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Olympic medallist Joanna Rowsell is knocked off her bike

Olympic cycling curse strikes again, as golden girl Rowsell is knocked off her bike

By
Peter Scott

PUBLISHED:

22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

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22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

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Joanna Rowsell, who won a gold medal for Britain at the London
Olympics, has been knocked off her bike by a car, the latest of several
British Olympians to have accidents on the road.

Rowsell told her 25,000 Twitter
followers that she been knocked off her bike on Saturday morning, the
first time it had happened to her in 9 years of cycling.

She told said: 'I am OK. No serious injuries, just cuts and bruises. Bike came off worst.'

Golden girl: Joanna Rowsell poses with Olympic gold

Golden girl: Joanna Rowsell poses with Olympic gold

She also thanked her followers for their messages of support.

Rowsell, was part of the team that won pursuit gold at the London Olympics, alongside Laura Trott and Dani King.

Other Olympians have also been knocked off their bikes since the Games.

Sir Bradley Wiggins was hit while training last year, and then coach Shane Sutton was involved in a crash the following day.

Michael Appleton sacked by Blackburn

Appleton sacked by Blackburn after just two months in charge as Rovers look for their FOURTH manager of the season

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:24 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:10 GMT, 19 March 2013

Blackburn have sacked Michael Appleton after just over two months in charge at Ewood Park.

Rovers have made the decision to wield the axe on a third manager this season following Sunday's 1-1 draw with local rivals Burnley and last week's FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Millwall.

A statement read: 'Blackburn Rovers FC can confirm that Michael Appleton has been relieved of his duties as manager along with assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first team coach Darren Moore and head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling.'

Sacked: Michael Appleton has left Blackburn after just two months

Sacked: Michael Appleton has left Blackburn after just two months

ROVERS MANAGER RECORDS

Michael Appleton
P15 W6 L6 D5

Henning Berg
P10 W1 L3 D6

Steve Kean
P8 W4 L2 D2

The club, without a win in eight games in all competitions, are 18th in the npower Championship table and just four points above the relegation zone.

Appleton left Blackpool to join Blackburn in the new year after just 65 days in charge at Bloomfield Road.

During 67 days in the Rovers job, Appleton won four, drew five and lost six of his 15 matches in charge.

It means that if Blackburn get another manager they will have had same number this season as Manchester United have had since 1972.

The goings on at Ewood Park this season are a far cry from the side that lifted the Premier League trophy in 1995 with Kenny Dalglish in charge and Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton playing up front.

Cut short: Appleton played for Preston but retired early due to injury

Cut short: Appleton played for Preston but retired early due to injury

Going global: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh

Going global: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh

Bottom of the Championship table

Bottom of the Championship table

Celtic want UEFA answers over referee"s performance in Champions League defeat to Juventus

Celtic demand answers from UEFA over Champions League ref with boss Lennon still furious at Juventus wrestle tactics

By
John Mcgarry

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14:01 GMT, 15 February 2013

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22:56 GMT, 15 February 2013

Celtic will go to UEFA to seek an explanation as to why referee Alberto Mallenco failed to apply the letter of the law in the 3-0 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday.

Neil Lennon’s side were comprehensively beaten by the Italian champions, but much of the aftermath focused on the reluctance of the Spanish official to penalise the roughhouse tactics of the visitors while defending set-plays.

Despite Juve’s back-line repeatedly bear-hugging their opponents at the 10 corners Celtic forced, Mallenco’s actions were limited to yellow cards for Stephan Lichtsteiner and Simone Padoin, while Gary Hooper and Scott Brown were also cautioned.

Corner chaos: Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon got to grips with Celtic striker Gary Hooper

Corner chaos: Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon got to grips with Celtic striker Gary Hooper

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Celtic
were beaten by Juve – but they were let down by the referee. Big Daddy,
Giant Haystacks and Mick McManus were all that was missing from this
wrestling extravaganza

And Lennon, who does not dispute that Juve deserved to win the match, will now dispatch a DVD of the visitors’ tactics to Nyon in the coming days together with a letter seeking an explanation for Mallenco’s inaction.

