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Paul Hanagan sidelined after Newmarket fall

Broken elbow fear for champion jockey Hanagan after Newmarket fall



15:40 GMT, 30 June 2012

Horror fall: Paul Hanagan could be sidelined for months after an arm injury

Horror fall: Paul Hanagan could be sidelined for months after an arm injury

Dual champion jockey Paul Hanagan has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for an X-ray on his arm after a fall at Newmarket on Saturday.

Hanagan came down in the 150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Cup when riding No Dominion, who clipped heels with the Richard Hughes-ridden Viewpoint.

Newmarket's director of racing
Michael Prosser said: 'Paul is stable and has just been taken to
Addenbrooke's for precautionary X-rays.

'His wife is following him to the hospital and the family are all aware of the situation.

'We have to praise the medical staff for their quick attention.'

Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh
Hamdan Al Maktoum, Hanagan's employer, said: 'We've heard that he might
have cracked his elbow, either that or it's badly bruised. As well as
that, he's got a dead leg.

'If it's the elbow, it could be serious and that will be a shame for him as he's just getting going.'

Gary Lineker furious at Daily Star

Change the front page! Lineker furious after paper claims he branded England 'losers'



08:57 GMT, 19 May 2012

Gary Lineker has hit back at claims from the Daily Star that he has branded England's team 'losers' ahead of their Euro 2012 campaign.

Saturday’s front page headline read: 'Lineker: England are losers', but the former Three Lions striker and current Match of the Day presenter used Twitter to deny that was his viewpoint.

'Headline in tomorrow’s Daily Star is a disgrace. I never said ‘England team are losers’ Please change late editions #outrageous,' he tweeted.

Furious: Lineker hit back at the Daily Star

Furious: Lineker hit back at the Daily Star

'If anyone has a recording of me uttering the words ‘England team are losers’ I’ll resign. Daily Star #changethefrontpage.'

The Daily Star’s story quotes a recent Reader's Digest interview with the 51-year-old, where he warned fans not to get their hopes up about England’s chances at Euro 2012.

'It might make a pleasant change that our expectations for the team are rather low this year. But I reckon we’ll end up disappointed as usual,' said Lineker, who scored 48 goals for his country.

Tough assignment: Steven Gerrard leads England at Euro 2012

Tough assignment: Steven Gerrard leads England at Euro 2012

He does expect British athletes to impress at the Olympics, though.

Lineker added: 'As England invariably let you down it’s great to have the Games to look forward to. They’re an amazing showpiece for the nation and we’re really good at putting on a spectacle.

'Also, the host country tends to up its game, so I think we’ll break all our records and win a lot of medals.'

F1: Mark Webber eager to make up for lost time

Webber eager to make up for lost time after stepping out of Vettel's shadow


14:40 GMT, 14 March 2012



14:40 GMT, 14 March 2012

Mark Webber heads into his 11th
Formula One campaign apparently hungrier, sharper and leaner than ever,
and seemingly with no intention that this season will be his last in the

That is the viewpoint of Red Bull
team principal Christian Horner, who has been impressed by Webber's
approach to the year after he spent 2011 in the shadow of Sebastian

Ball boys: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber try their hand at beach cricket

Ball boys: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber try their hand at beach cricket

Webber came within 14 points of claiming the title in 2010, but was forced to endure the galling sight of seeing the Red Bull team celebrating Vettel's triumph instead. It meant his heart was not in it at the start of last season – a problem not helped by also failing to get to grips with the new Pirelli tyres – and he won just one race as Vettel claimed a record 15 poles, 11 race wins and a second world title.

Webber finished 134 points behind Vettel and was arguably fortunate to be handed another 12-month extension to his contract, but the 35-year-old is now eager to make up for lost time and take the fight to Vettel again.

'Mark is in great shape and I think he's going to be a contender this year,' Horner said.

Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, bowls to team mate Mark Webber

'The tonic of winning the last race of last year set his winter up very well.

'He's gone away, trained hard, come back lighter and fitter than he's
ever been, and he's more relaxed, noticeably so, within the team than he
was 12 months ago.

'As he's admitted, the hangover of not winning at the end of 2010 carried into 2011. At times last year it didn't look as though he was enjoying going racing. But I think he's got back his enthusiasm and his passion for the sport.

'He knows in Sebastian he is currently up against probably the best driver in the world, and he's come more to terms with that.

'Certainly his testing performances have been very encouraging and he just seems more relaxed and enjoying his driving again.'

Beach boys: Webber and Vettel of Germany (2/R) with Australian cricketer Peter Siddle and former batsman Brad Hodge (right)

Beach boys: Webber and Vettel of Germany (2/R) with Australian cricketer Peter Siddle and former batsman Brad Hodge (right)

Webber is 'bloody excited' for the season ahead, in particular after winning the final race of last year in Brazil.

'It was nice to finish the year with a victory, a nice tonic and a great reminder as to how good it (winning) feels,' he said.

