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Jenson Button"s F1 car on sale on e-Bay for 25,000

Fancy yourself as the next Jenson Button Well, splash out on his old F1 car… if you've got a spare 25,000!

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 13 November 2012

For all last-minute shoppers out there – here's one way to avoid a Christmas Eve pit-stop on the bustling High Street.

Jenson Button's Honda Racing show car from the 2003 season is on sale on e-Bay and can be yours for 'only' 25,000.

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Stop start: The car doesn't have engine or control pedals

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One (not so) careful owner: Button finished ninth in the drivers' championship in 2003…

One (not so careful) owner: Button is rescued by medical staff after crashing in 2003

… despite crashing in Monaco (but don't worry it's not the car on e-Bay)

'Opportunities to purchase recent f1 show cars are few and far between. The scope of use for this car is endless and can cover everything from commercial display to personal.

'Ornament and the ultimate seat for playstation racing games.

'Surely the perfect present for all jenson button fans.

'The car can be viewed in wolverhampton at the wolverhampton mazda, ssangyong, subaru garage! Telephone: 01902 351 153'

The sale will end on Friday.

Barnsley check players" cars in bid to solve injury crisis

Driven mad! Barnsley boss Hill probes players' cars in bid to solve injury riddle

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UPDATED:

15:44 GMT, 31 August 2012

Barsnley manager Keith Hill is being driven so mad by his team's injury crisis that he has checked the cars they are driving.

Hill will be without 11 players for the second weekend running at home to Bristol City and has had just 12 senior players in training this week.

Hill said: 'To legislate for the type of injuries we’ve got, you must have really seriously good finances, which unfortunately we haven’t got.

Injury crisis: Championship club Barnsley have been rocked by a host of sidelined stars

Injury crisis: Championship club Barnsley have been rocked by a host of sidelined stars

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'We’ve looked at every possible reason for the injuries. We’ve even gone so far to look at the type of car the players are driving and the distance they are travelling each day.

'Especially for those with hamstring problems where we’ve sought advice from sports science departments at Premier League clubs and they are coming up with types of cars for hamstring injuries and seating positions for the duration of the journey.

'We’ve been assured everything we’ve been doing on the training pitch is correct and we just can’t find the reason why we are picking up so many injures other than the possibility of travelling and the type of car they are driving.'

Driven mad: Barnsley boss Keith Hill is desperate to find a solution to his club's injury problems

Driven mad: Barnsley boss Keith Hill is desperate to find a solution to his club's injury problems

London 2012 Paralympics: Tim Pearson is aiming for "12 in 2012"

The Medal Machine: He already has nine golds, now Pearson is aiming for '12 in 2012'

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UPDATED:

22:04 GMT, 28 August 2012

For the British equestrian with the largest haul of gold medals, one horsepower is never going to be enough.

Which is why Paralympian Lee Pearson CBE has got Jeremy Clarkson — and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson — in his sights.

‘I want to take on Jeremy Clarkson in a car and then make him ride a horse against me — one horsepower — can you imagine that’ says Pearson, who has nine Paralympic gold medals (28 in all major championships) and would love to make it ‘12 at 2012’.

Born to ride: Lee Pearson with Gentleman at his Stoke stables

Born to ride: Lee Pearson with Gentleman at his Stoke stables

Another triple gold performance in London would also put him one ahead of Grey-Thompson, Britain’s legendary Paralympian, who has 11 golds, four silvers and one bronze.

‘Clarkson is always showing off about his 500 horsepower cars or whatever. Yes, that is one of my life’s missions: to take on Jeremy Clarkson — and beat him. I think he will dislike me, then I can wind him up even more.

‘I just love cars. It was buy a farm or buy a race car and I did the sensible thing and bought a farm.

‘Driving a fast car is all about feel and it’s the same with a horse. When I am riding I feel what the horse is doing. I feel every leg, every muscle, the tension in the horse’s jaw down the rein. You need to feel if it is going sideways enough, going forwards enough, backwards, everything.’

At ease: Pearson relaxes at his home

At ease: Pearson relaxes at his home

Pearson was born with arthro-gryposis multiplex congenita, where his arm and leg muscles are just scar tissue. As a gay, disabled sportsman, with a forthright manner, who loves fast cars and owns an 800cc quad bike, Pearson ticks a lot of boxes, as well as blowing away a few prejudices about how disabled people are expected to behave. First and foremost, Pearson is an elite sportsman with serious ambitions.

Pearson, 38, says: ‘For every one of my medals I worked my guts off. I have been classed as a medal machine as I have also got European and worlds — 28 golds in total. So I do work like a dog to achieve them.

‘At my first Paralympics, in Sydney, they pulled a number out of a hat to find out what horse you rode. And while people say horses don’t realise if you are disabled, they do realise if you have got empathy and talent, strength, stupidity and bravery. So you can imagine that a bunch of about 120 disabled riders jumping on to a bunch of horses they don’t know was quite entertaining! The structure changed for Athens, partly because Greece couldn’t supply the number of dressage horses required.

