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Heurelho Gomes begins his recovery from injury

Water way to rehab: Spurs keeper Gomes starts injury recovery in swimming pool

By
Jon Harvey

PUBLISHED:

14:46 GMT, 18 April 2013

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UPDATED:

14:58 GMT, 18 April 2013

Tottenham's Heurelho Gomes has begun his recovery from the broken hand injury he picked up while on loan at German side Hoffenhiem.

The 32-year-old Brazilian underwent surgery to have four pins inserted into his broken left hand after a collision with Andreas Lambertz in Friday's win over Dusseldorf.

Gomes, who joined Spurs in 2008 from PSV, will be out for eight weeks and will remain at the Bundesliga side for his rehabilitation.

Rehab: Heurelho Gomes begins his recovery from a broken hand injury

Rehab: Heurelho Gomes begins his recovery from a broken hand injury

Gomes had impressed for the German club on a six-month loan deal in January before the injury, conceding nine goals in nine games.

He found his opportunities limited at White Hart Lane after being relegated relegated to fourth
choice thanks to the arrivals of Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel over the
last two years.

Despite
the departure of Carlo Cudicini, Gomes is still unlikely to get any game
time at Spurs next season and he may leave the club in the summer.

Frozen out: Heurelho Gomes has found his first-team chances limited at Spurs

Frozen out: Heurelho Gomes has found his first-team chances limited at Spurs

His Spurs deal currently runs to 2014, but his former club PSV might ready to rescue him.

PSV director Marcel Brands said: 'Two years ago Tottenham wanted 8million. Maybe that’s changed.'

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Alistair Brownlee wins Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

Olympic triathlon hero Brownlee cruises to Abu Dhabi win by smashing course record

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

12:47 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:12 GMT, 2 March 2013

Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee smashed the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon short course record on his way to clinching his first win since the Olympic Games last summer.

Wearing the colours of the Union Jack, the 24-year-old Yorkshireman looked every inch the champion in Abu Dhabi.

Having spent much of his winter training acclimatising to the warm Arabian temperatures, the hard work paid off for the back-to-back European Triathlon Union champion as he finished the 111.5kms pure power course in 3h20m18s – 29 seconds ahead of the previous record, set in 2010 by Dutchman Jan Van Berkel.

Winning feeling: Alistair Brownlee smashed the course record on his Abu Dhabi debut

Winning feeling: Alistair Brownlee smashed the course record on his Abu Dhabi debut

And Brownlee, who is used to the shorter Olympic distances and is in Abu Dhabi to expand his competitive horizons, was full of praise to the thousands of fans who turned out to cheer him over the line.

‘It is a good race to do for an introduction to longer distances and I would like to do more, but right now my focus us is on the ITU circuit.’ said Brownlee.

The young Briton was in fine fettle, coming out of the water in the opening 1.5kms swim leg comfortably positioned.

Riding to glory: Brownlee was on commanding form in Abu Dhabi

Riding to glory: Brownlee was on commanding form in Abu Dhabi

With a cycle distance of 100kms more than Brownlee is used to, pundits tipped the following bike section to be the make or break for the youngster, and it nearly proved to be true. After taking a wrong turn on the circuit, Brownlee lost ground and was overtaken by Dutchman Cesar Beilo – who won the Abu Dhabi short course in 2011.

Coming into the final 10kms run, Brownlee was nestled in second place. Having conserved his energy on the bike, the look of determination on his face was easy to see at the final transition. With thousands of fans lined up to cheer him on, the Olympic golden boy dug deep to make light work of the final run, bringing it home in emphatic style.

‘I was swimming very fast in the beginning, apologies to anyone we might have kicked on the way through,’ joked Brownlee on the Abu Dhabi finish line.

Top gearL Brownlee was in fine form during his Abu Dhabi win

Top gearL Brownlee was in fine form during his Abu Dhabi win

‘The bike was a challenge. I saw a sign on the bike course and thought that was where I needed to go; it was only when I got back on the course I realised I had been there before. I tried to pace it quite well, but I have no idea how to pace 100kms on a bike, but it seemed to go ok.

