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  • Henderson channels Gerrard for club and country
    Henderson channels Gerrard for club and country

    Liverpool's England midfielder Jordan Henderson believes "there will never be another Steven Gerrard", but he is determined to ensure that his club-mate's legacy lives on through his own performances. Gerrard retired from international duty last year and will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, with Henderson, 24, the leading candidate to succeed him as captain at Anfield. The former Sunderland midfielder is now a central figure for both club and country, and while he is dismissive of suggestions he is being groomed as Gerrard's replacement, he cites the 34-year-old as a major influence. "I've learnt a lot from Stevie," Henderson told journalists during a briefing earlier this week.

  • Woman behind NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling's downfall denies they had romance

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman whose recording of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks that cost him his NBA franchise testified in court on Thursday that she loved him but insisted again that they never had a romantic relationship. V. Stiviano, 32, described herself instead as a onetime confidante, personal assistant and platonic companion of the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul, who she said chose to give her large sums of money and expensive gifts as gestures of his love and appreciation. Stiviano was called to the witness stand in Los Angeles Superior Court on the second day of the non-jury trial of a lawsuit brought by Sterling's wife, Shelly, seeking the return of more than $3.6 million in joint marital assets she claims her husband was swindled into furnishing Stiviano without her permission. A forensic accountant called as an expert witness by the plaintiffs testified that gifts from Donald Sterling to Stiviano included a $1.8 million duplex in Los Angeles, $1.2 million in cash payments and several luxury cars.

  • Tearful swimmer Park Tae-Hwan apologises for failed dope test
    Tearful swimmer Park Tae-Hwan apologises for failed dope test

    Disgraced South Korean swim star Park Tae-Hwan made an emotional public apology over his failed doping test on Friday, fighting back tears and begging to be forgiven. "I sincerely apologise ... It's all my fault," Park said in his first press conference since being slapped with an 18-month suspension by world swimming body FINA. Known affectionately as "Marine Boy" in South Korea, where he is something of a national icon, Park tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid at an out-of-competition control before the Asian Games on September 3 last year.

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