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David Moyes picture Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, Sara Beverly Jones Tony Bellew fight Liverpool Echo Arena

Moyes eyes a couple of strikers! Everton boss poses with blonde beauties before Bellew's bout

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Lee Bryan

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02:55 GMT, 31 March 2013

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03:01 GMT, 31 March 2013

David Moyes was grinning like a Cheshire cat on Saturday – and for good reason.

After watching Everton see off Stoke thanks to Kevin Mirallas' splendid strike at Goodison Park, the 49-year-old Scot proved he's still got it, sandwiching himself between a couple of glamour girls at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Moyes was there to support Toffees fan Tony Bellew in his bout against Isaac Chilemba – which ended in a draw – but he got a little more than he bargained for in his ringside seat.

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Everton skipper Phil Neville was quick to tweet the picture, saying: “Moyes at the boxing, go on son! That's how your Boss rolls” is he in bellews corner'

Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, pictured left in the picture, remarked on the social network site: 'howlin that I was sittin next to David Moyes ringside n got a pic on his knee with my @SaraBeverley #LEG'

Her pal Sara Beverly Jones – an actress, presenter and promotional model – added: 'Me and @misshannahelizx on David moyes knee! Ha my face! … Add your own caption.'

In this case, we think a picture tells a thousand words…

Jessica Ennis and Sir Dave Brailsford were among a number of British Olympians honoured by the Queen

Ennis, Rutherford, Adams and Rowsell lead the Olympic honours list while cycling boss Brailsford becomes a knight at the Palace

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Honoured: Jessica Ennis (second from left) Greg Rutherford (centre) and Nicola Adams (second from right) pose with Beefeaters after being honoured by the Queen for their heroics during London 2012

Honoured: Jessica Ennis (above, right) receives her CBE medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and poses before entering (below)

Honoured: Jessica Ennis (above, right) receives her CBE medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and poses before entering (below)

Jessica Ennis

Pride: Ennis shows off her newly awarded CBE

Pride: Ennis shows off her newly awarded CBE

Today’s ceremony will see honours go to a collection of athletes who became household names with their achievements as part of Team GB.

Greg Rutherford, 26, who landed a gold in the long jump, spoke of his excitement at being awarded the MBE. He said: 'I am very excited and very nervous as well.

Knighted: British Cycling performance director and head of Team Sky Sir David Brailsford (right) receives his knighthood from the Queen

Knighted: British Cycling performance director and head of Team Sky Sir David Brailsford (above, right) receives his knighthood from the Queen and stands with his family before entering the Palace (below)

Sir David Brailsford

'It’s not every day you get to do something like this and meet the Queen. The heart’s racing a bit.

'You dream of doing well at an Olympics, especially a home Olympics, and then the things that come along after that are just absolutely out of this world.

'I don’t think truly you can imagine these sorts of things happening and being awarded by the Queen. It really is just extraordinary.'

Sportsmail's own: Joanna Rowsell speaks with the Queen after becoming a Member of the British Empire

Sportsmail's own: Joanna Rowsell speaks with the Queen after becoming a Member of the British Empire

MBE: Sportsmail columnist Joanna Rowsell (right) speaks with the Queen after becoming a Member of the British Empire

Greg Rutherford

Nicola Adams

Collecting more medals Long jumper Greg Rutherford (left) and boxer Nicola Adams each picked up an MBE

Boxing gold medal winner Nicola Adams, 30, is also being awarded an MBE.

The flyweight, who outclassed China’s Ren Cancan to win, said: 'I’m over the moon, really excited.'

Wearing Kurt Geiger shoes and a black Phillip Lim jacket, she added: 'It isn’t every day you get to come to the palace and receive the MBE.

Sealed with a handshake: Double Olympic champion Jason Kenny collects his OBE

Sealed with a handshake: Double Olympic champion Jason Kenny collects his OBE

'I am over the moon and can’t believe I’m receiving this today.'

