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Clipper Race 2013-14: GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks en route to Den Helder from Derry~Londonderry

11 July 2014 13:56:18 Sport

GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks finds life in Derry~Londonderry a hoot, but back on the boat it's the end of an affair

Vice All News Time11 July 2014 13:56:18


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Clipper Race 2013-14: GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks en route to Londonderry

04 July 2014 13:42:40 Sport

GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks struggles with life at sea in race 14, from New York to Londonderry

Vice All News Time04 July 2014 13:42:40


Clipper Race 2013-14: GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks en route to Jamaica

09 June 2014 17:11:17 Sport

Rivals Henri Lloyd pip GREAT Britain in the Caribbean but for Nikki Banks it's celebration time anyway

Vice All News Time09 June 2014 17:11:17


Clipper Race 2013-14: GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks en route to Panama

09 June 2014 13:50:59 Sport

GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks talks about breaking the scoring gate curse and also collecting a team mascot: Boris the dirty bird

Vice Sport Time09 June 2014 13:50:59


Man City: Player ratings for the 2013-14 champions

11 May 2014 19:17:50 Football - Fixtures, results, news, match reports, comment

Manchester City have called on 21 players in their title-winning 2013-14 campaign. This is how they fared.

Vice All News Time11 May 2014 19:17:50


Man City: Player ratings for the 2013-14 champions

11 May 2014 18:53:36 Sport

Manchester City have called on 21 players in their title-winning 2013-14 campaign. This is how they fared.

Vice All News Time11 May 2014 18:53:36


Clipper Race 2013-14: GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks en route to San Francisco

23 April 2014 15:48:46 Sport

GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks spends 17 long days and nights mending sails from Qingdao to San Francisco

Vice Sport Time23 April 2014 15:48:46


When is the 2013/14 Champions League draw?

19 March 2014 20:02:33 Sport

Jose Mourinho ensured one English club will feature in Friday's draw which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland at 11.00GMT        

Vice All News Time19 March 2014 20:02:33


When is the 2013/14 Champions League draw?

19 March 2014 11:44:42 Football - Fixtures, results, news, match reports, comment

Jose Mourinho ensured one English club will feature in Friday's draw which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland at 11.00GMT        

Vice All News Time19 March 2014 11:44:42


Clipper Race 2013-14: GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks en route to Qingdao

28 February 2014 16:16:10 Sport

GREAT Britain's Nikki Banks suffers injury on the trip from Singapore to Qingdao        

Vice Sport Time28 February 2014 16:16:10


Clipper Race 2013-14: GREAT Britain battling the wind and Derry~Londonderry~Doire en route to Singapore

27 January 2014 20:49:55 Sport

King Neptune's visit to the Pollywogs must wait as strong winds continue to disrupt the teams' progress across the Equator        

Vice Sport Time27 January 2014 20:49:55


The Ashes 2013-14: One brutal Mitchell Johnson over sums up his excellence and England's inadequacy

07 December 2013 23:13:08 Sport

Overwhelmed tourists simply have no answer to the questions posed by rejuvenated Mitchell Johnson, writes Simon Hughes.        

Vice Sport Time07 December 2013 23:13:08


Premier League 2013-14 fixtures: the complete list

19 June 2013 11:06:41 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• All the fixtures for the 2013-14 Premier League season • Moyes to make Old Trafford bow against Chelsea • Manchester City v Liverpool the Boxing Day pick Click on a header to sort the table. Premier League guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time19 June 2013 11:06:41


Premier League 2013-14 fixtures: the complete list

19 June 2013 11:05:15 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

• All the fixtures for the 2013-14 Premier League season • Moyes to make Old Trafford bow against Chelsea • Manchester City v Liverpool the Boxing Day pick Click on a header to sort the table. Premier League guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time19 June 2013 11:05:15


Football fixtures 2013-14 announced

19 June 2013 10:42:51 BBC News - UK

New Man Utd boss David Moyes faces a trip to Swansea as the 2013-14 Premier League fixtures are announced.

