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Ashley Cole thanks Drogba for Golden gift | Premier League

Ashley Cole used his twitter account to send his thanks to Didier Drogba for hosting an £800,000 celebratory dinner to commemorate Chelsea’s Champions League win this year, presenting his former team-mates with rings to symbolise their victory over Bayern Munich.


Drogba said at the dinner: “I wanted to give something to the team so we can all look back and remember that achievement.” He then singled out club captain John Terry, who was in attendance. “You’re my hero and everyone at Chelsea loves you.”




‘Freddie’ Flintoff’ having pre fight Jitters | Watch Live | Boxing

The ex-England cricketer has admitted that he has the jitters about the clash at the MEN arena but hopes to channel the nerves into his performance.

Talking to Sky Sports News, Flintoff, 34, said: “I’d be lying if I said there weren’t any nerves, but I experienced nerves in my career before, in cricket, and managed to use them to my advantage – so hopefully this will be no different.

Andrew Flintoff & Richard Dawson Weigh In


“It’s a big task I’m taking on, I’ve worked hard for it – and we’ll see what the result is afterwards.

Rejecting claims that the fight was nothing more than a publicity stunt, Flintoff said: “You can’t go into this sport for a bit of fun

“It’s a serious sport, it’s a serious business.

“He’s come here to win and so have I.”



Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff weighs in for his first professional boxing fight.

The 34-year-old former all rounder will take on American Richard Dawson at the MEN Arena in Manchester after exchanging his cricketing whites for a pair of boxing gloves in a bid to prove himself in the ring.

Flintoff, who was part of England’s Ashes winning teams in 2005 and 2009, tipped the scales at 216lbs (97.98kg), 25lbs (11.34kg) lighter than his 23-year-old opponent who already has two professional victories.

Watch the fight live here en David Price vs. Matt Skelton

At Liverpool, England (Boxnation/WealthTV): David Price vs. Matt Skelton, 12 rounds, for Price’s British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles; Darren Hamilton vs. Steve Williams, 12 rounds, for Hamilton’s British junior welterweight title; John McDermott vs. Dillian Whyte, 10 rounds, heavyweights; Freddie Flintoff vs Richard Dawson

Why Gary Pratt wont forget Ricky Ponting | Cricket

In cricket, substitute fielders are supposed to be used to provide cover for injured players. England’s use of substitute fielders in the 2005 Ashes series proved to be controversial, with the Australian team claiming England were using substitutes to rest their bowlers between spells, and were picking specialist fielders for the job.

“It was just a normal, everyday thing you do – pick a ball up and throw it.” Gary Pratt

England v Australia 2005 4th Ashes Test Cricket Match.Ricky Ponting gets run out by substitute fielder Gary Pratt.

Ricky Ponting announced his retirement this week and had this to say “I haven’t been performing consistently over the last 12 to 18 months,” he said. “I believe now is the right time.

“This is a decision not made by the selectors, it was made by me.”

Ponting in numbers

  • Born 19 December, 1974, Launceston, Tasmania
  • 167 Test caps & 13,366 runs
  • 375 ODI caps & 13,704 runs
  • 71 international centuries
  • Highest Test score: 257 v India in 2003
  • Won three World Cups

Twitter Tributes 

“I’ve given cricket my all, it’s been my life for 20 years, there’s not much more I can give.”

Ricky Ponting

Ben Ainslie, London 2012 Gold Medallist, Retires From Olympic Sailing

“It fills me with both relief and sadness to write these words but I can now officially confirm that I have donned my Team GB tracksuit for the last time,” Ainslie told theDaily Telegraph.

“No more Olympic villages. No more opening or closing ceremonies. After almost 20 years entirely dedicated to the pursuit of gold, taking in five Olympic campaigns, I have decided I will not attempt a sixth at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”

Ainslie will now concentrate on an America’s Cup World Series campaign with JP Morgan BAR.

“I feel increasingly confident that we can one day challenge for the America’s Cup proper. Not at next year’s event in San Francisco – that will be too soon – but perhaps the one after that.”

Carlos Tevez ‘Motoring Madness’ | Premier League

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been disqualified from driving less than a fortnight after his luxury car was removed from the road by police.

Tevez, 28, mimicked driving a vehicle after he scored twice in his team’s Barclays Premier League win at home to Aston Villa on November 17.

