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Georgie Thompson makes F1 return just two races after quitting Sky Sports

Presenter Thompson makes Formula One return just months after quitting Sky Sports

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

14:29 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 8 April 2013

Georgie Thompson has returned to Formula One just two races after turning her back on the sport.

The pint-sized presenter, who left Sky Sports' coverage after only one season, is the new face of Lotus sponsor Suremen.

Scroll down for video of Georgie presenting Sky Sports' F1 coverage last season

GEORGIE THOMPSON

Back in the fast lane: Georgie Thompson has returned to Formula One as an ambassador for Sure

GEORGIE THOMPSON

GEORGIE THOMPSON

'It's great to be involved in a
campaign focused on F1 and Suremen is such an exciting brand to be
involved with, especially given the strong early season form of the
Lotus, with Kimi Raikkonen winning the first race,' Thompson said.

'It's a brand that fits really well with the fast-paced and exhilarating F1 lifestyle – I'm really looking forward to being a part of such an exciting project.'

Thompson ended her 11-year stint as the face of Sky Sports News to join the corporation's F1 presenting team for their inaugural foray into the sport.

Georgie Thompson

Glamour race: Georgie was disillusioned with her second-fiddle role in Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Glamour Race: Georgie was disappointed at her second-fiddle role in Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Georgie Thompson

Georgie Thompson

But the 35-year-old host turned her back on F1 after becoming disillusioned with playing second fiddle to main presenter Simon Lazenby.

Thompson informed Sky of her decision in the build-up to this season's first F1 show, which aired on February 15. Her profile has since been airbrushed out of the team shot on the Sky Sports F1 website.

VIDEO Georgie Thompson on Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Sol Campbell joins Chris Coleman for Wales training as he does his coaching badges

Why is the Sol shining on Wales England legend Campbell checks in on Bale and co as he begins coaching badges

By
Andy James

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17:11 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:19 GMT, 25 March 2013

With Gareth Bale in their ranks, Wales need little help in the attacking department. But having conceded 12 goals in just five World Cup qualifying matches, it is perhaps no surprise Chris Coleman has just him some hired help in the shape of former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell.

The towering defender announced his retirement from playing earlier this year and revealed that he would begin earning his coaching badges.

Double, double, double trouble: Sol Campbell has been observing Wales training with Chris Coleman

Double, double, double trouble: Sol Campbell has been observing Wales training with Chris Coleman

Sol Campbell

Speaking in May, he said: 'I want to start sometime in the summer. But it's a slow burner that takes three to four years. The best thing is to get it done and over with. Eventually I want to get into something.

'But it's a long old stint to get your badges for the UK and then the UEFA badge.'

Point to prove: The former England defender retired from playing earlier this year

Point to prove: The former England defender retired from playing earlier this year

Point to prove: The former England defender retired from playing earlier this year

And now he has taking his first steps on the long road with Coleman's Wales, who on Tuesday host Croatia bidding to keep their World Cup 2014 hopes alive.

Campbell, who won two league titles and three FA Cups during his playing career as well as winning 73 caps for England, was a keen observer as Bale and co were put through their paces in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Arsenal's Sol Campbell

Sol Campbell

Sol man: Campbell enjoyed a stellar career for club and country, winning titles and caps throughout

Sol Campbell

Former Spurs starlet John Bostock joins Toronto on loan

Former Spurs starlet Bostock seeks to revive his career with MLS side Toronto

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19:06 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:06 GMT, 8 March 2013

Tottenham midfielder John Bostock has joined Canadian side Toronto FC on loan until the end of June.

The former Crystal Palace starlet has been at White Hart Lane for five years but has failed to break into the first team.

Out to impress: John Bostock will have a stint in the MLS

Out to impress: John Bostock will have a stint in the MLS

The 21-year-old has spent time out on loan at Brentford, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town.

Bostock will now head out again to gain further experience and he will this time go to Major League Soccer, where he will link up with former Spurs team-mate Ryan Nelsen at Toronto.

Nelsen was recently appointed as the club’s head coach and will be delighted to have increased his midfield options until June with the addition of Bostock.

Thierry Henry trains with Arsenal

I'm back in town! Henry trains with Arsenal but no playing deal has been signed… not yet anyway!

