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Charles Sale: Jake Humphrey given Vision of a new job with BT

Humphrey given Vision of a new job with BT

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BBC sports presenter Jake Humphrey is in talks to become the host of BT Vision's live Premier League match coverage that starts next season.

BT, whose building of a sports channel around Premier League content includes Wednesday's 152million deal for Premiership rugby, want a big-name anchor for their football coverage.

Humphrey, best known for his presenting of Formula One on the BBC, has been negotiating with the corporation over his contract for exclusive work which expires at the end of the year.

Ready for a new job Jake Humphrey (right) could join BT for their Premier League coverage

Ready for a new job Jake Humphrey (right) could join BT for their Premier League coverage

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But it's known the 33-year-old, who changed his representative agents this year, wants to work on other sports and earn a lot more money.

His 250,000 salary lags far behind BBC colleague Gary Lineker's 2m-a-year wages.

Humphrey also displayed his frustration at his low profile at Euro 2012 as part of the BBC team by suddenly leaving to present the Valencia Grand Prix he had been scheduled to miss.

And fronting BT Vision's 38 games a season, which cost 738m over three years and includes the prime package of first-pick games, would give Humphrey the football prominence he wants.

Bernstein backed by Gill

David Bernstein's chances of extending his FA chairmanship past his 70th birthday in May, which would require a change of statutes, have been boosted by the backing of Manchester United chief executive David Gill.

The support has helped persuade the rest of the FA board to allow the proposal to be taken to the shareholders for approval.

But there will be resistance from those on the FA council who believe the age-limit rules should not be changed to suit one person.

Certainly Bernstein will have helped his cause by putting forward Gill last month as the FA's candidate for a place on the UEFA executive committee, as successor to Geoff Thompson.

Refurb for the FA

There will need to be plenty of refurbishing done at the FA's St George's Park National Football Centre ahead of the official opening on October 9, with parent company Nike taking over discarded subsidiary Umbro's sponsorship of the venue.

More than 100 Umbro shirts are on display in the reception of the sports facility while two pitches have been named after Umbro boots – Aztec and Speciali.

But at least the main gates do not need rebranding as the ordered 'tailored by Umbro' signs were never mounted; the FA were aware for months it was only a matter of time before Nike came in.

Back in the game: Ricky Hatton will fight on November 24

Back in the game: Ricky Hatton will fight on November 24

Hatton back on Primetime…

Ricky Hatton's boxing comeback three years after being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao is understood to be screened by pay-per-view operators Primetime.

They are controlled by media tycoon Richard Desmond, whose Channel 5 TV station would heavily cross-promote Hatton's return.

The 33-year-old fighter would have a share of the PPV income from a fight in Manchester against a journeyman opponent.

Sky Sports pulled the plug last year on their contract for Hatton-promoted shows, much to his upset.

BOA to begin cutbacks

THE first casualty of the cash-strapped British Olympic Association in the post-Games bloodletting is expected to be commercial director Hugh Chambers, who has not brought in the revenue needed.

Meanwhile, Albert Woods, the British Canoe Union president and GB Hockey's Richard Leman are considering standing against Lord Coe for the BOA chairmanship.

Boris Johnson (right) is taking over as the chairman of the London Legacy Development Company

Boris Johnson (right) is taking over as the chairman of the London Legacy Development Company

Chairman Boris

Boris Johnson taking over as chairman of the London Legacy Development Company from hand-picked ally Daniel Moylan, who had just three months in charge, follows tensions in the hopelessly run LLDC.

Boris and the board had lost confidence in the combative Moylan, whose leadership style caused friction after he allegedly made changes without the necessary board approval.

They included Andrew Altman's ousting as chief executive and the appointment of interim replacement Dennis Hone.

Complaints were made to the FA's protocol committee that the Ukrainian party were not wearing ties at their Wembley reception before the World Cup qualifier. The blazer protester was told guests could dress as they saw fit.

Mo Farah was the weakest athlete I"ve ever seen, says coach Alberto Salazar

Farah was the weakest athlete I've ever seen, says coach Salazar

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Backs were slapped as competitors decamped from the Athletes’ Village, yet one of the success stories of the XXX Olympiad was called a 90lb weakling.

Mo Farah — who is set to earn
500,000 if he makes a marathon debut in London next April — was the
subject of this unflattering description. It came from his coach,
Alberto Salazar.

Salazar, born in Cuba during the
Revolution, made his comments as 29-year-old Farah was basking in
Downing Street’s acclamation as winner of the 5,000 and 10,000 metres
gold medals. Or, more pertinently, Downing Street was basking in his
achievements.