‘We have DVD footage of the game and we would like someone to give us some answers,’ said the Celtic manager.

‘I am compiling it myself along with the video-analysis guys and writing a letter (to UEFA) asking for a ruling.

‘I have asked this question again and still haven’t had an answer. We played Juventus 11 years ago.

Too close: The tussle between Buffon, Hooper and Stephan Lichtsteiner was like a wrestling match

Too close: The tussle between Buffon, Hooper and Stephan Lichtsteiner was like a wrestling match

‘We were awarded a penalty from which Chris Sutton scored. What is the difference from 2001 to 2013 Can somebody please give me an answer

‘What Juventus did was way beyond the limit of the law in football.

‘This wasn’t even close to a bit of shirt-tugging. This was arms up around players preventing them from forward momentum.

‘They were basically pulling and holding them at every opportunity.

Now for the headlock: Hooper is held in the box by Lichsteiner

Now for the headlock: Hooper is held in the box by Lichsteiner

‘You may as well turn the game into a wrestling match.’

The performance of Efe Ambrose was also under close scrutiny in the wake of the defeat after the Nigerian —fresh from winning the Africa Cup of Nations — made errors that contributed to Juve’s first and third goals.

Ambrose only arrived back in Glasgow the day before the game.

Lennon, though, insists that if he had to select his side again, Ambrose would be included.

Hands off: Hooper and Lichsteiner carry on their struggles

Hands off: Hooper and Lichsteiner carry on their struggles

‘Efe is all right. He was very apologetic after the game,’ said Lennon. ‘He made basic errors but, if I had my time over again, I would still pick him.

‘Efe has been fantastic for us. He’s added a different dimension to the way we play, particularly in Europe.

‘His performances away from home in Barcelona, Lisbon and Moscow were as good as any centre-half I’ve seen at the club for a long time.’

Up in arms: Scott Brown gets the treatment too, from Simone Padoin

Up in arms: Scott Brown gets the treatment too, from Simone Padoin

Lennon stressed there was no issue between Kris Commons and Ambrose on account of the former’s outspoken remarks.

‘I would imagine he has apologised privately, yeah,’ he said. ‘I have dealt with it internally.’ Mikael Lustig, Scott Brown and Rami Gershon will miss today’s game against Dundee United, while Victor Wanyama is a doubt.

Pushing their luck: Brown has words with Andrea Pirlo after another round of shoving

Pushing their luck: Brown has words with Andrea Pirlo after another round of shoving

Neil Lennon relishing Celtic v Juventus in Champions League

Lennon looks back on Juve thriller as Celtic draw Italian giants in Champions League

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The draw for the Champions League has brought back fond memories for Celtic boss Neil Lennon after pairing the Hoops with Juventus.

Lennon played against the Italian giants twice in 2001-02 but it is the home game at Celtic Park he will look to draw inspiration from.

Martin O'Neill's side won a thrilling match 4-3 and Lennon, after the draw for this season's last 16 set him up for the first leg at home in February, tweeted: 'Boooooom…..absolute beauty of a tie…very tough but then they all potentially were..brings back great memories.'

Bring it on: Neil Lennon (right) watches the Champions League draw with Garry Parker (left) and Danny McGrain

Bring it on: Neil Lennon (right) watches the Champions League draw with Garry Parker (left) and Danny McGrain

That night over a decade ago was a glorious failure for the Scottish side as they just failed to qualify from their group, but it was another European cracker at Celtic Park.

The SPL leaders qualified behind Barcelona, unbeaten at home after drawing with Benfica and seeing off the Catalans and Spartak Moscow.