Vice All News Time19 June 2013 10:42:51


Celtic fixtures 2013/14 and Scottish Premier League fixtures

19 June 2013 10:27:02 Football | Mail Online

Scottish champions Celtic start their title defence against Ross County. See all the fixtures for the 2013/14 SPL season here....

Vice Football Time19 June 2013 10:27:02


League Two fixtures 2013/14

19 June 2013 10:27:02 Football | Mail Online

Portsmouth begin life in League Two at home to Oxford United as newly-promoted Newport County get started against Accrington. Find out the rest of the 2013-14 fixtures here...

Vice Football Time19 June 2013 10:27:02


Celtic fixtures 2013/14 and Scottish Premier League fixtures

19 June 2013 10:20:07 Sport | Mail Online

Scottish champions Celtic start their title defence against Ross County. See all the fixtures for the 2013/14 SPL season here....

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:20:07


League Two fixtures 2013/14

19 June 2013 10:20:07 Sport | Mail Online

Portsmouth begin life in League Two at home to Oxford United as newly-promoted Newport County get started against Accrington. Find out the rest of the 2013-14 fixtures here...

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:20:07


League One fixtures 2013/14

19 June 2013 10:20:07 Sport | Mail Online

Wolves face Preston first up as new boys Gillingham take on Colchester on the opening day of the new League One season. Find out the rest of the fixtures here...

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:20:07


Everton Premier League fixtures 2013-14: Toffees start with Norwich away

19 June 2013 10:15:39 mirror - Sport

Find out who Roberto Martinez faces in his first season as Everton boss in the 2013-14 Premier League season

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:15:39


Premier League fixtures 2013/14

19 June 2013 10:09:23 Sport | Mail Online

David Moyes' first home game as the new Manchester United manager will be against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. Find out all the fixtures for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season here.

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:09:23


Champions League 2013-14: the year fussball came home

29 May 2013 16:10:28 Football - Fixtures, results, news, match reports, comment

Telegraph Sport experts choose their favourite moments from a Champions League dominated by the pride of Germany.        

Vice Football Time29 May 2013 16:10:28


Champions League 2013-14: the year fussball came home

29 May 2013 16:10:00 Sport

Telegraph Sport experts choose their favourite moments from a Champions League dominated by the pride of Germany.        

Vice Sport Time29 May 2013 16:10:00


Bayern and Dortmund in 'perfect final'

