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Julio Cesar: I"m staying in London, even if QPR go down

Cesar: Even if QPR are relegated, I'll be staying in London

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

15:41 GMT, 9 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:11 GMT, 10 April 2013

Julio Cesar has revealed he is determined to remain in London, even if QPR are relegated from the Premier League.

The talented Brazil goalkeeper was a surprise summer signing at Loftus Road and has been one of their rare transfer successes and even rarer consistent performers over the course of a disastrous season.

Such is the likelihood that QPR are to be relegated back to the Championship, Cesar has been reported as being on the verge of a move to AC Milan, whose cross-city rivals Inter he left last summer.

Classy: Julio Cesar used to be considered one of the world's best goalkeepers

Classy: Julio Cesar used to be considered one of the world's best goalkeepers

Stopping short of committing himself to QPR, however, Cesar is adamant he regardless wishes to continue to play in the Premier League and insists he has no intention of undermining his time at Inter by moving to Milan.

'I'm still an Interista in my heart,' he told Corriere della Sport. 'I’m learning a new language in London, the city is beautiful and my family is happy.

'I was certainly not treated well by Inter. I love Italy, but I’ve been won over by the environment here.'

On his knees: But even he cannot save QPR's season from disaster

On his knees: But even he cannot save QPR's season from disaster

Cesar's apparent desire to remain in London significantly limits his options if he is to remain in the Premier League but it is not unthinkable that he will secure a suitable move.

Fulham were in January interested in recruiting a new goalkeeper although Mark Schwarzer's return to form means that stance may have changed, West Ham had attempted but failed to sign Paul Robinson and the Arsenal future of Wojciech Szczesny remains uncertain.

Should Watford gain promotion to the Premier League there is also a chance he could join their growing overseas contingent but the likelihood of each remains to be seen.

Leonna Mayor – female jockey photshoot

From racing horses to racing hearts! Apprentice Mayor is a Grade One jockey

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

12:02 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 7 January 2013

Leonna Mayor's job is to race horses, but with these pictures the young jockey will have hearts racing across the country.

The stunning 22-year-old is an apprentice at Alastair Lidderdale's stable – and already has 31 wins to her name.

And while her fledgling racing career remains in its infancy, these pictures will send her shooting to the forefront of all race-goers minds.

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Mayor first appeared in MailOnline 18 months ago during a photoshoot alongside a number of other young female jockeys.

She revealed her desire at the time was to become a top jockey in racing circles. And there was also a revelation about her slightly embarrassing modelling past.

She said: 'My main ambition is to be known as a good female jockey and to get to a situation where trainers want to use me rather than my agent having to ask them.'

'Winning my fourth and most important race of the year (in 2011) on Thunderball at Pontefract when the owners could have used a more experienced jockey was a highlight.

She added: 'I did modelling as a youngster and was pictured wearing a hideous pink tracksuit in the Argos catalogue.'

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Staying in shape is a key element of her day-to-day life as a jockey, but has admitted staying trim is a constant battle.

Leonna, 22, told the Daily Star: 'It is weird having to adjust your weight for different races but it becomes second nature.

'It makes dinners out difficult and, after a long day, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking a complicated meal. I eat a lot of soup and treat myself to a takeaway if I get a win!

'If I need to lose a pound or so, I
sweat in a hot bath. One of the lads suggested a couple of glasses of
wine the night before a race to dehydrate.'

Judging by these pictures, her fitness regime is working just fine.

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly sets the pulses racing on and off the track

Sky won"t send presenters to India after refusing to meet pay demands

Sky snub India demands: No presenters or commentators will be sent to England tour

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UPDATED:

23:41 GMT, 30 October 2012

Sky will not send any presenters or production staff to India for England’s forthcoming tour after refusing to meet the financial demands from the country’s cricket board.

The broadcasters are instead preparing a studio in west London from which to cover the four-Test series. It will be the first time in 20 years that television viewers do not receive British coverage of an overseas England tour from inside the grounds.

