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Big Sam has big plans for Hammers, but new rules could mean it takes a while…

Big Sam has big plans for Hammers, but new rules could mean it takes a while…

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Laurie Whitwell

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21:03 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:03 GMT, 5 April 2013

Sam Allardyce has declared his desire to build the ‘best ever’ West Ham team – but warned supporters that Financial Fair Play rules mean it will be a long process.

Allardyce, in negotiations over the finer details of a new three-year contract, is already contemplating the calibre of player required when the club move into the 54,000-seat Olympic Stadium in 2016. But, he says, vast improvements will not come rapidly.

To the skies: Allardyce has big plans for West Ham, but holds fears at the same time

To the skies: Allardyce has big plans for West Ham, but holds fears at the same time

The West Ham boss, who was yesterday sporting four stitches above a bruised right eye after falling into a marble work surface at home, said: ‘There is a big motivation for everybody to get West Ham to be the biggest club it’s ever been.

'When you’ve decided to move into a fantastic venue the size of the Olympic Stadium, that demands you try and get the best you possibly can.’

But he added: ‘The days of huge money thrown at transfers look like they might be restricted. So the growth of West Ham might not be as quick as we would all like.

Grounds for optimism: The Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium has brought new hope for the future

Grounds for optimism: The Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium has brought new hope for the future

Grounds for optimism: The Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium has brought new hope for the future

'Certainly me. We have to be very aware that we might not be able to be as free spending as perhaps we’d want.’

Premier League rules, voted in earlier this year, will limit the total amount of television money clubs can spend on players’ wages to 60million by 2016, as well as capping losses at 105million for three-year cycles.

Allardyce added: ‘What we’re telling the fans now is that it might be a problem, because we can’t spend it (the TV money).

'We’re not allowed to. In the end the fans will take a while to understand that. I certainly know the players and the agents will.’

Tenure: Allardyce has been in charge at West Ham since June 2011

Tenure: Allardyce has been in charge at West Ham since June 2011, and hopes for a healthy future at the club

VIDEO: Comedian John Bishop hit in the face by blindfolded Robbie Fowler

VIDEO: Comedian Bishop sees funny side after being hit in the face by Fowler during blindfolded penalty shootout

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Richard Sharpe

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01:09 GMT, 12 February 2013

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14:18 GMT, 12 February 2013

John Bishop had the Kop in stitches on Monday night after the comedian and Liverpool fan was hit in the face by a ball kicked by Anfield legend Robbie Fowler.

The unlikely duo graced the pitch at half-time during Liverpool's 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Fowler and comedian Bishop were on the pitch at Anfield during the break to support Liverpool's 'Seeing is Believing' initiative.

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Doing their bit: John Bishop (right) and Robbie Fowler (left) took penalties while blindfolded

Doing their bit: John Bishop (right) and Robbie Fowler (left) took penalties while blindfolded

Fowler, accompanied by his son Jacob, and Bishop took penalties while blindfolded during the interval to support the charity.

Liverpool had replaced their usual 'Standard Chartered' sponsors with the slogan 'Seeing is Believing' to raise money for the charity which seeks to eradicate avoidable blindness in developing countries.

The jerseys the players wore during a smash-and-grab defeat by West Brom will be auctioned to aid the cause.

Hijinks: Fowler lifts his blindfold to see how Bishop is getting on

Hijinks: Fowler lifts his blindfold to see how Bishop is getting on

Reds captain Steven Gerrard said
before the match: 'You realise at the time how difficult it is without
your sight. Especially doing activities.

'We were involved in a penalty shootout using a blindfold and it's so difficult.

'It
was really enjoyable to take part and very important for myself and the
club as well to play our part and try to help these people.'

Video Stand-up comic John Bishop gets whacked in the face with a football

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Rendall Munroe retires from boxing

End of the road for Munroe as English fighter hangs up his gloves after Quigg defeat

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UPDATED:

12:30 GMT, 13 December 2012

Rendall Munroe has retired from boxing following defeat to Scott Quigg last month.

The 32-year-old, who won 24 of his 28 contests, challenged for the super-bantamweight world title against Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka in 2010.

But he suffered his first stoppage loss to Quigg on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's unsuccessful comeback in Manchester and has decided to hang up his gloves.

Last bell: Munroe (right) has called time on his boxing career

Last bell: Munroe (right) has called time on his boxing career

'I'm always positive and forward thinking and I've had a great career. I am 100 per cent proud of what I have done,' Munroe said.