25 May 2013 12:09:21 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

German champions have lost four of their last five European Cup finals but head to Wembley believing they are the complete side There was a moment, as Thomas Müller sat on the top table at Wembley and looked far too relaxed for a man about to play one of the biggest games of his life, when the expression on his face conveyed the bemusement you might expect if he had just been asked to announce his pin number in the middle of a press conference. In fact, he had just been asked whether Bayern Munich had any weaknesses. "Weaknesses?" Müller replied. "Maybe that is a question for Dortmund. I don't think we have any weaknesses at all." Then he thought about it a little longer. He picked out the game at Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend and he acknowledged that maybe they were not flawless, after all. Bayern, he pointed out, had conceded three goals in that game. What he did not mention was that Jupp Heynckes's team, true to form, had scored four of their own. That was the 15th time Bayern have managed four or more goals this season. The 14th was against Barcelona when they made Lionel Messi look ordinary , prompting El Mundo to mark their appearance in another final, their third in four years, with the headline "Gran Bayern". If there are weaknesses, they are devilishly hard to find. "We are an extraordinary team," Heynckes said, matter-of-factly. "We have been the best side in 50 years of the Bundesliga and, along the way, we have broken just about every record." Twenty of them, to be precise. They will certainly be formidable opponents if the Borussia Dortmund story is to get a Hollywood ending. From bucket-collection skint to a Champions League final, Jürgen Klopp likened Dortmund's journey to climbing Mount Everest. Yet he also made the point that not every story has a happy ending. "People have climbed Mount Everest before and had to turn around 10 metres from the top, but at least they've tried. And we've tried too." Dortmund will be facing a side, to put it into context, that finished 25 points above them in the Bundesliga. Bayern won the title with six games to spare and ended up with 91 points over 34 matches. They scored nine in one match, went four months without conceding an away goal and their goal difference eventually settled at plus 80. Their points total is 10 more than the previous record, set by Dortmund last season , and two more than Manchester United managed in 38 Premier League games. Yet Dortmund's underdog status should not be overplayed when, to quote Arsène Wenger, they are "rolling onwards like a steamroller." These are not starry-eyed innocents who might suddenly be consumed by anxiety. There is a fearlessness about them that neutrals can only find endearing. Klopp, more than anyone, symbolises it. "It's more than a win-win situation. It's a win-win-win-win situation. If I were looking at it from the outside, I would say: 'Incredible!' But I'm in the middle of it and I don't have time to reflect." He did, however, have time to reflect on the day he became so animated on the touchline he pulled a muscle. His conclusion: he would try to calm down a little next season. The last time his team played Bayern, he became embroiled in a jarring exchange of views on the touchline with the opposition sporting director, Matthias Sammer, and the arguments spilled over into the media. Perhaps this was why Heynckes began his press conference by saying he hoped for a "peaceful" match. Relations have hardly been helped by the Mario Götze transfer and the growing sense that Robert Lewandowski will be joining him in Munich later in the summer. For Dortmund, the sad reality is that a team of brilliant potential and spirit might soon be broken up – or, at least, find their momentum stalled – whatever happens at Wembley. Losing this final threatens to accelerate the process – but, crucially, they do know they can beat Bayern. Their Bundesliga encounters this season were drawn but Dortmund had a couple of 1-0 wins en route to the title a year ago. A 5-2 trouncing in the German Cup final last season – "the most extraordinary performance I have ever seen from a football team," Klopp called it – should also be relatively fresh in the memory. On the flipside, Bayern eliminated Dortmund on the run that will see them play Stuttgart in the German Cup final next weekend. Heynckes, retiring after 34 years as a coach, talked about this being the most complete Bayern team he had ever seen. It was a side, he said, that had no weaknesses and he used the example of Franck Ribéry to make his point. "When I arrived, Franck Ribéry played football just one way – always attacking. He is a world-class player, an excellent provider and a great finisher. But he has learned over the past two years that in football you also need to do defensive work. That's why we have conceded so few goals this season." The same applies to Arjen Robben on the other wing. More than that, Heynckes can cite "Ribéry, Mario Gomez, [Mario] Mandzukic, Müller, [Xherdan] Shaqiri …they have all learned to defend." A lot of people have questioned the fact Bayern come into this match after losing four of their last five Champions League finals and suggested that somehow it might hold them back. On the contrary, everything about Bayern's buildup has offered the sense they regard it as a form of motivation. They seem affronted by the fact they have won the European Cup only once since that run of three successive triumphs in the mid-1970s. Losing to Chelsea on penalties last season? That, according to Heynckes, has been the driving force this time around. "That was our starting point," he said. "From the first day, you could tell everyone was determined to change things. We improved a few things, we changed a few things. We have been playing fantastic football. And if we can draw on that, we are going to win the match." His players certainly give the sense of being remarkably relaxed. Müller described it at one point as a "quite normal" match. Philipp Lahm, the captain, was asked for some insight into the day and made it sound like little more than just another run-out on the training ground. "Wake up, breakfast, siesta, coffee and cake, play football and hopefully celebrate." Just for good measure, Bayern have already booked their party venue, with a 5am licence. Dortmund have their own party booked. The difference, perhaps, is that, whatever the result, Klopp leaves the sense he will be last off the dancefloor anyway. "It's the perfect final, against the perfect opponent, at the perfect stadium. If I die now, it was not so bad." Champions League Bayern Munich

