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Mirko Vucinic scores and takes off his shots as Juventus close in on title after 2-1 win over Pescara

That's pants! Vucinic takes his shorts off in celebration as Juve close in on the title

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22:47 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 6 April 2013

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Juventus continued their march towards back-to-back Serie A titles with a 2-1 win over Pescara in Turin.

The Bianconeri were made to wait for their latest success, which moves them 12 points clear of second-placed Napoli, with Mirko Vucinic firing in a 72nd-minute penalty after Giuseppe Rizzo saw red.

Vucinic added the second moments later and was promptly substituted by boss Antonio Conte ahead of the midweek Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

Unique celebration: Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic waves his shorts as he celebrates after scoring against Pescara

Unique celebration: Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic waves his shorts as he celebrates after scoring against Pescara

Mirko Vucinic

Mirko Vucinic

Off they come: Vucinic takes his shorts off after scoring and waves them over his head

Spot on: Vucinic scores his penalty

Spot on: Vucinic scores his penalty

But Juve were made to sweat as Emmanuel Cascione curled in a stunning effort – Pescara's first shot on target – with seven minutes left.

Rolando Bianchi's stoppage-time equaliser grabbed a 2-2 draw for Torino at Bologna.

Nearly there: Juventus' players celebrate winning against Pescara and closing in on the title

Nearly there: Juventus' players celebrate winning against Pescara and closing in on the title

Paulo Vitor Barreto sent Torino ahead on 25 minutes but Bologna looked like they had grabbed the game away after the break.

Panagiotis Kone levelled on 65 minutes before substitute Tiberio Guarente seemingly won it with four minutes left. But Bianchi popped up late to share the points.

Fran Halsall vows to bounce back in Rio – Laura Williamson

I'll make waves in Rio, vows Halsall after flopping at home Olympics

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 30 December 2012

Fran Halsall has made an important New Year’s resolution. The British swimmer never again wants to feel the way she did in the summer of 2012 after finishing the Olympic Games without a medal.

She has written it all down, just in case she ever needs a reminder, because Halsall is determined she will never feel like that again; so low she did not attend the post-Games parade because she ‘didn’t think she should enjoy it’.

While 2012 was an unforgettable year of sport for so many, there are those for whom 2013 and beyond promises far better things.

Gutted: Fran Halsall struggled to perform at the London Olympics

Gutted: Fran Halsall struggled to perform at the London Olympics

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A silver medal in the 50-metre freestyle at the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul earlier this month ‘was never going to make up for the Olympics’, but it has helped Halsall get her spark back. She has a new coach — James Gibson, who guided France’s Florent Manaudou to Olympic gold in the men’s 50m freestyle in London. But, most importantly of all, her confidence has returned.

‘Knowing I’m still a fast swimmer feels really good,’ she says. ‘I gave myself a little pat on the back, if you like. I’m really happy.

‘It took me a couple of months to get over the Olympics. There was a lot of upset and blame; of thinking I’m not good enough. I couldn’t deal with the fact I wasn’t good enough and it wasn’t a very nice feeling.

‘But I took ownership of it and I swam fast again. That was all me. It’s not an Olympic medal but I had to differentiate between Fran the swimmer and the person. You can’t live your life like that.’

Halsall was tipped to star in the pool at London 2012 but did not win a medal in any of her five events. She was not the only one to disappoint, of course: Britain’s swimming team came away with only a silver and two bronze medals at their home Games and have lost 4million of funding as a result.

British Swimming conducted a review into what went wrong in London, which largely blamed the leadership of coaches and the timing of the national trials, which were held 13 weeks before the Games in March.

Bouncing back: Halsall has vowed to return to form for Rio in four years

Bouncing back: Halsall has vowed to return to form for Rio in four years

Head coach Dennis Pursley and performance director Michael Scott also quit, prompting Rebecca Adlington to call the situation ‘an absolute mess’.

Halsall, though, has conducted her ‘own review’ and has a much simpler explanation: she over-trained. Working under Ben Titley, who has since moved to Canada, at Loughborough University, she says she was an ‘Olympic keeno’.

Halsall picked up a shoulder injury in mid-May, which kept her out of the pool for ‘a few weeks’.

‘Trials weren’t the problem,’ adds Halsall. ‘I have always swum faster in the summer: this was the first year I didn’t. You have to swim fast for the trials, wherever you put them.

