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Chris Smith dead at 43: Team GB star leaves behind wife and two kids after going for late-night run in Scottish hills

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TEAM GB runner Chris Smith has died at the age of 43, it has been confirmed.

Emergency services were called on Tuesday night after Smith did not return home from a run in the Perthshire hills.

Chris Smith is survived by a wife and two kids

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Chris Smith is survived by a wife and two kidsCredit: PA:Press Association

Tayside Mountain Rescue Team, police and a Coastguard helicopter were deployed to find Smith, who had been on holiday with wife Lindsay and two children.

On Thursday morning, a search-and-rescue team discovered a body near the 3,700ft Meall Garbh, Glenlyon, pending formal identification.

British Athletics have since confirmed Smith’s death.

A statement on Friday morning read: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Smith, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland mountain runner.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

The Aberdeenshire-born runner competed in international mountain running events for Team GB.

In the 2016 European Mountain Running Championships in Italy, he helped secure Team GB a bronze medal.

Smith lived in Haywards Heath, West Sussex and was most recently a member of the Thames Valley Harriers.

Tributes have flooded in for the 43-year-old.

Former Olympic sprinter Donna Fraser wrote online: “So sad… my condolences to his family.”

The World Mountain Running Association stated: “Everybody at the WMRA is incredibly saddened by the devastating news about Chris Smith.”

Former Team GB colleague Sarah Tunstall told the organisation: “He was a true gent, selfless team-mate and fantastic athlete who always left everything out there on race day. I have countless fond memories of Chris and am privileged to have shared poignant moments in both our running careers, that will forever make me smile.”

Andrew Douglas added: “His longevity at the top level of the sport is something I really admire and should be of inspiration to all involved in mountain running. He’ll be sorely missed, one of life’s genuinely special people.”

Fellow trail runner Gary Priestley tweeted yesterday: “It is with great sadness that I hear Chris Smith’s body has been found. He was an absolute gentleman & a mountain running great as well as very strong on the cross!! Thoughts are with his family!! I’ll never forget the good times we shared. RIP my friend.”

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Jose Mourinho splashes out £500 on a leg of ham ‘as a reward for Sergio Reguilon after beating City’

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Jose Mourinho served up a feast for his Tottenham stars after they went top of the Premier League table by forking out £500 for a leg of ham.

Spurs put Manchester City to the sword on Saturday and underlined their title credentials after a 2-0 win, and Mourinho posted a picture of himself and Sergio Reguilon next to the giant joint of meat, suggesting the Iberico Ham was a reward for the left-back’s performance. 

‘A promise is a promise,’ he wrote alongside the photo on his Instagram account. ‘It cost me £500 but I keep my promises,’ he added as he tagged Reguilon’s account. 

Jose Mourinho spent £500 on a leg of ham after Tottenham's win over Man City, claiming it was a 'promise' to Sergio Reguilon (L)

Jose Mourinho spent £500 on a leg of ham after Tottenham's win over Man City, claiming it was a 'promise' to Sergio Reguilon (L)

Jose Mourinho spent £500 on a leg of ham after Tottenham’s win over Man City, claiming it was a ‘promise’ to Sergio Reguilon (L)

The Spanish left-back was rewarded for keeping Riyad Mahrez quiet, reports in Spain claim

The Spanish left-back was rewarded for keeping Riyad Mahrez quiet, reports in Spain claim

The Spanish left-back was rewarded for keeping Riyad Mahrez quiet, reports in Spain claim 

Reports in Spain claimed it was a prize for the Spaniard after keeping City winger Riyad Mahrez at bay throughout the game, while Sport Witness believe it was because Reguilon had won a bet that Spurs would win the game. 

With Raheem Sterling not fit enough to start the match, City’s hopes fell on Algerian international Mahrez, but he failed to inspire Pep Guardiola’s men and was hooked for the English winger with 20 minutes to play. 

Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela posted a video of the ham joint to his own Instagram followers, showing Reguilon carving up the meat – which was hoisted up on a huge wooden platter.

The north Londoners finished a gameweek top after nine games for the first time since 1985 thanks to goals from Son Heung-Min and Giovani Lo Celso.

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Mourinho's side produced a superb defensive performance to go top of the Premier League

Mourinho's side produced a superb defensive performance to go top of the Premier League

Mourinho’s side produced a superb defensive performance to go top of the Premier League

Mourinho has been an avid user of social media this season, delighting fans with some hilarious insights behind the scenes, but he hasn’t always used it in a jovial manner. 

After Spurs lost 1-0 to Royal Antwerp, he posted a picture of himself sitting on the coach and wrote: ‘Bad performances deserve bad results. Hope everyone in this bus is as upset as I am. Tomorrow 11am training.’

He often takes the opportunity to reflect on games and also joked with his players after a victory against Burnley to show how they were all glued to their phones. 

Mourinho’s reward for Reguilon will bring back memories of Claudio Ranieri buying pizza for his Leicester City side in 2015-16 after guaranteeing them a meal out if they kept a clean sheet.  

