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Nigel Levine wins silver medal in 400 metres at the European Indoors championships

Levine wins 400m silver medal in Gothenburg but Meadows misses out

after suffering an achilles injury in September 2011, but had targeted a medal in the event she won in Paris two years ago. The Wigan athlete was only awarded her title two weeks ago after Russia's Yevgeniya Zinurova received a backdated doping ban.

Meadows said: 'I feel a bit silly to say I feel disappointed that I came fourth – it’s an amazing achievement – but I’ve tried to keep my lack of preparation at the back of my head. If I stood on the track thinking that, I probably wouldn’t have even got to the final.

'A medal would have been a bonus and I was good enough to get a medal. I’ve let myself down a little bit tactically but I’m fit and healthy and in one piece and it’s a way forward for the summer.'

Aviva Premiership: London Welsh 26 Harlequins 31

London Welsh 26 Harlequins 31: O'Shea slams error-strewn referee despite returning to Aviva Premiership summit

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Gary Baker

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18:43 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:56 GMT, 6 January 2013

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea launched a furious attack on the referee after his side returned to the top of the Aviva Premiership with this bonus-point win.

O’Shea accused official Llyr ApGeraint Roberts of a catalogue of errors, saying: ‘I’m unbelievably frustrated. You’d have to go a long way to see worse.

‘Everything was wrong – it was incredible. The offside line was irrelevant, trailing runners coming back was irrelevant, backing into the maul, not releasing in the tackle – all irrelevant.'

First blood: In-form Danny Care scored Quins' first try

First blood: In-form Danny Care scored Quins' first try

He added: ‘We were 21-6 up at
half-time but bafflingly, the penalty count was against us. How can that
be We have a feedback process for the referees but it’s not actioned
upon and it’s very difficult at times.’

It is the second time in a week,
following equally frustrated comments by Leicester’s Richard Cockerill
when giving his verdict on Andrew Small’s decisions in the Tigers’ 17-12
win over Gloucester, that a major club figure has questioned
officialdom.

O’Shea added: ‘This is just a bit of
moral support as well for Cockers last week. I am just mightily
frustrated. I have vented in the dressing room to the players.'

Reliable: Nick Evans' consistency with the boot was again vital to Quins

Reliable: Nick Evans' consistency with the boot wasReliable: Nick Evans' consistency with the boot was again vital to Quins again vital to Quins

He continued: ‘Something has to be done. Not all of
these guys (refs) are full time. Let’s be fair – our jobs are on the
line every week and it is a strange position to say, “Well, they are not
full time but that’s fine”.’

Quins were great in the first half as
London Welsh seemed on course for a crushing defeat, and O’Shea was
happy with his players’ performance.

‘We played some magnificent running
in the first 45 minutes and that’s what we should be talking about – our
full back, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, dazzled people with his footwork,’
O’Shea said.

Leading by example: Robshaw added another try

Leading by example: Robshaw added another try

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Captain Chris Robshaw was firing on all cylinders.

He battered his way over for a try and was lucky not to find himself in the sin bin when he came in from the side at a ruck.

But he had a good game and came through unscathed.

Danny Care started brilliantly and darted through the smallest of gaps to score.

But he faded and was replaced by Karl Dickson.

England scrum-half Danny Care and
national skipper Chris Robshaw, plus centre George Lowe, got Quins
first-half tries, and the bonus point came after Nick Evans added a
fourth touchdown.

Wing Nick Scott and the boot of
stand-off Gordon Ross brought Welsh back from the dead and an Ed Jackson
intercept-try threatened a real shock.

But Quins hit back in the closing moments and nearly got another at the end, only a defiant defence halting them.

Welsh head coach Lyn Jones praised his team’s efforts, saying: ‘At half-time, we were staring down the barrel,’ he said,

‘We started the second half well, we
were still in there and we needed to get the first score, which we did.
We had a chance to win but their class and ability shone through in the
end.

‘They are a very good side and it’s a
pity more sides don’t play like them. We are showing determination and
spirit and are good enough to stay in this league.’

Fighting back: The Exiles battle to reduce the deficit

Fighting back: The Exiles battle to reduce the deficit

Calf-injury victim Gavin Henson was
absent from the Welsh line-up, but Jones is optimistic that he will be
able to call upon his services soon.

‘I saw him last Saturday and he was due to train on Wednesday, but his leg wasn’t good enough,’ Jones said.