Team Salazar: Galen Rupp, the Cuban coach and Mo Farah are on top of the world after the 10,000m

Team Salazar: Galen Rupp, the Cuban coach and Mo Farah are on top of the world after the 10,000m

Salazar said: ‘When Mo came to me 18 months ago, he was a skinny distance runner with a great engine but no upper body. At the end of races, he would tire and his head would bob around and his arms would flail.

‘He was the weakest athlete I’d ever trained — in terms of core strength and being able to do push-ups, sit-ups and single-leg squats. He was a 90lb weakling.

‘The No 1 thing that has helped Mo is not the 110 miles a week he puts in on the road, but the seven hours a fortnight in the gym.’

Gym bunny: Farah has worked on his physique

Gym bunny: Farah has worked on his physique

The Farah-Salazar collaboration has proved a triumph after Farah travelled to Portland, Oregon, to work with the former New York marathon specialist at the start of last year.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Salazar added: ‘When Mo takes off his shirt, coaches who have worked with him just can’t believe how ripped he is.’ The Cuban said Farah gained a surge of energy from the crowd on the final straight that took him clear of his challengers in Saturday night’s 5,000m.

‘But also Mo dug deeper than I have seen any athlete do. You’re talking about a man who has more heart, more guts and more soul than any athlete I’ve ever seen,’ said Salazar.

London 2012 Olympics: BOA want more golds at Rio Games

This is the start of the gold rush! BOA pledge to raise the bar at Rio Olympics

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The British Olympic Association have vowed Great Britain will do everything possible to top their amazing Olympic medal haul from London 2012 at the next Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Britain have had their best Olympics since 1908, winning at least 64 medals on home soil, including a minimum of 28 golds.

Australia are the only country ever to claim more gold medals at a Games immediately after one they have hosted – in 2004 – but no nation has ever secured more medals overall.

More of this: Mo Farah with one of his gold medals

More of this: Mo Farah with one of his gold medals

The BOA want to be the first and clearly believe today's announcement that there will be no Government cuts in the funding of Olympic sports ahead of 2016 could make it possible.

BOA chairman Lord Moynihan said: 'The aspiration is always to push on and do better – absolutely.

'If you're an athlete, if you're a team, your aspiration is always to do better. No question at all in my mind.

'You never say, “Okay, we did very well. Now let's fall back”.

'We have phenomenal athletes in this country, unbelievable athletes, and we're building great support structures.

'And we must always push on and always raise the bar and always seek to do better.'

Moynihan insisted it was far too early to set specific medal targets but added: 'Every sport should have a comprehensive review of their performance.

Solid gold: Greg Rutherford won a shock medal

Solid gold: Greg Rutherford won a shock medal

'Those who have done really well will
need to review why they did really well. Those who haven't lived up to
the expectations will need to review that.

'It won't be until we're very close to Rio that we have an assessment of who we're competing against, let alone how good our own team is.'

Britain have won medals in 15 sports at London 2012, four more than at the Beijing Games four years ago.

BOA chef de mission Andy Hunt said: 'I believe it could be more than that. And that's such an important legacy from these Games.

'Our insight and engagement with sports is like never before and we're not going to stop that.'

Future: Adam Gemili (left) could make waves in Rio

Future: Adam Gemili (left) could make waves in Rio

Sir Clive Woodward, who joined the BOA as director of elite performance in 2006 and became one of their deputy chefs de mission two years later, admitted the challenge now was to make competing away from home an 'advantage'.

Admitting the 'immense' crowd had made a huge difference to Britain's success in London, Woodward added: 'The interesting thing now is how can we make this an away advantage, how can we rethink all our thinking now to make sure that when we go to Rio now, can this be an advantage actually playing away from home.'

Woodward insisted he had 'every intention' of staying at the BOA in the run-up to 2016.

The man who led England to Rugby World Cup glory in 2003 was strongly linked with a return to the Rugby Football Union as elite performance director last year.

But he said: 'The longer I've been in this role, the more I've grown into it and enjoyed it. This has been a remarkable few weeks.

'I'm due to go to Rio at the end of September. We've already been there twice.

'It's just hugely challenging now because can we replicate what we've done here in terms of the support of the team and the athletes in Rio'

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley aiming for Rio peak

Bronze boy Daley aiming even higher with Rio Olympics in his sights

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Tom Daley has set his sights on Olympic glory in Rio de Janeiro after securing bronze in the 10 metre diving on Saturday night.