Vice All News Time25 May 2013 12:09:21


Bayern dare not think of surrendering Champions League to Dortmund

25 May 2013 12:09:18 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

German champions have lost four of their last five European Cup finals but head to Wembley believing they are the complete side There was a moment, as Thomas Müller sat on the top table at Wembley and looked far too relaxed for a man about to play one of the biggest games of his life, when the expression on his face conveyed the bemusement you might expect if he had just been asked to announce his pin number in the middle of a press conference. In fact, he had just been asked whether Bayern Munich had any weaknesses. "Weaknesses?" Müller replied. "Maybe that is a question for Dortmund. I don't think we have any weaknesses at all." Then he thought about it a little longer. He picked out the game at Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend and he acknowledged that maybe they were not flawless, after all. Bayern, he pointed out, had conceded three goals in that game. What he did not mention was that Jupp Heynckes's team, true to form, had scored four of their own. That was the 15th time Bayern have managed four or more goals this season. The 14th was against Barcelona when they made Lionel Messi look ordinary , prompting El Mundo to mark their appearance in another final, their third in four years, with the headline "Gran Bayern". If there are weaknesses, they are devilishly hard to find. "We are an extraordinary team," Heynckes said, matter-of-factly. "We have been the best side in 50 years of the Bundesliga and, along the way, we have broken just about every record." Twenty of them, to be precise. They will certainly be formidable opponents if the Borussia Dortmund story is to get a Hollywood ending. From bucket-collection skint to a Champions League final, Jürgen Klopp likened Dortmund's journey to climbing Mount Everest. Yet he also made the point that not every story has a happy ending. "People have climbed Mount Everest before and had to turn around 10 metres from the top, but at least they've tried. And we've tried too." Dortmund will be facing a side, to put it into context, that finished 25 points above them in the Bundesliga. Bayern won the title with six games to spare and ended up with 91 points over 34 matches. They scored nine in one match, went four months without conceding an away goal and their goal difference eventually settled at plus 80. Their points total is 10 more than the previous record, set by Dortmund last season , and two more than Manchester United managed in 38 Premier League games. Yet Dortmund's underdog status should not be overplayed when, to quote Arsène Wenger, they are "rolling onwards like a steamroller." These are not starry-eyed innocents who might suddenly be consumed by anxiety. There is a fearlessness about them that neutrals can only find endearing. Klopp, more than anyone, symbolises it. "It's more than a win-win situation. It's a win-win-win-win situation. If I were looking at it from the outside, I would say: 'Incredible!' But I'm in the middle of it and I don't have time to reflect." He did, however, have time to reflect on the day he became so animated on the touchline he pulled a muscle. His conclusion: he would try to calm down a little next season. The last time his team played Bayern, he became embroiled in a jarring exchange of views on the touchline with the opposition sporting director, Matthias Sammer, and the arguments spilled over into the media. Perhaps this was why Heynckes began his press conference by saying he hoped for a "peaceful" match. Relations have hardly been helped by the Mario Götze transfer and the growing sense that Robert Lewandowski will be joining him in Munich later in the summer. For Dortmund, the sad reality is that a team of brilliant potential and spirit might soon be broken up – or, at least, find their momentum stalled – whatever happens at Wembley. Losing this final threatens to accelerate the process – but, crucially, they do know they can beat Bayern. Their Bundesliga encounters this season were drawn but Dortmund had a couple of 1-0 wins en route to the title a year ago. A 5-2 trouncing in the German Cup final last season – "the most extraordinary performance I have ever seen from a football team," Klopp called it – should also be relatively fresh in the memory. On the flipside, Bayern eliminated Dortmund on the run that will see them play Stuttgart in the German Cup final next weekend. Heynckes, retiring after 34 years as a coach, talked about this being the most complete Bayern team he had ever seen. It was a side, he said, that had no weaknesses and he used the example of Franck Ribéry to make his point. "When I arrived, Franck Ribéry played football just one way – always attacking. He is a world-class player, an excellent provider and a great finisher. But he has learned over the past two years that in football you also need to do defensive work. That's why we have conceded so few goals this season." The same applies to Arjen Robben on the other wing. More than that, Heynckes can cite "Ribéry, Mario Gomez, [Mario] Mandzukic, Müller, [Xherdan] Shaqiri …they have all learned to defend." A lot of people have questioned the fact Bayern come into this match after losing four of their last five Champions League finals and suggested that somehow it might hold them back. On the contrary, everything about Bayern's buildup has offered the sense they regard it as a form of motivation. They seem affronted by the fact they have won the European Cup only once since that run of three successive triumphs in the mid-1970s. Losing to Chelsea on penalties last season? That, according to Heynckes, has been the driving force this time around. "That was our starting point," he said. "From the first day, you could tell everyone was determined to change things. We improved a few things, we changed a few things. We have been playing fantastic football. And if we can draw on that, we are going to win the match." His players certainly give the sense of being remarkably relaxed. Müller described it at one point as a "quite normal" match. Philipp Lahm, the captain, was asked for some insight into the day and made it sound like little more than just another run-out on the training ground. "Wake up, breakfast, siesta, coffee and cake, play football and hopefully celebrate." Just for good measure, Bayern have already booked their party venue, with a 5am licence. Dortmund have their own party booked. The difference, perhaps, is that, whatever the result, Klopp leaves the sense he will be last off the dancefloor anyway. "It's the perfect final, against the perfect opponent, at the perfect stadium. If I die now, it was not so bad." Champions League Bayern Munich