‘Athens was my own horse, Blue Circle Boy, and at Beijing it was Gentleman, who is the most awkward, nasty horse you have ever known. At Beijing he was trying to get me off. Until we went into the arena and the atmosphere was so big that he went, “S***, I had better behave”.’

In the saddle: Pearson puts Gentleman through his dressage paces

In the saddle: Pearson puts Gentleman through his dressage paces

Lee Pearson's Paralympic haul

On top: Pearson in Beijing

On top: Pearson in Beijing

Winner of the ‘triple triple’ in equestrian dressage (Grade 1)

Beijing 2008: gold in team dressage, individual dressage and freestyle dressage.

Athens 2004: gold in team dressage, individual dressage and freestyle dressage.

Sydney 2000: Gold in team dressage, individual dressage and freestyle dressage.

Pearson is relaxing in his farmhouse kitchen just outside Stoke-on-Trent. It is a scene Come Dine With Me viewers will see later this week, when Pearson takes on four fellow Paralympians in the Channel 4 cookery competition.

The CBE is framed behind him, next to the Paralympic golds and his MBE and OBE. A new honour was bestowed after every Paralympic success.

‘Our sport is perceived to be elitist and I now live on a nice farm that I have worked seriously hard to afford but sometimes it is actually difficult to get sponsorship because some people think you are already loaded, whereas I am just a bloke from Stoke who has done good, marketed myself quite well and got a good sponsorship deal but I still have a mortgage. People don’t realise how hard you have to work at this.

‘Mum and Dad had to fight to get me into mainstream school. Eventually the authorities gave in and said I could go if I had a lady to follow me around to make sure I was OK and to carry my bag.

‘My mum said, “You are having a laugh, as if he is not weird enough, he is going to be very weird having this person following him around”.

‘Mum and Dad made the decision that they
were going to try to give me the same opportunity as my two able-bodied
older brothers. It was just seen as a hurdle to get over and we would
get over the hurdle one way or another.

‘There are different ways to cope,’
added Pearson, who was a Child of Courage in 1980, when Margaret
Thatcher famously carried the six-year-old upstairs on a visit to
Downing Street.

‘Although my body is knackered, I have a real great sense of feeling. Except when I fall off.’

This seems to be a regular occurrence for Pearson, who took 12 weeks off last year after breaking his back. ‘Halfway through a session my horse just launched into the air and as he hit the ground he went at a flat-out gallop across the arena, leaping like a rodeo horse. I am doing like 30 miles an hour, about 20 feet in the air, thinking this is going to hurt.

Courage: Pearson meets Margaret Thatcher in 1980

Courage: Pearson meets Margaret Thatcher in 1980

‘At A&E they said nothing was broken, go home and rest and take pain-killers. Two weeks later I was still in pain so went to a private clinic and had a scan. I had cracked three vertebrae and crushed a fourth.’

And then he cracked a rib tripping
over a chicken. ‘She hadn’t gone to bed so I picked her up, then I don’t
know what happened, I slipped on chicken s*** I think, my crutches were
in the air, the chicken was in the air, I was in the air and I landed
in a load of aviary wire and cracked a rib.

‘I
told myself that I was getting all my accidents out of the way last
year to have a clear run this year. I also joke that I was able-bodied
when I started!’

Coming
out was almost as traumatic for Pearson, who had to break the news to
his parents. ‘It was quite difficult because Dad was a lorry driver, a
typical bloke,’ he says.

‘He took it very badly, but so did I. I didn’t want to be gay. I didn’t want to be disabled but you are kind of given your lot.

‘My mum was quite confused and said things like, “Are you sure, can’t you just hide it”.

‘I
am quite a masculine person. I would see a good-looking couple walking
down the street and think she’s pretty, but I’m eyeing him too. That is
what I was always fighting with. I decided to give in.

‘If I could flip two switches and be able-bodied and normal I probably would.’

Manchester United ban players from driving Chevrolet sports cars

Fergie car ban! United boss puts his foot down on young players

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21:51 GMT, 27 August 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has banned the club's young stars from driving flashy sports cars from new sponsors Chevrolet.

United recently signed a multi-million-pound deal with the American car giant, who will become the name on the club's shirts from the start of the 2014-15 season.

Ban: The Manchester Untied boss has put his foot down on young players

Ban: The Manchester Untied boss has put his foot down on young players

As a gesture of goodwill, Chevrolet immediately offered United's first-team stars a choice of luxury cars and understandably many of the club's big names plumped for iconic Corvettes.

Stalled: United's youngsters won't be driving one of these

Stalled: United's youngsters won't be driving one of these

However, Sportsmail understands Ferguson immediately intervened and decreed that no player under the age of 23 – no matter their standing in the team – should be allowed to order a sporty model.

