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Ladies Day at Cheltenham – watch Andy Hooper"s video

Ladies Day at Cheltenham! Watch Andy Hooper's video of the Festival fillies

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Andy Hooper

PUBLISHED:

16:43 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:43 GMT, 13 March 2013

The second day of Cheltenham welcomed the ladies – and Sportsmail was there to capture the visitors to the Festival.

Before the action on the track unfolded, Andy Hooper filmed footage of the ladies dressed in their colourful outfits. Click on the video player before to watch his clip…

Hats off to them! Fine fillies descend on Cheltenham for Ladies…

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Nicklas Bendtner banned and fined for drink driving

'The worst day of my life': Bendtner slapped with 100k fine and three-year ban for drink driving

European
Championships, Bendtner was fined 80,000 and banned for one
international match by UEFA for brandishing a pair of Paddy Power boxer
shorts after scoring for Denmark.

Happier times: Bendtner thrived during his time at the Stadium of Light

Happier times: Bendtner thrived during his time at the Stadium of Light

Gary Cahill"s partner gives birth to baby boy

Yeah baby! Cahill misses Stoke win as partner gives birth to boy… but what will they call it

By
Martha Kelner

PUBLISHED:

23:45 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:59 GMT, 12 January 2013

Gary Cahill was allowed to skip the match at Stoke as his girlfriend Gemma gave birth to a baby boy, and had double cause for celebration as Chelsea got back on track with a 4-0 victory.

'We were training with Gary Cahill yesterday and had worked out the shape of the team with him,' said Rafael Benitez, 'but he had to go because his partner had a baby.

'The baby's fine, he's happy, she's happy, and we are happy, so everything has gone well.'

In training: Gary Cahill was with the squad this week but missed the trip to Stoke

In training: Gary Cahill was with the squad this week but missed the trip to Stoke

Some obvious options arise for the baby's name. First, 'Frank' – in honour of Lampard, who became Chelsea's second all-time top scorer with his 194th goal, a well-executed penalty greeted by the travelling fans with a chorus of 'Sign him up'.

Second, 'John' – after Terry, who came off the bench for his first appearance for Chelsea since suffering a knee injury in November.

Or 'Eden' – after Hazard, who scored a screamer to cap a fantastic win.

Super 8: Frank Lampard scored again from the spot for Chelsea

Super 8: Frank Lampard scored again from the spot for Chelsea

Bad day at the office: Jonathan Walters scored two own goals and missed a penalty

Bad day at the office: Jonathan Walters scored two own goals and missed a penalty

More controversial, 'Rafael' and 'Fernando', after Benitez and Torres.

The manager, much maligned by fans, insisted his squad are still happy in training despite the reported discontent of his 50m out-of-form striker.

Finally, 'Jonathan', in recognition of the calamitous match for Stoke's Walters, who scored two fantastic own-goals and missed a penalty to complete a disastrous day at the office for Tony Pulis's team.

England lose to Delhi in India warm-up match

Bell century in vain as England slump to second consecutive ODI warm-up defeat

By
Mike Dickson

PUBLISHED:

15:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:58 GMT, 8 January 2013

An Ian Bell century was not enough as England slumped to a second warm-up defeat in three days ahead of Friday’s opening one-day international against India.

The tourists will head to Rajkot on Wednesday with plenty to think about, notably their failure to defend a formidable total of 294-4 against a Delhi team weaker than the India A side who overcame them at the weekend.

On another chill day, this time at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium where internationals are played, they could not stop the local select eleven overhauling them for the loss of four wickets with nine balls to spare.

Century boy: Bell scored a ton, but it wasn't enough to save England

Century boy: Bell scored a ton, but it wasn't enough to save England

While the batsmen did their job in the
watery afternoon sun, particularly Bell, who made light of the absence
of the rested Kevin Pietersen with a polished 108, the bowlers were
powerless to prevent their youthful opposition picking off the runs.

With Graeme Swann, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad at home, new one-day coach Ashley Giles does not have too many options to turn things round before the end of the week, although Tim Bresnan sat this one out.

Certainly the attack looks short of leadership, with James Tredwell probably the pick and Steven Finn among those not having the happiest day.

Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat against a team featuring three players with full international experience on a day when temperatures mercifully crept over double figures.

Having sufficiently recovered from the heavy cold that kept him out of Sunday’s defeat, Cook looked fluent in making 44 before he was bowled when Sumit Narwal went round the wicket.

Bell looked slightly awkward at first but then accelerated gracefully, hitting a series of extravagant drives through the covers after advancing down the wicket. He should have been stumped on 60, but otherwise he added to Sunday’s 91 almost faultlessly, making his 108 in 125 balls with two sixes and 10 fours.

