French Journalist Gets Thumbs Up after Lucky Escape On Yamaha FJR1300

One of MCN’s French colleagues from Moto journal had an unfortunate accident last week while out testing the new Yamaha FJR1300.

While riding down a pier, he inadvertently clipped one of his pannier off a bollard, which was just enough to send him out of control…fjr

The journalist escaped luckily, with just bruising and an injured thumb.

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Queens Park Rangers Joey Barton’s Rant With the Daily Mail

Queens Park Rangers footballer Joey Barton, who is currently on loan to a French side, says he may sue the Daily Mail newspaper after it published an article that suggested he should become football’s “gay hero”.

The piece was written by the paper’s sport columnist Martin Samuel.

Barton, 30, who is heterosexual and married with a child, has blasted the paper for “shoddy journalism” and on Wednesday afternoon tweeted from his personal account @joey7barton

“I see Jim Royles giving it beans about my sexuality in the Daily Mail. Like thats anything to do with him. Can he say what he’s said?

“Sounds slightly bigoted and Martin Samuel.to me. Any legal-eagles out there know if he can get away with this?

“My sexuality is of no concern to anyone except me and my family. Can’t see the missus being happy about this piece.

“Nor, would I like my child (when old enough) to read this tripe. Shoddy journalism.

“I will probably have to sue. I don’t really need the money or the hassle. So I offer this as a olive branch.

“Actually, no. Theres no olive branch. Enough’s enough”.

“In light of the Leveson enquiry, it seems a strange thing to print. I mean I have never even met the guy. He doesn’t know me. Shocking.”


Hockey Game Invaded by 25,000 Teddy Bears

What are the chances of 25,000 people at an ice hockey game all having a teddy bear with them?

Pretty slim, we think you’d agree. Unless it’s a junior Canadian ice hockey game – in which case, it turns out, it’s a tradition.

“The idea is to collect thousands of bears to be distributed to kids in need,” reports BuzzBishop. “It’s a great event that packs the house each year.”

 


The FIA Confirm Formula One 2013 Calendar

The FIA has confirmed that an additional race in European is to be added to the 2013 F1 calendar in a move which will see the title battle fought over 20 races.

The initial schedule published by the governing body back in September had featured 20 dates before the planned race in New Jersey was put back to 2014 at the earliest.

That looked set to leave 19 races on the calendar, but the FIA has now revised the schedule for 2013 at the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.

2013 F1 calendar:

March 17 Australia
March 24 Malaysia
April 14 China
April 21 Bahrain
May 12 Spain
May 26 Monaco
June 9 Canada
June 30 Britain
July 7 Germany
July 21 TBC – Additional European race
July 28 Hungary
August 25 Belgium
September 8 Italy
September 22 Singapore
October 6 Korea
October 13 Japan
October 27 India
November 3 Abu Dhabi
November 17 United States (Austin)
November 24 Brazil


F1 Race Suits Sold for Charity | Button | Vettel | Hamilton

Formula One teams at Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus have joined together with Red Bull Racing to collect donations of worn and signed racing kit from the six Formula One World Champions competing in the 2012 season: Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

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The auction, which was carried out by Bonhams, saw suits worn by Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen go under the hammer to raise funds for the charity, which will go towards cutting-edge research projects and clinical trials across the globe aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure for spinal cord injury.Each of the six race suits was complimented by other donations from the drivers including pairs of signed race gloves and signed photographic prints.

“It’s been one of the most competitive seasons for Formula One drivers,” Vettel said following the sale. “I’m really proud to have won the Championship with the team and it’s great that these suits have raised so much money for such a fantastic charity.”

Wings for Life is the charity partner of Red Bull Racing and their logo features on both of the Red Bull Racing cars.

Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber and Vettel, along with ex-F1 racer David Coulthard, are ambassadors for the Wings for Life charity. AU996963 (1)

Wings for Life Charity sale:Michael Schumacher Print £180
Kimi Raikkonen Print £240
Fernando Alonso Print £260
Jenson Button Print £320
Kimi Raikkonen Gloves £350
Jenson Button Gloves £400
David Coulthard RB4 Nose Cone £400
Sebastian Vettel Print £480
Lewis Hamilton Print £500
Fernando Alonso Gloves £850
Lewis Hamilton Gloves £1,800
Kimi Raikkonen Race suit £1,800
Sebastian Vettel Gloves £2,200
Jenson Button Race suit £3,500
Lewis Hamilton Race suit £4,100
Michael Schumacher Race suit £4,500
Fernando Alonso Race suit £6,000
Sebastian Vettel Race suit £11,000


Ridgewell Appoligise’s For Wiping His Ass With money | Premier League

Westbrom defender, Liam Ridgewell, has apologized to football fans after a photo of him wiping his backside with a wad of £20 (Sh 2600)) notes in the toilet was published by a British newspaper.

‘The photo was taken in the privacy of my home around eight months ago as a joke to wind up a mate, who I had just won a personal bet with,’ he said.

