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Why isn’t Sam Warburton playing for Wales against France and how old is Six Nations-winning captain?

SAM WARBURTON will be a regular on your TV screen during the Six Nations… but not as a player.
The former Wales captain will be part of the BBC team as a pundit for the tournament.
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Sam Warburton will play no part for Wales in this Six NationsGetty Images – Getty
Why isn’t Sam Warburton playing for Wales in the Six Nations?
Sam Warburton will not be playing for Wales in the Six Nations as he has retired.
The former captain called officially called it quits in July 2018.
He played his last match for Wales in an agonising 20-18 defeat to France in Paris back in March 2017.

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How old is Sam Warburton and why did he retire?
Sam Warburton is 30 years old and retired at the age of just 29.
The flanker had been plagued by injuries, going over a year without making an appearance before finally announcing his retirement.
Warburton had returned to Cardiff Blues training before retiring but said once the decision was made: “My body is unable to give me back what I had hoped for on my return to training.
“Unfortunately, after a long period of rest and rehabilitation the decision to retire from rugby has been made with my health and wellbeing as a priority.”
In their statement announcing the decision, the Welsh Rugby Union said it had “become clear to Warburton that he wouldn’t be able to return to the high standards he has set throughout his career”.
Warburton also worked as a BBC pundit in the 2018 Six Nations.


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Heineken Champions Cup: Big Mak and tries on the menu as Saracens taste European qualification in France’s food capital

BIG MAK and tries was on the menu as Saracens tasted European qualification in France’s food capital.
Sarries masterchef Mako Vunipola cooked-up the assists for both of their first-half scores in Lyon.
Inpho Mako Vunipola picked up the man-of-the-match award after an impressive performance in Lyon[/caption]
And on his 50th Champions Cup game the England ace made a meal out of the Top14 side in their bonus-point hammering at the Matmut Stadium.
Vunipola senior will be in Eddie Jones’ Six Nations squad on Thursday after helping his club go into the final weekend as the top seeds.
And younger brother Billy, back after breaking his arm three times in just 10 months, will also return the Test circuit despite a quiet game in club colours by his usual world-class standards.
Sarries are also now the tournament’s only unbeaten side after losses for French giants Toulouse and Racing 92 this weekend.
Getty Images – Getty Vunipola senior will be in Eddie Jones’ Six Nations squad while younger brother Billy, back after breaking his arm three times in just 10 months, will also return the Test circuit[/caption]
Though as has often been the case this season, though, they had it far from their own way and had to fight and scrap their way to victory.
Former England under-20s star Nick Tompkins got on the end of front-rower Vunipola’s first assist with flanker Jackson Wray on hand to touch down the second.
Tompkins, who might have to battle with Elliot Daly for the no.13 shirt next season if the Wasps star can get himself out of his contract at the Ricoh Arena, then proved he can be just as lethal a finisher as the Lion.
From the back of a driving maul the 23-year-old unleashed some gas and a huge side-step as he powered over the line for his second – despite four Lyon defenders desperatley trying to tackle him.
AFP or licensors Nick Tompkins got on the end of front-rower Vunipola’s first assist with flanker Jackson Wray on hand to touch down the second[/caption]
It soon turned from the beauty to the beastly as Maro Itoje was yellow carded for slapping the ball out of Charl McLeod’s hands.
Lyon replacement prop Albertus Buckle was then lucky to only be sent to the bin as he stamped on Wallaby Will Skelton’s giant tree-trunk legs.
Restoring some class, as he always does, was Sarries full-back Alex Goode.
The man who should be playing for England carved Lyon up with a jinking run before slipping the ball to Ben Spencer to bag the extra point.
AFP or licensors Saracens dished out a 28-10 thrashing in the Champions Cup today[/caption]

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©Matthew Impey / Wired Photos Sports wiredphotos.co.uk +44 7789 130347 Nick Tompkins celebrates scoring the opening try with Owen Farrell[/caption]
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Lewis Hamilton enjoys F1 off season as he surfs with legend Kelly Slater

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LEWIS HAMILTON is making the most of his post-season break away from Formula One as he tried his hand at surfing.
The 34-year-old teamed up 11-time world champion Kelly Slater who showed him the ropes out at sea, with the Brit proving he’s more than capable.
Lewis Hamilton impressed on a surfing board when he took to the waves in CaliforniaInstagram @lewishamilton
Donning a wet suit and taking to his board, Hamilton was taught a number of tricks by the American legend, before gliding at ease on his own.
The five-time F1 world champ uploaded a video of himself surfing on a glum and gloomy day in California, showing himself perfectly executing tube riding.
Captioning the Instagram post, he said: “New year, new sport, time to learn new things.
“Thank you #goat Kelly Slater for teaching me! That was rad.”