‘I felt tired towards the end, but I didn’t have to push too hard, which was good as it was getting hot; it’s a bit of a shock as it is zero degrees back home and nearly 30 here, but it was early morning so I didn’t struggle too much.’

Beilo took second place, more than five minutes behind Brownlee, with Russia’s Alexander Bryukhankov taking third. Egyptian star, Omar Nour, finished in seventh place, making him the highest Arab athlete on the day.

Event organiser, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), said that Brownlee’s win would be a huge inspiration to local athletes and it hoped to see more kids get into the sport because of it.

Alex Ferguson denies FA charge over rant at Tottenham linesman

Fergie DENIES charge over blast at linesman who turned down Rooney penalty claim at Spurs

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

17:13 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 1 February 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has today decided to contest an FA charge of misconduct.

It relates to comments the Manchester United manager made following the draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane last month.

It is alleged that Ferguson breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias.

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Hot water: The United boss has been summoned before the FA

Hot water: The United boss has been summoned before the FA

His case is now set to be heard
before an independent commission. If found guilty, he is expected to be
fined but could feasibly face a touchline ban.

The United boss has decided not to request a personal hearing but the club will submit a file arguing his case.

Ferguson’s comments were aimed at
referee’s assistant Simon Beck after he refused to flag for a penalty
when Wayne Rooney went down under a challenge from Steven Caulker.

By claiming that United ‘were never
going to get a decision’ from Beck and ‘he gave them everything else’,
the FA believe that Ferguson – who also brought up a previous
controversy involving the same official when United played Chelsea in
2010 – questioned his integrity.

He said: ‘The stand-side linesman
never gave us a thing all day,’ said Ferguson. ‘I think he had a
shocking game today. I'm disappointed in his performance, I really am.

Late twist: Ferguson was even more unhappy after Clint Dempsey (left) scored Tottenham's added-time leveller

Late twist: Ferguson was even more unhappy after Clint Dempsey (left) scored Tottenham's added-time leveller

‘We’ve got that history with him. He
never gave offside with (Didier) Drogba at Old Trafford when he was
three yards offside. Everyone remembers that. I certainly do.’

The decision not to award what
Ferguson described as ‘a clear penalty’ proved costly for United when
Clint Dempsey struck in injury-time to cancel out Robin van Persie’s
first-half header.

Yesterday, United defender Rio
Ferdinand backed his manager saying: ‘It was a 100 per cent penalty. I
cannot believe he didn’t give it. The linesman didn’t really help us on
the near touchline at all in the second half especially.

‘He maybe wasn’t going to put his flag up but I’m disappointed that the referee didn’t give what was a stonewall penalty.’

Ferguson has been banned from the
touchline on five occasions in the past, most recently in 2011 when he
was found guilty of questioning the integrity of referee Martin
Atkinson.

Luis Suarez posts picture with a snowman

Having fun Luis Diving charges may be snow joke but Suarez gave them the cold shoulder as he enjoyed the wintry weather

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

18:32 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:44 GMT, 18 January 2013

Despite the recent handball ‘cheat’ claims and the self-confessed diving storm, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez showed things are still all white in his world.

The Reds star Kopped it from his manager yesterday but he gave the critics the cold shoulder today as he posted this picture of him enjoying England’s wintry weather.

While Liverpool’s impeding charges for diving against the striker may be snow joke, at least the Uruguayan was able to enjoy himself ahead of Liverpool’s match against Norwich tomorrow.

Ice cool: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez poses with a snowman

Ice cool: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez poses with a snowman

Suarez recently admitted to falling in an attempt to win a penalty in a Premier League match against Stoke this season, a confession that landed him in hot water with manager Brendan Rodgers.

It was wrong to say what he said,’ said Rodgers. ‘It was not acceptable. This club has always kept its matters in house and that’s what we will do. But diving is not something we advocate here.’

He added: ‘I’ve spoken to Luis on it. I’m not sure it makes a big difference if we are saying he is fined one week’s, two weeks’ or four weeks’ wages.

‘This is a big club, bigger than anyone and whatever people say goes around the world. It certainly doesn’t help him but, more importantly, it doesn’t help the team.’

Suarez may be ice cool today but let's hope he warms up properly tomorrow.