Hoops dreams: Chris Sutton (2nd left) scored twice as Celtic beat Juventus 4-3 in Glasgow in 2001

Hoops dreams: Chris Sutton (2nd left) scored twice as Celtic beat Juventus 4-3 in Glasgow in 2001

Lennon said: 'The home game is pivotal. We’ll have to take some sort of advantage to Turin. Celtic Park is a very special arena and I’m sure the fans will raise the roof again.

'In terms of glamour it's a beauty. Juventus are one of the great traditional European teams. They're current Italian champions and finished the group stage very strongly. So in terms of glamour it's great, in terms of qualification it is going to very tough, but it could have been any of the other teams and it would have been just as tough.

No fear: Celtic got the better of Barcelona in Glasgow during the group stage of the Champions League

No fear: Celtic got the better of Barcelona in Glasgow during the group stage of the Champions League

'We believe over two games anything is possible. Juventus are littered with world-class stars and have been very consistent over the last 18 months and have got a great winning mentality, but so have we.

'To come through the group as impressively as we did, you just never know where you'll be in a month or two's time in terms of fitness and form.'

John Greechan – chief sports writer at the Scottish Daily Mail says…

This is a draw suffused with history and laden with potential.

Neil Lennon’s memories of playing against Juve 11 years ago – when a blatant dive by Nicola Amoruso saw Celtic robbed in Turin, then a remarkably dramatic 4-3 win back in Glasgow couldn’t prevent elimination in the group stages – will certainly drive the manager on.

Believe it or not, Lennon cheekily quizzed legendary Juve boss Marcello Lippi about that infamous Amoruso tumble when the Italian was delivering a Hampden lecture recently; the Irishman is not one to forgive and forget.

But this draw is as much about the present as the past. And what an opportunity this presents for a Celtic team to test themselves against one of the most glamorous clubs in the game, the current Serie A champions and leaders.

Veteran midfield magician Andrea Pirlo, who apparently has covered more ground than any other player in the Champions League this season, up against monstrous man mountain Victor Wanyama – plus the terrier-like Scott Brown – stands out as a key confrontation already.

England goalkeeper Fraser Forster’s boyhood hero was Gigi Buffon, so the big Geordie was grinning from ear to ear after the draw, which left the Celtic squad dreaming of making their own history.

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Preston manager Graham Westley refunds fans after Bury clash postponed

Preston boss Westley covers petrol costs of fans after Bury clash called off

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22:41 GMT, 4 December 2012

Preston North End manager Graham Westley helped soften the blow some of the club's fans suffered on Tuesday night, dipping into his pocket to refund their travel costs after their Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash against Bury was postponed.

The match at Gigg Lane was called off an hour before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch, despite referee Gary Sutton giving the all clear at 6.30pm.

Westley came across a minibus full of fans making the 30-odd mile journey home, and offered to cover their petrol costs, as well as a round of soft drinks.

Scroll down for video of the Preston boss paying back the fans

Making friends: Graham Westley has covered the petrol costs of some fans

Making friends: Graham Westley has covered the petrol costs of some fans

Video footage of the kind gesture quickly circulated on Twitter, while a number of Lilywhites fans were full of praise for the boss.

@Weyer95 wrote: 'Home and dry (like bury's pitch according to GW). Very disappointed with the game being called off but Graham Westley is magic.'

@ecossesteve added: 'Hearing some great stories from #PNE fans being refunded travel expenses by Graham Westley personally. Fantastic stuff.'

And ‏@ingolwhite claimed his son had been one of the benficeries. He wrote: 'top man graham westley bought my son and his mates a drink and gave them 40 petrol money.'

Preston are 11th in League One after an indifferent run of results, and sit six points adrift of the playoff places.

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Peterborough 1 Crystal Palace 2: match report

Peterborough 1 Crystal Palace 2: Moritz and Dikgacoi find late way past Posh stopper Olejnik

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17:26 GMT, 10 November 2012

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17:26 GMT, 10 November 2012

Crystal Palace came from behind to extend their unbeaten run to 13 npower Championship matches with a 2-1 victory at Peterborough that saw the Eagles return to the top of the table.