‘Hopefully, he will play as soon as possible, but it’s a calf injury and I don’t want my players to rush back.’

Joe Allen believes Liverpool can improve in the Premier League if they can replicate QPR masterclass

Allen believes Liverpool can bring back success to Anfield if they can replicate QPR masterclass

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UPDATED:

16:11 GMT, 31 December 2012

Joe Allen believes there are 'exciting times ahead' for Liverpool if they can start producing performances like yesterday's at QPR on a regular basis.

The Reds dominated at Loftus Road, impressing from start to finish as they romped to a 3-0 victory despite manager Brendan Rodgers' enforced absence.

Luis Suarez struck twice in the opening 16 minutes, before Daniel Agger netted in a first half in which Liverpool completely outplayed the hosts.

Engine: Allen was instrumental in Liverpool comfortable victory at Loftus road

Engine: Allen was instrumental in Liverpool comfortable victory at Loftus road

They tapered off after the break but their level of speed and skill in the opening 45 minutes is something summer signing Allen believes bodes well for the Anfield club.

'That is what we're aiming to do in every game.'

'If we can get that level of performance as consistently as possible then we have some exciting times ahead.

'I am extremely pleased. We had a disappointing result, as everyone knows, away to Stoke so it is always important to bounce back first and foremost with a good performance.

'To score three goals and keep a clean sheet is a massive bonus.

'It was a good team performance but when you've got a player like Luis Suarez that can create and score goals out of nothing, it is a pretty big help.'

As impressive as Liverpool were, there is no doubt QPR let themselves down yesterday.

That, though, is not something Allen is keen to focus on, instead pointing to the performance he and his team-mates produced.

'We like to focus on ourselves,' he said.

'When you come away and get a victory like this, it is obviously a massive boost to our confidence.

'I think we like to take credit maybe for the way we played and making it hard for them.'

The victory was made all the more impressive by the fact they did it without manager Rodgers.

The Reds boss was sent home from London ill, so assistant manager Colin Pascoe and coach Mike Marsh were on the sidelines instead.

Talisman: Suarez tore QPR apart in the first-half on Sunday

Talisman: Suarez tore QPR apart in the first-half on Sunday

'I think when things like this happen it is a bit of a shock,' Allen added.

'It sets you back a little bit but we've got great staff here and people that can step in.

'They can obviously do a great job and as players we are professional enough to get on with things.'

The win moved Liverpool up to ninth in the standings, while QPR's predicament gets worse by the game.

The bottom-place side have now won just one of their 20 Premier League outings this season, leaving them eight points adrift of safety.

Redknapp was quick to talk up QPR's chances of survival after the game, but admits he had to bring on defensive midfielder Shaun Derry for Djibril Cisse at half-time in a bid to protect his side's goal difference.

Subsitute: Colin Pascoe took charge of the team after Brendan Rodgers was sidelined through illness

Subsitute: Colin Pascoe took charge of the team after Brendan Rodgers was sidelined through illness

'In the second half it became a case of damage limitation,' he said.

'You can't be stupid about it.

'What can you do Open up and say you're going to score four goals in the second half against a side like that

'Sometimes you've got to be realistic. No one wants to attack more than I do but when you're up against a team that can cut through you like we were, you have to be realistic.

Reinforcements: Redknapp is targeting new players in the January transfer window including West Ham's Mohamed Diame

Reinforcements: Redknapp is targeting new players in the January transfer window including West Ham's Mohamed Diame

'I thought we had some good movement in the second half and created a couple of good opportunities, played some decent stuff, but it's not easy.'

It is clear that QPR need fresh faces if they are to beat the drop, with Redknapp recently admitting an interest in bringing former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka back to west London.

Reports have also suggested the Rs boss wants to be reunited with Joe Cole, a player he managed at West Ham, although last week he insisted there had been no contact with the Liverpool player.

Today has also seen QPR linked to West Ham's Mohamed Diame, Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila and Marseille's Loic Remy, although persuading them to join the league's bottom-place side may prove a tough task.

Alex Ferguson electric car: Manchester United boss drives new Chevrolet Volt

After blowing his gasket on Boxing Day, Fergie's new electric car is right up his street…

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UPDATED:

13:36 GMT, 31 December 2012

He may have turned 71 today, but Sir Alex Ferguson has never been afraid to modernise, as his latest new signing shows.

