Confirmed: Isa Nacewa WILL be back playing with Leinster next season

Isa Nacewa is on his way back to Leinster

Isa Nacewa is on his way back to Leinster

Tremendous news for Leinster rugby fans this morning as one of the province’s icons, Isa Nacewa, is on his way back to play for them next season.

The 32-year-old last togged out for the province in their 2012-13 PRO 12 final and the return of a player of his class and experience is a huge boost to Leinster next season.

Matt O'Connor said on the Leinster website this morning: 

"Isa will have an opportunity to speak for himself in due course but as soon as we became aware that he was keen on a return it was something that we have worked hard to get over the line.

"We mentioned a few weeks back how our resources will be tested during the World Cup window and to be able to bring in a top quality player who we know will contribute massively to the environment when the more experienced lads are away, is huge for us. When those guys are back, he'll drive it even more. To have Isa return on the back of the news that Johnny is also coming back and Mick Kearney signing, it's been a huge few weeks for us as we look to build for next season."

Nacewa has been involved with Auckland in a coaching capacity of late but he will only be working for Leinster in a playing capacity.

"Obviously, I'm very excited to be going back to Leinster," Nacewa said on the site. "I spent five brilliant seasons there both on and off the pitch and while the decision to leave was right at the time, I also feel now that at 32 years I've still got something to give. If I didn't grab this opportunity, there will always be a sense of 'what if'.

"I am very grateful to John Kirwan and everyone at the Blues for the opportunity of working with them over the last two seasons. It's not a decision Simone and I came to lightly, but we can't wait to get back there and see what comes of it.

"I've had a number of chats with Matt obviously around my role but ultimately I just can't wait to get back onto the pitch, training and playing and of course running out at a full RDS."

Nacewa won three European Cups with the province in his first stint so Leinster fans will be hoping he can bring that sort of glory day back to the RDS.

UFC champion Jon Jones stripped of title and suspended indefinitely

UFC superstar Jon Jones has been suspended

UFC superstar Jon Jones has been suspended

Jon Jones, arguably the best known fighter in the UFC, has been stripped of his light heavyweight title and suspended indefinitely after he was arrested in connection with an alleged hit and run incident.

The news was announced on TV last night by UFC head honcho Dana White after days of speculation about Jones' future in the sport.

The promotion then released this statement:

“UFC announced that it has suspended Jon Jones indefinitely and stripped him of the light heavyweight title as a result of violations of the organization’s Athlete Code of Conduct Policy. Jones was recently arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury. As a result of the charge and other violations of the Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, the organization believes it is best to allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters.

“UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon. While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.

“With this decision, UFC has determined that No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson will now fight No. 3 contender Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas.”

This is not the first bit of bother Jones has gotten into this year. In January it was announced that he had failed a drug test after traces of cocaine were found in his system. That resulted in a one-night spell in rehab and he went on to say that he was not an addict and was 'just caught with his pants down'.

At the scene of the incident in Albuquerque, in which the injured party was a pregnant woman, Jones' car was found to have a pipe with marijuana in it.

This latest trouble is far more serious than his first drug issue and it looks like it could spell the end of his career in the UFC, at least for the foreseeable future.

If so, it would be a remarkable fall from grace for the man they call Bones.

On the UFC site he is still rated as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the promotion and his record of 22 fights and one loss (a disqualification in 2009) is right up there with the best that ever fought in MMA.

At 27, there is still time for Jones to clean up his act and return to the peak of the sport but for now Jones needs to focus on other matters before he can even think about fighting again. If found guilty, the maximum penalty for this offence in New Mexico is three years in jail.

UPDATE: 14.24:

There's more bad news for Jones

BREAKING: Reebok has terminated the contract of UFC fighter Jon Jones effective immediately.

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 29, 2015

AP McCoy bows out with no wins but loads of respect

AP McCoy with his 20th, and final, Champion Jockey Trophy at Sandown

AP McCoy with his 20th, and final, Champion Jockey Trophy at Sandown

The greatest jump jockey of all time, AP McCoy retired from the sport today with two third place finishes in Sandown.

Tony McCoy finished third aboard Box Office on the final ride of his career in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle at Sandown. Despite the best efforts of the jockey the win was never really on the cards for the heavily backed favourite.

The crowds cheered McCoy from the moment he entered the paddock to mount the 5-2 favourite, applauding him the past the stands on the way to the start of the two-and-a-half-mile heat.

Another shout of approval heralded the start, with McCoy settling Box Office towards the rear in the early stages before he started to manoeuvre across the track as the race began in earnest.

However, despite travelling well three flights from home, the Jonjo O'Neill-trained runner found little under pressure and had to settle for a place behind Brother Tedd (9-1).

A tearful McCoy said: "It's amazing. I've been so lucky all my life. I'll never forget this day."

"It's been a very emotional day and thanks to everyone for coming," he said.

"It's fantastic, it's very special.

"I would like to thank all the racing public for coming here.

"It's a day I'll never forget."

Jonjo O'Neill joked: "The way he rode that, he'll never ride for me again!

"He's the greatest man in the game. He's good to work with, a true professional .

"What I can say does not justify how great he is.

"We will not see the like of him again."

Earlier in the day, McCoy had to settle for third aboard Mr Mole in the bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase, the penultimate ride of his illustrious career.

McCoy raced prominently on the Paul Nicholls-trained runner but the writing was on the wall as he began to push along at the third-last fence as eventual winner Special Tiara kicked for home.

While Mr Mole kept on at the one pace, McCoy could not reel back the 3-1 favourite, who ran out a six-length winner.

Former champion two-mile chaser Sprinter Sacre returned to something like his old self in second, with McCoy edged out for third place.

McCoy was given a thunderous reception upon his return from the track with Mr Mole and said: "This is all way beyond my expectations.

"I've had a great way of life for the last 25 years, and working with great people has made it that much more enjoyable."