Ian Holloway, in his first away game as Palace boss, saw his team fall behind after just six minutes to a Grant McCann strike.

Top and bottom: Palace manager Ian Holloway and Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson

Top and bottom: Palace manager Ian Holloway and Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock, Brisley, Knight-Percival, Little (Ferdinand 84), Bostwick, McCann, Newell, Tomlin (Swanson 63), Berahino (Barnett 67), Boyd. Subs Not Used: Day, Zakuani, Sinclair, Mendez-Laing.

Booked: Boyd,Knight-Percival.

Goals: McCann 6.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward (Wilbraham 80), Delaney, Ramage, Parr, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Garvan (Moritz 74), Zaha, Murray, Bolasie (Blake 84). Subs Not Used: Price, Easter, Moxey, O'Keefe.

Booked: Murray.

Goals: Moritz 80, Dikgacoi 82.

Att: 9,691

Ref: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

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An inspired display from Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik looked like it
might be enough to see the hosts hang on to that lead but Palace
eventually made a breakthrough and won it with two late goals from Andre
Moritz and Kagisho Dikgacoi.

McCann recovered from the groin injury that saw him withdrawn early in
the second half during the midweek defeat at Brighton so Peterborough
manager Darren Ferguson made just one change to his starting line up
with Lee Tomlin replacing Tyrone Barnett.

Holloway named the same starting line-up against Ipswich on Tuesday
night which had beaten Blackburn the previous weekend, and after seeing
Palace go top of the Championship with a 5-0 win in his first game in
charge he again picked the same XI.
McCann put Posh ahead from close range following some impressive
trickery down the left-hand side of the penalty area from George Boyd.

Palace immediately had two chances to equalise. Peter Ramage headed
powerfully wide from Owen Garvan's cross before Wilfried Zaha's effort
from the edge of the box was diverted over the crossbar by the
fingertips of Olejnik.

Holloway's team enjoyed plenty of possession during the remainder of the
first half but Posh should have gone into half-time in front when Craig
Alcock got on the end of Boyd's cross, however the full-back headed
wide.

Palace continued to push for an equaliser after the break but the hosts had Olejnik to thank for keeping them ahead.

The Austrian pushed an 18-yard effort from Glenn Murray over the bar at
the start of the second half and then tipped Zaha's 20-yarder round a
post.

Murray headed a Garvan free-kick wide before he was then denied by
Olejnik again, this time from close range when it looked like he would
turn home Yannick Bolasie's cross.

Damien Delaney blazed over from six yards out following a corner before
it was Bolasie's turn to be frustrated by Olejnik midway through the
second half.

However, Olejnik's resistance was finally broken 10 minutes from time by substitute Moritz.

The Brazilian, on as a 74th-minute replacement for Garvan, had plenty of
work to do when he received the ball on the left-hand side of the
penalty area but he cut inside and sent a left-foot shot beyond Olejnik
and into the net off the far post.

And Palace completed the turnaround two minutes later with a superb breakaway goal.

Zaha led the charge, sprinting free down the right before laying the
ball into the path of Dikgacoi who stroked it home from 12 yards out.

Palace still went looking for more goals though, and would have got them
had it not been for Olejnik who made late parrying saves to deny Zaha
and Murray once more.

Shane Sutton to make full recovery

British Cycling head coach Sutton set to make full recovery after being knocked off bike and suffering bleeding on brain
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins discharged on Thursday after being knocked of bike in Lancashire
Great Britain's head coach Shane Sutton also knocked off in Levenshulme, Manchester but should make full recovery from injuries
Wiggins believed to have suffered broken ribs and dislocated finger

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British Cycling’s head coach Shane Sutton is expected to make a full recovery from injuries sustained when he was knocked off his bike in Manchester on Thursday.