The Manchester United manager has been purring about his latest investment, the energy-saving electric Chevrolet Volt.

When running in its near-silent electric mode the Volt has a range of around 50 miles, capable of getting Fergie to and from United’s training ground at Carrington.

Buzzing: Fergie drives his new Chevrolet Volt to training every day

Buzzing: Fergie drives his new Chevrolet Volt to training every day

Blowing his gasket: Fergie loses his cool with referee Mike Dean

Red faced: Fergie loses his cool with referee Mike Dean

CHEVROLET VOLT
Maximum
battery
life performance – with option of charging at home
0-62 mph in 9 secondsCapable of running in pure electric mode for 40-80 km

‘I think the Volt is absolutely phenomenal,’ said Ferguson.

'A
friend of mine drove one in the States and kept going on and on about
it, so when I had the opportunity I said 'yeah I’m going to try it
because it’s the car of the future, really.

'I’m very pleased with it.’

An added bonus for the Scot is that the Volt only attracts a five per cent tax charge, meaning a higher rate taxpayer such as Ferguson will only have to pay 58.25 per month.

Ferguson isn’t the only man connected with United to enjoy cutting down on his carbon footprint.

Ex-United captain Gary Neville speaks proudly of the fact he owns a hybrid car and when he’s not driving his Vauxhall Ampera, he takes the train.

So how long before the rest of the team follow their manager's lead and swap their super cars for hybrid motors

Modest: Fergie's new car will stand in contrast to some of his star players

Modest: Fergie's new car will stand in contrast to some of his star players

Top gear! How Fergie's new car compares to the best of the rest…
Wheely good: Legendary George Best used to drive his Lotus Europa to Old Trafford

Wheely good: Legendary George Best used to drive his Lotus Europa to Old Trafford

All smiles: Brian Clough steps into his car outside his hom after Derby after he was sacked by Leeds in 1974

Moving on: Alan Ball starts up his Ford after being sacked by Blackpool in 1981

Start the car: Late greats Brian Clough (L) and Alan Ball make a getaway in their cars after being sacked by Leeds and Blackpool in 1974 and 1981 respectively

Villa Car Park: The 1983 Aston Villa squad had MG Maestro cars delivered after the club signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Austin Rover

Villa Car Park: The 1983 Aston Villa squad had MG Maestro cars delivered after the club signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Austin Rover

Wheeler dealer: QPR boss Harry Redkanpp is famed for giving interviews in his Range Rover

Wheeler dealer: QPR boss Harry Redkanpp is famed for giving interviews in his Range Rover

Peter Odemwingie Twitter row with Nigeria over African Cup of Nations exclusion

Baggies bonus as Odemwingie blasts Nigeria chiefs on Twitter (so, he'll definitely miss the African Cup of Nations now…)

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10:03 GMT, 24 December 2012

Peter Odemwingie has used his Twitter account to launch a blistering attack on the Nigeria Football Federation and Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi.

The 31-year-old West Brom striker was controversially left out of the squad for the African Cup of Nations and vented his anger via social media.

Odemwingie, who would have been playing in his fifth African Cup tournament, tweeted: ‘On my non-inclusion to the Eagles list I am not surprised. Not surprised Keshi and NFF couldn’t tell me themselves. No personality!

Unhappy: Peter Odemwingie has blasted Nigeria chiefs for leaving him out of their African Cup of Nations squad

Unhappy: Peter Odemwingie has blasted Nigeria chiefs for leaving him out of their African Cup of Nations squad

‘We talk through press hahaha how come I am the only stubborn one but no ex-Eagles player was sent off from the team with respect

‘Keshi has no footballing reasons not to invite me but is not saying the truth. He is still in my plans he said haha coach u no dey my plans.’

On Friday Keshi announced a 32-man provisional squad to go to a training camp in Portugal and Odemwingie was not in it.

The player has been at the centre of controversy with his country before and some blamed him for Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup.

Keshi has since claimed that Odemwingie was demanding to be made captain, which has also annoyed the player.

Missing man: Odemwingie is angry over his snub from the Nigeria squad

Missing man: Odemwingie is angry over his snub from the Nigeria squad

He tweeted: ‘This might sound disrespectful but Eagles had no good captain for many years. Everyone looking only after himself.’