The 18-year-old led the field going into the final dive but was overtaken by eventual champion David Boudia of the USA and China's Qiu Bo.

But far from being disappointed, Daley was overjoyed by his achievement, which came after he failed to finish on the podium in the 10m synchro with Pete Waterfield.

Achievement: Tom Daley earned his bronze medal on Saturday night

Achievement: Tom Daley earned his bronze medal on Saturday night

'I'm over the moon with the way it all went,' he told Radio 5 Live. 'To finally have something to show for all the hard work, dedication and sacrifices I've had to make – it feels so good to have a medal right now.

'It was an amazing moment after all the things I've been through. All the hard work and all the things I've done… along with my dad. I wish he was there to see it but I know he'd be proud of what I've done.'

And Daley, who only qualified through the preliminary round in 15th place, believes his best is yet to come.

'Most people peak in diving at about 22, that's just in time for the Rio Olympics so that'll hopefully be my performance peak,' he said. 'I've got four more years, it's about building strength, building consistency and getting even better.'

Aims: The youngster wants to do even better in Rio

Aims: The youngster wants to do even better in Rio

Daley mid-dive

Daley dedicated his first Olympic medal to his late father Robert after a dramatic and controversial final.

While American David Boudia snatched
gold from the Qiu Bo, the swell of emotion inside the Aquatics Centre
centred on home-favourite Daley.

The 18-year-old had led going into the final dive, with Boudia and Qiu deadlocked just 0.15 points behind.

Daley managed a single score of 10 for his final back dive, but when Boudia and then Qiu both nailed more difficult leaps he was relegated to third.

The Plymouth diver hardly cared though as he jumped into the pool, with his team-mates and coaches, to celebrate a success overwhelming for his family tragedy.

Daley was at the bedside of his father at their family home in Plymouth last May when he lost his long battle with brain cancer aged 40.

Robert Daley had been a constant at poolside during his son's career and had pledged to battle the disease for long enough to see him compete in London.

Celebration: Daley and his coaches made a splash after the event

Celebration: Daley and his coaches made a splash after the event

'I dedicate this medal one for my dad,' he said.

'After losing my dad and all the tough times – it's about time my family had some good news.

'It's really tough not having him here, but I'm so happy for the fact that all the hard work we put in together, all the ups and downs, I know if he was here he'd be very proud.

'I wish he was here to be honest, but I know he's not. To make up for it all my family and friends are here.

'All the lessons in life he's taught me. It's been tough but I've come out the other side and have something to show for it.

'Although it's a bronze medal for me it's a gold medal.

'It's a symbol of all the effort I've had to put in. All the pressure that I've had on me going into this competition has been overwhelming to say the least.'

London 2012 Olympics: LIVE – final day including LeBron James

LIVE: Olympics – follow all the action on the final day as it happens

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8.15: The big stories just keep coming at the Olympics. Mo Farah topped the race of his life last Saturday by repeating the trick yesterday evening to win gold in the 5000m.

As the sporting action inside the Olympic Stadium came to a close, the 29-year-old made British sporting history.

8.10: And give this event a chance. I found it slow going yesterday but the suspense built as it progressed.

After the fencing is 200m swimming and even some horse riding.

But the drama comes at the end of the day when the combined events of shooting and running crown the champion.

At these Games, the women's event will be the last gold medal – so keep an eye on it.

8.05: And the early birds are already out in the modern pentathlon.

The fencing has begun at the Copper Box, where Britain has representation in Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray.

Just to clear a few things up there are 36 competitors in all, with each one facing each other in a round robin format.

Each fencing bout is one minute long and the first to score a hit wins. If neither score a hit then both pentathletes lose the bout.

8:00: So sadly here we are, the last day of London 2012 and the final act of what has been a highly successful Olympic Games.

I admit I had my doubts, but these Games have gone far and beyond my expectations.

But now is not the time for reflection – we still have loads of action to get through before London 2012 really ends – and there may be a couple more British medals too…

Plunge: Tom Daley celebrates his bronze

Plunge: Tom Daley celebrates his bronze

London Olympics 2012: Usain Bolt hits back at Jacques Rogge"s legend barb

What else do I need to do Bolt hits back at Rogge's barb after second Olympic triple

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Usain Bolt hit back at IOC president Jacques Rogge for insisting the 25-year-old sprint phenomenon is not yet a legend.

Bolt and the Jamaican 100m relay team were out of this world after a record-breaking triumph made it three golds at the London Olympics for the world's most famous athlete.