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New year, new sport, time to learn new things . Thank you #goat @kellyslater for teaching me! This was rad. @gabrielmedina I’m coming for you brother (kidding) @wsl #surfsup #kellyslater #goat #legend #surf
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Formula One star Hamilton was riding inside the tube as he showed there’s nothing he can’t doInstagram @lewishamilton
Hamilton is enjoying his post-season break ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in MarchInstagram @lewishamilton
Brit star Hamilton recently bought a £32million penthouse in New YorkInstagram @lewishamilton
Slater – widely considered to be the best surfer of all time – could compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics having not confirmed or denied if he will take part when his sport makes his debut at the Games.
And Hamilton has lots of time to perfect his technique with the new F1 season not due to start until March with the Australian Grand Prix.
While he is due to take part in testing in Barcelona on February 18.
The Brit star has been enjoying himself in America, having just bought a stunning New York penthouse in Manhattan for £32m.
Hamilton, 34, had 11-time surfing world champion Kelly Slater as his instructorInstagram @lewishamilton

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6am Chelsea news: Zola calling Barella, Callum Wilson £50m bid, no Hudson-Odoi contract offer

CHELSEA will reportedly consider offering Bournemouth £50m to sign Callum Wilson if Gonzalo Higuain does not move to Stamford Bridge.
Read all this and more of the latest transfer news, views and gossip from the Blues.
Chelsea will go after Callum Wilson if they fail to sign Gonzalo HiguainReuters
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Maurizio Sarri sees the Italian as a replacement for Monaco-bound Cesc Fabregas.
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CHELSEA will offer Bournemouth £50m to sign Callum Wilson… if they fail to land Gonzalo Higuain.
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CHELSEA have not yet offered Callum Hudson-Odoi a new deal, despite interest from Bayern Munich.
The Blues have discussed an extension with the player but no deal is currently on the table.
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MAURO ICARDI has taken a step closer to a move to Chelsea today after wife and agent Wanda Nara revealed he is ‘far away’ from a new Inter deal.
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6am Man Utd news: Manolas to join, Pogba stuns fans, Old Trafford baby boom, Bailly joins Jay-Z

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Roma defender Kostas Manolas is set to join Manchester UnitedReuters
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Celebrity Big Brother’s Jasmine Lennard calls ex Cristiano Ronaldo a ‘psycho’ and vows to help woman accusing him of rape

Category : Football , Sport

CELEBRITY Big Brother star Jasmine Lennard has vowed to dish the dirt on her ex Cristiano Ronaldo to help the woman accusing him of rape.
Model Jasmine branded the Portuguese football legend a “f***ing psychopath” and threatened to reveal his “true nature”.
Getty – Contributor Model Jasmine Lennard branded Ronaldo a ‘f***ing psychopath’ and threatened to reveal his ‘true nature’[/caption]
She dated the former Manchester United and Real Madrid ace ten years ago — but revealed she has been communicating with him for the last 18 months.
She tweeted: “No one has any idea what he is truly like. If they had half a clue they’d be horrified.”
Ronaldo, now playing for Juventus in Italy, is alleged to have raped aspiring US model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, nine years ago in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Leaked court papers suggest his legal team agreed to pay £287,000 to stop her pursuing charges and gagged her from speaking out — but did not admit any wrongdoing.
AP:Associated Press Cristiano Ronaldo pictured with rape accuser Kathryn Mayorga[/caption]
EPA Ronaldo, now playing for Juventus in Italy, is alleged to have raped US model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, nine years ago in a Las Vegas hotel room[/caption]
Westminster-born Jasmine, 33, tweeted: “After much thought I am reaching out to Kathryn Mayorga and her legal team to offer my assistance in her rape allegation against @Cristiano.
“I’m not sitting back any longer and watching him lie. I am going to do everything I can to help her. I have messages and recordings that’ll be invaluable to Kathryn and her team in showing his true nature.”
Ronaldo, 33, denies the rape claims.
twitter/jasmine lennard
twitter/jasmine lennard Jasmine reached out on Twitter to Kathryn Mayorga and her legal team to offer my assistance in her rape allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo[/caption]
He took Kathryn and a pal back to his room where, she says, he asked her to get into the suite’s hot tub and offered her some clothes. He then allegedly walked into where she was changing, exposed himself and asked her to perform a sex act.
She refused but says she kissed him on condition he would let her go.
But she claims he then pulled her into a bedroom and raped her. She said he insisted he was a “good guy” except for the “one per cent”.