Double 2012 cycling champion Jason Kenny, 24, is to collected his OBE with team-mate and team pursuit gold medallist Joanna Rowsell, 24.

Ecstatic: Sir David shows his emotions while chatting to the Queen

Ecstatic: Sir David shows his emotions while chatting to the Queen

British Cycling performance director and principal of Team Sky, David Brailsford, will receive his knighthood.

Sir David led Britain to eight cycling gold medals for a second successive Olympics and Team Sky to an historic one-two in the Tour de France.

23 years own: Former England and Glamorgan cricketer Robert Croft was awarded an MBE

23 years own: Former England and Glamorgan cricketer Robert Croft was awarded an MBE

He receives his knighthood for services to cycling and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Cricketer Robert Croft, who retired during the summer, will pick up his MBE following a 23-year career with England and Glamorgan.

Oscar Pistorius back in court for murder bail application as funeral held for Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius 'attached his legs, walked seven metres and shot four times': Paralympic star back in court for murder bail hearing as funeral held for girlfriend Steenkamp

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06:41 GMT, 19 February 2013

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09:53 GMT, 19 February 2013

Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend through a closed bathroom door, a court heard today.

A tearful Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs, appeared in a South African court for his second appearance over the death of Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the hearing that Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times inside his Pretoria home on Thursday.

Pistorius, 26, was formally charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend.

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Oscar Pistorius, centre with head covered, leaves the Brooklyn Police Station on his way to court hearing on Tuesday

Bail hearing: Oscar Pistorius, centre with head covered, in a police car on his way to court on Tuesday

Solemn: Pallbearers carry the coffin of Reeva Steenkamp into the crematorium in Port Elizabeth

Solemn: Pallbearers carry the coffin of Reeva Steenkamp into the crematorium in Port Elizabeth

Emotional: Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva (second left), arrives at the crematorium in Port Elizabeth

Emotional: Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva (second left), arrives at the crematorium in Port Elizabeth

Respects: Springboks rugby star Francois Hougaard arrives for the memorial service

Memorial: Springboks rugby star Francois Hougaard arrives for the service

VIDEO She was good & strong. Reeva's brother remembers her ahead of funeral

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Mr Nel said the victim arrived at the house between 5pm and 6pm the night before she was killed at 3am. He said she was locked inside the small bathroom and was unarmed.

'She couldn't go anywhere. You can run nowhere,' said Mr Nel.

The prosecutor also said the athlete, who broke down in tears during the hearing, had not provided investigators with his own version of what happened.

Barry Roux, defending, said Ms Steenkamp was not murdered, and there were a number of cases where men have shot members of their own family through doors after mistaking them for burglars.

He also suggested that Pistorius broke the bathroom door down to help Ms Steenkamp after the shooting.

The charge was made as Steenkamp's
body was being driven to a church for a memorial service in the
south-coast city of Port Elizabeth. The family said members have
gathered from around the world.

Pistorius uncovered

When Sportsmail's award-winning photographer Andy Hooper was invited into the home of Oscar Pistorius

Laura Williamson: It might all be finished for Pistorius but the Paralympic movement will survive

Pistorius' arrest triggered shock
across the globe and prompted rumours that he might have mistaken his
girlfriend for an intruder in what could have been a Valentine's Day
surprise gone wrong.

But police swiftly distanced
themselves from that suggestion and said there had been previous
incidents of a 'domestic nature' at Pistorius' house.

His family has vowed to fight the murder charge in the 'strongest terms'.

Pistorius's management company has
issued a statement announcing it had 'no option' but to cancel all
future races the double amputee was contracted to compete in.

Managing agent Peet Van Zyl said the athlete's 'key focus is defending himself against this serious charge'.

Pistorius, who won two gold medals
and a silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, was contracted to
compete in the Manchester City Games on May 25, following Qantas Tour
races in Australia on March 9 and 16 and meetings in Rio de Janeiro
(March 31) and Iowa (April 26).