Sutton was rushed to A&E suffering bruising and bleeding on the brain after the incident in Levenshulme – less than 24 hours after Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike while training in Lancashire.

Wiggins was discharged from hospital on Thursday with bruises to his hand and broken ribs.

On the mend: British Cycling's head coach Shane Sutton should make a full recovery after being knocked off his bike in Manchester

On the mend: British Cycling's head coach Shane Sutton should make a full recovery after being knocked off his bike in Manchester

Charming: Bradley Wiggins swore at photographers on his way home from hospital on Thursday

Charming: Bradley Wiggins swore at photographers on his way home from hospital on Thursday

'Ok': Wiggins left with at least two broken ribs after being knocked off his bike by a car

'Ok': Wiggins left with at least two broken ribs after being knocked off his bike by a car

Good news came when British Cycling said that Sutton could be leaving hospital soon too.

‘Shane is making steady progress but
is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation,’
they said in a statement.

‘He has fractured his cheek bone
which will require surgery in due course. He is expected to make a
complete recovery and will be back in work shortly.’

Sutton, 55, one of Wiggins' coaches
for his time trial success at the London Olympics, was hospitalised with
bleeding and bruising on the brain following the road accident in
Levenshulme, Manchester, on Thursday morning.

The incident came just a day after Wiggins was knocked off his bike by a Vauxhall Astra as it
pulled out of a filling station.

He lay on the floor for a
quarter of an hour before the ambulance arrived, according to witnesses, and sustained at least two broken ribs and a suspected dislocated finger.

A spokesperson for British Cycling
said on Thursday afternoon: 'British Cycling has confirmed that Shane Sutton, head coach for
the GB Cycling Team, was involved in an incident this morning on the A6
near Levenshulme in Manchester.

'Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain.

'Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days.'

Hospitalised: Shane Sutton, Team GB's head cycling coach, was rushed to hospital on Thursday afternoon

Hospitalised: Shane Sutton, Team GB's head cycling coach, was rushed to hospital on Thursday afternoon

The spokesperson added: 'It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery.

'Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads.

'British Cycling is calling on the government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure that cycle safety is built into the design of all new roads, junctions and transport projects, rather than being an afterthought.'

Police sources said the collision involving Sutton, on his bike, and a Peugeot 206 car took place at about 8.55am near the junction of Stockport Road and Clare Road in Levenshulme.

The driver of the Peugeot was not injured and no arrests were made.

British Cycling director Martin Gibbs
believes the Government should be doing more to prevent such incidents, and said: 'These
incidents do remind you that we've got a long way to go we need to look
to our cousins abroad and Copenhagen and see what they've done.

'30 per cent of people making journey there do so on their bike.

'We need the Department of Transport to stop thinking of cycling as an add-on.

'Nine
out of 10 British cycling members have a car it has to be about more
mutual respect looking out for each other. We mustn't make this a sort
of tribal battle.'

Australian Sutton has worked
with the GB Cycling team since 2002 and has been credited with playing a
major role in transforming the fortunes of the sport in this country.

Unfortunate: Both Sutton (left) and Wiggins (right) were involved in unrelated accidents within 24 hours of each other

Unfortunate: Both Sutton (left) and Wiggins (right) were involved in unrelated accidents within 24 hours of each other

Mentor: Sutton was one of Wiggins' coaches when he sealed a time trial gold at London 2012

Mentor: Sutton was one of Wiggins' coaches when he sealed a time trial gold at London 2012

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2010 for his services to sport.
Sutton's career began as a road and track cyclist where he won numerous
titles including a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 1978 team
pursuit competition and the 1990 Milk Race.

He split his time between the track and the road in coaching this year's British competitors at the London Olympics.

Throughout his career at GB Cycling,
he was said by Team Sky to have 'repeatedly got the best out of his
charges through his sheer enthusiasm and force of personality'.