Rough start: New limited-overs head coach Giles is yet to savour victory

Rough start: New limited-overs head coach Giles is yet to savour victory

Eoin Morgan looked comfortable in making a near run-a-ball 52 and Craig Kieswetter added the late surge with 41 off 27 balls that finished with two consecutive sixes swiped over mid wicket.

Having overdone the bouncers under the new two-per-over rule at the weekend there was less of them yesterday and Finn was guilty over-pitching as India made a strong start that was only undone with the introduction of Tredwell.

Unmukt Chand, India’s Under 19 skipper and regarded as high quality prospect, had been going well for his 37 but then lamely chipped the Kent spinner to Cook at mid-on.

With captain Shikhar Darwan, owner of five one-day caps, heading towards a century, the home team went smoothly to 188 for two but two quick wickets halted their progress and suggested that England would get their first win of this tour.

When part-time spinner Joe Root trapped Darwan for an excellent 110 – Tredwell was convinced he had him caught behind just before he brought up a century with a six – Cook looked to have pulled off a masterstroke.

But the inexperienced Milind Kumar, 21, rebuilt the momentum of the innings to the point where 75 were needed off the last 10 overs, and he ended unbeaten on 78.

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Queens Park 0 Rangers 1: Match report

Queen's Park 0 Rangers 1: Aird leaves it late as Gers sneak past 10 men at Hampden

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 29 December 2012

A last-gasp goal from substitute Fraser Aird ensured Rangers' winning streak continued as they claimed victory over 10-man Queen's Park.

The clash at the national stadium looked set to end goalless before the injury-time strike sealed a 10th win in a row for the Irn-Bru Third Division leaders.

The Old Firm clash with Celtic may be the most famous in Scottish football but the original Glasgow derby actually took place between Queen's Park and Rangers.

Beter late than never: Fraser Aird celebrates his injury-time winner for Rangers

Beter late than never: Fraser Aird celebrates his injury-time winner for Rangers

MATCH FACTS

Queen's Park: Parry, McGinn, Little, Brough, Robertson, Gallacher, Anderson, Keenan, Watt (Connolly 75), Quinn, Shankland (McParland 89).

Subs not used: Lochhead, Bradley, Longworth

Booked: Watt, Brough, Gallacher, Anderson, Shankland, Connolly

Sent off: Brough

Rangers:
Alexander, Hegarty, Perry, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Crawford, Black
(Aird 64), Hutton (Sandaza 71), McKay, McCulloch, Templeton.

Subs not used: Currie, Cole, Faure

Goal: Aird 90+2

Booked: Black,

Referee: William Collum

Attendance: 30,117

And, according to the official match-day programme, it is also the oldest surviving senior derby in world football.

The meeting between both clubs at Ibrox earlier this season saw the resumption of a fixture first played 135 years ago.

Today's match – in front of a crowd of 30,117 – was the first Hampden clash between the sides since November 1957, when Rangers came out on top as 4-2 winners.

Ally McCoist was forced to make two changes from the side which defeated Clyde on Boxing Day.

Andy Little was sidelined through injury, while Lewis Macleod revealed on Twitter before kick-off that he was ill with a virus, meaning he was absent for the first time this season.

Queen's Park had given Rangers a tough match at Ibrox in October and they looked well up for this encounter, carving out a couple of chances early on.

A free-kick 20 yards out provided an opportunity to put the visitors under pressure but Michael Keenan was wasteful with an effort that was well off-target.

Familiar surroundings: Gers boss Ally McCoist has been a regular visitor to Hampden Park over the years

Familiar surroundings: Gers boss Ally McCoist has been a regular visitor to Hampden Park over the years

David Anderson came closer when he tried his luck with a shot from just outside the box which fizzed across goal and just wide of the upright.

The best chance so far fell to Rangers when a lovely cross from the left from Barrie McKay set up David Templeton for a shot that flashed inches over the crossbar.

Robbie Crawford was not too far away when he met a Black cross 10 yards out and bulleted a header just over, as the first half ended goalless.

Getting tight: Rangers ace David Templeton (right) and Michael Keenan battle for the ball

Getting tight: Rangers ace David Templeton (right) and Michael Keenan battle for the ball

Rangers continued to push for the opener after the restart and a lofted effort from Lee McCulloch landed on the roof of the net, with Neil Parry untroubled in goal.

The goalkeeper was then called into action to make an impressive save to deny McKay, who unleashed a powerful drive after a one-two with McCulloch.

Queen's Park were dealt a blow when they were reduced to 10 men when James Brough picked up a second caution for a foul on Templeton after 56 minutes.