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Journalists watched Pistorius, head
covered with a hoodie, leave the police station and arrive at the back
entrance to the courthouse in Pretoria, before 7am.

Pistorius' brother Carl and longtime
track coach Ampie Louw – the man who convinced Pistorius to take up
athletics – were also in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court building,
pointing out friends of the family that should be allowed in. Queue of
dozens of people waited to go in that public entrance.

Pistorius
was remanded in custody after a hearing on Friday at which prosecutors
said they intended to pursue a case of premeditated murder against the
athlete – which means he could face a life sentence.

And
they are set to strongly oppose a bid by Pistorius' legal team for the
Paralympic athlete to be granted bail at a court hearing.

Breakdown: Oscar Pistorius wept uncontrollably in court as the charge was read out

Shocking: Oscar Pistorius was charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day at his Pretoria home

Grisly scenes: A graphic cartoon strip has been published depicting the last moments before Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot his girlfriend dead

Grisly scenes: A graphic cartoon strip has been published depicting the last moments before Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot his girlfriend dead

Home: Neighbours of the athlete say they heard noise from the house (pictured today) just before the authorities arrived

Concern: Police say that there had been previous incidents of a 'domestic nature' at Pistorius's property

Police
swiftly distanced themselves from an initial suggestion that Pistorius
may have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder in what could have been
a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong.

They added that there had been previous incidents of a 'domestic nature' at Pistorius's property.
His family has vowed to fight the murder charge in the 'strongest terms'.

Pistorius's best friend claimed the
sports star called him minutes after the shooting telling him 'there has
been a terrible accident', according to the Sunday People.

Justin Divaris said: 'It's all very sad. Oscar called me at 3.55am saying that Reeva had been shot.
It was very traumatic. By the time we got there it was already a crime scene and we weren't allowed in the house.'

Pistorius's father said he had 'zero doubt' Miss Steenkamp's death was a
tragic accident and that his son may have acted 'on instinct'.

Henke Pistorius said he believed the model was killed after being mistaken for an intruder at his son's house.

Pistorius and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Support: Pistorius's father said he had 'zero doubt' Miss Steenkamp's death was a
tragic accident

The funeral of Reeva Steenkamp also takes place today

The funeral of Reeva Steenkamp also takes place today

He said: 'When you are a sportsman, you act even more on instinct.

'It's instinct – things happen and that's what you do.'

Meanwhile Steenkamp's mother has paid tribute to her daughter, describing her as the 'most beautiful person who ever lived.'

Mrs Steenkamp told South African newspaper The Times: 'She loved like no one else could love.

'She had so much of herself to give and now all of it is gone. Just like
that, she is gone … In the blink of an eye and a single breath, the
most beautiful person who ever lived is no longer here.

'All we have is this horrendous death to deal with … to get to grips
with. All we want are answers … answers as to why this had to happen,
why our beautiful daughter had to die like this.'

Africa Cup of Nations: Cape Verde 2 Angola 1 – Match Report

Cape Verde 2 Angola 1: Underdogs come from behind to cause an upset as Blue Sharks make quarter-finals

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19:37 GMT, 27 January 2013

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19:37 GMT, 27 January 2013

Massive underdogs Cape Verde Islands scored two late goals to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win over Angola and qualify for the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.

A header from Gege after 82 minutes and a strike from substitute Heldon in the first minute of stoppage time gave the islanders the most unlikely of wins and put them into the last eight after South Africa drew 2-2 with Morocco in the other Group A match in Durban.

Angola had taken the lead when Nando deflected the ball into his own net after 33 minutes, but even though Angola were winning for much of the match, they looked like being eliminated while Morocco were beating South Africa.

Pure delight: Cape Verde's Heldon celebrates his goal

Pure delight: Cape Verde's Heldon celebrates his goal

Late goals in both games changed everything in the final minutes as Cape Verde clinched their place in the last eight to take second place in the group behind South Africa. Morocco finished third and Angola fourth.