Police also confirmed that Wiggins, 32, had broken at least two ribs but has otherwise escaped with severe bruising.

His support team who were following him raced to his aid at Wrightington, Lancashire, close to his home near Chorley.

The mum of the cycling champion spoke to the star after the crash.

Linda Wiggins, a school secretary, said: 'I have spoken to him briefly and he's okay.'

Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who also helped Wiggins, said: ‘/11/08/article-2229540-15E8FF7D000005DC-783_634x356.jpg” width=”634″ height=”356″ alt=”Parts of the car that hit Bradley Wiggins outside a petrol station” class=”blkBorder” />

Parts of the car that hit Wiggins outside a petrol station in Wrightington, where he was knocked off his bike

Locator map showing Crow Orchard Lane, Wrightington, where Wiggins was knocked off his bike

'The ambulance turned up and they treated him for a while. He was up and walking around, but apparently he wasn’t too good.'

Wiggins, a father of two, broke his collarbone in the 2011 Tour de France before recovering to win this year’s event and take gold medal in the Olympic time trial.

The national hero only recently shaved off his ‘lucky’ sideburns.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: 'Police were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6pm this evening.

Scene: A van collided with Wiggins after setting off from a petrol station forecourt

Scene: A van collided with Wiggins after setting off from a petrol station forecourt

'A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra car. The rider of the bike, a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. His family have been told.'

In a statement on its website, Team Sky said: 'We can confirm that on Wednesday evening Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire.

'He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.

'We will announce more details in due course.'

Hero: Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour

Hero: Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour

Hero: Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour
VIDEO: Champion Wiggins is recovering in hospital after being knocked down…

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TWITTER REACTION TO THE ACCIDENTS

From fellow Olympic medallists to fans of Bradley Wiggins, people have taken to Twitter to offer their messages of support to the Tour de France champion and Team GB's head coach Shane Sutton.

Wiggins' former Team Sky team-mate Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) wrote: 'Really wishing my friend Bradley Wiggins a speedy recovery in hospital after being knocked off his bike by a car yesterday.'

In particular, Wiggins' Team GB team-mates, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott wished the pair well.

Rowsell (@JoannaRowsell) posted on her official page: 'Wishing Bradley Wiggins a speedy recovery'

Laura Trott (‏@LauraTrott31) expressed disbelief after hearing the news, and said: 'What the hell is happening these days!! Wishing wiggo and shane a speedy recovery x'

Hearts" future in doubt amid financial crisis

Sutton fears for Hearts' future as financial crisis threatens Edinburgh club

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23:20 GMT, 28 October 2012

Hearts striker John Sutton has spoken of his fears for the future of the Tynecastle club as he issued a rallying cry to secure the survival of the 138-year-old institution.

Vladimir Romanov’s troubled outfit faces a potentially devastating confrontation with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs next month, the club having been issued with a demand for unpaid taxes of 1.75million.

The club are under a transfer embargo after a continued failure to pay staff on time and last week launched a share issue hoping to raise 1.8m as controversial owner Romanov maintains his course of cutting ties with the Tynecastle club.

Fears: John Sutton (centre) is worried about Hearts' future

Fears: John Sutton (centre) is worried about Hearts' future

‘We are really worried about the situation, but I can’t say it’s anything new,’ said Sutton.

‘Since I’ve been here, there’s always been a couple of issues floating around on the financial side of things. The board have been open enough in the (share) brochure to say there are dangers for the club ahead. But they are also optimistic about the future and, hopefully, as players, we can start to do our bit.

‘If we start winning games, we can help the club sell more tickets — and reaching semi-finals and finals would also help the club. But I can’t lie — it is a worrying time and, as players, we are desperate to do our little bit to help this club survive — and to push it on to bigger and better things in future.’

Hearts have vowed to robustly defend the tax claim, relating to an ongoing dispute between the club and HMRC over players loaned to Tynecastle by Lithuanian club FBK Kaunas — then controlled by Romanov — during the past seven years.