Back on track: Halsall in Turkey

Back on track: Halsall in Turkey

‘The issue for me was I did too much. I was an Olympic keeno. I probably overdid it and ended up picking up an injury. I tried to do more than I had ever done before.

‘I didn’t want to talk about my shoulder problem (before the Games). It’s an excuse and I didn’t want that. My focus was on swimming as fast as I could and I didn’t want to have that distraction. I still fought for every 10th of a second in every race.’

Halsall, though, is already a veteran of two Olympic Games, despite being only 22 years old.

She is determined not to make the same mistakes third time around.

‘I’m not too old just yet,’ she says. ‘I’m looking forward to Rio in four years’ time.’

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What they said

It's little wonder David Weir described the New Year Honours list as ‘a bit strange’ after Sarah Storey became a Dame but Weir, who also won four Paralympic gold medals in London, was given a CBE.

‘Sometimes it seems that Paralympians have to win lots and lots of medals to get a damehood or a knighthood,’ Weir told the Daily Telegraph.

Here's what I've been doing this week

Chugged around the country for the feast of festive football. Clubs might whinge about fixture congestion, but I love the tradition of it all. It works in other sports, too: just look at the record 82,000 people at Twickenham for Saracens’ win against Harlequins on Saturday.

Watched Superstars and revelled in the sheer naffness and rain-sodden Britishness of it all. I can cope with only having shooter Peter Wilson on my television screen every four years, but I enjoyed Mo Farah’s attempts at kayaking, the Brownlee brothers’ rivalry and being proved wrong by Helen Glover’s prowess on the track. And there was I thinking rowers are not always the most co-ordinated of athletes on dry land.

Back on our screens: Olympians took part in the BBC show Superstars

Back on our screens: Olympians took part in the BBC show Superstars

According to Fulham’s programme for their 1-1 draw with Southampton, I ‘swooned’ when I wrote about Dimitar Berbatov’s ‘style and swagger’ in his side’s 2-1 victory against Newcastle this month. That made me laugh, but not as much as the striker’s handwritten ‘Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball’ T-shirt, which suggested Berbatov is not averse to ‘swooning’ about himself, either.

Performance of the week

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert continues to predict that ‘Aston Villa will be fine’ despite his side suffering a 15-0 deficit over the festive period. That’s some crystal ball he got for Christmas.

Ben Ainslie has not decided if he will go to Rio Olympics

I haven't decided! Four-time gold winner Ainslie doesn't know if he will go to Rio

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 10 September 2012

Four-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie has reaffirmed that he has yet to make a decision on his Olympic future.

The 35-year-old became the most successful sailor in Games history this summer and, while refusing to rule out a return for Rio, suggested London 2012 could be his last due to the toll racing has taken on his body and the classes available in four years.

However, recent reports suggested Ainslie
was readying himself for a sixth Olympics, leading him to deny on
Facebook and Twitter that any decision had been made – a stance he stuck
with on Monday.

Hello: Ben Ainslie waves to the crowd at the parade

Hello: Ben Ainslie waves to the crowd at the parade

'I was surprised to read that,' he said. 'It is funny how people get carried away and put these things together.

'So no, I have not made a decision about Rio so we'll see.

In the mixer: Ainslie (centre) with other athletes

In the mixer: Ainslie (centre) with other athletes

Ainslie

Ainslie

Golden boy: Ainslie takes in the applause

'The last month has been very busy. Obviously going out to America and being involved in the America's Cup and other commitments.'

Ainslie gave himself – and his injured back – a day off on Monday after flying back from San Francisco to join up with British team parade around London.

Thank you: Ainslie waves to the crowd

Thank you: Ainslie waves to the crowd

'It was amazing,' he said. 'I will never experience anything like that again so I am very proud and honoured for all the support we've had.

'It was much a bigger than Beijing inevitably given it was a home Olympics. It was great. I am a proud Brit right now. It's a great moment.'

Sebastian Coe will stand to be chairman of the British Olympic Association

Olympics king Coe confirms he will stand for BOA chairman role

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 10 September 2012

Sebastian Coe has confirmed he will stand to be the next chairman of the British Olympic Association.

Lord Coe, the London 2012 chairman, said he had been approached to stand as the successor to Colin Moynihan by the BOA committee appointed to draw up a list of candidates.

Coe said: 'I have been approached and I am happy for my name go to forward.'