No go: Sky's presenters and commentators including Sportsmail's Nasser Hussain

No go: Sky's presenters and commentators including Sportsmail's Nasser Hussain

Staying at home: Michael Atherton will not be in India after Sky decided not to meet India's demands

Staying at home: Michael Atherton will not be in India after Sky decided not to meet India's demands

The move comes after the Indian cricket board (BCCI) wanted to charge 500,000 for what it labelled ‘realistic’ facility costs.

But Sky always felt they had already paid for these as part of their rights package and have declined to hand over the extra money.

It means presenters, including Sportsmail’s Nasser Hussain, Sir Ian Botham and Mike Atherton, will watch pictures from host broadcaster Star TV in Isleworth, rather than Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolkata and their words will be grafted over the top.

Ronnie O"Sullivan will not be paid appearance money to stay on professional tour

World Snooker tell champion Rocket he won't pocket from new contract

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 7 June 2012

Snooker's ruling body have warned Ronnie O'Sullivan he will not be paid appearance money as an incentive to stay on the professional tour.

World champion O'Sullivan declined to sign the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) players' contract ahead of the entry deadline for the first two ranking events of the season.

It means he will miss this summer's Wuxi Classic and Australian Open, and there is the prospect of O'Sullivan staying out of the game if he and snooker's authorities remain opposed on the contracts issue.

Going it alone Ronnie has so far refused to sign a new contract

Going it alone Ronnie has so far refused to sign a new contract

O'Sullivan said on Wednesday that he believed the WPBSA contract was 'too onerous'.

He will have the opportunity to sign the contract at any time and compete in ranking events later in the season.

But it has emerged through the WPBSA that there is a major stumbling block to snooker's biggest crowd-puller committing to play in ranking events, and that appears to concern his earning potential.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson directly addressed the situation involving O'Sullivan, stressing it would be unfair to the rest of the players if special privileges were afforded to just one man.

Ferguson said in a statement that it was a 'misconception' that players signing up to the contract were being 'forced' to enter events, and said it was intended 'to protect the players' income derived from the tour'.

He added: 'It is the WPBSA's duty to ensure that all of the players are treated equally and therefore it is our belief that all players should sign the same contract.

Crowd pleaser: O'Sullivan is the game's most famous face

Crowd pleaser: O'Sullivan is the game's most famous face

'We do not believe it would be in the interest of the membership as a whole if one player was allowed a different contract which could give that player additional appearance money.'

O'Sullivan, who knows how important he is to the sport as it seeks to grow its worldwide audience, could still be paid appearance fees by tournament sponsors.

However the WPBSA and World Snooker, the commercial arm of the sport headed by sports promoter Barry Hearn, are digging in their heels and insisting they will not be making an exception for any player.

Ferguson added: 'The World Snooker Tour is expanding rapidly and consistently on a global basis and it is set to grow further. We are looking for the support of the players as a whole in order to assist this growth.

'Ronnie O'Sullivan of course is free to sign the contract at any time during the season which would make him eligible to play in World Snooker events, but it is important to note that signing the players' contract does not in itself compel any player to enter any World Snooker tournaments.'

Euro 2012: Anti-racism group want answers from Roy Hodgson over Rio Ferdinand

Now anti-racism group 'kick it out' want answers from Hodgson over Rio snub

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 5 June 2012

Leading figures continue to condemn Roy Hodgson and the FA for their handling of the Rio Ferdinand-John Terry affair.

Hodgson is coming under increasing pressure to explain his handling of the situation, with English football’s leading anti-racism organisation, Kick It Out, also considering a robust response that heavily criticises the England manager.

The FA refused even to confirm if Terry had taken part in training at London Colney amid continuing concerns about the hamstring injury he suffered against Belgium on Saturday.

Big call: England boss Roy Hodgson (second left) omitted Rio Ferdinand

Big call: England boss Roy Hodgson (second left) omitted Rio Ferdinand

They said in a statement: 'All 23 England players have reported to the team hotel this afternoon and everyone took part in some form of recovering work or training.'

Clearly, Terry was unable to train, though it later emerged he had been cleared for the tournament.

Euro 2012

England travel to their Euro 2012 base in Krakow as Kick It Out officials discussed whether to go public with their grievances, in particular with regard to Hodgson’s claim that Ferdinand has been omitted purely on 'football grounds'.