'I was English, Commonwealth, European and WBA international champion and a world title contender.'

Munroe was stopped in the sixth round by Quigg who displayed an impressive array of devastating body shots.

The pair originally met in June but a nasty cut above Munroe's right eye, which required nine stitches, stopped the contest in the third round, resulting in a technical draw.

Craig Peacock needs 29 stitches in clash between Belfast Giants and Fife Flyers

Can we get some ice on that Ice hockey star shows off horror cut that needed 29 stitches after rival's skate sliced his face

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11:40 GMT, 11 December 2012

A British ice hockey star has made a miraculous recovery after suffering a gruesome facial injury when he took an ice-skate blade to the face in a competitive match on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Belfast forward Craig Peacock was left with blood pouring from his lip on to the ice in the clash between the Belfast Giants and Fife Flyers, which Fife won 4-1.

Peacock had to be helped off the ice with a gash under his nose after catching the skate of Fife player Bobby Chaumont.

Craig Peacock tweets a picture of hi stitches after colliding with Bobby Chaumont's skate

Healing wound: The 24-year-old needed 29 stitches to his face to repair the damage

Craig Peacock suffers a severe gash on his face

Lip service: The Belfast Giants star collided with the bottom of Bobby Chaumont's skate and it opened a gaping wound under his nose

Peacock had been racing with Chaumont for the puck, but the young forward’s momentum forced the Fife man over the boards around the edge of the rink.

As Chaumont’s feet were sent into the air, the bottom of his skate connected with Peacock’s face, leaving a deep cut just above his lip.

The young forward recovered quickly, despite needing 29 stitches to patch up the gruesome wound, and said that he expects to be playing with the Giants again by Friday night.

Craig Peacock on the ice for the Belfast Giants

It's the forward's fourth season playing with the Belfast Giants, after having won the English Premier League Cup with the Peterborough Phantoms

The 24-year-old said that he had no idea how serious the injury was until he made it back to the changing rooms, as he had broken his nose earlier in the week and assumed it was bleeding again.

‘When I got back into the locker room I looked in the mirror and it was a bit of a shock to see the cut,’ he said.

The Belfast star admitted that it could have been a lot worse had the skate caught him in the eye or the neck.

It’s Peacock's fourth season playing for the Giants, and he was selected for Team GB after having excelled in his first season.

Peacock recently helped the national
squad top their pre-qualifying group for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as he
scored the first goal in a 2-1 victory over Japan.

He tasted success with the Peterborough Phantoms prior to joining the Giants, winning the English Premier League Cup and the League Championship.

In 2009 he was also awarded the prize for the most points scored by a player in the English Premier Ice Hockey League.

PEACOCK TWEETS HIS RECOVERY

The high-scoring forward has been recovering well from the ordeal, tweeting regular updates of his condition.

Craig Peacock tweets his recovery

He praised the doctor, tweeting 'Doc did a great job…29 stitches later and I'm ok!' along with a picture of his swollen face.

Craig Peacock tweets a picture of his swollen face after ice rink collision

Later he teased fans, tweeting 'Anyone got the stomach to see a before pic' before adding the picture, warning supporters not to look if they had a weak stomach.

Later he joked 'Chicks dig scars right'

Rival Bobby Chaumont also joined the Twitter conversation, tweeting 'Hey man feel terrible about tonight..Hope everything is good..ps..great hit!

There were no hard feelings though, as Peacock replied 'no worries mate, freak accident, just one of them things! Last time I try to put you over the boards tho haha!'

The Fife Flyers team also tweeted their concern, saying 'Would like to wish @peaks71 well after a nasty looking injury. The results were not nice look. Hope you're ok Craig.'

The next morning he seemed to be feeling the injury a little more, tweeting 'Once again thank you all for your messages and wishes! Feeling a bit tender this morning but im doing alright!'

Craig Peacock tweets about his recovery from a horror ice hockey injury

Craig Peacock joins the Belfast Giants in wishing fans a Merry Christmas

England U21s 2 Northern Ireland U21s 0: Match report

England U21s 2 Northern Ireland U21s 0: Wickham inspires 'perfect' Lions cubs

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 13 November 2012

A fitting end to a perfect 12 months. This may have been their simplest task of 2012 but a Connor Wickham-inspired win over Northern Ireland preserved England Under-21s 100 per cent record.

This is the first time since 1991 that England have gone through a calendar year with a sequence of unbroken victories but while 2012 has been encouraging, it has largely been 12 months to forget for their goalscorer.