Odemwingie made his Nigeria debut ten years ago. It has often been a fractious relationship with a series of coaches but the player was still desperate to represent his country.

The fall-out from the row will be an unexpected bonus for West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, who now has the services of his converted wide man in January.

Wasps 25 Sale 18: Sharks relegation fears worsen

Wasps 25 Sale 18: Suffering Sharks rise above Danny debacle to claim bonus point

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UPDATED:

22:27 GMT, 23 December 2012

Sale arrived at Adams Park in a state of near disarray on Sunday but they left with renewed hope in their relegation fight, as Johnny Leota’s last-minute try and Rob Miller’s conversion secured a vital bonus point.

This was Wasps’ eighth consecutive home win in all competitions and they were propelled to victory by marauding 20-year-old No 8 Billy Vunipola.

Fortress: Wasps have now won eight from eight at Adams Park this season

Fortress: Wasps have now won eight from eight at Adams Park this season

His storming break from a scrum in the
52nd minute set up a try for Rhys Thomas to put the result beyond doubt
and suggest he could soon force his way into the senior England squad to
join his brother, Saracens prop Mako.

While Dai Young’s side climbed to
seventh in the Aviva Premiership table, the scoreline was far more
significant for the bottom club, who closed the gap behind London Irish
to five points.

Bonus: Richie Vernon is mobbed after scoring Sale's try

Bonus: Richie Vernon is mobbed after scoring Sale's try

After the 62-0 massacre at the hands
of Toulon last Sunday, there was character and resilience from the
Sharks on Sunday, personified by returning hooker Marc Jones. It all
came to fruition in the closing seconds when, from a scrum on the right,
Cillian Willis darted forward and Leota barged through to touch down.
Miller, who had missed two routine shots at goal, struck the conversion
with conviction.

Such a scenario seemed highly
unlikely before the game. After the record loss in France, Danny
Cipriani had been dropped, with interim director of rugby John Mitchell
pulling no punches in deriding the fly-half’s defensive work. Then,
after Sale’s head of social media had ignited a storm by condemning
protesting fans as ‘f***wits’ on Facebook, chairman Brian Kennedy
delivered his own damning verdict on Cipriani.

Lion-in-waiting: Joe Launchbury collects a high ball for the home side

Lion-in-waiting: Joe Launchbury collects a high ball for the home side

‘Danny didn’t want to tackle last
week,’ he said. ‘If you can’t defend, there’s no place for you in
Premiership rugby. Danny had a dreadful game in defence last week. If
you’re not prepared to put your body on the line for this club, who pay
your wages and give you the chance to play at the highest level each
week, then you won’t be in the squad.’

Cipriani was stunned by the public
broadside from his employer, but Mitchell didn’t spare him after this
match either. Referring to his decision to leave him out, the Kiwi said:
‘I’m certainly not Santa Claus — I don’t care where he played before.
All I’ve asked him to do is defend. Our defence was good last week until
he chose to be an individual. You have to serve your team-mates before
yourself. If he improves his defence, he’ll be back involved again.’

Putting the boot in: Stephen Jones (centre) kicked 14 points

Putting the boot in: Stephen Jones (centre) kicked 14 points

Despite the potentially disruptive
nature of this sideshow, Sale improved their performance from the
previous week and Mitchell added: ‘You cannot discount the importance of
that bonus point today. If we can win our next game, at home to
Worcester, it would put us right back where we need to be.
‘Everyone has to take responsibility for where we are and things have to
change. We’ve got to make it happen on the 28th, then it can become a
defining game.’

While Sale’s kickers struggled,
Stephen Jones landed 14 points – four penalties and a conversion – with a
flawless display. Elliot Daly weighed in with a three-point shot from
the left flank on halfway, just before the break. That gave Wasps the
lead again, after Sam Tuitupou’s rampaging run in midfield had caused
sufficient mayhem for Richie Vernon to score the visitors’ first try on
the right.

Battering ram: James Haskell is tackled by David Seymour

Battering ram: James Haskell is tackled by David Seymour

In the second half, it was Vunipola’s
dramatic intervention which gave the hosts the decisive edge and while
Young was critical of the team effort, he was effusive in his praise of
the Anglo-Tongan back-row prospect, saying: ‘Billy was outstanding in
attack and defence. He’s been in the same vein of form for most of this
season, it’s hard to believe he is only 20.