'My motivation is very high at the moment and I'm looking to do everything I can to start the season as positive as possible.

'We know it's a long campaign, but I've prepared well and the team is in good shape, so let's see where we are in terms of racing the other guys.

'I've also always gone about my job professionally and the discipline is something I've enjoyed taking on.

'It is a great responsibility to be driving at this level and when you
are working with the team I am now, it is in your own interest to apply
yourself as best as you can.'

Pure delight: Mark Webber celebrates Brazil victory

Pure delight: Mark Webber celebrates Brazil victory

It has long been suggested this year will be Webber's swansong, with rookies like fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso seemingly fighting for the vacancy.

Horner believes Webber is 'motivated, hungry, and he sees a future beyond the end of 2012'.

And Webber, who has operated on a rolling one-year contract of late, knows his future simply revolves around results.

'It's been the same since '05,' Webber said. 'I've done all right since then, achieved some amazing things which I'm proud of. But if I was here with a two-year contract then it would not feel any different. I'd still want to perform.

'I wouldn't be thinking “I've a two-year contract so I'll cruise around and get serious next year”.

'I don't think about contracts to be honest. If you are getting results and performing that is the most important thing.

'As has been the case these last two years, things take care of themselves, whereas if you're not good enough, then get out of it, but if you're getting the results you stay on.'

Sunderland could allow one of three keepers to go on loan

Spoilt for choice O'Neill could allow out of favour Gordon to go out on loan

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill may
be prepared to let one of his three international goalkeepers leave the
club on loan this month.

O'Neill has taken over from Steve Bruce and is spoilt for choice among his goalkeepers.

Nearing fitness: Scotland's top shot-stopper Craig Gordon

Nearing fitness: Scotland's top shot-stopper Craig Gordon

Scotland No 1 Craig Gordon is finally close to match fitness after almost a year out, Republic of Ireland international Keiren Westwood will remain on the bench against Swansea on Saturday after recently losing his place through illness, to Belgian rookie Simon Mignolet, who is still playing with a mask after smashing his nose in October.

Gordon, who signed in a 9million deal from Hearts three years ago, has been playing reserves team football after a long lay-off with a knee injury.

The Scot is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to hold talks over a new deal.

International rescue: Keiren Westwood

International rescue: Keiren Westwood

Highly-rated Westwood, who joined on a free transfer from Coventry in the summer, had to wait until Mignolet's injury before getting his chance of first team football at the Stadium of Light.

And despite a string of brilliant performances he was forced out of the side at Christmas after falling ill on the eve of the New Year's Day win over Manchester City.

That meant a recall for Mignolet, ahead of schedule, and the young Belgium international had kept his place since.

O'Neill may be looking to strengthen in other areas but the Sunderland boss admits he is spoilt for choice between the sticks and he is prepared to allow one of the three to follow Northern Ireland keeper Trevor Carson, who has joined Hull City on loan.

O'Neill said: 'It's an interesting one because just on the general viewpoint it'd be great if I knew exactly the strengths of all three players by the time the season ends.

Current keeper: Simon Mignolet has impressed between the sticks

Current keeper: Simon Mignolet has impressed between the sticks

'Of course, at the moment Simon is the player in position who has stepped in and done very well. But Keiren did very well when he had his run in the side and he must be a bit frustrated while Craig's just now getting back to fitness.

'At some stage I hope someone will get some games and we can always loan someone out for a number of matches in the Championship.and that might give me a quicker answer.'

Petr Cech accepts blame for mistake against Wigan

I should have done better, admits Cech after howler gifts Wigan point

Petr Cech has admitted he should have stopped Wigan”s equaliser in Chelsea”s costly 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.

The Blues were headed for victory in Saturday”s Barclays Premier League game before Cech fumbled Hugo Rodallega”s 88th-minute shot, allowing Jordi Gomez to snatch a share of the spoils.

The draw saw Chelsea fail to follow up Monday night”s vital win over Manchester City with another three points.

Howler: Cech spills Hugo Rodallega

Howler: Cech spills Hugo Rodallega”s shot

Goalkeeper Cech told his official website, www.petr-cech.com: “At the moment of the shot I didn”t see the ball at all.

“One of my team-mates ran across my viewpoint, I lost the ball from my view and it bounced off me. It”s bad luck but, despite all that, I should have coped with it. I shouldn”t let in such goals.

“This has downgraded the win over City in a way but there is nothing we can do now.

Equaliser: Cech can only watch on as Jordi Gomez taps in

Equaliser: Cech can only watch on as Jordi Gomez taps in

“There are lots of matches to be played and already on Thursday we have the big derby at Tottenham, who are with us inside the top four and we need to beat them.”

Cech also revealed he would no longer wear the protective face mask he has donned in every game since breaking his nose in last month”s 1-0 win at Blackburn.

“After an agreement with the doctors, I don”t have to use it in the Tottenham game,” he said.