It might be that Kick It Out wait until after the tournament to make a statement but they believe Ferdinand was left out for political reasons and that it was morally wrong to exclude the Manchester United defender if the decision has been influenced by Terry's trial next month for allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, Anton. Terry denies the charge.

Kick It Out think Hodgson made a choice between Terry and Ferdinand in the belief that they could not occupy the same dressing room, which in turn is the reason why Ferdinand was not called up when Gary Cahill was ruled out.

No place on the plane: Rio Ferdinand (right) was overlooked for England's squad

No place on the plane: Ferdinand (right) is staying at home this summer

The FA remain undecided about organising a press conference for Hodgson to respond to the criticism. His first scheduled press conference is on Sunday in Donetsk, ahead of the France game on Monday.

Harry Redknapp, for some time considered the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager, suggested Ferdinand’s omission must have been down to more than football reasons. 'There’s obviously more to it,' said the Tottenham manager. 'If it’s just football, it’s difficult to leave Rio out.'

Robbie Fowler, a former team-mate of Ferdinand at Leeds, said: 'There’s not a chance Rio Ferdinand was left out of the England squad for “footballing reasons”.'

Holland’s Wesley Sneijder called Ferdinand’s omission a 'big surprise' and his compatriot Rafael van der Vaart branded the decision 'strange'.

Euro 2012: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain"s family fear racism

Euro race fears drive Oxlade-Chamberlain's family away

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 24 May 2012

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's family have joined Theo Walcott's relatives in staying at home during the European Championship for fear of being victims of racial abuse in Ukraine.

The news comes as the PFA announced plans to allow clubs to sack players if they are found guilty of racist behaviour.

Family fears: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) with manager Roy Hodgson at Thursday's England training session

Family fears: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) with manager Roy Hodgson at Thursday's England training session

Walcott's brother Ashley confirmed on Twitter last week that he and his father Don would not take the risk after public warnings from the Foreign Office.

On Thursday Whitehall officials reiterated their concerns and Joleon Lescott, one of eight black players in the England squad, revealed that other families, like that of Oxlade-Chamberlain, are opting to stay away.

The Foreign Office launched a free guide to fans for Euro 2012 on Thursday. Two of the recommendations in the 130-page guide are:

Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals belonging to religious minorities should take extra care.
Although homosexuality is legal in Ukraine, public attitudes are less tolerant than in the UK and public displays of affection may attract negative attention.

Lescott said his family had decided to stay at home before the warnings were issued, simply for logistical reasons.

'It was quite alarming to see the reports about the situation out there,' he said.

'But even before the reports, my family weren't going anyway. Maybe if I'm playing and we get to the final, my family will want to go.

'But it's a shame for some members of the squad that their families feel they can't go.'

Racism fears: The families Theo Walcott (left) and Joleon Lescott (right) are staying at home

Racism fears: The families Theo Walcott (left) and Joleon Lescott (right) are staying at home

Racism fears: The families of Walcott (left) and Lescott (right) will stay at home

The PFA are getting tough on domestic racism after a season marred by allegations against Luis Suarez and John Terry.

Gordon Taylor, the union's chief executive, is pressing for a small but significant amendment to the standard player's contract clearing the way for clubs to dismiss players guilty of racism without fear of a legal response.

Under the new regulations, the language used by Suarez towards Patrice Evra, which led to an eight-match ban, would be a sackable offence, as would that allegedly used by Terry in the direction Anton Ferdinand.

Terry, who has been stripped of the England captaincy over the case which will be heard in court in July, denies the charge.

Learning lessons: Gordon Taylor vocal in calling for change

Learning lessons: Gordon Taylor vocal in calling for change

Taylor said: 'It's about learning from what's happened this year. It's not been a good year and it's still hanging around with the captaincy.

'There has been strong feeling among all members, particularly young black players, that it's time to progress.

'This will raise the bar and make it a lot more focused. We don't want any ambiguity.'

Taylor's proposal will be raised in July and requires approval from the PFA, the FA, the Premier League and the Football League.

Norwich offer Grant Holt huge pay rise to fend off Sunderland and Aston Villa

Norwich offer Holt huge pay rise to keep striker out of Sunderland and Villa clutches

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UPDATED:

21:22 GMT, 22 May 2012

Norwich are making a desperate attempt to keep striker Grant Holt by offering him a bumper pay rise.