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14:37 GMT, 28 December 2012

Thierry Henry could be set for a third stint with Arsenal as he trained with the Gunners at their Colney base on Friday.

The club's record goal-scorer is just keeping fit during the MLS off-season and, as yet, no playing deal has been signed.

But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hasn't given on securing the French forward on loan next month.

'I've not lost interest in him,' said Wenger.

Reunion: Henry linked up with the man who brought him to England from Juventus

Reunion: Henry linked up with the man who brought him to England from Juventus

Going for a jog: Henry gets put through his paces

Going for a jog: Henry gets put through his paces

He added: 'He's still coming to practice with us. We are very close (personally), but at the moment I think he has had a second spell at the club that was very successful. You have to be cautious that it's not one time too many.

'I have not completely ruled it out but I haven’t spoken about it with him at all.'

Henry scored the only goal in Arsenal’s FA Cup tie with Leeds when he was on loan at the Emirates Stadium in January before netting the winner in 2-1 league win over Sunderland.

Impact: Henry scored the winner against Leeds in an FA Cup tie when he returned to Arsenal on loan at the beginning of 2012

Impact: Henry scored the winner against Leeds in an FA Cup tie when he returned to Arsenal on loan at the beginning of 2012

Yossi Benayoun set for Chelsea return

Benayoun set for Chelsea return after revealing that loan deal with West Ham will not be renewed

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18:39 GMT, 27 December 2012

Injury-hit: Benayoun has made just four Premier League appearances in his loan spell

Injury-hit: Benayoun has made just four Premier League appearances in his loan spell

Yossi Benayoun is set to return to Chelsea when his loan at West Ham expires next week.

The Israeli attacking midfielder signed up for a second stint at Upton Park in the summer with an option to extend his deal in January should all parties agree to do so.

But the 32-year-old ex-Liverpool man revealed on Twitter that he has played his last game of his current loan spell at Sam Allardyce's side.

‘Recovering slowly from the injury..loan with west ham will be finish in few days so disappointed that I didn’t took part in the last games,’ he tweeted.

Benayoun established himself as a crowd favourite at West Ham between 2005 and 2007 after scoring eight times in 63 games, but he has managed just four league games in an injury-hit second spell at the club.

Back in blue: Benayoun has made just 12 appearances for Chelsea

Back in blue: Benayoun has made just 12 appearances for Chelsea

Roberto Martinez promises Sir Alex Ferguson that Angelo Henriquez will return to Manchester United in form

I'll be Cleverley with Henriquez! Martinez vows to improve United's loan ranger just like he did with Tom

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UPDATED:

06:56 GMT, 21 December 2012

Roberto Martinez has promised Sir Alex Ferguson he will send Angelo Henriquez back to Manchester United ready to challenge for a regular starting spot.

The Wigan boss has pulled off quite the coup in agreeing in principle a loan deal for the Chilean striker, who joined Manchester United last summer Unversidad de Chile

Henriquez, a full international despite being just 19 years old, has struggled to make any inroads on Ferguson's first-team, and has even missed out on opportunities with the reserves.

Helping hand: Roberto Martinez has promised to develop Angelo Henriquez

Helping hand: Roberto Martinez has promised to develop Angelo Henriquez

Helping hand: Roberto Martinez has promised to develop Angelo Henriquez

Martinez has previous when it comes to shaping the career of young United players, namely Tom Cleverly who enjoyed a stint at the DW Stadium in 2010 and is now a regular in the England side.

The Latics' boss said: 'Angelo is as good a goalscorer as you will find. He scored goals at Universidad de Chile and he is going to score goals here.

'I am sure he will be an important player for United. We are glad we can work with him and he can use Wigan as Tom Cleverley did and adapt to what is needed in this league.'

Mark Ramprakash named Middlesex batting coach

England old boy Ramprakash named Middlesex batting coach

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UPDATED:

18:58 GMT, 19 December 2012

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex for the next two years.

Ramprakash, 43, retired from playing in July after losing his place in the Surrey team following a lean spell of form and takes up the coaching post with the county that gave him his break in cricket.

He played for Middlesex from 1987 to 2000 and had a period as captain, before moving across London to join Surrey.

All smiles: Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex

All smiles: Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex

During his spell at The Oval he passed the career landmark of 100 first-class centuries, reaching 114 in total.