‘If he was called upon by England, he
wouldn’t let anyone down and I don’t think it will be too long before
he is putting on an England jersey.’

Exeter 30 Scarlets 20: Chiefs keep Amlin Cup hopes alive thanks to late Scaysbrook try

Exeter 30 Scarlets 20: Chiefs keep European hopes alive thanks to late Scaysbrook try

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18:14 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

21:09 GMT, 15 December 2012

A late try by skipper James Scaysbrook secured Exeter's win and deepened the gloom for Scarlets.

Chiefs flanker Scaysbrook slipped through two minutes from time to leave Simon Easterby's side rock-bottom in Pool Five and facing a whitewash. It completed an historic double for Exeter following their first win in the Heineken Cup last week.

James Scaysbrook (L) of Exeter Chiefs powers his way through the Scarlets defence

Power house: Exeter's James Scaysbrook powers his way through the Scarlets defence

Ian Whitten crossed for the first
try before Gareth Steenson added the conversion and a penalty after
Wales wing Liam Williams was yellow carded early on.

Chiefs struck again through Simon Alcott. But Ken Owens then went over for the Welsh side to set up a second-half recovery.

Centre Scott Williams raced over for
their second try and Aled Thomas's conversion levelled matters, only for
Steenson to kick a third Exeter penalty before Scaysbrook's late try
denied Scarlets even a losing bonus point.

The Exeter Chiefs player celebrate as James Scaysbrook goes over to score a try on the verge of full itme

Touch down: Exeter Chiefs players celebrate as James Scaysbrook goes over to score a try in the final moments

Worcester 22 Perpignan 21: Andy Goode settles Amlin Challenge Cup clash

Worcester 22 Perpignan 21: Goode keeps his cool to settle fiery encounter

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22:41 GMT, 6 December 2012

Andy Goode kept Worcester's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final hopes alive after a 78th-minute penalty floored French heavyweights Perpignan at Sixways.

In a feisty contest that saw Welsh referee Neil Hennessy sin-bin four players – two from each side – group leaders Worcester prevailed ahead of visiting Pool Two rivals Perpignan on Saturday week.

Former England fly-half Goode scored all the Warriors' points through a try, conversion and five penalties.

Goode show: The Worcester fly half held his nerve at the death

Goode show: The Worcester fly half held his nerve at the death

Perpignan gained a penalty try, a touchdown from scrum-half Florian Cazenave and 11 points from Wales international James Hook, but they were denied during a thrilling finale, even though their losing bonus point could yet prove crucial.

Goode booted two penalties, one from 50 metres, inside the opening 10 minutes, but Perpignan rocked the Warriors from their first attack as Cazenave darted over wide out.

Worcester, though, turned the screw during a dominant second quarter, with Goode kicking another penalty and then converting his own try either side of Perpignan prop Sona Taumalolo being sin-binned.

The Warriors' scrum pressure took its toll, but Hook clawed Perpignan back into it through a drop-goal on the stroke of half-time.

Fiery clash: Four players were sin-binned at Sixways

Fiery clash: Four players were sin-binned at Sixways

Fiery clash: Four players were sin-binned at Sixways

And when he slotted two penalties during a seven-minute spell after the break – the second following a yellow card for Worcester flanker Neil Best – Perpignan were on top.

A penalty try arrived 16 minutes from time after Worcester prop Ceri Jones was sin-binned, yet Goode's fourth successful penalty set up a tense finish with Warriors 21-19 adrift.

Perpignan looked as though they had done enough to retain their advantage despite wing Adrien Plante being yellow-carded for taking out Worcester full-back Chris Pennell in the air. Goode though, had other ideas.

Rory McIlroy feels cheated over FedEx Cup bonus

Winning $10m is nice… but I deserved double! McIlroy proud of phenomenal year but feels cheated out of huge FedEx bonus

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12:57 GMT, 20 November 2012

He's already earned more than $10million during his 'phenomenal' season but Rory McIlroy admitted for the first time here in Dubai that he felt cheated he hadn’t doubled his money.

The bone of contention concerns the four tournament FedEx Cup play-offs in America in September, where the 23-year-old won two events and yet somehow still didn’t walk off with the $10m bonus.

‘I did feel a little hard done by to play so well and not win that,’ he said.