The striker handed in a transfer request last week, news which alerted Sunderland and Aston Villa.

But the striker – who was tipped for a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad – was called in for showdown talks on Monday.

Wants out: Grant Holt handed in a transfer request to Norwich last week

Wants out: Grant Holt handed in a transfer request to Norwich last week

And Sportsmail understands the Canaries, who rejected Holt's transfer request, have offered the centre-forward a new three-year deal worth up to 20,000-per-week.

Holt is currently the club's top earner on 15,000-per-week and still has two years left to run on his existing deal.

But the 31-year-old is keen to be rewarded for his 17 goals this season. Whether or not the club's latest offer is enough to keep Holt remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, manager Paul Lambert is understood to be frustrated at his summer transfer budget.

After safely guiding the Canaries to Premier League survival, Lambert had hoped to have a larger budget to improve his squad this summer.

Eur staying at home: The striker was not picked by Roy Hodgson for England

Eur staying at home: The striker was not picked by Roy Hodgson for England

However, it is believed the Scot has been given an identical transfer kitty to last season.

And Lambert fears the club will struggle to attract the quality of player that he feels will help them make greater strides next season.

Managerless Aston Villa are monitoring Lambert's situation closely as they weigh up an approach for the 42-year-old.

Manchester City offer Roberto Mancini new contract

EXCLUSIVE: City reward Mancini with offer of three-year 15m contract deal

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 20 May 2012

Manchester City have formally opened talks with Roberto Mancini over a new 15million contract.

Speculation has been rife for the last six months that the manager of the Barclays Premier League champions would be offered a new deal at the Etihad Stadium this summer.

But Sportsmail can reveal that City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak finally sat down with Mancini for talks in Abu Dhabi on Friday afternoon and those discussions continued throughout the weekend.

Staying power: Mancini attended the Serie B match between Sampdoria and Pescara on Sunday

Staying power: Mancini attended the Serie B match between Sampdoria and Pescara on Sunday

City want to reward the Italian with a new three-year deal worth 5m a year. That represents a significant improvement on the 3.5m contract Mancini signed when he arrived at the club two-and-a-half years ago.

Mancini flew to the Middle East last Tuesday morning with his assistant David Platt and football administrator Brian Marwood. Mancini and Platt were congratulated on winning the league title by City owner Sheik Mansour before the manager was invited to stay on for contract talks as the others flew back to Manchester last Thursday.

Glory boys: Mancini's team led City to their first title in 44 years

Glory boys: Mancini's team led City to their first title in 44 years

Glory boys: Mancini's team led City to their first title in 44 years

As of Sunday night, City had not reached complete agreement with their manager and that is why there has not been an announcement yet.

However, the club do expect to have the deal signed and sealed before Mancini leaves on a family holiday at the end of the week.

A 5m-a-year deal would see Mancini leapfrog Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of salary but would still leave him behind Arsene Wenger, who earns 6m a year at Arsenal.

All change Mancini now has to plan for the title defence next season

All change Mancini now has to plan for the title defence next season

West Ham want Joe Cole

Former favourite Cole tops Allardyce wish list as Hammers look for staying power

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UPDATED:

22:35 GMT, 20 May 2012

West Ham will explore the possibility of bringing Joe Cole back to Upton Park after securing their top-flight return.

And Cole is not the only former Hammer who could be on his way back to east London as the club target Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson.

Manager Sam Allardyce is already turning his attention to strengthening his squad as he looks to give West Ham a fighting chance of staying up next season. And former Upton Park favourite Cole is understood to be on a list of names Allardyce and his backroom team have identified as potential targets.

Wanted man: Joe Cole (right) could be set for a return to West Ham

Wanted man: Joe Cole (right) could be set for a return to West Ham

However, the manager’s top priority is addressing uncertainty over the club’s goalkeeping position.

Robert Green’s contract expires next month but club owners David Sullivan and David Gold remain confident of tying him to a new deal.