Wickham, who has endured troubles with his fitness, has barely featured for Sunderland in recent months and has only played one minute this season in the Barclays Premier League, leading to conjecture he will leave the club on loan.

Head boy: Wickham scores the opening goal of the game at Bloomfield Road

Head boy: Wickham scores the opening goal of the game at Bloomfield Road

For his country, though, it is another matter entirely.

Wickham is beginning to flourish and his header on the stroke of half-time, which set the ball rolling on a comfortable 2-0 success, was his third goal in four appearances.

Substitute Benik Afobe sealed the win with a late penalty.

Bloody mess: The goalscorer returned to the pitch with four stitches for a head wound

Bloody mess: The goalscorer returned to the pitch with four stitches for a head wound

Bloody mess: The goalscorer returned to the pitch with four stitches for a head wound

Of all those who featured in this match at a sparsely-populated Bloomfield Road, Wickham staked the most impressive claim to be included when Euro 2013 Israel next June.

England have not been flush with goals recently games, so Wickham's form will be comforting for Stuart Pearce.

This was the first time England have played Northern Ireland at this level and it became quickly apparent that there was a gulf in class between the sides.

All smiles: Wickham wheels away in celebration after scoring the opener for Pearce's side

All smiles: Wickham wheels away in celebration after scoring the opener for Pearce's side

England dominated possession and kept the visitors comfortably at arms' length.

Pearce's should really have taken the lead on 17 minutes when Liverpool left-back picked the pocket of the dithering Lee Hodson to set up Wickham but he caught his shot from eight yards too firmly and rattled the crossbar.

He went close again just after the half hour when connecting with a free-kick from captain Jordan Henderson but, this time, Cliftonville goalkeeper Conor Devlin was equally to the task, turning his effort around the corner.

Spot on: Afobe completed the scoring with a penalty after he was hauled down by Devlin

Spot on: Afobe completed the scoring with a penalty after he was hauled down by Devlin

Spot on: Afobe completed the scoring with a penalty after he was hauled down by Devlin

Devlin was needed to keep Northern Ireland in the game again on 39 minutes, plunging to his left to keep out a drive from the lively Thomas Ince, but he had no answer to what followed in the final act of the half.

Having just returned to the field after getting four stitches in a head wound, Wickham glanced in another Henderson free-kick.

The second half was disrupted by a series of substitutions but Afobe completed the scoring when converting from 12 yards after he had been brought down by Devlin.

Stoke"s Ryan Shotton charged with assault after alleged nightclub brawl

Stoke defender Shotton hit with assault charge over alleged nightclub brawl

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08:46 GMT, 23 July 2012

Stoke defender Ryan Shotton has been charged with assault after an alleged nightclub brawl that left a man needing stitches in his head.

Shotton, 23, the Potters’ young player of the year last season, is alleged to have thrown a punch in a fight outside the Pink nightclub in Hanley, Staffordshire.

He is due to appear in court on Friday.

Young player of the year: Stoke fans handed Ryan Shotton a gong last season

Young player of the year: Stoke fans handed Ryan Shotton a gong last season

Vinny Bolina, of the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: ‘Ryan Shotton has been charged with assault by beating and will appear at Stoke Magistrates’ Court on July 27.’

A police spokesman said: ‘A 23-year-old man has been charged after an altercation at 2.30am on Sunday June 24.

‘Three men were involved, one of whom sustained a minor head injury and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

‘The third man was released without charge.’

Shotton, born in Stoke, came through the club’s youth ranks and made 37 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring two goals.

Australia 20 Wales 19: Another narrow defeat sees Dragons whitewashed

Australia 20 Wales 19: Another narrow defeat sees Dragons whitewashed

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07:44 GMT, 23 June 2012

A team so tired of the tag of courageous losers will have to endure the title for a while yet as Wales lost the third and final Test of this series against Australia by a single point in Sydney.

A brutal and occasionally bad-tempered match went down to the wire, but ultimately the defeat leaves the tourists without that elusive victory over the Wallabies on foreign soil. That tally runs to 44 years and counting.

Whitewash: Wales leave Australia without a win to show for their efforts

Whitewash: Wales leave Australia without a win to show for their efforts

A first half of penalties saw the Wallabies enter the break with a 12-9 lead, but Wales fought back with a second-half try from stand-in skipper Ryan Jones that put the visitors on the brink of history. Jones wrestled over from point-blank range but Wallaby centre Rob Horne answered immediately with a try of his own.

