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SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2012 Nominations | BBC

BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2012 Nominations

Mo Farah

Andy Murray

Sarah Storey

Katherine Grainger

Bradley Wiggins

Ben Ainslie

Ellie Simmonds

Jessica Ennis

Sir Chris Hoy

Rory McIlroy

Nicola Adams

David Weir

Gary Lineker : “It will get more impossible as the evening progresses, all four of those and the other eight and lots more have had unbelievably brilliant achievements.

“It’s worth pointing out it will be the great British public that will decide on the night. What we’ve done this year we’re not having any voting until we’ve seen all 12 candidates and I’m sure the public will be voting in their millions.

The remaining tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 have sold out in 40 minutes.

The event, at London’s 15,000-capacity ExCeL on Sunday, 16 December, promises to be the biggest in the programme’s 59-year history after a golden summer.

There are still a limited number of disabled places available, to book these please call 0333 567 0153.

Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding will host the 2012 review.

The 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award will be announced on The One Show at 19:00 GMT on Monday, 26 November.

With an increased shortlist of 12, in recognition of the unprecedented success of UK sportsmen and women this year, the competition for the coveted title will be one of the most hotly contested in the show’s history.

London 2012 volunteers and young people are to share 1,000 free tickets.

Five hundred tickets will be given to volunteers through a random ballot and the same amount will be handed to young people from the six Olympic and Paralympic host boroughs.

BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2012

  • Venue: ExCel London
  • Date: Sunday, 16 December
  • Time: 19:30 GMT

Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website

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It was me ! I knocked Down Bradley Wiggins

 

Van driver Cath Burrows has been identified as the lady who hit Olympic cycling hero Bradley Wiggins off his Bike.

Burrows apparently shrieked “Oh my God — I’ve just knocked over Bradley Wiggins!” after the accident.

The businesswoman ironically prefers motorbikes and owns a Porsche garage.

She repeatedly exclaimed “What have I done?” and allegedly told a friend “I just didn’t see him”, when she recalled hitting the Tour de France champion.

Wiggins, 32, was hospitalised after suffering bruised ribs but discharged yesterday afternoon, brandishing his middle finger at photographers as he was driven away.

A spokeswoman for British Cycling said: “It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery.”

Team Sky used its twitter account to update everybody on the situation ;

Bradley Wiggins is making good progress after his crash & has released this statement thanking fans for their support.

Team Sky Statement 

Following further examination Team Sky’s medical staff can confirm that as well as bruising he also has a fractured rib, a bruised lung and a dislocated finger.

These injuries are being monitored and he will make a full and speedy recovery.

A Team Sky spokesperson said: “Bradley has already recovered from a mild head injury which required overnight observation in hospital on Wednesday.

“The swelling in his dislocated finger has also reduced and will not require surgery, and he will undergo further X-rays on his fractured rib on Monday.

“He’s convalescing at home with his family and is expected to make a full recovery in a short period of time.”

 Thank you

Bradley Wiggins said today: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages over the last 48 hours, and of course all the staff at the Royal Preston Hospital who looked after me so well.

“Although I’m still a little bit sore I will now be spending time at home with my family and concentrating on making a full recovery.

“I would also like to apologise for the gesture that I made when I arrived home yesterday afternoon. I was tired, in a lot of pain, and just wanted to get inside, but I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did. I’m sorry for that.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike soon and continuing my preparations for the 2013 season.”

Sutton update

Team Sky’s head coach Shane Sutton was also knocked off his bike on Thursday morning and taken to hospital suffering a fractured cheekbone and bleeding on the brain.

A spokesperson for British Cycling said: “Shane is making steady progress but is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation.

“He has fractured his cheekbone which will require surgery in due course. He, like Bradley, is expected to make a complete recovery and will be back in work shortly.”

 


 

Team Sky Confirm Steven de Jongh has left the Team following three seasons as Sports Director.

Team Principal Dave Brailsford said:

“There’s no doubt about Steven’s work with us or his approach. He’s been a highly-valued Sports Director and colleague over three seasons.

“Steven deserves our respect for the courage he’s shown in being honest about the past and it’s right that we do our best to support him.

“He has our best wishes for the next step in his career.”


JULICH LEAVES TEAM SKY

 

Team Sky Confirm that Julich departure.

 

The British team has a zero-tolerance approach to drugs and has asked staff to sign a statement that they have had no previous involvement in doping.

“I knew that it was wrong,” said Julich, who said he used EPO between August 1996 and July 1998.

 

Team Principal Dave Brailsford said: “Bobby has shown courage in admitting to the errors he made long before his time with Team Sky. We understand that this is a difficult step for him and we’ve done our best to support him.

“It’s important to emphasise that there have been no doubts about his work with us or his approach as a coach. He has done a good job and been a good colleague during his two years with us. Bobby has our best wishes for the future.

“We’ve made clear our commitment to being a clean team and been open about the steps we’re taking. Although it’s never easy to part, we believe this is the right thing to do.”