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I only intended him to see the photo but now it’s public, I can understand how it will be viewed. I am sorry for any offence it causes.’

His agent Rob Segal told Mail Online today: ‘All I can say is, it was a joke that actually wasn’t funny at all, it was intended as a private joke with his friends and he sincerely regrets it.’

The Premier League footballer  was photographed squatting over the toilet in the bathroom of his £1.5million(Sh I95 million) home in Barnt Green, Birmingham, with his trousers down.

Ridgewell, 28, earns around £20,000 (Sh 2.6million) a week – the average annual salary.

According to the Daily Mail, angry West Brom fans labelled the picture ‘arrogant’ and ‘idiotic’.

The offensive picture was sent to a newspaper  by a supporter who asked not to be named.

He said: ‘The people of West Bromwich earn a fraction of what this idiot earns yet he makes a mockery of his good fortune like this. It makes me sick.

Ridgewell’s teammates yesterday cemented his embarrassment by plastering his locker with toilet roll and posting a photo of it on Twitter.

West Brom player Steven Reid posted the picture along with the comment, ‘Guess the locker…….’

The star is no stranger to controversy.

Last year, he cancelled his £170,000 (Sh 22.1 million)wedding to 23-year-old Kirsty Maclaren, mother of his two children, eight days before the big day.

He informed the 200 guests by text that the nuptials were cancelled.


Chelsea continue Brazilian revolution | Premier League | Transfers

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea have agreed terms with Brazil’s Fluminense for the transfer of 18-year-old defender Wallace, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Wallace, a Brazil under-20 international, was part of the under-17 team that won the South American championship last year and were fourth at the World Cup at the same level.

He made his senior debut at 17 and helped Fluminense win the Brazilian league championship, the Rio State League and the Guanabara Cup.

He will officially join Chelsea in the January transfer window but will remain with Fluminense until the end of the season.

Brazil – Denmark, FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011: Though their opener had some luck about it, Brazil’s second and third, scored by Ademilson and Wallace, were delightful.


32-year-old Striker dies of viral infection in Indonesia

SOURCE: REUTERS

The 32-year-old striker, married with two children, died late on Monday in a hospital in Solo, Central Java, the Jakarta Globe reported.

The paper said Mendieta, who had also played in China and Malaysia, had wanted to return home but was unable to do so as the club owed him four months’ wages worth 120 million rupiahs ($12,500).

“He always complained of being lonely,” Guntur Hernawan, the head of the internal medicine division at Moewardi Hospital in Solo, told reporters on Tuesday. “He said he wanted to go home because all of his relatives were in Paraguay.”

Former Persis manager Totok Supriyanto was quoted by the paper as saying the outstanding debt would be paid to Mendieta’s family.

Solo mayor Hadi Rudyatmo said would he personally pay the player’s hospital bills and other expenses but called on others to help.

FIFPro described the case as a disgrace.

“FIFPro demands that the Indonesian football association make an end to the structural mismanagement of countless football clubs,” it said in a statement.

“It is a disgrace for the whole of professional football in Indonesia,” added Frederique Winia, secretary general of FIFPro’s Asia division.

“I know countless stories of players who are intentionally not paid by their club and have to wait for months for their salary. But I have never before heard a story where a seriously ill player has been left completely to his fate by a club.

“I assume that both the club and the national football association of Indonesia realise that they have seriously failed and that they have much to explain, particularly to the family and relatives of Diego Mendieta.

“The least the club can do is to pay the arrears in salary to his family.”

Mendieta’s wife Valeria said she had been promised that she would receive the outstanding wages.

“He was practically abandoned, the only help he received was from three Paraguayan companions, nothing other than that,” she told Radio Cardinal in Asuncion.


Cesc Fabregas, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero Launch Puma ‘This is the nature of performance.’ Range

Football. Why do we do it?

Why do we have to kick it?
Why does it mean so much to us?
And why can we never stop playing it?
Because it’s in our nature to perform.
And the better we perform, the more we enjoy it.

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Agüero has always been a Speed Junkie. Quick mind, lightning fast feet and the ability to beat defenders into the space – speed is in his blood. If it’s in your nature to be first to every 50/50 ball and leave the opposition in the dust, the new lightweight and responsive evoSPEED is the boot for you.

 

 


The Story Of The New Hillsborough Charity Single

Kenny Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective singing on the Hillsborough charity single: He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.

They are joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the 1989.

Liverpudlian Guy Chambers, who is producing the charity single, hopes the single can raise £1million – if it reaches the No 1 spot after official release on December 17. Reports the Dailymail

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He ain’t heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid

The Story Of The New Hillsborough Single

Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, former Spice Girl Mel C and Gerry Marsden are among the star line-up on a charity single supporting the Hillsborough campaign.

The cover of The Hollies’ 1969 hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother is favourite to be Christmas number one.

The song had its first play in Liverpool in front of families of victims of the 1989 disaster. Colin Paterson reports.

 

 


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