Ramprakash also recently agreed to take on a two-year consultancy with the England and Wales Cricket Board as a batting coach and has been in India with the England Lions.

End of the road: Ramprakash retired earlier this year

End of the road: Ramprakash retired earlier this year

Middlesex are relishing his return to Lord's, with his former county and international team-mate Angus Fraser, now Middlesex's director of cricket, saying: 'I am thrilled to have Mark back at Middlesex CCC.

'It is my job to provide Middlesex's cricketers with the best possible coaching, support and advice available and in Mark Ramprakash they have that.'

Ramprakash takes over from Australian Mark O'Neill, who announced last month he was leaving Middlesex after a three-year stint.

Fraser said: 'Mark Ramprakash will offer our batsmen something different. His record speaks for itself and in the past 25 years there has not been a better batsman in county cricket.

'Mark moved from Middlesex to Surrey in 2000, but I never felt his heart left the club.' Ramprakash said: 'Middlesex is the club that gave me the chance to achieve what I have in cricket and I am delighted to be able to return to work with and help the current and next generation of Middlesex cricketers.

'I am excited by the talent in the current crop of players and look forward to contributing to the club.'

India v England: If Sachin Tendulkar is on the way out, he"s not going in style thanks to James Anderson

If Sachin really is on the way out, he's not going in style… and that's thanks to brilliant bogey man Anderson

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UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 5 December 2012

India v England: Third Test

Anderson and Panesar turn the screw on India as only Sachin knock stands between England and paradise at Eden Gardens

This was little short of heroic from England. Condemned to bowl first for the third Test in a row, they overcame a loose start to take charge of a day that had at one stage seemed destined to belong to Sachin Tendulkar.

From 45 without loss off 10 overs, India spent the remaining 80 putting together 273 for 7 – testimony both to the meandering nature of a batting line-up that lacked a firm hand on the tiller once Cheteshwar Pujara had jumped ship, and to the discipline of England’s bowlers.

Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson in particular were immense. The extent to which Panesar outbowled Graeme Swann at Mumbai wasn’t reflected by respective match hauls of 11 wickets and eight, but there was little doubt which of his two spinners Alastair Cook felt more inclined to turn to before lunch when he craved control.

Bunny: James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for 76 at Eden Gardens

Bunny: James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for 76 at Eden Gardens

Helped by Tendulkar’s admirable refusal to commit the same errors which had twice cost him against Panesar in Mumbai, England’s left-arm spinner settled into a groove from which he was only budged when Yuvraj Singh hit him for a straight six in the second over after tea.

It was mesmerising stuff, as his two victims would presumably testify: Pujara was undone by one that, deliberately or otherwise, went on with the arm, while Gautam Gambhir cut to slip, where Jonathan Trott was grateful to take one in the guts.

Anderson showed off all his skills. He was unfortunate not to dismiss Gambhir in his opening spell, and underlined his versatility by returning for the 45th over for a stint with the oldish ball.

Virat Kohli was undone by one that left him slightly – India’s batting prodigy has been a desperate let-down in this series – but the wicket that sent Anderson halfway round Eden Gardens was that of Tendulkar, who prodded at the first ball after the post-tea drinks and was well held by a tumbling Matt Prior.

Charmed life: Tendulkar was not convincing despite hitting a half-century

Charmed life: Tendulkar was not convincing despite hitting a half-century

With that wicket Anderson joined Muttiah Muralitharan in a two-man club: only they have dismissed Tendulkar eight times in Tests.

But the context of the game mattered more. At a venue where India had passed 600 in each of their three previous first innings, they were now 230 for 6. (Had Steven Finn not fumbled a glaring chance to run out Ravichandran Ashwin from mid-on in the same over, India would have been 231 for 7.)

For Tendulkar, it was a painful moment. Throughout much of a gripping day, he appeared fated to prove his supporters correct and play the three-figure innings that would silence – temporarily, at least – those who feel he is living on borrowed time.

It was rarely pretty, save for a trio of paddle-sweeps off Swann and one laceration through the covers off Panesar. Mainly, he scored behind the wicket, steering the ball with varying degrees of conviction past the slips. If he really is on his way out, he is not going beautifully.