Fun: Suarez and his manager Brendan Rodgers looking relaxed at Liverpool's Melwood training ground

Fun: Suarez and his manager Brendan Rodgers looking relaxed at Liverpool's Melwood training ground

Prolific: Suarez has scored 15 league goals this season

Prolific: Suarez has scored 15 league goals this season

Joey Barton scoops Marseille player of the month and loves life in France

J'adore La France! Marseille's player of the month Barton is back in love with football

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

16:54 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 9 January 2013

He has only been in France a few months but already Joey Barton has earned the respect of his Marseille team-mates.

The midfielder was named the club's player of the month for December – but apparently nobody had bothered to tell him.

He was taken aback when an interviewer said he had won the award, following Marseille's 2-1 win against second division Guingamp in the Coupe de France.

Honour: Joey Barton was named Marseille's player of the month for December

Honour: Joey Barton was named Marseille's player of the month for December

But Barton, who was kicked out by Queens Park Rangers in the summer following his shameful antics at Manchester City on the final day of last season, was quick to praise his team-mates and reaffirm his love for the Gallic game – and he didn't even put on the dodgy accent this time.

'It's always good that the fans appreciate the job you're doing but for me the most important thing is winning football matches and that's what I came here to do,' he said.

'My role in the team is not to score goals, my role is to help out the team and that means defending and getting the ball and getting some of the great players that we have in our team on the ball.

'The old water-carrier role is one I wasn't really renowned for in England, although I was able to do it.'

Enjoying life: Barton, kicked out of QPR in the summer, spoke fondly about his team-mates and life in France

Enjoying life: Barton, kicked out of QPR in the summer, spoke fondly about his team-mates and life in France

The 30-year-old added: 'I'm really enjoying my football – it's difficult for me because the change in the culture of football took me a little bit to adapt to.

'But now the team is winning and I don't think we're firing on all cylinders, that's generally a really good sign, when you don't play great but you're winning football matches.

'I believe winning is a habit, the same way losing is. When you get used to winning, you get hungry for success. The team is really together and it's great to be a part of.

'I'm really blessed to play for a great club, play with some great people and some great footballers. Long may it continue.'

Marseille are third in the French top flight, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon in a tight title race.

Dynamo – the Bradford fan – on beating Arsenal

The Dynamo magic willing giantkillers Bradford all the way to Wembley after shocking Arsenal

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UPDATED:

18:22 GMT, 12 December 2012

Bradford beating Arsenal in the League Cup was a huge shock – but they might have taken the 'magic of the cup' literally with the biggest magical football fan in the world behind them.

Magician Dynamo has been astonishing audiences and stars around the world with his magic tricks.

But he could've pulled off the biggest one of career willing his hometown club Bradford to a win against Arsenal.

Mind games: Bradford fan Dynamo was willing his team to victory over Arsenal

Proud: Bradford fan Dynamo

Mind games: Bradford fan Dynamo was willing his team to victory over Arsenal

Dynamo tweets

Backing: Dynamo took time out from his stage show to support his team last night

Dynamo factfile

His real name is Steven Frayne

He was born in Bradford on December 17, 1982

He first learnt to perform illusions from his grandfather and developed the skill during trips to New Orleans.

Dynamo's first TV appearances were on Richard & Judy, followed by a Channel 4 special entitled Dynamo's Estate Of Mind

In May, 2009, Dynamo levitated Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas four feet off the ground in front of a crowd at the Emirates Stadium.

In June, 2011, Dynamo was photographed apparently walking on water, crossing the River Thames on foot in front of the Palace of Westminster.

He has performed with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and David Haye.

Later that year, he announced that he had joined the magicians' society the Magic Circle.

The 29-year-old had a claret and
amber bedroom growing up from as early as he can remember – two walls
claret, two amber, Bradford wallpaper and bedspread.

And he said: 'I definitely like to think I had a little in-put. My
main focus last night was the match even though I was on stage doing the
biggest show of my career. I wanted to get off stage to see Bradford.
It was all I could think about, I was willing my team to win.

'I'd like to think Thomas Vermaelen missing that penalty could've been
something to do with me. I'm going to give Bradford the credit they
deserve but I was thinking about them.