Proud: Sebastian Coe waves to athletes during the parade on Monday

Proud: Sebastian Coe waves to athletes during the parade on Monday

Future: Lord Coe (right) could become the new chairman of the BOA

Future: Lord Coe (right) could become the new chairman of the BOA

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London 2012 Paralympics: Mark Colbourne wins cycling time-trial silver

Cyclist Colbourne wins Britain's first Paralympics medal with time-trial silver

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UPDATED:

14:55 GMT, 30 August 2012

Mark Colbourne won Great Britain's first medal of the XIV Paralympic Games at the London 2012 velodrome on Thursday afternoon, with silver in the C1-2-3 one-kilometre time-trial.

In an event factored to account for mixing classifications, Li Zhang Yu of China won gold with a C1 world record of one minute 13.009 seconds, converted to 1min 05.021secs.

Silver star: Mark Colbourne waves to the crowds

Silver star: Mark Colbourne waves to the crowds

Colbourne, competing in his first Paralympics aged 41 following a paragliding accident in 2009 which saw him sustain a broken back, finished in 1:16.882, converted to 1:08.471, as he claimed Britain's first podium place of the Games in front of a 6,000-capacity partisan crowd.

Tobias Graf of Germany set a C2 world record of 1:15.858, converted to 1:09.979, as he finished with bronze.

C3 world record holder Kenny, a six-time Paralympic champion, clocked 1:10.203 to place fourth, while Rik Waddon was ninth in 1:11.394 and Ireland's Enda Smyth, also a C3 rider, was 16th in 1:13.890.

More to follow.

Edge of the Box: Review of weekend"s football TV coverage

Football's back and as bonkers as ever… and that's just the TV coverage

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UPDATED:

10:12 GMT, 20 August 2012

With the world still raving about the superb summer love provided in Stratford and beyond this month, the big question was very quickly asked: would the Premier League be able to capture the spirit with which the Olympic Games simply oozed

Which is a bit like asking if Nick Skelton would have won gold jumping a clear round with his horse Big Star on his back. Although there are clearly some similarities, it is also obvious that they are not entirely the same thing.

This point has been underlined perfectly by the trailer Sky Sports have been showing to get us in the mood for the new season. It features heaving waves of fans captured at that intense, suspended moment of anxious anticipation before the perfect storm of excitement and emotion as the ball hits the back of the net.

Good to be back: Fans were back in force at the weekend

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OK, football isn’t perfect – never was, never will be – but as James Tiberius Kirk emoted dramatically in the Star Trek film The Final Frontier ‘I need my pain… my pain makes me who I am’. And I for one am not going to argue with the captain of the Starship Enterprise.

So, the Premier League returned to our tellies this weekend with barely an inch to spare for much else and with it plenty of reminders that this is a game you’ve just got to love.

Soccer Saturday decided to open the season by reminding us how the old one finished – a heady montage mixing up those last thrilling minutes on the pitch when the title was won and lost with the sheer hysteria going on behind the desk in the Sky Sports studio.

From there on it was business as usual with Matt le Tissier, ever the maverick, defying convention and leaving that shirt collar completely tie free.

Gary Lineker, too, was keeping it casual having been booted and suited for most of August up in that rather soulless studio he was given to work from high above the Olympic Park.

Fantasy football 2012

Gary told us it had been a ‘long summer with so little happening’, his peepers twinkling irony like Morse code, ‘thankfully Match Of The Day is back’, and with it not the two new faces we had been told about – old heads Harry Redknapp and Mick McCarthy had been recruited for a gaffer’s eye view – but two rather familiar ones: that of a dour Scottish former centre-half and a shiny-headed old Geordie centre forward.

Nevertheless, it was a good one for Alan Hansen to be in the studio for as he took the opportunity to go in with both feet on the new management at his old team after their 3-0 hammering at the Hawthorns.

‘I spent a career playing it from the back… but it’s percentages’, bridled Hansen before adding ‘Skrtel doesn’t know what he’s doing’. I suspect Brendan Rodgers will get an easier ride when fellow members of the manager’s union are in the pundits chairs.

We also got the full benefit of the rather brilliant home TV coverage football has developed over the decades, as opposed to the often lame images provided by the world feed throughout the Games.

As a result of a prying eye cast unblinkingly towards the bench, we were privy to the site of Alan Pardew giving an official a shove as if he was saving him from being run over by an oncoming No 47 bus.