He has styled himself a 'living legend' provoking a put-down from Rogge, but Bolt said there was little else left for him to do – it was the second time he has completed the Olympic treble – 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay.

Storming away: Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to victory

Storming away: Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to victory

Bolt said: 'No, he can't challenge me, first of all I would like to answer with a question: what else do I need to do to prove myself a legend.

'I have won both events twice at the Olympics, I have won World Championship gold medals, I have broken world records many times.

'I don't know what else to do – next time you see him you ask him what else he needs to do that no human as ever done before.'

Crowd favourite: Bolt is embraced after winning his third gold of the Games

Crowd favourite: Bolt is embraced after winning his third gold of the Games

Bolt also revealed a track official had demanded he hand over the baton at the end of the race or face being disqualified – though he later managed to recover it as a souvenir which he, Yohan Blake, and Nesta Carter and Michael Frater will all sign.

Bolt added: 'I got the baton back but at first he was saying said I couldn't keep it because it was the rule and if I didn't give it back I would be disqualified, so I just gave it back, but I got it back afterwards.'

After the medal ceremony Bolt conducted the crowd in the Olympic Stadium in a Mexican wave.
He added: 'I like to push the barriers and do things that has never been done before, that's why I mess around and do fun stuff.

Souvenir: Bolt shows off the baton

Souvenir: Bolt shows off the baton

'To play with the crowd was awesome and I'm sure they appreciated it – I start the Mexican wave, it was fun.

'It was kind of a goodbye to London. I was just having fun in the crowd. I came here to become a legend and I was a legend too I was telling them thank you for the support.'

London Olympics 2012 Fred Evans determined to go for welterweight gold

Evans determined not to settle for silver as Welshman goes for welterweight crown

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Fred Evans has made sporting history by becoming the first Welsh boxer guaranteed to win either a silver or gold medal.

The 21-year-old from Cardiff takes on second seed Serik Sapiyev from Kazakhstan for the right to be crowned Olympic welterweight champion.

And having defeated Ukrainian top seed Taras Shelestyuk on his way to the final, Evans believes that the Olympic title is well within his reach.

‘I’ve won the biggest fight of my career by beating the No 1 in the world in an Olympic semi-final,’ said Evans, last year’s European champion.

Golden chance: Evans (right)

Golden chance: Evans (right)

‘Now I’ve got to win gold for my family and for my team-mates. We all came here for gold. We’ve had a great Games as a team but we want to finish with as many gold medals as we can.

‘I’ve got a great chance and if I can beat the No 1 seed there’s no reason why I can’t beat the No 2 seed in the final as well.’

Evans has overcome tremendous personal tragedy to reach this stage. Six years ago, when he was just 15, he lost his mother, Tracy, and four-year-old sister, Scarlett, who were both killed in a car crash.

He had started boxing aged just four before, together with Andrew Selby, becoming the first Welsh boxer to become a European champion for 86 years in 2011.

Evans only managed to scrape through in his quarter-final fight, drawing 18-18 against Canada’s Custio Clayton but winning on countback, but late on Friday night he produced a dominant, technical display to dismiss his more experienced Ukrainian opponent.

Now he has the chance to join teenage taekwondo star Jade Jones as the toast of Wales.

‘I expect to win,’ he vowed. ‘I’ve not come this far for silver.’

London 2012 Olympics: Michael Scott says he won"t quit as Team GB swimming performance director

I'm not a quitter: GB swimming chief vows to carry on despite disappointing Games in the pool

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The performance director of British swimming — the sport that has been the one big disappointment at an otherwise gloriously successful Olympics for the host nation — said yesterday that he was ‘gutted’ with the Team GB performances in the pool and said a review of the failure is under way.

Michael Scott, an Australian who has been in his post since late 2007, said that everything from the amount of competitive meetings that British swimmers attend to the tone of their Twitter postings will come under scrutiny.

Double bronze: Rebecca Adlington came third in her two finals

Double bronze: Rebecca Adlington came third in her two finals

It has become a feature within
British swimming for close-knit team-mates to tweet their
congratulations to each other, even when they fall short of the podium.
‘The issue of how our athletes publicly reflect on their performances is
an issue,’ admitted Scott.

He did insist, however, that while some swimmers might not seem upset at their failures, he had ‘seen the tears in private’.

On his mission to turn things around,
he said: ‘We are here to be successful and success is measured by
podium performances — and we didn’t achieve that.’

