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Matt Le Tissier makes Guernsey debut but he can"t stop them losing 4-2

Le Tissier makes Guernsey debut as legend returns to playing days… but 44-year-old can't can't stop them losing 4-2

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

22:52 GMT, 24 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:05 GMT, 25 April 2013

Matt Le Tissier made a return to his playing days by turning out for Guernsey, but was unable to stop his side losing 4-2 at Colliers Wood.

The Southampton legend, 44, came off the bench in the second half after signing playing forms at the club where he is honorary president, to help with their incredible fixture list which sees the club in the middle of 20 games in 36 days.

Matt Le Tissier

Fit for purpose: Matt Le Tissier

Fit for purpose: Matt Le Tissier was unable to prevent Guernsey FC losing at Colliers Wood on his debut

Still got it: Le Tissier was back in action at the tender age of 44 years old

Still got it: Le Tissier was back in action at the tender age of 44 years old

Still got it: Le Tissier

Still got it: Le Tissier

Rusty Le Tissier tries a trademark volley after chesting the ball down

It's the first time Le Tissier has played in an official game since 2002, when he retired after playing his entire career for the Saints.

Le Tissier made over 500 appearances in all competitions for the south-coast club, and won eight England caps.

Many fans feel he should have represented his country more times, having watched his incredible skills, passing and long-range screamers in the 1990s.

He is currently juggling turning out for Guernsey with being a pundit and co-commentator for Sky Sports.

Different class: Le Tissier wowed fans with his technique for Southampton throughout his 14 years at the club

Different class: Le Tissier wowed fans with his technique for Southampton throughout his 14 years at the club

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VIDEO Matt Le Tissier's finest Southampton moments

London 2012 Paralypics: Ellie Simmonds lays down gauntlet to Victoria Arlen in S6 400m freestyle

Simmonds lays down gauntlet to Arlen with dominant display in S6 400m freestyle

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UPDATED:

13:11 GMT, 1 September 2012

Ellie Simmonds commanded the spotlight at the Aquatics Centre as she booked a probable showdown with Victoria Arlen in the S6 400 metres freestyle with a blistering performance which indicates she is ready to reclaim her world record from the American.

The Briton won the title in Beijing, along with the 100m freestyle, at the tender age of 13 where her tears on the podium saw her catapulted into the public eye.

Arlen though wrested Simmonds' world record at the United States trials in June as she underlined the threat she was to the home favourite.

Peaking at the right time: Ellie Simmonds was delighted with her performance

Peaking at the right time: Ellie Simmonds was delighted with her performance

Earlier this week, however, Arlen's very participation was thrown into doubt when she was deemed ineligible for competition and excluded from London 2012.

The United States' appeal to the International Paralympic Committee was upheld and the 17-year-old was reinstated on Thursday.

It is a two-stage process with Arlen having passed an initial assessment but she was also observed during racing today after which a final decision was set to be reached.

The IPC announced this morning they would make a statement as to her fate this afternoon, before the final where she was the fastest qualifier behind Simmonds.

The situation clearly had not affected Simmonds who was beaming after her time of five minutes 24.64 seconds, a Paralympic and European record and personal best and just 0.18secs outside Arlen's world mark.

Simmonds said: 'Really pleased. I am shocked by it. All my coach (Billy Pye) said leading into it was to go in there and hopefully do a 5:30.

Going for gold: Simmonds is confident ahead of the final

Going for gold: Simmonds is confident ahead of the final

'But, yeah, really happy – I've just done a PB in a heat swim which gets me ready for tonight. It's going to be a very tough but very exciting race but I am looking forward to it.'

Of the circumstances surrounding her fellow teenager Arlen, Simmonds said: 'I've been aware of it, I've just had to focus on myself, I can't control her. At the start of the week she was an S6 and now she is an S6.

'It is good that now she is an S6. It is going to give me someone to race and she is going to push me to my limits and the best of my ability and I am really excited for that.'

After an emotional few days, Arlen deserves credit for such a swim in what is her Paralympic debut.

She said: 'It has been a rollercoaster but I have an incredible Team USA that has been supporting me.

'But it is what it is, it comes with the sport and I am just happy to be here, happy to swim and happy to represent my country. I'm ready to go always. I was nervous and I was shaking all over and just went out there and was like “I'm here”.'

Strong support: Family and friends cheer on Simmonds

Strong support: Family and friends cheer on Simmonds

While Simmonds was in the spotlight, ParalympicsGB team-mate Natalie Jones also made it through in seventh.