Allardyce is keen to have a quick decision from Green as he aims to have an experienced goalkeeper in place for the club’s Premier League comeback. Out-of-contract keepers Manuel Almunia and Craig Gordon and Blackburn’s Paul Robinson are in the frame to replace Green if he decides to leave.

So is Newcastle’s Fraser Forster, although Celtic have a 1.7million first option on the 24-year-old following his two-season loan spell.

Reo-Coker, who spent four years at Upton Park from 2004, is available on a free transfer from Bolton.

Back in the day: Cole (right) was at West Ham until leaving for Chelsea in 2003

Back in the day: Cole (right) was at West Ham until leaving for Chelsea in 2003

Allardyce is a fan and tried to sign the midfielder when Bolton manager.
But the Hammers hierarchy fear Reo-Coker’s 40,000-per-week wages could make a deal difficult.

Sunderland winger Richardson is another option, as is Wigan’s Victor Moses — whom Gold and Sullivan tried to sign in 2010. Richardson, who came through the Hammers academy before moving to Manchester United as a 16-year-old, has 12 months left on his current deal at the Stadium of Light and his future remains unclear.

Likewise, Moses is refusing to sign a new contract with Wigan and the club will look to cash in on the Nigeria international this summer.

Wolves defender Roger Johnson and Crystal Palace full back Nathaniel Clyne also feature on the club’s transfer wish list.

Rebuilding: Sam Allardyce (centre) will look to strengthen his West Ham side

Rebuilding: Sam Allardyce (centre) will look to strengthen his West Ham side

But it is the prospective return of Cole — who has spent a season on loan at Lille from Liverpool and who left Upton Park for Chelsea in 2003 — that will excite Hammers fans the most. Some tough negotiations over the 30-year-old midfielder’s current 90,000-per-week salary will have to take place before a deal is possible. The move would also have to sanctioned by Liverpool’s new manager.

But the possibility of Cole returning to West Ham underlines the ambition of Gold and Sullivan in the summer transfer market.

Meanwhile, West Ham’s promotion has saved the co-owners from reaching into their pockets for another 30m.

‘If we didn’t win then we would have needed to cut our cloth accordingly,’ said Gold. ‘We wouldn’t have sat there deluding ourselves.
‘It would have cost probably around another 30m.’

Connor Wickham sidelined by new injury

Wickham must wait to impress O'Neill as injury jinx strikes again

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UPDATED:

21:52 GMT, 20 April 2012

Connor Wickham has blown his chance to impress Martin O'Neill after twisting his ankle in training.

The 8million summer signing started
O'Neill's first two games at Sunderland but after a string of injuries –
and the return of Nicklas Bendtner and Fraizer Campbell – the former
Ipswich and England Under-21 striker has struggled to make an impact at
the Stadium of Light.

Ankle injury: Season of frustration continues for Connor Wickham (left)

Ankle injury: Season of frustration continues for Connor Wickham (left)

O'Neill was prepared to give Wickham his first Barclays Premier League start since December at Villa Park on Saturday, but Wickham has suffered another injury setback earlier in the week.

The Sunderland boss said: 'He went over on his ankle and he is out. He was one of the younger players I was thinking about for starting games and we were seeing how he developed in the week.

'I want as many points as possible to keep the momentum going but younger players starting a game is probably more important than giving them 20 minutes as a substitute in a game.

'It would give me a better chance of assessing them, not that I would do it on one game, but it would be a chance and probably fairer.'

O'Neill refused to be drawn on his long-awaited return to Aston Villa, nearly two years after he left.

Returning: Martin O'Neill

Injury woe: Connor Wickham

Going home, staying home: O'Neill returns to Villa Park but Wickham misses out

But the Sunderland boss did admit he does not know if Villa fans will boo him before kick-off.

He said: 'I had the privilege of managing one of the finest clubs in England with fine history and tradition. Things were a little sour in the final season and the irony was it was our best season, but sometimes these things happen.

'I am not going into any explanations on the issues because the eve of this match is not the right time.'

The Sunderland boss also renews his rivalry with his eventual successor Alex McLeish who he knows well from their duels in Glasgow and Birmingham.

He added: 'I never went out to dinner with him and I would not want to have been seen in any corner of Glasgow eating with the Rangers manager or it might have been last time I ate myself.'