Vice All News Time25 May 2013 12:09:18


Champions League final 2013: Michel Platini presents Prince William with ball ahead of Wembey showdown

25 May 2013 12:08:45 Sport | Mail Online

The Duke of Cambridge said London’s staging of the Champions League final would inspire a generation through its 'excellence' as he welcomed delegates to UEFA's 37th annual congress.

Vice Sport Time25 May 2013 12:08:45


Champions League final 2013: Michel Platini presents Prince William with ball ahead of Wembey showdown

25 May 2013 12:08:20 Football | Mail Online

The Duke of Cambridge said London’s staging of the Champions League final would inspire a generation through its 'excellence' as he welcomed delegates to UEFA's 37th annual congress.

Vice Football Time25 May 2013 12:08:20


Dan Excel wins Champions Mile for trainer John Moore | Paul Haigh

05 May 2013 12:24:48 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• South African Weichong Marwing rides to victory • British challenger Penitent finishes seventh There are good Group races in Hong Kong and outstanding ones. But it would be stretching the truth to claim that Sunday's Champions Mile at Sha Tin is doing much more at present than cling tenaciously to its International G1 status. Its grandiloquent title may suggest otherwise. But shorn of its sponsor, BMW; shorn of the presence of local champion Ambitious Dragon, who has retired for the season after clipping heels in last week's Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Stakes; and shorn of almost any sense of occasion by an uncharacteristically low-key presentation by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Champions Mile promised little, and delivered. This will hardly depress John Moore, who maintained his stupendous record in home G1s by taking the race for the third time in succession and the fifth in all. Nor will there be any complaint from the veteran South African Weichong Marwing, who drove the winner to a neck victory. But it does nothing much for the event's now surely precarious status that the victor was the consistently frame making Dan Excel, a son of Shamardal who had previously won just once in 15 Hong Kong outings. On a day when nothing was coming from very far off the pace, the winner chased the front running 70/1 shot Helene Spirit, and it was only in the last half furlong that he began to wear down the game outsider. Short-priced favourite Glorious Days made a mid-straight bid before wilting inside the final furlong, and second favourite Packing Whiz kept on only well enough to snatch third. Even in such a moderate field, the British challenger Penitent, a first overseas runner for trainer David O'Meara ridden by Danny Tudhope, never looked likely to take any hand and finished seventh of the nine runners. He beat home only Pure Champion, who once raced for Ballydoyle as Steinbeck, and ten-time New Zealand G1 winner King Mufhasa, whose performance can be excused as he was found to have blood in his trachea and be lame behind. Say what you like about the 2013 Champions Mile, and no doubt a few will, but do not make the mistake of thinking that it contained any champions, or that it produced one. The Far Eastern spring circuit moves on in two weeks time to Singapore, where the clash between the seemingly omni-competent Red Cadeaux and APQEII winner Military Attack promises far more excitement than today's lacklustre event was able to provide. Horse racing Paul Haigh guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time05 May 2013 12:24:48