motor racing commitments allow.

Are triathlons the new ‘party’

‘Triathlons are massive for me at the moment,’ replies Button. ‘I need it for the car, because we need to be as light as possible. But I love training and competing.

‘If I win a race, I will still have a couple of drinks and party. But to have a party you have got to win races and that is our first objective.’

On track: Button regularly competes in triathlons

On track: Button regularly competes in triathlons

With just one win so far in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, it is safe to assume training has outweighed partying so far in 2012. But as Button points out, his driving style does come at a price.

‘When you drive smoothly you feel everything, which is a positive but also a negative,’ he says. ‘If you feel that the car isn’t quite right, it is a horrible feeling. You feel like the car is out of control. But when you are in a car that is perfect, you will light it up and drive it quicker than anyone else can.’

If mind, body and machine come together as Button knows they can, victory is well within his grasp around the unforgiving streets of Monaco this Sunday, even if he is driving in an era of competitiveness rarely seen in the history of Formula One. Button showed this potential yesterday as he was fastest in second practice in 1min 15.746sec.

‘There have been 62 world championships and 14 of them have been won by people who are still racing, that’s a massive percentage,’ says Button. ‘Formula One is in a great place. The racing is fantastic, the fan base is good and is improving all the time.

‘It is a nice time to be racing in Formula One, and racing for a team like McLaren that has such heritage and history is very special.’

British team grab bronze at Modern Pentathlon World Championships

British team grab bronze at Modern Pentathlon World Championships

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19:04 GMT, 7 May 2012


Medal winner: Great Britain's Katy Burke

Medal winner: Great Britain's Katy Burke

The Great Britain women's team relay opened their campaign at the 2012 Modern Pentathlon World Championships with bronze in Rome.

The trio of Katy Burke, Kate French and Katy Livingston came home in third place behind Germany and China on the opening day in Italy.

With 12 teams contesting the relay, the British trio were eighth after the fencing and climbed to fifth after the swimming.

With the third best riding performance of the day, the British trio went into the run/shoot in fourth place behind leaders Korea, with reigning champions Hungary second and Germany third.

Burke handed over to French in third place after two shoots and runs, and Britain were still third when French passed on to Livingston.

Livingston dropped out of the top three in her opening shoot, but produced a strong final run to secure Britain's first medal of the championships.

China climbed from seventh to lead the field at the end of the final round of shooting, but Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn overhauled 2009 individual world champion Qian Chen on the final run to ensure Germany took gold.

The Britons are next in action on Thursday when Heather Fell, Samantha Murray, Freyja Prentice and Mhairi Spence contest the women's semi-finals aiming for places in the final on Saturday.

The championships are the final qualification event to reach the individual events at the 2012 Games. British athletes must finish in the top three in the individual competitions to achieve the qualifying standard. Thereafter the only other opportunity to qualify for the Games is through the Olympic ranking list.

So far Britain's Jamie Cooke and Freyja Prentice have achieved the qualifying standard, but with a maximum of two places per gender per nation available, neither are guaranteed places on the team.