Rex Features Jasmine Lennard at the Celebrity Big Brother Launch in 2012[/caption]
Getty – Contributor Kathryn Mayorga claims Ronaldo exposed himself and asked her to perform a sex act[/caption]
Jasmine told her Twitter followers Ronaldo was a control freak.
She wrote: “Hundreds of messages I have of him. Stories of sexual conquests that mirror Mayorga’s. In-depth convos where he acknowledges SERIOUS mental health issues.
Splash News Jasmine dated the former Manchester United and Real Madrid ace ten years ago[/caption]
AFP or licensors Jasmine reached out to Kathryn Mayorga’s legal team[/caption]

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“He’s a BULLY and he’s a LIAR. F***ing psychopath.
“No one would believe the things I’m going to share if I didn’t have proof but thankfully — because I’m a smart girl — I have an abundance of it. Game’s up.”

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UFC 232 sensationally moved from Vegas to LA due to Jon Jones’ drugs test

Category : MMA , Sport , UFC

JON JONES’ fight with Alexander Gustafsson and the rest of next week’s UFC 232 has been sensationally switched from California to Las Vegas.
An “abnormality” over a recent drugs test sample from Jones is the reason behind the huge move for the December 30 bash.
fight with Alexander Gustafsson and the rest of next week’s UFC 232 has been sensationally switched from California to Las VegasAP
A trace of turinabol was found in the fighters system, but because Nevada State Athletic Commission doesn’t have enough time to investigate, the whole show has been relocated.
It is the same substance the 31-year-old Jones was handed a 15-month suspension for back in 2017.
He was only cleared to return to the Octagon last week.
Now the pay-per-view will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California after plans to use the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas were axed.
Dana White has come out in defence of Jon Jones after the shock news
The California State Athletic Commission will approve a license for Jones to take on Gustafsson at the last minute.
UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky insists that this isn’t a violation by Jones, explaining that he and USADA have said that the positive test is a “pulsing” effect.
Novitzky said that there was only a “picogram” level of turinabol in Jones’ system.
He said: “A picogram is a one-trillionth of a gram. If you put one grain of salt on the table and split it up into 50 million pieces, a picogram is one of those pieces of that gram of salt.
“These levels have shown up in the single and double digits of picograms – so such a small amount.”

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The NSAC issued a statement to MMAjunkie explaining that Jones’ application for a licence has been allowed to be withdrawn in the state of Nevada so he is clear to fight in California.
The NSAC also said that Jones will go before the board in January.
There statement said: “Today, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Bob Bennett announced that, in consultation with NSAC Commission Chair Anthony Marnell III, unarmed combatant Jon Jones will be allowed to withdraw his pending application for licensure, which was intended to clear him to fight in a major contest in Nevada later this month.
“After extensive analysis of Mr. Jones’ prior 18 months of USADA in- and out-of-competition anti-doping drug testing results, Director Bennett, Chair Marnell and Mr Jones agree that he will appear at an evidentiary hearing in January. This will allow for a measured, thoughtful and comprehensive discussion of his anti-doping testing protocol and results and provide an opportunity for the NSAC to determine the appropriate path forward for him in Nevada. We look forward to this hearing.”

UFC president Dana White, who has been very critical of Jones’ failed drug test past, has taken a different stand this time round as the chief launched a defence of the fighter.
He said: “I haven’t heard anything negative about Jon Jones leading up to this fight – nothing.
“He was willing to jump on a plane yesterday and go take a drug test – like, immediately. If I want to plan a PR for Jon Jones in two months, try pulling that together. It’s tough to get Jon Jones.
“He’s willing to do anything. So, I believe that Jon Jones is clean. He’s in fight shape, and I believe that he’s been doing the right thing.”
White added he would not move the fight just to keep Jones in the event, they would’ve just pulled the fight instead.
He said: “We wouldn’t do it. We’d pull the fight, and the (Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes title fight) would be the main event and the fight would roll. That’s it. We’d roll on. Jones would either go away forever, or – you know how I am – if these guys even doubted that something bad happened here and he was wrong or whatever, the fight’s off. We’d pull the fight.
“Jones didn’t do anything wrong here. All the biggest experts, the smartest people in the world that deal with this are saying that he did not cheat, he didn’t do anything. So how do we not do this fight?”


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BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2018: What time does the event start tonight and who are the nominees?