He fumbled over the line but television replays showed he just recovered control of the ball before hitting the deck. Sadly for Wales it was not to be.

Key moment: Rob Horne spills the ball under pressure from Jonathan Davies, but manages to cling on to touch down the winning score

Key moment: Rob Horne spills the ball under pressure from Jonathan Davies…

... but manages to cling on to touch down the winning score

… but manages to cling on to touch down the winning score

Key moment: Rob Horne spills the ball under pressure from Jonathan Davies, but manages to cling on to touch down the winning score

The toll of a long, hard 12-month season was paid with the loss of successive captains, first Sam Warburton to severe concussion, and then Ryan Jones to the blood bin, who wobbled off for a few stitches.

Head coach Robbie Deans had promised the 'shackles would be off' in this match but in the opening spell Australia looked to play conservative rugby and get points on the board.

Much to the misery of the crowd, the Wallabies showed their intent in securing a 3-0 series whitewash in only the second minute when Berrick Barnes opted for a drop goal. He pulled his attempt wide but took a penalty immediately after to give the home side the early lead.

Australia looked a threatening force with the return of firecracker full back Kurtley Beale, whose first touch was a well-timed miss-pass that nearly set Adam Ashley-Cooper free. Wales contained the threat and bit back almost immediately, Leigh Halfpenny picking himself up from a late hit from Sitaleki Timani to kick his first penalty of the day – and 11th successive kick of the tour.

Putting the boot in: Leigh Halfpenny continued his fine tour

Putting the boot in: Leigh Halfpenny continued his fine tour

The Australian scrum was under pressure but indiscipline from Wales saw Barnes and Halfpenny exchange further penalties.

As the game settled down, Wales put together an extended period of pressure, but the Australian defence held out and David Pocock was once again an unbearable nuisance at the breakdown, winning two crucial turnovers when his side were stretched.

Both sides did their best to play some rugby but South African referee Craig Joubert – the villain of the first Test – seemed determined to blow his whistle at any opportunity, awarding 10 penalties in the opening quarter alone.

Sea of gold: Fans enjoy the winter sunshine in Sydney

Sea of gold: Fans enjoy the winter sunshine in Sydney

Sea of gold: Fans enjoy the winter sunshine in Sydney

Late in the first half, captain Sam Warburton badly hurt his shoulder. He soldiered on for as long as he could, even putting in a couple of big hits with one working arm and a bad case of concussion, but he was replaced by Justin Tipuric in the 28th minute. More Wallaby pressure told and it was 12-9 at the half-time break after a forgettable drop-goal attempt from Rhys Priestland sunk wide.

The Wallabies started the second half with real purpose, spreading the ball wide with a determination to run the ball out of their half.

Wales had a lineout on Australia's 5m line but the driving maul was impressively stalled by the Wallaby pack as both teams pushed for an opening score.

Job done: The Wallabies celebrate their dramatic win

Job done: The Wallabies celebrate their dramatic win as Wales sink their heads

Job done: The Wallabies celebrate their dramatic win as Wales sink their heads

Paul James made a big difference to the Welsh scrum after the break and gave Halfpenny the opportunity to kick his side level, but his long-range effort bounced off the left post.

Wales so nearly scored the try of the series when George North countered out of his own 22, offloaded to Alex Cuthbert out of the tackle and Rhys Priestland kicked to an open up-field. Digby Iaone won the foot race to cover against Tipuric.

But Jones wrestled over soon after from point-blank range after a period of extended pressure. His first try since leading Wales to the 2005 Grand Slam.

Horne replied with a fumbling effort of his own, then the kickers again exchanged points as Joubert dominated the game with pedantic, disruptive refereeing.

England v West Indies: Live score from the first ODI

England v West Indies: Follow the score from the first ODI

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09:44 GMT, 16 June 2012

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England were too good for West Indies in the recent Test series and the hosts will look to build on their success in the first of three 50-over matches today.

Alastair Cook's side line up in Southampton without Kevin Pietersen following his retirement from limited-overs cricket.

Ian Bell replaces KP at the top of the order despite needing 10 stitches in his chin after being injured during practice ahead of today's match.

The visitors suffered a major blow with the news Chris Gayle misses out with a shin injury.

West Indies won the toss and put England into bat.