Start the party: Aird (No 17) leads the way as the Rangers players celebrate his late goal against Queen's Park

Start the party: Aird (No 17) leads the way as the Rangers players celebrate his late goal against Queen's Park

Parry reacted quickly again to snuff out another Rangers threat, this time racing off his line to block from Lee Wallace, who had been teed up by Templeton.

Aird had replaced Black and Francisco Sandaza was thrown into the action for Kyle Hutton with 20 minutes to go, with Rangers struggling to break down a stubborn Spiders side.

The Spanish striker was clearly aiming to make an immediate impact but his finishing let him down as he rifled into the side-netting.

Hard to handle: Paul Gallacher has a nibble at Templeton and the Gers player ends up on the deck

Hard to handle: Paul Gallacher has a nibble at Templeton and the Gers player ends up on the deck

The home side could have snatched the points when Aidan Connolly released Lawrence Shankland in plenty of space but his shot lacked power and was easily smothered by Neil Alexander.

Shankland had the chance to make amends with a free-kick that escaped the grasp of the Rangers goalkeeper but swerved past the far post.

Sandaza again rippled the side-netting for Rangers, before Aird grabbed the winner in injury time with a shot from just outside the area that squeezed past several bodies in the box and nestled in the bottom corner.

David Silva calls upon Manchester City players to close gap on Manchester United

Angry Silva calls upon Man City players to close gap on United by end of February

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 29 December 2012

David Silva says his Manchester City team-mates were angry after their Boxing Day defeat at Sunderland, and has called upon the champions to close the seven-point gap on rivals United by the end of February.

City found themselves seven points off the pace to defend their Premier League title after being beaten 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men came from behind three times to beat Newcastle 4-3 in a thrilling encounter.

But Silva believes City, who were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages for the second year running, still have the quality to make up the ground over their bitter rivals, starting with a win today against Norwich at Carrow Road.

Battle cry: David Silva is determined to catch Manchester United at the top of the Premier League

Battle cry: David Silva is determined to catch Manchester United at the top of the Premier League

He told The Sun: ‘The defeat in Sunderland was a hard blow for us. But as we know that the Premier League is very open and if you give away chances you can be beaten.

‘Even so, there was a lot of anger in the dressing room — and not only from the coach. Those three points were so important because in our situation they could make the difference between us winning and losing the title.

‘And really, if we do not win at places like Sunderland, it is nearly impossible to fight for the success in this league.

‘Perhaps being knocked out of Europe had an influence but now we need to react and to demonstrate that City are the English champions.

Plotting success: Sergio Aguero (right) and Joleon Lescott (left) in training yesterday

Plotting success: Sergio Aguero (right) and Joleon Lescott (left) in training yesterday

All smiled: Pablo Zabaleta (left), Carlos Tevez (centre) and Javi Garcia (right) wrap up at Carrington

All smiled: Pablo Zabaleta (left), Carlos Tevez (centre) and Javi Garcia (right) wrap up at Carrington

‘There is a long way to go — but we cannot allow United any more advantage at the top of the table. The future is in our own hands but we have already shown how powerful we can be during our worst moments during the past year.

‘Our goal this season was the Champions League — but now that chance has gone we want to win the Premier League and dedicate the achievement to our fans.’

United ran out victors in the first Manchester derby of the season after a last-gasp Robin van Persie free-kick at the Etihad.

Silva and Co know that taking three points will be vital when they seek revenge at Old Trafford on April 6 for what promises to be a thrilling second instalment.

Larking about: Mario Balotelli (centre) has a joke in the gym during training

Larking about: Mario Balotelli (centre) has a joke in the gym during training

Star man: Silva (left) is hoping for a win this afternoon at Norwich

Star man: Silva (left) is hoping for a win this afternoon at Norwich

Manchester City face Norwich after scoring 11 goals against them last season

Cheer up City, you had a grand old time against Norwich last year

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UPDATED:

16:57 GMT, 28 December 2012

If anything can rekindle the memories for Manchester City fans of their glorious title-winning campaign last season, it has to be the 6-1 away win… at Carrow Road!

Mancini’s men repeated their famous drubbing of Manchester United at Old Trafford in October by racking up another half a dozen goals in East Anglia in April.

It took City’s tally against Norwich to 11 goals in two games after a 5-1 win at the Etihad Stadium in December, at which point they were five points clear of United.