Category : Explainers , Sport

BRITISH sporting stars are heading to Birmingham to celebrate anther fantastic year of achievement.
From England’s semi-final run in Russia to Lewis Hamilton’s historic fifth F1 world title, both individuals and teams will be celebrated at the glitzy ceremony.
Geraint Thomas proudly displays the Welsh flag after his historic Tour de France triumphPA:Press Association
When are the BBC SPOTY 2018 nominees revealed?
THIS year, nominees for the award will be revealed on the night itself.
With so many potential winners, the decision has been taken to do this to increase the tension for both the athletes and the watching public.
Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “Announcing the much-anticipated shortlist at the start of the show will add even another layer of excitement to what is set to be a thrilling night for everyone.”
Tyson Fury has made a remarkable comeback and is now in line to be nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awardReuters
The ceremony is set to be held at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on Sunday, December 16, starting at 7.30pm.
You can watch events unfold on BBC ONE, whilst SunSport will be running a LIVE BLOG to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
As well as the main award, there will be a number of others presented throughout the evening. These include:

Lifetime Achievement
Team of the Year
Coach of the Year
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BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award
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Man Utd players ordered to train at 4pm on Christmas Day by Jose Mourinho as he risks further unrest

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MANCHESTER United boss Jose Mourinho has upset his players by ordering them to train at 4pm on Christmas Day.
The players were hoping for a day off to celebrate the festive season with their families and loved ones.
The United stars will be put through their paces ahead of the Boxing Day fixturePA:Press Association
But the struggling squad will train on Christmas Day at Carrington before going to Lowry Hotel where they will spend the night and eat together.
A source said: “Under Sir Alex, the players used to train first thing on Christmas Day and then go home and spend time with their family and enjoy a festive dinner.
“But this year there’s not going to be much fun for them.
“They’ll probably have some pasta pre training and then spend Christmas Day evening alone in their rooms at the Lowry.”
Jose Mourinho’s side have a busy run of fixtures during the festive periodPA:Press Association
The United stars will stay at the Lowry Hotel on Christmas DayPA:Press Association
Romelu Lukaku has failed to live up to expectations this seasonPA:Press Association
The manager is understood to be jetting to Portugal on December 23 to spend time with his family in his homeland before returning by private jet on December 25.
In his first season at United, Mourinho wanted to train at Old Trafford on Christmas Day.
But he was told it wasn’t possible due to the amount of support staff which would be required to work, from cleaners to stand-by electricians.
Louis van Gaal – who was replaced by Mourinho as United boss – was regarded as a strict disciplinarian but gave the players Christmas Day off.

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The United stars will have no time to rest on Christmas afternoonGetty Images – Getty
Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini during training ahead of the Valencia clashReuters
United, who are slumped at sixth in the Premier League, will face Huddersfield at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
Mourinho’s men will be up against Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve before their trip to Newcastle just two days later.
But the boss could chose to rest some of his first-team players for the FA Cup clash against Reading on January 5.
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Category : Football , Sport

WOJCIECH Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski have revealed the terrible advice they received from an Arsenal goalkeeper coach.
Gerry Peyton, 62, used embarrassing analysis techniques and he gave the Polish duo bizarre instructions on how to save a penalty.
Wojciech Szczesny has humiliated by the former Gunners coachReuters
While discussing all things Arsenal, the two goalkeepers reminisced about their time with the ex-Arsenal coach.
Up first, Szczesny recalled the time when Peyton gave him some pointless advice on how to deny Eden Hazard from the spot.
The Polish ace said: “Let me give you an example of a thing when you laugh at first, but then you’re like I’m playing for Arsenal, is this for real?
“Before the match with Chelsea I hear: ‘Watch out. When Hazard takes his penalties, he will shoot at the opposite side of where you will dive.’”
Gerry Peyton, left, was Arsenal’s goalkeeper coach for 15 yearsGetty – Contributor
Fabianski also received some words of wisdom from the ex-Ireland international about how to be a penalty shootout hero.
He said: “When mentioning penalty analysis, he used to say ‘listen, he shoots that side or that side, but best go with your feeling’.
“So, he shoots here and there, but do whatever you want more or less”
The two goalkeepers had their first ever video debriefing with Peyton, but it left Szczesny a little red-faced.

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Speaking about the incident, Szczesny said: “Not knowing what it’ll be about, we are thinking right?
“And it’s a 4-5 minute video of goals that I let past me, but could have done better.”
Szczesny would have wanted to put the mistakes behind him, but instead he had all of the Arsenal goalkeeper’s watching them with him.
Fabianski added: “They were only Szczesny’s, but there was us and Vito [Mannone] and Emi [Emiliano Martinez], maybe?”
Wojciech Szczesny spent eight years with the GunnersPA:Press Association
The embarrassed goalkeeper added: “So, we’re watching, but we’re don’t know what is going on. It’s just showing errors, he [Garry Peyton] is not explaining anything.
“So the video ends and Garry said ‘see you’re not perfect’ and that was it. We are all looking at each other like ‘help’.”
When Szczesny was loaned out to Roma, he claimed that he learned more in four months with manager Luciano Spalletti than he did in 10 years with the Gunners.
Peyton spent 15 years as a goalkeeper coach for Arsenal, but this came to an end in May 2018.
The two goalkeepers reminisced about their time with Garry PeytonNews Group Newspapers Ltd

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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