Two days earlier his Porsche Panamera was impounded in Manchester as he could not produce a full UK driving licence.

Today, Lancaster magistrates imposed an interim ban on him for a separate matter in which he failed to provide information when his car was clocked speeding in Morecambe.

It is understood his vehicle was caught breaking the speed limit in the town on March 28 when he played for City’s reserves against Morecambe Reserves.

His solicitor, Gwyn Lewis, told the court his client accepted he did not provide identification – which carries six penalty points – and that under the totting-up procedure he was now liable for disqualification.

Mr Lewis said: “My instructions are though he was not the driver on that occasion I am not going to argue against a ban on grounds of exceptional hardship.”

He asked the magistrates to impose an interim disqualification and adjourn sentencing so that the “no licence case” from Manchester could be dealt with at the same time.

“He (Tevez) has been told that he will not be able to drive this morning,” added the solicitor.

The magistrates agreed and listed the matter in Lancaster for December 20 when the length of the suspension will be set.

The Argentinian did not attend today’s hearing.

His Porsche was seized under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act in a routine patrol near to the Britannia Airport Hotel on November 15. He was then summonsed for driving otherwise in accordance with a driving licence, said Greater Manchester Police.

Three years ago – when he was playing for City’s rivals Manchester United – his Bentley Continental GT Speed was impounded in similar circumstances.

The Bentley was removed by police near to junction 6 of the M60 in February 2009 after it was found he did not have a full UK driving licence.

As an Argentinian driving licence holder, Tevez, from Prestbury, Cheshire, is permitted to drive in Britain for the first 12 months of his stay in the country but is then required to apply for a provisional licence and pass the UK driving theory and practical test.

The centre forward joined West Ham United in 2006 and then moved to Manchester United a season later. He signed for Manchester City in the summer of 2009.

Earlier this Year 

Carlos Tévez has had his car impounded for a second time in four years after it was discovered he did not have valid documents for driving in the UK.

The Argentinian was driving his Porsche Panamera in Manchester with an international licence, but had not changed it for a UK equivalent.

Manchester City striker Tévez could only watch as his vehicle was seized in another embarrassing road-related incident.

In February 2009, Tévez had his £140,000 Bentley impounded after it emerged he did not have a full UK driving licence then as well.

Police had stopped him because they suspected his car’s windows were too dark, only to find the former Manchester United striker was without the necessary paperwork. Tests confirmed his car’s tint was illegal.

Later in August that year, he was pulled over on the A34 in south Manchester and asked to produce a valid licence within seven days.

Rafa Benitez The Craziest week in Football | Premier League | Chelsea

Fans protest over the signing of new manager Rafael Benitez, Chelsea v Manchester City, Barclays Premier League.


Rafael Benitez insisted he could not hear Chelsea fans booing after enduring a hostile reception at Stamford Bridge.


“I can guarantee because I was focused on the game I did not listen to the crowd,” Benitez told Sky Sports. “I don’t know if they said something or not. For me the main thing was team and their performance on the pitch.

“I was not listening; I was just concentrating on the game. You could see my body language in the dugout I was just trying to give instructions to my players.”


Asked what Benitez could do to win over the Chelsea fans, City boss Roberto Mancini said: “Win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win every game – only the results can help.”

Benitez responded: “It’s not a secret. It’s true.”

The Spaniard has signed a short-term deal having rejected Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s offer to take caretaker charge of the club in March after André Villas-Boas was dismissed.

Chelsea hailed Benítez as a coach “with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives”.

Rafa Benitez you’re not welcome here

This video was taken at half time at St Andrews for the fa cup replay with brum. AVB had recently been sacked and the Chelsea fans were singing who they didn’t want replacing him.


Lady GAGA Goes Brazilian | Rio de Janeiro

Lady GaGa took time out from rehearsing for her current world tour to play football with local children in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

Gaga waved to adoring fans from her balcony wearing a Brazil shirt before descending for a kick-about with local kids.

Gaga hadn’t just popped in at random: She was there to get a closer look at the social development project underway in the area, the work of Brazil’s Globo Television and the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Gaga called the experience the “best day [she] ever had,” tweeting, “i’ll never forget Rio, you lit my heart into flames.”

Lady Gaga@ladygaga 
Lady Gaga

we even played football, they were SO GOOD IT WAS CRAZY.

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.”


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