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Ban appeal for Henson.

Rugby union: The Ospreys have appealed against the ban handed to Wales centre Gavin Henson for his use of an elbow against Leicester prop Alex Moreno last month. Henson struck Moreno in the 17-15 Heineken Cup defeat at Liberty Stadium, leaving the Tigers prop with a broken nose. A hearing suspended the Grand Slam winner for 10 weeks and two days but he escaped punishment for also aiming a kick at Moreno during the same match. The ban effectively ended Henson's hopes of playing in the Six Nations as it rules him out until the final games of the tournament and is then unlikely to be match-fit.

Gayle recovery

CRICKET: West Indies opener Chris Gayle is recovering well from minor heart surgery. The 26-year-old left-hander, who opted to undergo surgery during their recent tour of Australia, admits he is anxious to be back in the fray. "I have been struggling with this heart condition for a while. The operation went well and the doctors were optimistic," he said.

We've got Hew

ICE HOCKEY: Sheffield Steelers player-coach Dennis Maxwell has signed British forward Jason Hewitt. The 22-year-old recently joined Elite League rivals Basingstoke Bison on trial after London Racers' demise but has now been reunited with former boss Maxwell.

Lomu outrage

RUGBY UNION: Llanelli Scarlets have pledged to slap a life ban on the fan who clashed with Jonah Lomu at Stradey Park. The All Blacks legend was verbally abused by a home supporter, who threw the ball away from the wing during Cardiff Blues' 32-13 Celtic League defeat. Scarlets chief executive Stuart Gallacher said he was "disgusted".

Stars to race

ATHLETICS: World record-holders Kenenisa Bekele and Saif Saaeed Shaheen will clash in the Visit Scotland Great Edinburgh Cross Country race on January 14. The distance specialists, who retained their respective world 10,000 and 3,000-metres steeplechase crowns last summer, are two of the top names set for Holyrood Park.

Marcus warning

MOTORSPORT: Marcus Gronholm is confident his new Ford team can break Sebastien Loeb's stranglehold on the world rally championship. Loeb won his second consecutive title in record-breaking fashion last year but it has not deterred two-time world champion Gronholm. He said: "We are expecting a lot."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2006
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