Awesome: Tevez scored a hat-trick at Carrow Road last year

Awesome: Tevez scored a hat-trick at Carrow Road last year

Forgiven: The Argentine fell out with Mancini during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich

Forgiven: The Argentine fell out with Mancini during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich

Good job: It was the second 6-1 win on the road for City last season

Good job: It was the second 6-1 win on the road for City last season

Hole in one: Tevez celebrates scoring with a golf swing

Hole in one: Tevez celebrates scoring with a golf swing

Things just haven’t clicked for the champions this season and their hopes of back-to-back titles are hanging by a thread as they trail United by seven points.

But City are also out of Europe altogether and have found goals hard to come by as they’ve netted just 34 goals in comparison to 53 at the same stage last season.

It took an injury-time winner from Gareth Barry last Saturday to beat Reading, the team with the worst defence in the league, before they fired blanks in their Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland.

But a visit to Carrow Road might be just what the doctor ordered for City fans after Carlos Tevez’s hat-trick, two goals from Sergio Aguero and a late strike from Adam Johnson, who scored the winner against City on Boxing Day, saw them to a massive win on their way to the Premier League crown last term.

Unstoppable: Tevez and Argentine partner Aguero scored five goals

Unstoppable: Tevez and Argentine partner Aguero scored five goals

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring

Carlos Tevez of Manchester City celebrates scoring

Having fun Mancini was all smiles during his team's dominant performance

Having fun Mancini was all smiles during his team's dominant performance

Can we play you every week City also hammered Norwich 5-1 at the Etihad

Can we play you every week City also hammered Norwich 5-1 at the Etihad

Stoke manager Tony Pulis choosing gradual development over spending spree

Stoke proud of their project as Pulis claims he won't be splashing the cash in Janaury

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Tony Pulis insists Stoke City will not be ‘caught with their pants down’ by spending lots of money in January.

Stoke are sitting pretty in ninth place in the Barclays Premier League, level on points with Boxing Day's opponents Liverpool, but their manager said the club will continue their policy of ‘gradual redevelopment’.

Qualities: Tony Pulis is happy with the gradual progress being made by Stoke

Qualities: Tony Pulis is happy with the gradual progress being made by Stoke

Qualities: Tony Pulis is happy with the gradual progress being made by Stoke

In November, Stoke invested a further 6million in their Clayton Wood training ground to improve the facilities for Academy teams, having spent just 5.5m on bringing Geoff Cameron and Michael Kightly to the club last summer.

Pulis said: ‘We have a plan, and it’s gradual and gradual. It’s not one we’re going to throw loads and loads of money at and then get caught with our pants down.

‘We’ve spent on and off the pitch and we’re continuing at the moment. We’ve got a new build at the training ground and it’s going to cost us a lot of money.

‘The structure of the team is very organised. We work very, very hard on the training ground and we’ve got gradually better over the years we’ve been in the Premier League, but we are a football club that came into the Premier League after 23 years out, so we’ve had to spend a lot of money not just on the team, but on the structure.

‘The training ground, putting the stadium back into place after no investment, car parks, the lot.’

Martin O"Neill says every day is Christmas Day for footballers

Every day's like Christmas Day! O'Neill delights in role he can play passing on the good times

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill claims every day must feel like Christmas for footballers.

The European Cup winner had his players in for training as usual on the big day, ahead of Boxing Day's clash with Manchester City at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are hoping to replicate last New Year’s Day’s win over the champions, and O’Neill knows half a day away from their families is a small sacrifice for today’s millionaires to pay for the enormous rewards which would have seemed implausible to his mentor Brian Clough and his Forest team-mates.

Points mean presents: Martin O'Neill says every day is like Christmas Day for footballers, so he doesn't mind dragging the Sunderland squad in for training on the big day

Points mean presents: Martin O'Neill says every day is like Christmas Day for footballers, so he doesn't mind dragging the Sunderland squad in for training on the big day

Points mean presents: Martin O'Neill says every day is like Christmas Day for footballers, so he doesn't mind dragging the Sunderland squad in for training on the big day

And although he admits he has aged ahead of time and can only briefly enjoy his favourite time of year, O’Neill would recommend management as the nest best thing for a footballer.

He said: 'I think that it is the most phenomenal life you can get, especially if you have couple of years which are successful.

'I was lucky enough to be at Nottingham Forest and we had couple of successful years in Europe and that was fantastic.

'Every player has to enjoy the career. You get paid to stay fit and healthy and as long as you do not have to endure serious injury it is a great career.

'And if you are one of those players thinking of going into management I have one piece of advice: “forget about it”. That was a joke, I promise it was a joke.

'It is genuinely great if young players want to step into management and think they can do it. The playing is the ultimate and management is ok by comparison. To play and be involved in a successful side and win trophies or cups, is really great.