Lance Armstrong Dropped By Nike And Steps Down From Livestrong

Nike has fired Lance Armstrong and will take his name off the Lance Armstrong Fitness Center at its world headquarters.

Livestrong said Armstrong’s term as founding director has no expiration.

“My family and I have devoted our lives to the work of the foundation and that will not change,” Armstrong’s statement said. “We plan to continue our service to the foundation and the cancer community. We will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters of the fight against cancer. And we look forward to an exciting weekend of activities marking the 15th anniversary of the foundation’s creation.”

Meanwhile, Nike, in reversing its earlier stand in support of Armstrong, said it could no longer ignore the evidence of his illicit behavior as a professional cyclist.

“Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him,” the company said in a statement. “Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner.”

 


Sports Weekly Review Sunday October 14th [in pictures]

A week of Pressure,Controversy,Parting of ways,Victories and progress. Only in sport can you find such a diversity of mixed feelings in the space of seven days. The global world of sport never fails to deliver and come  Sunday afternoon we take time to reflect about the highs and low’s before contemplating what might have been.

People don’t play sports because its fun. Ask any athlete, most of them hate it, but they couldn’t imagine their life with out it. Its part of them, the love/hate relationship. It’s what they live for. Anon.

The week started with the controversial topic of diving, Suarez came under fire for his antics at stoke backed up by Gareth Bale’s incident at spurs.

Michael Owen came out and admitted “I have been guilty as well”.

    Diving was no longer a concern for Owen Coyle who said about hid departure ” The performances have been to a high standard, but we have to accept that we have not won as many games this season as we wanted to”.

Coyle who left Burnley to join Bolton was immediately linked with a return to the Clarets as the club announced Eddie Howe was to leave the club and return to the Cherries for personal reasons.

“I had to do it for my family. It’s been a difficult six months for me and I hope the Burnley fans understand,” Howe told BBC Radio Solent on Saturday.

The week was then to be dominated by the shock news by USADA who’s damming report shocked the world of sport and left some overwhelmed by such detailed evidence.

“The U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection”, the USADA said.

International week got off to a positive start with Royalty arriving at Burton to officially open St.Georges Park.

Also arriving was Ashley Cole who found himself having to apologise for his FA twitter rant and was later warned by the Duke ” If you continue to be naughty they’ll take your twitter account off you”

Frank Lampard finding it much easier with the girls.

The rest of the week was dominated with pressure as Craig Levein and Chris Coleman both needed a result at the millennium Stadium on Thursday Night. Final score Wales 2 Scotland 1. “It’s great that this is my first victory after I lost two friendlies and two qualifiers, and in the last one, took a hiding”. Coleman said.

“I’m extremely proud to have this job and I’ll do the best I can”. Levein told reporters.

England’s 5-0 Victory over San Marino was over shadowed by the injury to Theo Walcott.

Giovanni Trapattoni faced calls for him to quit after an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Germany. ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary,’ Trapattoni said. ‘Germany have gone, they will qualify as group winners, but we are in their fighting with Austria and Sweden for qualification.

It’ll be a Riot on the night was the story from Senegal he game was stopped after 70 minutes, with visitors the Ivory Coast winning 2-0 (and 6-2 on aggregate), following rioting among home fans sparked by a controversial penalty decision.

Boxing , the week was dominated by the return of Audley Harrison which only lasted  seconds on Saturday Night.

Audley: ‘Price will know he’s in a fight’ he said on Friday unfortunately Audley you didn’t get long enough ! as predicted by probably every boxing fan in the world.

The Korean grand Prix was dominated by Red Bull as Sebastian Vettel took victory as Button Crashed out on the first lap.

                 “Kobayashi, what an idiot”. Button said “I don’t know what Kobayashi was thinking.” Lets hope his eyes were on the Road!

Also crashing out ! Andy Murray losing to Novak Djokovic  in the Shanghai Masters final.

“I’ve lost tougher matches than that before and I’m sure I will recover,” he said. “But it was a top-quality match. Both of us played some unbelievable tennis at times”. said Murray.

 

And Just when you thought that was a great week Felix turns up and creates History !

 

 

Austrian Felix Baumgartner has broken the record for the highest ever skydive by jumping out of a balloon 128,000ft (24 miles, 39km) above New Mexico.

 

for more on Felix catch up with Red Bull Stratos. Link

 

 

Well the end of One week and the start of another.

 

Well Done #felix & #RedBull Stratos


USADA Full Lance Armstrong Report “Postal Service Pro Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy”

Statement From USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart Regarding The U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy
October 10, 2012

Today, we are sending the ‘Reasoned Decision’ in the Lance Armstrong case and supporting information to the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.

The evidence of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team-run scheme is overwhelming and is in excess of 1000 pages, and includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team (USPS Team) and its participants’ doping activities. The evidence also includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding.

Together these different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence reveal conclusive and undeniable proof that brings to the light of day for the first time this systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy. All of the material will be made available later this afternoon on the USADA website at http://www.usada.org.