This means players such as young striker Danny Welbeck, 21, and defenders Phil Jones, 20, Chris Smalling, 22, and Rafael, 22, will be banned from driving anything not approved by Ferguson.

The move is a classic case of Ferguson – the master man-manager – ensuring his young stars don't get too big for their boots.

Ferguson has always been hot on matters such as this.

Two years ago, for example, it emerged he told players in the club's youth squads they were not allowed to wear coloured football boots.

Last night a United spokesperson confirmed: 'As with most automotive partnerships, Chevrolet will be offering players a car. The model will be dependent on their time at the club and driving experience.'

Alex McLeish plays down Charles N"Zogbia rift

Aston Villa manager McLeish plays down rift with N'Zogbia

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19:29 GMT, 22 March 2012

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes the best is still to come from winger Charles N'Zogbia but insists there are no problems with their relationship.

N'Zogbia took exception to comments made by McLeish after a game where he was quoted as saying the former Wigan player preferred cars to playing football.

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Flash cars: N'Zogbia was reportedly disappointed with comments made by McLeish

Flash cars: N'Zogbia was reportedly disappointed with comments made by McLeish

But the misunderstanding has been resolved and N'Zogbia has recently shown some of his best form since his 9million summer move to Villa.

When asked about his relationship with the player, McLeish said: 'Listen, I'm quite a laid-back manager. If the players are doing it for me on the pitch, then it's not a problem.

'They will get in the side, it's as simple as that.

'I was supposed to have said something about Charles spending money on fast cars. I've no reason to single Charles out for that and I told him that. I was talking about players in general.

War cry: McLeish has urged N'Zogbia to improve

War cry: McLeish has urged N'Zogbia to improve

'Charles realises that now. It was after the Bolton game when I was really pleased with the performance and I was doing a rallying cry to all the players to be winners.

'I said “think about being a winner first before you reward yourself with a fast car”.

'I'm like Charles, definitely. If I had the money in my day that these guys are earning, I'd have had fast cars because I love fast cars.'

In terms of N'Zogbia's performances, McLeish said: 'I think there is more to come from him. I'm certain Charles would agree with that, his final cross, his final pass, his finishing.

'All these things he is capable of producing. I am sure his moment will come.'

McLeish is looking for Villa to build on their win over Fulham a fortnight ago when they visit in-form Arsenal on Saturday.

He said: 'I think we were a bit frustrated not to get the other home game but there was no hesitation in cancelling the Bolton game (following Trotters midfielder Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest).

'But we would have liked the momentum from the Fulham performance and victory to go into another home game.

'Arsenal are in top form but we've won there before and should go there with belief.'

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Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole charged with criminal damage

Football in the dock, again! Now Bendtner and Cattermole charged with criminal damage

Sunderland's Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole have been charged with criminal damage after cars were allegedly vandalised close to the home of their arch rivals.

Striker Bendtner and club captain Cattermole will face magistrates later this month following an alleged incident in Newcastle city centre in December.

Trouble: Nicklas Bendtner is on loan at Sunderland from Arsenal

Trouble: Nicklas Bendtner is on loan at Sunderland from Arsenal

Arrest: Lee Cattermole is a regular in the Sunderland team

Arrest: Lee Cattermole is a regular in the Sunderland team

Northumbria Police said the
team-mates, who both live in Ponteland, Northumberland, will face five
charges of criminal damage relating to cars parked in Stowell Street in
Newcastle's China Town.

The street is packed with restaurants and is a popular haunt with fans on their way to Newcastle's stadium.

In Toon: This map shows how close Stowell Street is to St James' Park

In Toon: This map shows how close Stowell Street is to St James' Park

The damage was alleged to have been caused at around 10pm on December 6, two days after Sunderland lost 2-1 at Wolves.

Bendtner, a 24-year-old Denmark
international, is spending a year on Wearside on loan from Arsenal. Both
he and Cattermole, 23, have missed recent games due to injury.

They will appear before Newcastle magistrates on February 27.

Johnnie Jackson and James Ward – Picture of the week by Kevin Quigley

Kevin Quigley: My favourite image of the week… Johnnie Jackson and James Ward

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sportsmail's top snappers Andy Hooper, Graham Chadwick and Kevin Quigley will be showcasing their favourite image of the week.

Here, Kevin chooses this stunning capture of James Ward and Johnnie Jackson as his standout selection…

This is from a recent shoot I did with British tennis player James Ward and Charlton captain Johnnie Jackson.

I met them close to where they lived as children in Euston, London. They grew up as friends, so I wanted to put that feel into the piece – as well as illustrating their respective sports.

Just around the corner from where we met, I noticed there was this gate to stop cars entering the estate, so I asked if they would like to play a game of head tennis in the street like they did when they were young.

I was expecting to take a couple of fake head shots for the cameras, so I was taken aback when they started going for it properly by chasing the ball around, wanting to get one over the other. It made a fun shoot.

This shot was taken using: Nikon D3s, Nikon 24-70, iso 1600

Johnnie Jackson and James Ward