Tough times: Manager John McGlynn is working under a transfer embargo

Tough times: Manager John McGlynn is working under a transfer embargo

In the brochure explaining the share issue, Hearts spoke of a ‘dramatically negative impact on the company’ if they lose the case, while admitting that Romanov could call in his 24m debt and leave the club to be liquidated next summer.

Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas claimed administration is ‘not on the agenda’ but admitted the Tynecastle club are facing huge challenges.

‘Financially, the situation is quite serious,’ he said.

‘We are really hopeful that this club will be successful and will prosper; and administration is the wrong word, I would say.

‘The share issue is a signal and an alarm to the people who are truly concerned about the club.’

Fedotovas also confirmed Hearts were taken aback by the HMRC tax demand and added: ‘It is a surprise. I believe that this is an unprecedented thing.

Up in the air: Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov's future plans are unclear

Up in the air: Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov's future plans are unclear

‘We faced questions in 2008 and it was very distant, and we really had no idea what it was about and what relation it has to the club.

‘Obviously, it’s now in very developed stages and this is something that we are looking to defend.

‘The players who were here on loan — most of them were Lithuanian — have some extra earnings in their home country and the case is related towards that, towards those earnings.

‘Whether that needs to be taxed or not is what the case is all about.

‘As far as the club is concerned, we have paid all the tax according to their contracts here in Scotland and we believe the position of Hearts is covered by this.

‘We’ve produced all the necessary returns to HMRC and supplied all the necessary information.

‘I believe there are a few possibilities (if Hearts need to pay the amount) and we’re actively discussing this at the moment.’

Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1 match report: Scott MCDonald Lee Chung-yong goals

Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1: McDonald fires two as Boro hit back to stop Trotters

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16:21 GMT, 27 October 2012

Substitute Scott McDonald scored
twice for Middlesbrough as they came from behind to make it four npower
Championship wins on the bounce.

Boro had trailed when Lee Chung-yong
gave Bolton the lead against the run of play with a cute dinked finish,
but McDonald, who came on in the first half after an injury to Marvin
Emnes, scored his first two goals of the season to maintain their
momentum.

First he was on hand to poke home
from close range following a spill from Adam Bogdan midway through the
second half and then he headed home Emmanuel Ledesma's cross in the
final 10 minutes.

Top man: Scott McDonald powered Boro to victory

Top man: Scott McDonald powered Boro to victory

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby, Hines, Bikey, Friend, Haroun, Leadbitter, McEachran (Halliday 87), Reach (Ledesma 46), Miller, Emnes (McDonald 22). Subs not used: Leutwiler, Smallwood, Bailey, Hoyte.

Goals: McDonald 67, 85.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears (Ngog 87), Ricketts, Ream, Warnock, Eagles, Mark Davies (Pratley 77), Lee, Spearing, Petrov (Afobe 65), Kevin Davies. Subs not used: Lynch, Mills, Andrews, Riley.

Booked: Kevin Davies, Eagles.

Goals: Lee 42.

Att: 16,200.

Ref: Gary Sutton.

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Boro, unbeaten in five, remain in third place in the league and look a good bet to mount a serious promotion challenge over the next few weeks.

In contrast new Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has it all to do as Wanderers, who rarely threatened in the second half, languish in lower mid-table, but with the quality on show in their squad they should rise the division in the coming weeks.

Freedman, who will be officially unveiled on Monday afternoon, watched from the stands as Jimmy Phillips took charge for the last time and he was almost out of his seat in the opening two minutes when Chris Eagles unleashed an effort from distance, but it went just wide of the post.

Boro soon found their feet though and Grant Leadbitter tested Bogdan from distance before Ishmael Miller wasted a fine chance when he headed George Friend's probing cross wide in the 10th minute.

The hosts, who were unchanged from Tuesday's win over Hull, were asking all the questions and Bogdan had to be at his best to deny Emnes' powerful effort.