The Portuguese boss tore into his players on Instagram after their defeat against Antwerp

The Portuguese boss tore into his players on Instagram after their defeat against Antwerp

The Portuguese boss tore into his players on Instagram after their defeat against Antwerp

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Watch Tyson Fury’s wife Paris show off boxing skills as she works up a sweat on punch bag wearing UFC gloves

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PARIS FURY has showed off her boxing skills as husband Tyson shared footage of his partner working up a sweat on a punch bag.

The 30-year-old – who recently joined the Loose Women panel – wore UFC gloves as she pummelled away at the heavy bag.

Paris Fury worked up a sweat after being put through her paces on the punch bag

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Paris Fury worked up a sweat after being put through her paces on the punch bag
Tyson Fury cheered on his wife as she pummelled away at the heavy bag

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Tyson Fury cheered on his wife as she pummelled away at the heavy bag
Fury shared the clip to his 3.8 million followers on Instagram

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Fury shared the clip to his 3.8 million followers on Instagram

Uploading the clip on his Instagram story to his 3.8 million followers, Tyson could be heard cheering on his wife as Paris relentlessly punched away.

Along with Tyson, Paris was put through her paces by the Gypsy King’s strength and conditioning coach Kristian Blacklock.

Fury then uploaded a clip of the trio following their workout, where he said: “Another session done.

“Another day smashed. Another hour smashed. Well done Paris, well done Kristian, fantastic work.”

Paris and Tyson worked out together regularly during the first lockdown earlier this year, where the mother-of-five kept up with her husband’s gruelling 700 ab reps.

Tyson later claimed that Paris could outwork his boxing rivals as he lauded her fitness during their sessions.

He said: “She is fitter than me, outdoing me now, I have created a monster.”

Before adding: “You’re fit, you’re fit as a fiddle. Honestly, you’d outwork a lot of boxers, she would outwork a lot of boxers.

Fury and Paris worked out alongside the Gypsy King's strength and conditioning coach Kristian Blacklock

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Fury and Paris worked out alongside the Gypsy King’s strength and conditioning coach Kristian Blacklock
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“She’s fit as a fiddle, you got fit Paris I tell you that! In six-seven weeks you got amazingly fit.”

Fury – who still has no opponent announced for his next fight – showered Paris with gifts last weekend after celebrating 12 years of marriage.

The 32-year-old treated his other half to Thornton’s chocolates and some flowers, alongside a pair of £890 J’Adior Slingback Pumps and some Christian Dior Dway Slides, which retail for £550.

Paris Fury shows off her impressive birthday gifts from ‘soulmate’ Tyson

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Controversial jockey banned from racecourse for fighting cameraman and battling alcohol issues set for comeback aged 50

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A CONTROVERSIAL jockey whose record-breaking career has been marred by violence and drinking is set to make a stunning comeback aged 50.

American legend Kent Desormeaux is set to make his return to the track on Boxing Day.

Legendary American jockey Desormeaux is set for a comeback aged 50 after overcoming a ban for fighting and alcohol issues

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Legendary American jockey Desormeaux is set for a comeback aged 50 after overcoming a ban for fighting and alcohol issuesCredit: Reuters

The three-time Kentucky Derby winner checked himself into rehab in October in a bid to kick his alcohol addiction.

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That came after ugly scenes last July in which, according to a complaint filed by the California Horse Racing Board, Desormeaux attacked a cameraman in a car park.

The complaint claimed the iconic jockey, who has more than 6,000 career wins, was under the influence of alcohol when the scrap happened.

It was also claimed Desormeaux, who turns 51 in February, used racist language when confronting the cameraman at Del Mar racecourse in California, US.

Del Mar CEO Joe Harper said at the time: “Our action is not related to anything in racing, but rather to conduct which we don’t feel is consistent with our standards.”

Desormeaux did not respond directly to the claims, but in September he was given a 15-day ban by stewards for ‘disorderly conduct, racial slurs and aggressive behaviour’.

The ruling also ordered Desormeaux, who has not ridden since July, to check in with the Winner’s Foundation, who work with jockeys with substance-abuse issues.

Now the jockey’s agent, JR Pegram, has told drf.com his man intends to ride again after Christmas.

The jockey is an icon in American racing but has battled issues off the track

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The jockey is an icon in American racing but has battled issues off the trackCredit: Reuters

He said: “Everything is going good for him.

“He is going to go into a sober-living program for 60 days and be an outpatient for six months, which will allow him to work during the day and attend classes at night.”

Desormeaux, inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2004, is looking to return at Santa Anita racecourse.

He will try to end a disappointing run of form in which he won just 36 races last year, with his earnings the lowest since his first year riding in 1986.

Desormeaux, who set a US record for most races won in a single year with 598 in 1989, failed breathalyser tests in 2010 and 2012 and went into an alcohol rehab program in 2016.

He previously spoke about his alcohol issues, saying: “I hit bottom. I had a blackout. That’s enough.”

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