After the game, at the post-match interview, Pardew looked somewhat more humbled than usual, and laughed nervously as he pointed out he’d told his players before the game about how it had been ‘a great Olympics and setting an example and there I was pushing over a linesman. Ridiculous’.

Yes, Alan, a little bit ridiculous. But a little bit of ridiculous along with a touch of nasty, some sad, lots of wonderful and tons and tons of brilliant is what keeps us coming back for more. And I’ve barely touched the sides of just how that box in the corner of the room eats it up!

London 2012 Olympics: Nick Dempsey wins windsurfing silver

Britannia rules the waves! Dempsey lands windsurfing silver for Team GB

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UPDATED:

12:46 GMT, 7 August 2012

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Nick Dempsey has continued Team GB's medal rush after securing a windsurfing silver medal at London 2012.

The Athens 2004 bronze medallist came into the medal race knowing a top six finish in the men's RS:X class would assure him of second place.

Dempsey duly delivered and finished third in the medal race to take silver as the Netherlands' Dorian van Rijsselberge secured gold.

Britannia rules the waves! Dempsey has added to GB's medal tally on the water

Britannia rules the waves! Dempsey has added to GB's medal tally on the water

Eden Hazard needs time to settle – Roberto Di Matteo

Di Matteo warns Chelsea fans not to expect too much from 32m playmaker Hazard

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UPDATED:

15:48 GMT, 6 August 2012

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Roberto Di Matteo has told Eden Hazard he will be given time to adjust to the rigours of the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea's 32million summer signing from Lille is expected to make big waves given his seismic fee but the 21-year-old will not be rushed.

'Of course we are looking for Eden to be incisive – but we have to be patient,' said Di Matteo.

Patience: Eden Hazard must be given time, says Roberto Di Matteo

Patience: Eden Hazard must be given time, says Roberto Di Matteo

'He is a young man, he has come from a different league in France and we need to give him time to adapt.'

The Champions League winners have bolstered their squad by picking up, in addition to the Belgian playmaker, Marko Marin and Oscar.

The way Chelsea played in the run-up to their Champions League final triumph is unsustainable over the period of the season – the side rode their luck on several occasions.

No great shift: Di Matteo is not planning to play much differently

No great shift: Di Matteo is not planning to play much differently

But Di Matteo insists the influx of players will not result in a big difference in the style of play.

'There will not be radical changes. We will try to make some changes,' he said.

'With the integration of these new players, inevitably we will change how we play a bit. But I never said we were going to play attacking football. We will play to try and win games.'

London 2012 Olympics: Great Britain one-two in canoe slalom

Britannia, rule the waves! Baillie and Stott lead British one-two in canoe slalom

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UPDATED:

14:39 GMT, 2 August 2012

Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie have won gold in the canoe slalom with fellow Brits David Florence and Richard Hounslow taking silver.

More to follow…

On form: Britain's David Florence (right) and Richard Hounslow won silver

On form: Britain's David Florence (right) and Richard Hounslow won silver

There have been disappointing performances from the men so far after both Hounslow and Florence failed to qualify for the finals in their respective singles events.

But both teams pulled it out of the bag as they were watched by LOCOG chairman Lord Coe and Sir Clive Woodward, Team GB's director of elite performance.

Three-time Olympic champions in the C2 event, Slovakian twin brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner, qualified in second place while the in-form French pairing of Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche placed third.

Fulham talk with Yannick Sagbo after Vincenzo Iaquinta"s wage shock

Jol hopes Evian's Sagbo can make waves at Fulham after Iaquinta trail runs dry

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 18 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fulham are in talks with French club Evian over striker Yannick Sagbo.

Manager Martin Jol has shown interest in Huddersfield hot-shot Jordan Rhodes and Juventus veteran Vincenzo Iaquinta, but Sagbo could prove better value at 3.5million.

The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international is quick and scored 10 goals in a struggling Evian side last season.

Pretty in pink: Yannick Sagbo is being targeted by Fulham boss Martin Jol

Pretty in pink: Yannick Sagbo is being targeted by Fulham boss Martin Jol

Jol and Watford manager Gianfranco Zola may be put off their interest in 32-year-old Iaquinta after learning he earns 60,000 a week after tax at Juventus.

The Italian's agent, Andrea D’Amico said: ‘We are verifying a number of options for Iaquinta in Italy, but especially in England. Fulham That is a concrete hypothesis.’

Former Fulham striker Orlando Sa is in talks with Sheffield Wednesday.