Staying put: Performance director Michael Scott says he won't quit

Staying put: Performance director Michael Scott says he won't quit

Looking visibly shaken, he added: ‘On a personal level, I’ve never experienced a low like this.’
The review will include input from ‘two independent appointments of
high standing’ — with names to be confirmed. They are likely to come
from outside swimming and may draw on expertise from more successful
sports, such as triathlon and rowing.

Having won six medals, including
Rebecca Adlington’s two golds in Beijing, in the pool and open water
combined, Britain’s swimmers had a target of between five and seven
medals for London 2012. They won three: two bronzes for Adlington and a
silver by Michael Jamieson.

The sport has received more than
25million for its elite programme in the four-year cycle leading up
to these Games, making it one of the ‘big five’ funded sports. But
whereas cycling, rowing, athletics and sailing have delivered on their
targets, swimming has been conspicuously alone in bombing out.

Flying the flag: Michael Jamieson won silver in the pool

Flying the flag: Michael Jamieson won silver in the pool

Scott says he will not resign. He
retains the confidence of David Sparkes, the chief executive of British
swimming, who is equally firm about his intention to stay in his role.
‘My style is not to quit,’ said Scott. ‘It’s not to walk away, and I
won’t be walking away.’

The review, described as a
‘performance de-brief’, will last until October and involve questioning
all the swimmers on what went wrong, as well as their coaches and other
support staff.

Training patterns will be
scrutinised, as will the amount of competitive swimming Britain’s
athletes do. Scott hinted they may need more racing experience at more
major meetings.

‘I don’t want to pre-empt the de-brief process,’ he said, explaining why he would not be more explicit.
British swimming expects its cash to be cut when UK Sport make their next funding decisions — based on success — in December.

No medal: Fran Halsall was one of a number of British swimmers who failed to make the podium in any of their events

No medal: Fran Halsall was one of a number of British swimmers who failed to make the podium in any of their events

Scott, whose contract at British
Swimming was extended for four years before these Games, says he will
argue ‘passionately’ to keep it, but said: ‘We most likely will have to
be leaner and meaner. We are going to have to invest our money in those
areas where we believe we are going to get the performance results.’

Britain had more finalists in the pool
than ever but, of those 23 finalists, 20 failed to produce medals and
only eight even finished inside the first five in their finals. Scott
said: ‘I do not want to feel again what I am feeling now.’

Money well spent Swimming medals

London 2012 Olympics: Syrian Ghfran Almouhamad disqualified for failing drugs test

Syrian hurdler Almouhamad disqualified from Games after failing drugs test

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Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad has been disqualified from the Olympic Games after failing a drugs test.

The 23-year-old provided a urine
sample on August 3 which indicated the presence of banned substance
methylhexaneamine. The B sample confirmed the findings.

Out: Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad has been disqualified from the Games for doping offences

Out: Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad has been disqualified from the Games for doping offences

Almouhamad competed in the women's 400m hurdles but failed to advance past the first round, finishing eighth in the second heat, a result which will now be annulled.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced: 'The athlete, Ms Ghfran Almouhamad, Syrian Arab Republic, athletics, is disqualified from the women's 400m hurdles event of the 2012 London Olympic Games where she placed eighth in the second heat of the first round; and shall have her Olympic identity and accreditation card cancelled and withdrawn immediately.'

The IOC said athletics' world governing body the IAAF should 'consider any further action within its own competence'.

Almouhamad competed in the women's 400m heats

Almouhamad competed in the women's 400m heats

London Olympics 2012: Sergey Kirdyapkin wins 50km walk

Russia's Kirdyapkin romps to 50km walk glory in Olympic record time

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Russia’s Sergey Kirdyapkin took gold in the 50-kilometre walk in an Olympic record time.

The former world champion finished in three hours, 35 minutes and 59 seconds, almost a minute clear of Australia’s Jared Tallent, who took silver for the second Games in succession, with China’s Si Tianfeng claiming bronze.

Ireland’s Robert Heffernan was fourth in a national record of 3hrs 37mins 54secs, just holding off Russia’s Igor Erokhin on the line as both athletes were given the same time.

To the victor, the spoils: Sergey Kirdyapkin crsses the line on The Mall

To the victor, the spoils: Sergey Kirdyapkin crsses the line on The Mall

Si looked on course for victory when he wiped out a 20-second deficit and went clear of the field at the 35km mark, but when he faded Kirdyapkin took over at the front and was never in danger of being caught.

Italy’s Alex Schwazer was unable to defend his title after being excluded from the Games following a doping violation.