'You actually get a different feeling as a manager, in a sense that you have that responsibility if you end up winning something, you feel it is really good because it is your team but playing is the enjoyment.

High times: O'Neill (left) was part of the all-conquering Nottingham Forest team managed by the legendary Brain Clough

High times: O'Neill (left) was part of the all-conquering Nottingham Forest team managed by the legendary Brain Clough

'You only have to worry about yourself. That is what my wife said to me recently. She said it wasn’t great in the days I was playing and when my only complaint was seeing Cloughie on Monday morning to ask why I weren’t in the team.'

Sunderland and O’Neill are sweating on the fitness of England winger Adam Johnson so he can face his former team. He has a dead leg which forced him off in the win at Southampton, and has responded slowly to treatment.

O’Neill added: 'He is positive and making progress so we will see. We were hoping the would clear up and it has not done.'

Rafa Benitez refuses to rule out Premier League title challenge from Chelsea

Title still a possibility for Benitez as Chelsea boss revels in goal glut that silenced the boo-boys

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UPDATED:

20:26 GMT, 24 December 2012

Rafael Benitez believes Chelsea can mount a successful Barclays Premier League title challenge despite the sizeable gap between themselves and leaders Manchester United.

The Blues moved into third place following the 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa and have now won five of their last six games in all competitions ahead of their Boxing Day trip to Norwich.

They ran riot at Stamford Bridge with seven different players getting on the scoresheet – a Premier League first – and it would have been more but for a missed Lucas Piazon penalty.

Blue is the colour: Chelsea set a Premier League record with their seven different scorers against Villa

Blue is the colour: Chelsea set a Premier League record with their seven different scorers against Villa

Blue is the colour: Chelsea set a Premier League record with their seven different scorers against Villa

The win came on the back of a convincing 5-1 win over rivals Leeds in the Capital One Cup and went some way to quietening the boos directed towards Benitez, with the furore over his appointment starting to die down.

Chelsea are still some way behind United in the title race, trailing by 11 points, but Benitez is not ruling anything out.

Asked if he will tell his players they can still win the league, Benitez said: 'We will see after two or three more games. You could see the team had confidence in themselves, they believed, and that was there to the end.

'They had good movements, created chances. Now we have to sustain this run and it will be easier for me to say we can compete.'

The Spaniard, who has been an unpopular figure at Stamford Bridge since he was brought in as interim manager on November 21, seems to have revitalised Blues frontman Fernando Torres – who he also managed at Liverpool – with the striker scoring seven times in his last six games.

'The players were really focused from day one,' Benitez said. 'They knew they had a new manager and they had to perform.

'The players, from day one, were trying to learn, to improve and they were keen to learn.'

Another player who looks to be developing under the leadership of Spaniard is David Luiz, who has been switched from defence into central midfield – a decision which saw the Brazilian produce a nonchalant but vibrant display against Villa.

Capped off with a spectacular goal from a technically difficult free-kick, the re-deployment of Luiz looks to be a triumph for Benitez in reshaping Chelsea's attack in a position where they have sometimes struggled to fully impose themselves.

I've got a plan: Rafael Benitez is refusing to rule out a title charge from his team

I've got a plan: Rafael Benitez is refusing to rule out a title charge from his team

Benitez confirmed the 25-year-old could find himself playing further up the pitch on a more regular basis following Sunday's performance.

He said: 'We will analyse it carefully. Maybe, if he can relax, he can play more games in this position because it's easier for him to rest here.'

Frank Lampard, who made his 500th Premier League start against Villa and became the Blues' all-time top scorer thanks to his second-half strike, hailed Luiz's talent and thinks he can be a success in both defence and midfield.

Lampard told the club website: 'He has the ability to play either position and he has been a fantastic defender at this club. People say that central midfield is also a role for him and I think they are right.

'You still have to have discipline and be in the right position and you can't take liberties, and against Villa he showed that he has the discipline and the ability to do that role.'

Much improved: David Luiz and Fernando Torres have both flourished under Benitez

Much improved: David Luiz and Fernando Torres have both flourished under Benitez

Much improved: David Luiz and Fernando Torres have both flourished under Benitez

However, there is still some bad news for Chelsea, as the return date for injured club captain John Terry is still to be confirmed as he recovers from a knee injury.

Terry was originally aiming to be fit to for the Club World Cup earlier this month but setbacks have seen him remain on the sidelines.

Benitez said: 'Two days ago it was one little step backwards, but now one step forwards. We cannot say when he'll be available.

'The doctors say it's difficult with an inflammation. The next two or three days, he won't be available, that is clear. He just did the warm-up with the team the other day. I don't know how long (he will be out).'