Claire Cashmore heads the SB8 100m breaststroke field in 1:22.90 in which she is the world and European silver medallist.

The Redditch-born swimmer was cautious after the heat and fully expects the final to play out differently.

She said: 'Content, not delighted. I think a lot of girls are holding a lot of things back. The race starts tonight.

'This morning nobody gets a medal for winning their heat, unfortunately, otherwise I would be very happy.'

Other qualifiers were James Crisp and Sam Hynd – both medallists yesterday – in the SB8 100m breaststroke, Matthew Whorwood (S6 400m freestyle), Gemma Almond (S10 100m butterfly), Anthony Stephens (S5 200m freestyle), Rhiannon Henry (S13 50m freestyle) and Sascha Kindred and Thomas Young in the SB7 100m breaststroke.

Everton look at M"Baye Niang

Next! Now Niang is off to Everton as Arsenal, Spurs and City stall on 7m offer

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UPDATED:

08:20 GMT, 14 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Everton have become the latest Premier League club to invite promising Caen striker M'Baye Niang on trial.

The 17-year-old will spend a few days at the club's Finch Farm training base while David Moyes ponders a bid.

Arsenal have already had an offer of 5million rejected by the relegated French side, while AC Milan were confident earlier this week of securing a loan deal for the season.

Passed around: Caen's forward M'Baye Niang (right) is on everybody's radar

Passed around: Caen's forward M'Baye Niang (right) is on everybody's radar

Tottenham and Manchester City are yet to act on their initial interest.

Caen are holding out for 7m for the powerful Niang who despite his tender years is already an Under 21 international.

Club president Jean-Francois Fortin confirmed earlier this month that two clubs in England had made Niang offers.

He said at the time: 'Arsenal made me a propostition. Other clubs are interested: two in England and one in Italy. I think there will be an issue here for a fortnight.'

Everton must strengthen their forward line with Nikica Jelavic the only regularly fit out and out striker.

London 2012 Olympics cycling: Laura Trott wins second omnium event to sit top at halfway stage

Trott remains on track to add to Great Britain's cycling medal haul as she leads omnium at halfway stage

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23:59 GMT, 6 August 2012

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Laura Trott is on course to become a double Olympic champion at the ridiculously tender age of 20.

Fresh-faced she may be – and a blonde, not the brunette we have seen before – yet the girl from Essex rode with such maturity in the opening three disciplines of the women’s omnium to suggest that Tuesday’s final three events – the 3,000m pursuit, the scratch race and a 500m time trial – could see her add a solo gold medal to that won in the women’s team pursuit.

It is all becoming bewilderingly straightforward that there appears to be no outcome possible other than British gold in practically every event.

Unstoppable: Laura Trott powered her way to the top of the omnium table at the half way stage

Unstoppable: Laura Trott powered her way to the top of the omnium table at the half way stage

Trott leads the omnium standings overnight, level on points with Sarah Hammer of the USA but ahead by virtue of having a faster aggregate time in the disciplines which are against the clock.

Her flying 250m lap was completed at a dizzying average speed of 40mph while her ability to spot every crisis point in the elimination race, in which the last rider across the line every second lap is called out, thrilled the 6,000 spectators.

Going for gold: Trott is looking add to Great Britain's tally of cycling medals

Going for gold: Trott is looking add to Great Britain's tally of cycling medals

They will expect to salute three more Olympic titles when the Velodrome opens for the final time on Tuesday, with Victoria Pendleton in the women’s individual sprint and Sir Chris Hoy’s tilt at Olympic immortality in the men’s keirin .

Victory for would surpass Sir Steve Redgrave’s five golds – a record for a Briton – although what further accolades are open to Hoy, who already possesses a knighthood and the hearts of a nation, is a mystery.

Davis Cup boost for Great Britain against Belgium

Davis Cup boost for Britain as Belgian No 1 Rochus is ruled out of reverse singles

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UPDATED:

10:37 GMT, 8 April 2012

Great Britain's slim hopes of victory over Belgium in their Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie received a small boost with the news Belgian No 1 Olivier Rochus was not fit to play the fourth rubber against Josh Goodall.

Rochus, ranked 59th in the world, struggled badly towards the end of his win over Dan Evans at Glasgow's Braehead Arena on Friday with cramp in his thigh and will be replaced by 21-year-old David Goffin.