Boro's flow was not interrupted by the injury to Emnes which saw McDonald come on and Miller had another effort go just off target as his curling effort flew wide with Bogdan beaten.

But Boro paid the ultimate price for their failure to score as the visitors stole a 43rd-minute lead.

Interested party: New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watched from the stands

Interested party: New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watched from the stands

A loose ball fell to Chung-Yong and after composing himself inside the area he delightfully lifted the ball over Jason Steele to stun the Riverside.

And it could have been even better for Wanderers two minutes later as Lee was presented with a golden chance to double the lead, but trying to repeat his earlier finish he blazed over the bar.

It was an unjust half-time scoreline and Boro came out after the interval trying to put it right, though they struggled to create the same vibrancy.
However, they finally built up a head of steam and levelled midway through the second period.

Miller had the ball on the left and fired in a cross-shot that Bogdan could only parry and McDonald was on hand to stab home from close range.
Boro were flying and McDonald headed another opportunity wide before they had a strong appeal for handball turned down when the ball appeared to strike Sam Ricketts on the arm.

The deserved winner finally came in the 85th minute when McDonald was left unmarked and headed home Ledesma's cross from the left and Boro held on for the three points.

Ryder Cup 2012: Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake and Michael Phelps join celebrity scramble

Funky, bold Medinah! Murray and Phelps join celebrity scramble at Ryder Cup

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08:46 GMT, 26 September 2012

It was the calm before the storm.

The Ryder Cup stars of Europe and United States were given a brief respite from the frenzied build-up to this week's showdown as celebrities and golf legends took centre stage at the Medinah
Country Club in Chicago.

Oscar-winning actor Bill Murray, pop star Justin Timberlake, comedian George Lopez and 18-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps were among the big names at the first-ever 2012 Ryder Cup
Captains and Celebrity Scramble on Tuesday.

Big prize: Justin Timberlake and Bill Murray grab the Ryder Cup

Big prize: Justin Timberlake and Bill Murray grab the Ryder Cup

US actor and comedian Bill Murray (L) and US pop singer Justin Timberlake

They were joined by the likes of Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Tom Lehman,
Corey Pavin, Dave Stockton, Hal Sutton, Lee Trevino and Lanny Wadkins.

'This is fun. It's fun to clown
around,' said Murray, who starred in the golf-based Caddyshack movie. 'It's a great event.'

Phelps showed he's a serious on the golf course as he is in the pool by teaming up with Sutton, Wadkins and Lopez to win the event with a score of 9-under par.

Star appeal: Timberlake at the celebrity scramble

Star appeal: Timberlake at the celebrity scramble

Glamour: Actress Jessica Biel a, girlfriend of Timberlake

Glamour: Actress Jessica Biel, girlfriend of Timberlake

Light-hearted: Timberlake and Murray clown around on the second tee

Light-hearted: Timberlake and Murray clown around on the second tee

Davis Love III, the US captain, admitted to feeling a little star-struck.

'I just ran into Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, George Lopez, Tom Lehman,' he says. 'It’s pretty fun if you come in over there in our player dining room or our locker room.'

Former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen paid tribute to the crowd after they sang 'Happy Birthday' to him before teeing off.

'Chicago is a great city for it because
it has great fans,' he said. 'I don’t think there is a
better place for this to happen because it’s such a great sports city.'

Big hit: Olympian Michael Phelps

Big hit: Olympian Michael Phelps

U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps (R) putts on the first green

U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps (R) putts on the first green

Celebration: Comedian George Lopez, right, and his caddie Michael Collins after making a putt on the second hole

Celebration: Comedian George Lopez, right, and his caddie Michael Collins after making a putt on the second hole

Murray said his round on Tuesday had given his an insight into the challenges facing the European and American teams.

'It’s really going to be all about who can make the putts,' he said. 'Whoever can make the putts will be a happy man.'