'I was invited as a guest of honour,
to walk out on the pitch before the match, and I tried to get my manager
to change my schedule but he said if it was any other event he would
but not this one.'

They
were considering taking a helicopter to make it to the match but the
clash with an annual show at Claridge's Hotel – whose speakers and
performers have included Will and Kate last year and Diana back in 1992 –
made it impossible. But everything in the diary will be shifted if they
make it to the final at Wembley.

The League Two side have won nine penalty shootouts in the past three
years – mysteriously coinciding with the years the Bradford magician has
risen to become a huge performer.

That's magic! Bradford celebrate dramatic victory over Arsenal

That's magic! Bradford celebrate dramatic victory over Arsenal

Trick shots

Dynamo Magician Impossible Series 2 out now on DVD

And Dynamo, real name Steven Frayne, added: ' 'If you check the dates it's probably on a par. If we get to the final and you see any crazy things happening with the ball, that was me.'

Even though he was performing on stage he had an assistant at the side flashing up how the match was going. He had an Arsenal fan friend in the back row and could tell there was a late equaliser when their mood instantly changed.

He will be back in Bradford on Saturday to share in the celebrations – but admitted there is one down side to it all: 'The only thing is this does mean it is going to be more expensive to live my dream to own them one day. But it just means I've got to work harder.'

Keep an eye on Bradford, the magic of the cup means something completely different to them.

Watch the video…

Mario Balotelli kicks bottle in training ahead of Manchester derby

Temper, temper, Mario… New Dad Balotelli throws his toys out of the pram in training ahead of Manchester derby

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UPDATED:

12:38 GMT, 8 December 2012

Mario Balotelli was said to be ‘delighted’ at the news that on-off girlfriend Raffaella Fico had given birth to his daughter.

But the 22-year-old looked a little worn out as he arrived at Carrington training ground yesterday – and lashed out at a bottle on the eve of Sunday's Manchester derby.

Perhaps he was upset at having missed the unexpected birth due to his Manchester City commitments.

Mario Balotelli kicks water bottle during training

The new Dad looked weary during training with Manchester City

The eccentric striker appeared
strained in this set of images, at one point launching his water bottle across the ground, as
well as giving a teammate a good kicking.

The Italian’s apparent frustration is
understandable, as he hasn’t been able to hold his daughter yet. She and
her mother are currently residing at a private clinic in Naples.

Little Pia’s arrival, which was
expected on Christmas Day, has awkwardly clashed with Manchester City’s
fixture against Premier League rivals Manchester United. Balotelli will
have to wait until after tomorrow’s derby before he can fly to meet his
baby girl.

Mario Balotelli gives Javi Garcia a kicking during training

The Italian took out his frustration on teammate Javi Garcia

Mario Balotelli looks upset during training

Pregnant Raffaella Fico poses on the catwalk

The young father was not able to be with his on-off girlfriend Raffaella Fico for Pia's birth, and the status of their relationship remains unclear

The status of the young striker’s
relationship with his new-born’s mother is unclear. After an acrimonious
split, prompted by Balotelli’s wandering eye, the pair recently
reunited in Naples.

However, it is thought to have been two months since the ex-model and TV star last saw the father of her child.

It remains to be seen whether the
arrival of his first child will tame the Italian and put an end to his
playful antics off the pitch.

It will certainly be hard for him to get away with setting off fireworks from his bathroom window once he has an infant in the house.

Southwell flooded and closed until January

Water nightmare… Southwell closed for the year after being submerged by floods

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UPDATED:

09:38 GMT, 28 November 2012

Southwell racecourse will be closed until at least the New Year after severe flooding left the track under nine inches of water.

Wednesday's meet has been transferred to Wolverhampton after the Nottinghamshire track was submerged by extreme weather conditions for the second time in five years.

Submerged: Southwell meetings have been cancelled until the New Year

Submerged: Southwell meetings have been cancelled until the New Year

Eight all-weather flat meetings scheduled for next month have been switched to Lingfield and Wolverhampton while Tuesday's jumps meeting has been offered to other tracks.

Course clerk Roderick Duncan told the Daily Star: 'We had just short of 50 millimetres of rain on Saturday and going into Sunday and we’ve had a further 10 or more since.

