Saturday, May 31, 2008
Streakers interrupt Italy's Euro training
Friday, May 30, 2008
Grant enlists Diana lawyer to fight Chelsea
QPR increase prices by as much as 36%
The change of pricing policy follows this year's takeover by Flavio Briatore and fellow Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, and the subsequent investment by Indian steel billionaire Lakshmi Mittal.
It has outraged many fans and some are pondering their football-supporting futures in W12.
Among them is salesman Mark Todd, 40, who has seen the season-ticket bill for himself and his young sons Lewis, eight, and Oliver, five, increase from £530 this season to £1,599.
But a QPR spokesman denied there had been a backlash from fans.
He said: "Looking ahead to next season, it is the club's aim to achieve promotion to the Premier League, and as such, we have to generate further income to assist us in our pursuit of that goal.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
New balls are source of concern for Lehmann
Abramovich's approval rating plummets
The figures are published in the wake of a turbulent season which saw the Blues fail to win a trophy and sack two managers.
After investing £500million transforming Chelsea into a European heavyweight, Abramovich has enjoyed hero status among Chelsea fans but the first signs of cracks in the relationship are now starting to emerge.
Chelsea supporters were asked to rate the performance of the key men Abramovich has tasked with running the club over the last 12 months.
Only five per cent thought Abramovich’s board had done a “very good” job which is a startling statistic when compared to 43 per cent in the same poll two years ago.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Gavin Peacock departs for religious journey
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Iraq suspended from internationals
The executive board of world soccer's governing body announced it had imposed the ban after the Iraq government dissolved its National Olympic Committee and national sport federations in breach of FIFA and Olympic regulations.
The board will recommend that the FIFA Congress, which meets in Sydney on Friday, suspends Iraq from all tournaments for 12 months, but left the door open for a reprieve if Baghdad reversed its decision by 1400 GMT on Thursday.
A suspension would destroy Iraq's dream of competing at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Beckham launches 70-yarder
With the Kansas goalkeeper having marauded forward in search of a late equaliser, Beckham launched a shot from his own half to confirm victory for Galaxy.
The goal was reminiscent of the one Beckham scored for Manchester United at Wimbledon in September 1996 - the strike that catapulted him into the limelight.
The former England captain's club-mate Landon Donovan was also flying out to London to join the US squad - England's opponents on Wednesday.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Anelka blames miss on lack of warm-up
"I was then asked to take one of the first five kicks but I said: 'That is out of the question; I have come on as a right-back.' So I had to go in seventh, but Van der Sar pushed away my shot. All the better for him; that is the game."
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Not destined for greatness
The striker played in the same Liverpool schoolboys team as Robbie Fowler.
"When it was training nights, Robbie was getting picked up by Kenny Dalglish in his Mercedes, I was being told 'that's what time it starts, you can get the bus'."
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Doncaster suspend ticket sales
Fans of opponents Leeds and ticket touts have gathered at the ground in the hope of landing tickets for the Wembley showpiece after missing out on the Elland Road club's allocation.
A Doncaster statement read: 'It is with great regret that Doncaster Rovers must announce the suspension of sales of tickets at the Keepmoat Stadium ticket office.
'This is a measure that has been forced into place, due to the high amount of Leeds United supporters and ticket touts who have now started grouping outside the perimeter of the Keepmoat Stadium following the Leeds United allocation at Wembley being sold out completely.
'Despite this, e-mail, telephone and fax orders will still be taken; although every application form will be checked alongside our database and thoroughly vetted before tickets are issued.
'Doncaster Rovers apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause.'
The Football League are expected to release a statement later today.
Trinidad stadium row threatens England friendly
The Caribbean nation's football federation (TTFF) and Ministry of Sports are in dispute over advertising issues, rental fees and other elements of an agreement the TTFF said was changed last week by the ministry, which owns the ground.
On Wednesday, Jack Warner, a TTFF 'special advisor' and FIFA vice-president, said unless the terms were changed or an injunction against the sports minister was successful the England match would be cancelled.
'If the minister does not answer and withdraw this agreement, we have authorised (our attorney) to file an injunction to restrain the minister for imposing these conditions. If the injunction fails, the match fails, I refund people their money and apologise to the world.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Doherty swaps music for football
Speaking at the Soccer Six event at Millwall FC, the Babyshambles singer - recently released from prison - praised the charity's work with inmates.
His Babyshambles team were beaten 3-1 in the final by dance act Faithless.
Moscow pitch causes final concern
Englishman Matt Frost, who oversaw the laying of a new grass surface at the Moscow venue just 15 days ago, admits he has fears ahead of the game.
"The pitch is acceptable but it is a big personal disappointment for me,"
"Things didn't go well from the start, the pitch has only been down 15 days."
The old synthetic pitch was ripped up after England's Euro 2008 qualifer against Russia in October and a new grass one laid in readiness for the final.
But experts decided it was too bumpy, prompting stadium authorities to lay another at a cost of £160,000 and using turf from Slovakia.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Streaker gets Playboy spread
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Bellamy plans academy in Africa
Monday, May 05, 2008
Fulham's win down to a hamper
PSG banned for abusive banner
PSG, already in the Ligue 1 relegation zone, could have been punished with a points deduction. Instead, they remain on 38 points and 18th in the 20-team top flight.
The banner was briefly unfolded after the interval of the final on March 29, which PSG won 2-1 against northern club Racing Lens.
It referred to a film about the life of the Ch'tis, a nickname for the people of northern France, which is breaking box offices records in France.
It read: "Paedophiles, unemployed, inbred: welcome chez les Ch'tis."
The French League said the banner was insulting but not racist.
FA to look into 'unusual betting' on Bury win
Both William Hill and Coral closed their book on the League Two game while betting exchange Betfair reported action far exceeding fixtures of a similar profile.
Graham Sharpe of William Hill said: 'We were seeing substantial money for just one result, Bury to win. We shortened the price four times and we were still seeing people wanting to bet.
'That was the point at which we decided to close the book. I can't ever recall us taking this action on an English league game.'
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Police officer shoots herself outside stadium
The 42-year-old woman was on duty outside the stadium in Treviso, in northeastern Italy, when she shot herself.
She was hospitalized and is in critical condition.
Police found no suicide note and nothing in the woman's record had raised alarm, but witness accounts and CCTV cameras appeared to confirm a suicide attempt.
Another police officer suffered minor injuries as she fell down trying to stop the woman.
Rams clinch unwanted record
The Rams' latest reversal leaves them stranded on 11 points with just one game to go and means they cannot now overhaul Sunderland's previous record low total of 15 points from two years ago.
Ashley wins £1.3m on one spin of the wheel
The billionaire owner of Newcastle United has won £1.3million on the single spin of a roulette wheel.
High-rolling Mike Ashley collected the windfall after betting a total of £480,000 on his lucky number, black 17.
The maverick retail tycoon placed bets on every combination that included 17 – such as the wheel stopping on black, odd and a number between 1 and 18 – in a complex bet known as a "complete".
As the chips piled up before the spin, fellow punters in the luxurious 50 London casino in St James Street, Mayfair, where 45-year-old Mr Ashley is a regular, gathered around the table.Divorcee Mr Ashley watched impassively as the roulette wheel turned.
As the ball dropped into slot 17, the expectant crowd broke out into loud applause.
Mr Ashley calmly looked up at the croupier and said: "That'll do me, thanks very much," and walked off with his winnings.
He had spent just 15 minutes at the table.