Click HERE for the live scorecard

England: Cook (capt), Bell, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter(wk), Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn

West Indies: Smith, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo, Ramdin (wk), Russell, Sammy (capt), Rampaul, Narine

Umpires: HDPK Dharmasena and RA Kettleborough

TV umpire: AL Hill

Match referee: JJ Crowe

Reserve umpire: NJ Llong

Paris match zone: Hull and high water for Quinzi"s conqueror Edmund

Paris match zone: Hull and high water for Quinzi's conqueror Edmund

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22:26 GMT, 6 June 2012

After making the junior quarters by beating second seed Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy 7-6, 1-6, 6-4, Yorkshire’s Kyle Edmund had a dozen reporters turn up to his press conference, including an Italian who was curious about Edmund’s formative training years in Hull. When quizzed about the Humberside city, a British hack helpfully interjected: ‘It’s a bit like Venice.’

Victor: Edmund

Victor: Edmund

Bottoms up, Bob

American doubles great Bob Bryan had Tuesday night’s ITF World Champions’ Dinner in stitches when asked by host Andrew Castle if he and mixed doubles partner Serena Williams reprise the celebratory ‘chest bump’ that Bob does with brother Mike. ‘No, we do the butt bump,’ he replied.

Some cheek: Serena

Some cheek: Serena

Time for change

Why can’t tennis ever start at the advertised time With a dicey weather forecast for Paris, you would have expected games on the show courts to get off promptly at 2pm, but the women’s quarter- finalists did not walk on court until 2.03pm and it was nearly 2.15pm before the first ball was struck in anger.

Sight for sore eyes

Surprise women’s quarter-finalist Yaroslav Shvedova, born in Moscow but now representing Kazakhstan, may set a trend with her fashionable blue glasses, already said to have been a big hit in China after her win over Li Na. She used to wear sunglasses, but found they gave her a nervous tic in one eye, so has switched to the prescription variety.

Trend-setter: Shvedova

Trend-setter: Shvedova

Mark Flanagan puts all on the line for St Helens

Model Mark prepared to win ugly as St Helens bid to make Challenge Cup last four

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21:19 GMT, 11 May 2012

Model behaviour: Mark Flanagan

Model behaviour: Mark Flanagan

Mark Flanagan will put everything on the line when he faces Wigan in the Challenge Cup quarter-final on Saturday— including his modelling career.

The St Helens forward works for a Manchester-based modelling agency after first being spotted in Australia during a two-year stint with Wests Tigers.

But he is so desperate to win a derby for the first time in his career that he is prepared to do whatever it takes to put St Helens into the semi-final draw, even if it increases his rejection rate.

‘Getting paid to have your picture taken is a pretty cushy job compared to running around getting bashed on a Saturday afternoon, but I’m a rugby player first and foremost,’ said Flanagan.

‘I’m one of those players that always seems to have a bruise, a black eye or stitches after a game, so I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’ll do it on the side for as long as I can. It’s something to do away from rugby that keeps me busy.

‘The boys are aware but I try to keep it under wraps as much as possible. They’d do it if they could; they’re just too ugly!’

Flanagan’s task will certainly be ugly this afternoon. He is one of six St Helens forwards charged with stopping Wigan’s monstrous pack, just five weeks after the Warriors won 28-10 at Saints.

The second-row forward is playing in his fourth Wigan-Saints derby, having lost two while with the Warriors as well as this year’s Good Friday clash.

Marching on: St Helens beat Oldham in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup

Marching on: St Helens beat Oldham in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup

‘Hopefully I’ll make up for that this week. It would certainly be the sweetest one to win.

‘We’ve spoken as a squad about how this is the biggest game for us this season.

‘The Challenge Cup is still such a great competition and something we all want to win.’

WEEKEND GUIDE TO THE CHALLENGE CUP

WIGAN v St HELENS
(SATURDAY: DW Stadium, 2.30pm, BBC One)

Paul Prescott is in Wigan’s 19-man squad, with Anthony Gelling set to feature in the continued absence of Pat Richards. Jon Wilkin, Gary Wheeler and Josh Perry return for Saints.
PREDICTION: HOME WIN

CATALAN v WARRINGTON
(SUNDAY: Stade Gilbert Brutus, 3.10pm)

The Dragons are unbeaten at home in 2012, but Warrington’s ranks are boosted by the inclusion of Lee Briers, Ben Westwood, Chris Bridge and Brett Hodgson.
PREDICTION: HOME WIN

HUDDERSFIELD v LONDON
(SUNDAY: Galpharm Stadium, 5pm, LIVE on Sky Sports 2)

Giants pair David Fa’alogo and Lee Gilmour, who would make his 450th career appearance, are both available. London need a win to keep their season alive.PREDICTION: HOME WIN