Water shame: Meetings have been moved to Wolverhampton and Lingfield

Water shame: Meetings have been moved to Wolverhampton and Lingfield

Water shame: Meetings have been moved to Wolverhampton and Lingfield

'This added to the high water levels alongside the River Trent which was almost at the top of its banks has caused widespread flooding in the area.

'Unfortunately we had to abandon Monday and Tuesday’s fixtures but transferred today’s card to Wolverhampton.

Water shame: Meetings have been moved to Wolverhampton and Lingfield

Water shame: Meetings have been moved to Wolverhampton and Lingfield

'We have on-going talks with the Environment Agency and Trent Valley Drainage Board to improve this situation in the future.'

Officials also revealed that the drying out and repair process has already begun and it is hoped racing can resume in January.

Michael Dawson rejects prospect of Harry Redknapp reunion

Dawson snubs prospect of Redknapp reunion at QPR as defender focuses on life at Spurs

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UPDATED:

15:36 GMT, 26 November 2012

Michael Dawson has poured cold water on the prospect of a reunion with former manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers.

The Tottenham defender was linked with a 10million move to QPR in the summer and since Redknapp took the job at Rangers, speculation has been rife that the pair will join up again in west London.

Dawson made his first Premier League start this season in Tottenham’s 3-1 win over West Ham yesterday, and remains fully focused on his future at White Hart Lane.

Staying put Michael Dawson (right) is unlikely to move to QPR

Staying put Michael Dawson (right) is unlikely to move to QPR

He told London 24: ‘I’m at Tottenham. I’m playing my football and I played today’

‘I love playing football and I want to be playing. There’s no hiding that and it’s hard when you’re not.

‘Every player wants to play, not just me, and of course it’s frustrating.

'But I’m someone who keeps my head down, works hard and when you’re called upon you’ve got to go out there and perform – and I thought all 11 players performed well.

‘It’s a great feeling and great to get three points because these fans went through a hard week last week, losing the way we did against Arsenal, and it hurt the boys.

‘We’re back to winning ways in the Premier League, which we needed to do because we haven’t been having the best of runs in recent weeks.’

Join me Harry Redknapp is the new QPR manager

Join me Harry Redknapp is the new QPR manager

Ashes 2013-14: Australia announce five-test England series dates

Ashes to Ashes: Australia announce dates for 2013-14 series Down Under

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UPDATED:

07:33 GMT, 22 November 2012

England's second successive Ashes series next winter will begin in Brisbane on November 21.

Cricket Australia today released the dates for the five-Test portion of the 2013-14 tour, which also contains five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches and begins just weeks after Australia depart England.

England have three tour matches, the first of which is against a Western Australia XI in Perth beginning on October 31, before the first Test and a fourth in between the first and second Tests.

Ashes to Ashes: Australian chiefs have announced the dates for the 2013-14 series Down Under

Ashes to Ashes: Australian chiefs have announced the dates for the 2013-14 series Down Under

AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND
ASHES SERIES 2013-14

Brisbane, November 21-25, 2013: First Test
Adelaide, December 5-9: Second Test
Perth, December 13-17: Third Test
Melbourne, December 26-30: Fourth Test
Sydney, January 3-7, 2014: Fifth Test

Tour matches
Perth, October 31-November 2: WA XI v England
Hobart, November 6-9: Australia A v England
Sydney, November 13-16: NSW XI v England

Further Tests will take place at the Adelaide Oval, the WACA, the Melbourne Cricket Ground – the traditional Boxing Day game – and the Sydney Cricket Ground, finishing on January 7.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm the Ashes fixtures so far in advance of the Series. It means fans will be able to plan their trips around the country to follow all the action.

'I am sure there will be a lot of fans from the UK who will want to make the trip over and we look forward to hosting them here.'

England are facing the same opposition in back-to-back series – at home next summer and away in the winter – to prevent a quick turnaround between the Ashes and the World Cup, which takes place in Australia in early 2015.

The dates of the limited-overs fixtures have not yet been announced.

Water performance: England players celebrating their 2011 series victory in Australia with the famous sprinkler dance

Water performance: England players celebrating their 2011 series victory in Australia with the famous sprinkler dance