Last effort: Rory McIlroy talks on Tuesday ahead of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship

Last effort: Rory McIlroy talks on Tuesday ahead of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship

In the swing: McIlroy in action on the 12th hole during the pro-am on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates

In the swing: McIlroy in action on the 12th hole during the pro-am on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates

You said it: McIlroy is world No 1

You said it: McIlroy is world No 1 by some distance

No such problems at the season-ending
Dubai World Championship, which begins on Thursday. This is supposed to
be the grand climax to the Race to Dubai but McIlroy has been so
dominant he has already wrapped up what used to be known as the European
Tour Order of Merit and claimed the $1m bonus.

‘I
guess it is a bit of an anti-climax in one way but the way I look at it
is that I want to finish the season on a high and pick up two trophies
on Sunday,’ he said.

Who would bet against him after a year that has seen him win his second major, the USPGA Championship, by a record margin, plus three other titles and finish top dog on both sides of the Atlantic

‘I feel very proud and honoured to have had such a phenomenal year,’ he said. ‘Any year where you win a major is going to be a great one but to win the money list titles and join such great names on the trophies really is the icing on the cake. Now I have one tournament left and I want to finish the season strong. This is definitely a great way to end what has been a great season.’

Ever the perfectionist, McIlroy revealed that he is already looking at ways to improve for next year. One key area will be cutting down on the 26 tournaments he has played this season so that he doesn’t go into some events feeling mentally jaded. A perfect example came last week in Hong Kong, where a clearly exhausted McIlroy missed the halfway cut.

‘I feel like scheduling is going to be a big thing for me going forward,’ he said. ‘I need to feel fresh and ready every time I tee it up.

'I think if I do feel that way every tournament that I enter, I have a better chance to win. What takes it out of you is being in contention a lot, that feeling of pressure and adrenaline on Sundays and trying to get yourself back up the following week. That takes more out of you than finishing 30th or so every week.’

The race is already run: McIlroy has claimed both the European and US money list titles this year

The race is already run: McIlroy has claimed both the European and US money list titles this year

Honour: McIlroy is presented with his 2013 European Tour members' clip by chief executive George O'Grady in celebration of his victory in the 2012 Race To Dubai

Honour: McIlroy is presented with his 2013 European Tour members' clip
by chief executive George O'Grady

There might be no Race to Dubai title on the line but this should still prove a fitting finale to a wonderful season. Fifty-seven of the top 60 in Europe who are eligible have shown up – the absentees are the injured Thomas Bjorn and Retief Goosen, while Ross Fisher is at Q-school for the US Tour – including all 12 members of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup side.

Ernie Els removed from European Tour money list

Open champion Els removed from money list due to lack of appearances

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20:10 GMT, 5 November 2012

Big Easy: Els

Big Easy: Els

Ernie Els had his name removed from the European Tour money list on Monday and the Open champion is no longer eligible for the 5million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in two weeks or a share of the 2.4million end-of-season bonus pool.

Tour members are required to play 13 counting events in a year and the 43-year-old South African's joint runner-up finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China this weekend was only his 10th appearance on the circuit.

To stay on the Order of Merit and play in Dubai Els would have had to compete in this week's Singapore Open and then either the South African Open or Hong Kong Open next week, but his next scheduled tournament is the Asian Tour's Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia on December 13-16.

Winner of his fourth major at Royal Lytham in July, Els was initially listed in sixth place on the 'Race to Dubai' following Ian Poulter's win this weekend, but now it will be the first time since 1997 that he does not appear on the final list.

The top 60 at the end of next week qualify for Dubai and with no Els England's Lee Slattery moves into 60th place. He plays in both Singapore and Hong Kong.

Off the list: Els has not appeared in enough events

Off the list: Els has not appeared in enough events

There is a first prize of nearly 850,000 in Dubai and the bonus pool, even though it has been slashed in half this season, ranges from 642,000 to the leading money-winner – almost certainly Rory McIlroy – to 64,000 for the player finishing 10th.

Scot Martin Laird and American John Daly, currently 64th and 81st respectively, have also only played 10 events, but they stay on the list.

Laird joined as an affiliate member, while in his 'past winner' category Daly was not guaranteed 13 starts.

McIlroy, with the PGA Tour money list title already secured, has a lead of more than 616,000 over Ryder Cup team-mate Peter Hanson, who has decided not to join the world No 1 in the next two tournaments and could therefore be too far back come Dubai.

The same applies to third-placed Justin Rose and fourth-placed Poulter.