The USPS Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices. A program organized by individuals who thought they were above the rules and who still play a major and active role in sport today.

The evidence demonstrates that the ‘Code of Silence’ of performance enhancing drug use in the sport of cycling has been shattered, but there is more to do.  From day one, we always hoped this investigation would bring to a close this troubling chapter in cycling’s history and we hope the sport will use this tragedy to prevent it from ever happening again.

Of course, no one wants to be chained to the past forever, and I would call on the UCI to act on its own recent suggestion for a meaningful Truth and Reconciliation program.  While we appreciate the arguments that weigh in favor of and against such a program, we believe that allowing individuals like the riders mentioned today to come forward and acknowledge the truth about their past doping may be the only way to truly dismantle the remaining system that allowed this “EPO and Blood Doping Era” to flourish. Hopefully, the sport can unshackle itself from the past, and once and for all continue to move forward to a better future.

Our mission is to protect clean athletes by preserving the integrity of competition not only for today’s athletes but also the athletes of tomorrow.  We have heard from many athletes who have faced an unfair dilemma — dope, or don’t compete at the highest levels of the sport. Many of them abandoned their dreams and left sport because they refused to endanger their health and participate in doping. That is a tragic choice no athlete should have to make.

It took tremendous courage for the riders on the USPS Team and others to come forward and speak truthfully. It is not easy to admit your mistakes and accept your punishment. But that is what these riders have done for the good of the sport, and for the young riders who hope to one day reach their dreams without using dangerous drugs or methods.

These eleven (11) teammates of Lance Armstrong, in alphabetical order, are Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.

The riders who participated in the USPS Team doping conspiracy and truthfully assisted have been courageous in making the choice to stop perpetuating the sporting fraud, and they have suffered greatly. In addition to the public revelations, the active riders have been suspended and disqualified appropriately in line with the rules. In some part, it would have been easier for them if it all would just go away; however, they love the sport, and they want to help young athletes have hope that they are not put in the position they were — to face the reality that in order to climb to the heights of their sport they had to sink to the depths of dangerous cheating.

I have personally talked with and heard these athletes’ stories and firmly believe that, collectively, these athletes, if forgiven and embraced, have a chance to leave a legacy far greater for the good of the sport than anything they ever did on a bike.

Lance Armstrong was given the same opportunity to come forward and be part of the solution. He rejected it.

Instead he exercised his legal right not to contest the evidence and knowingly accepted the imposition of a ban from recognized competition for life and disqualification of his competitive results from 1998 forward. The entire factual and legal basis on the outcome in his case and the other six active riders’ cases will be provided in the materials made available online later today. Two other members of the USPS Team, Dr. Michele Ferrari and Dr. Garcia del Moral, also received lifetime bans for perpetrating this doping conspiracy.

Three other members of the USPS Team have chosen to contest the charges and take their cases to arbitration: Johan Bruyneel, the team director; Dr. Pedro Celaya, a team doctor; and Jose “Pepe” Marti, the team trainer.  These three individuals will receive a full hearing before independent judges, where they will have the opportunity to present and confront the evidence, cross-examine witnesses and testify under oath in a public proceeding.

From day one in this case, as in every potential case, the USADA Board of Directors and professional staff did the job we are mandated to do for clean athletes and the integrity of sport.  We focused solely on finding the truth without being influenced by celebrity or non-celebrity, threats, personal attacks or political pressure because that is what clean athletes deserve and demand.”


La Liga Clubs Linked to Lance Armstrong Doctor

 

In August  the USADA requested the 14 year records on Lance Armstrong to be erased due to the doping case against him. Its decision will be contained in a report that may also cause concern for the world of sport as a whole. The report is due to be sent to the International Cycling Union, the sport’s governing body later this week.

The report is likely to include witness names and specific allegations – that USADA said it had when it charged Armstrong with performance-enhancing drug use while winning the Tour every year from 1999-2005.

The detail of the report is likely to be complicated by other factors including individuals allegedly involved in the case.

The latest rumblings surrounding the report are coming from Spain and the medical centre where Dr Luis García Del Moral has been based. A report in today’s Telegraph claims that on the Medical centre’s website Del Moral had also been a “medical adviser” to Barcelona and Valencia football clubs.

Barcelona’s response to the claim was that records show the Doctor was  “never on the staff payroll”.

The Telegraph also report that

Del Moral’s list of clients appear on the Team360 section of the website of Performa SportConsulting, a centre offering a range of services.

Dr Del Moral is likely to come under more scrutiny when the USADA report is released. The USADA announced lifetime bans in June ”

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral (cycling team doctor), Dr. Michele Ferrari (cycling team consulting doctor) and Jose “Pepe” Martí (cycling team trainer) have all received lifetime periods of ineligibility as the result of their anti-doping rule violations in the United States Postal Service (USPS) Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy.

 

The bans will preclude all three men from having any involvement in sports which are signatories to the WADA code.

USADA cited “aggravating circumstances including involvement in multiple anti-doping rule violations as well as trafficking, administration and/or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or method” to justify the lifetime bans.

 


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