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Lloyd Sam steps up fitness by completing full 90 against Rovers

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By Rob Cornell New signing Lloyd Sam completed the full 90 minutes for an AFC Wimbledon development side against Bristol Rovers today. The experienced winger's crossing and set-piece delivery looked more than useful in a 1-1 draw that consolidated top spot in the Central League for Alan Reeves' side. Striker Richard Pingling scored from the penalty spot to level the scores in a match played at Yate Town. Wimbledon were just unable to plunder all three points against a Rovers team reduced to 10 men in the 47th minute due to Alfie Kilgour's red card. In an eventful second-half, an outfield player was forced to take over in goal for Rovers after keeper Thom Jonkerman's injury. Nik Tzanev returned in goal, back from international duty with New Zealand after being an unused substitute for the defeat in Spain against Canada. Paul Kalambayi, on loan to Tonbridge Angels, took the captain's arm band. Chris Hargreaves' Rovers...

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The Bordeaux Report

As En Primeur begins, we look at how Bordeaux is maintaining its grip on the wine world. By Tom Hyland and Wine-Searcher Staff | Posted Friday, 23-Mar-2018  Bordeaux isn't getting any more affordable, nor is it likely to; but there are some bargains to be had by canny collectors, according to the people who make it and those who sell it. As Bordeaux prepares for the En Primeur season, it's a good time to take stock of where this pre-eminent region sits in relation to the wine industry and the future. Our contributor Tom Hyland interviewed some of the region's top producers, while Wine-Searcher staff spoke to merchants around the world to get a feel for how both sides see Bordeaux's prospects. At a tasting in Chicago, representatives from more than 90 different Bordeaux estates poured their wines – white, red and sweet – from the 2015 vintage. The tasting featured producers of the...

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Champagne Exports Hit Record Heights

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Life's a gas for bubbly producers as thirsty international markets drive sales through the roof. By Caroline Henry | Posted Wednesday, 21-Mar-2018 Champagne exports hit a new record last year, with new markets making up for a disappointing result in one of the region's traditional strongholds. Poor sales in the UK were attributed to a post-Brexit tightening of household purse strings and a devalued currency, but Asia helped producers forget about the gloomy British picture. The record value figure was carried by the increasing export sales – which are now just shy of 50 percent of the total production, with 153.5m bottles sold totaling €2.8bn, or 57.4 percent of the total sales value. In concrete terms this means export sales increased by 5.4m bottles compared to 2016. The French market share decreased slightly in volume (from 158m bottles to 153.8m bottles) but the sales value remained stable at €2.1bn. Over the weekend, the Comité Champagne...

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Fraud Squad Finds Château-not-du-Pape

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Investigators put some numbers to a wine scam that put cheap wines into Rhône bottles. By Don Kavanagh | Posted Monday, 19-Mar-2018 French authorities have put numbers on a massive fraud uncovered last year, with an estimated 66.5 million bottles of inferior wine being sold off as Côtes du Rhône, with some even labelled as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. French consumer fraud investigators brought the CEO of bulk wine company Raphaël Michel to court in August 2017. Guillaume Ryckwaert was released on a €1 million ($1.2m) bond and his lawyer claimed jealous rivals were trying to discredit him. The allegations against Ryckwaert and the company claimed that cheap table wine from outside the Rhône had been knowingly mislabelled and sold into the trade. According to a report in the English-language French website thelocal.fr, France's consumer fraud body, the Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF) revealed last week that almost...

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Today at 4 pm: Duo aim to push Dons towards Premier League in Football Manager

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A treat this afternoon for fans of iconic computer game We’re all looking forward to the day when the Dons are back in the top-flight, but our friends at Sports Interactive are hoping to take us there first on their world-famous game, Football Manager. Curtis Morton and Tom Davidson, hosts of the studio’s YouTube series The FM Show, are stepping into Neal Ardley’s shoes and attempting to lead the club into the promised land! They’ll also be broadcasting the whole thing live on Twitch. After an opening episode that featured a dramatic 3-2 victory over Norwich in the Carabao Cup and an unbeaten start in League One everything is finely poised ahead of today’s second live stream, so what better time to tune in and lend your support to the boys? Today’s episode kicks off at 4.00 pm. Click on Wombling Free to to be redirected to the Twitch live stream. More episodes will follow every two weeks....