Into the lions den: David Goffin (right) is a late replacement for Belgium

Into the lions den: David Goffin (right) is a late replacement for Belgium

Belgium went into Sunday leading 2-1 and need only one more point for victory, but Goffin is playing in his first Davis Cup tie and is a completely different prospect to the vastly-experienced Rochus.

However, he came into the tie on the back of a Challenger title in Guadeloupe, and to be ranked 112th at his tender age is no mean feat given the depth of the men's game these days.

Tough task: Josh Goodall will play in the first singles match on Sunday

Tough task: Josh Goodall will play in the first singles match on Sunday

Goffin also impressed in Saturday's doubles, which Britain won in four sets, and will be the favourite to beat Goodall, who is ranked well below him at 253.

And even if Goodall, who had never won a set in Davis Cup before Friday, were to beat Goffin, that would still leave Evans needing to overcome a rankings gap of 276 places against Steve Darcis.

Sky could lose Premier League rights, admits Scudamore

Loyalty counts for nothing! Sky could lose Premier League rights, admits chief executive Scudamore

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UPDATED:

07:35 GMT, 21 March 2012

Premier League Richard Scudamore has
admitted Sky's 20 years of coverage of England's top flight will count
for nothing if they are outbid by Al Jazeera for the next three years of
television rights.

Industry experts have speculated that
Al Jazeera's financial clout, which has already seen the Middle
East-based broadcaster wrest the French league rights from Canal Plus,
could provide a serious threat to Sky.

High price: Premier League could sell rights across Europe

High price: Sky face competition from Al Jazeera for Premier League rights

Sky have held the majority of the domestic packages during all 20 years of the Premier League's existence but Scudamore said they were bound to abide by competition regulations – and that means selling to the highest bidder if all criteria are fulfilled.

Scudamore said: 'Loyalty counts in many senses. But, remember, our current arrangements – and I see no reason why our future arrangements won't have to be – are regulated, and are regulated heavily.

'Our packages are put out into the open market and we have to have an open tender for those packages.

'We have to sell to the highest compliant bidder.

'Whilst, of course, we have a huge regard and respect and Sky's made a fantastic impact on our business, ultimately whatever umbilical cord there might be as an ongoing, working, commercial relationship, that gets severed once that tender gets issued.

High stakes: Losing Premier League rights would be a huge blow to Rupert Murdoch's Sky network

High stakes: Losing Premier League rights would be a huge blow to Rupert Murdoch's Sky network

'There's nothing they can do other than be the best bidder to win those rights.'

Scudamore also disclosed the Premier League are actively considering selling their next set of TV rights across the whole of Europe rather than just Britain.

PL officials are deciding whether selling the rights on a pan-European basis would provide more income and protection.

The deliberations are taking place against the background of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the case of Portsmouth landlady Karen Murphy last year, which stated that the Premier League could not give “broadcasters territorial exclusivity on a member state basis”.

Judd Trump champion at eight years old now UK championship winner

Trump this! Could you picture champion Judd at eight You can now

Here’s snooker sensation Judd Trump taking his first steps on the road to stardom when he scooped his first championship win – at the tender age of eight.

The star was photographed as a pint-sized wannabe after romping to victory against his grown-up opponents on the baize of a Bristol snooker club.

Spot the difference: Judd was a winner even at the tender age of eight

Spot the difference: Judd was a winner even at the tender age of eight

Then just 4ft tall, he had to stand on tip-toes to reach the cue ball.

Fast-forward 13 years and Judd picked up his biggest win to date when he clinched the UK Championships by beating Mark Allen 10-8 on Sunday night.

Judd started playing snooker at the age of six when trucker dad Steve bought him a mini 4ft x 2ft table for their home in Whitchurch, Bristol.

Lovely: Trump celebrates with the spoils of his victory

Lovely: Trump celebrates with the spoils of his victory

He soon started racking up wins for Keynsham Snooker Centre’s senior club side in division three of the Bristol and District Snooker League.

But Judd scooped his first senior competition win in 1998 when he clinched the club’s handicap tournament from a field of 30 players.

He racked up impressive breaks of 31, 39 and two of 32 as he won the championship and had notched up a person best break of 65 by the age of eight.

Proud: Trump

Proud: Trump”s family stand by his side as he shows off his trophy

At the time, he said: “It was nice to beat all those grown-ups – I hope they didn’t mind too much.

“I want to be able to play fast and exciting snooker like my hero Ronnie O’Sullivan.”

Trump is now ranked fifth in the world rankings – ten places above his boyhood idol O’Sullivan.