And yet there was plenty to admire, too. While less gnarled team-mates contrived to surrender their wickets – none more grievously than Yuvraj Singh, who poked a near long hop from Swann to short extra cover – Tendulkar delved deep into his reserves of bloody-mindedness.

No one would have begrudged him a first Test century since January 2011, but England were not in the mood for charity. And that pretty well summed up their day.

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David Haye plans to carry on boxing after leaving I"m A Celebrity

Heavyweight Haye plans to fight on after stint in jungle comes to an end

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 1 December 2012

David Haye believes he has a 'maximum of two' fights left in him after he was evicted from the 'I'm A Celebrity…' jungle last night.

The former world heavyweight champion failed to reach the final of the show and will now turn his attention towards fighting Vitali Klitschko in a 10million super fight next year.

Haye, 32, has been out of action since knocking out Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July but wants to prolong his boxing career before turning his hand to acting.

Out of here: David Haye left the jungle on Friday night but hopes to extend his boxing career

Out of here: David Haye left the jungle on Friday night but hopes to extend his boxing career

Having entered the jungle two weeks ago, Haye was a surprise evictee, leaving Charlie Brooks and Ashley Brooks to fight it out for the win.

Haye, who faces a wait to see whether the elder Klitschko brother will retire from the ring and pursue his political career, said: 'I've had a load of fun and that's the main thing.

'It's been about coming out of my comfort zone. Here you're just laid bare.

Luxury: The three remaining contestants enjoyed the hot tub before Haye was sent home

Luxury: The three remaining contestants enjoyed the hot tub before Haye was sent home

'It was a lot more mentally tough than I though it would be.

'There's having the camera on you the whole time, being around people that don't know – but it is the constant lack of food that is toughest.

'You can feel yourself getting smaller, skinnier and skinnier.'

Andy Carroll not worth 35million, says Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Fergie: He'll be a handful but I'd never pay 35m for Carroll like Liverpool did

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07:29 GMT, 28 November 2012

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Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he would never have paid 35million for Andy Carroll.

The much-maligned England forward heads to Manchester United with West Ham tonight fresh from scoring the first goal of his loan stint at Upton Park.

For a team who have made a habit of conceding the first goal this season, Carroll is an obvious threat.

In the firing line: Manchester United manager has said he would never pay 35million for Andy Carroll like Liverpool did

In the firing line: Manchester United manager has said he would never pay 35million for Andy Carroll like Liverpool did

Yet Carroll continues to struggle to live up to his billing as England's most expensive player thanks to that extraordinary move from Newcastle to Liverpool in January 2011.

'He has only played something like a dozen games for Newcastle and then he had to deal with a 35million transfer to a club like Liverpool. That's quite a big jump,' Ferguson told United's official website.

'I'd certainly not sign that kind of player for that kind of money.

'We've gambled on young players in the past, maybe a couple of million or whatever, but when you get that level you really have to do a bit more homework and see how he is in his second season maybe.

Head scratching: Ferguson admits Carroll will cause his defence some problems at Old Trafford

Head scratching: Ferguson admits Carroll will cause his defence some problems at Old Trafford

'He's still not had a lot of games but he is a big lad, aggressive and a great header of the ball.

'He'll be a handful for our defenders.'

After working alongside the 23-year-old at close quarters during Euro 2012, Wayne Rooney knows the reality of Carroll's performances is nowhere near the perception many have of him.

He said: 'That type of player doesn't always get all the goals but they can cause trouble up front and create problems.

'I am sure that is what Sam Allardyce wants him to do.'

Rather like Rooney, Carroll demands attention. It seems he cannot have a quiet game, when he blends into the background.

Head start: Carroll opened his account for West Ham during their 3-1 defeat at Tottenham

Head start: Carroll opened his account for West Ham during their 3-1 defeat at Tottenham

He has to either be brilliant or awful, with the brutal assessment often falling on the latter.

Rooney knows from personal experience such situations are never quite so black and white.
However, he accepts they come with the territory.

'It is something you get used to,' he said.

'In the Premier League, you are there to be judged, whether that is good or bad. You just have to deal with it.'

With Paul Scholes suspended, Ferguson has already confirmed Anderson will start for only the second time in the Premier League this season.

It is also possible either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling will replace Rafael at right-back, whilst David de Gea might also come in for Anders Lindegaard.