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AFC Wimbledon aim to move into new Plough Lane stadium for 2019-20 season

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AFC Wimbledon aim to have their new stadium at Plough Lane ready for the beginning of the 2019-20 season. The Dons have set a move-in date after demolition work began at the site to clear Wimbledon's greyhound stadium. The League One club, which has played at Kingsmeadow since 2002, will build a 9,000-10,000 capacity stadium, which could later be expanded to hold 20,000. "The time it will take is variable," AFC Wimbledon chief executive Eric Samuelson told BBC Radio London. "It will take what it takes because there's asbestos in the roof [of the greyhound stadium] and it'll slow things down, but we expect we'll start building in the autumn. "The question of how soon we can open depends on how quickly our contractors can get on site. "It's not our land until it's cleared to the satisfaction of Merton Council. We'll then get a patch of land to build a stadium on." AFC Wimbledon have played...

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Cheer on the Dons in pursuit of vital points against Oxford

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Following a rare weekend without a game, the Dons are back in match action on Saturday – and tickets are available to show your support for Neal Ardley's men. In an interview on our website yesterday, long-serving Wimbledon defender Jon Meades talked about players, supporters, and staff working together to stay up this season, and every point is crucial now with just 11 games to go. On Saturday, the Dons renew rivalries with Oxford United, a club with just four points more in League One. Last season, Wimbledon did the double over the men from the Kassam Stadium, finally ending that Oxford hoodoo! A similar performance would be very much welcome this Saturday and you can get your ticket now to cheer on the Dons. Tickets are available for the RyGas terrace and the Chemflow End by booking from our online ticket shop. Alternatively, you can buy in person from the club office...

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Video: A unique feature on AFC Wimbledon’s remarkable story

Take a look at a short film by international broadcasters about your club.                 Sports broadcasters DAZN spent time with AFC Wimbledon recently to produce a short film on the club and it's well worth seven minutes of your time! The mini-documentary about the rise of the club wasn't previously available to viewers in this country, so we're very grateful to the video-on-demand and streaming sports service for releasing the content for an exclusive look to viewers in the UK. You may even catch a glimpse of yourself in this fascinating snapshot of the Dons, with cameras taking in a typical match day around The Cherry Red Records Stadium. The feature includes interviews with Erik Samuelson, Barry Fuller and Harry Forrester. DAZN also talked to Mat Haylock, Kevin Rye and Rob Cornell. We would like to thank Marco Gundel and Martin Hanebeck from DAZN for their help in making the video available to AFC Wimbledon supporters. Click on the link below to...

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Why Bother Rating the First Growths?

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By Oliver Styles | Posted Monday, 05-Mar-2018 Even vintage variation can't sway critics from giving surprisingly consistent scores for big-name wines. If you find yourself regularly watching downhill skiing on the television you will, after a few races, understand that you are only watching it for two reasons. Firstly, like most sports, you want to see your country – or your hero – win. Secondly, and quite disturbingly, will come the inescapable realisation that you're waiting for someone to crash. Watching jumpsuit-clad men and women hurtle down a slope registering times that are only tenths and hundredths of a second apart, with no major errors on the way down, is athletically marvellous but, unfortunately, reasonably dull. Watching one or more of them lose an edge on a turn, or get their balance wrong on a jump, is exciting. It's exciting for the wrong reasons – like I imagine watching a gladiator fight would...

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Cheer on the Dons: Tickets and Hospitality for Blackburn game

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AFC Wimbledon will be aiming to maintain the good home form shown so far in 2018 when League One leaders Blackburn visit next Tuesday and tickets are available for this match. Terrace tickets are available in advance from our online ticket shop, plus there are places also available for hospitality (see details at the bottom of this page). A cracking atmosphere in the Chemflow End helped Neal Ardley's men in pursuit of a last-gasp winner against Bristol Rovers on Saturday and tickets are available for this popular home terrace, plus the RyGas Stand (just £17 for adults). Of course, Blackburn Rovers are former Premier League Champions, having won the title back in 1995. Wimbledon faced Blackburn in the inaugural Premier League season and the home match on 19 September 1992 ended in a 1-1 draw with our manager Neal Ardley (pictured above in his playing days) on target! Alan Shearer struck the equaliser...

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