The showdown in Port Elizabeth was the first time the two former Portuguese African colonies had met in the tournament and many of the players from both sides have links past and present at club level.

But despite the 'derby' aspect of the match, it got off to a ponderous start with lots of scrappy play from both sides.

Shock: Cape Verde's defender Fernando Varela celebrates after scoring against Angola

Shock: Cape Verde's defender Fernando Varela celebrates after scoring against Angola

Back in the game: Angola get back on level terms

Back in the game: Angola get back on level terms

The end could hardly have been more different, ending in high drama as Cape Verde came from behind to win.

Angola coach Gustavo Ferrin made five changes to the side that lost 2-0 to South Africa in their previous match in a bid to give them a fighting chance of squeezing into the last eight.

Cape Verde's coach Luis Antunes

Angola's soccer coach Gustavo Ferrin

Contrasting emotions: Cape Verde's coach Antunes flies the flag as Angola's coach Gustavo Ferrin looks angry

One of those changes, midfielder Djilma Campos helped set up their opening goal when he provided the cross for Mateus. Under pressure as Mateus went for goal, the ball took its deflection off Nando and went into the back of his own net.

But Cape Verde never stopped coming forward and equalised when Gege headed home after 82 minutes. The winner came when Lama made a dreadful mistake in the Angolan goal as Heldon swept home the winner.

Nasser Hussain: Shane Warne"s hopes of return is tantalising, but Australia must move on

Warne's Ashes return is an exciting prospect, but Aussies must move on

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23:24 GMT, 4 December 2012

If Shane Warne makes his comeback in the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10, you have to say it would be great for the Ashes.

Warne is the greatest cricketer I ever played against, and he has never been anything less than absolutely box-office.

Australia have tried 12 Test spinners since he quit at the end of the 2006-07 Ashes, and you know he'd get stuck in.

Ready to return: Shane Warne is in great shape, despite being 43

Ready to return: Shane Warne is in great shape, despite being 43

He's fitter than he used to be and he hasn't lost that competitive edge. He wouldn't struggle with the mental side, either.

If a mere mortal like me was thinking about a Test return in my 40s, I'd be worried about making a fool of myself.

But Warne's always had this huge self-belief. Worry would not be an option.

I'd love to see him play for Australia again. Who wouldn't But the real test would be how his right shoulder and spinning fingers stand up to the pain.

It's all very well Warne bowling four overs every few evenings in a Twenty20 tournament.

Happy couple: Warne is engaged to British actress Elizabeth Hurley (left)

Happy couple: Warne is engaged to British actress Elizabeth Hurley (left)

How he used to be: Warne is pictured smoking in 2004

How he used to be: Warne is pictured smoking in 2004

But life would get interesting if England kept Australia in the field all day and Warne had to rock up the next morning after 30 overs of hard graft.

And much though I want England to win, I'd also be a bit anxious about the possibility of an all-time legend not quite living up to the standards he set himself during his career.

No doubt Warne wouldn't share those anxieties – although I'm sure his comments came as a result of being asked a question rather than Warne himself dangling a carrot.

If he is serious, it's now up to him to make the next move, not his great buddy Michael Clarke or Cricket Australia.

But my gut feeling is that, with the retirement of Ricky Ponting, Australian cricket needs to move on from one of its greatest eras – however fascinating it would be to see Shane Warne back in action.

The Queen"s horse Carlton House to be trained in Australia

The Queen's horse Carlton House to be trained Down Under in bid to revive fortunes

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17:06 GMT, 4 December 2012

The Queen is to have her first horse trained in Australia with Carlton House being transferred from Sir Michael Stoute to leading Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Carlton House has ensured a disappointing season and failed to build on his third to Pour Moi in last year's Derby when he had an interrupted preparation and then lost a shoe in the final furlong.

The colt, whose biggest win came in last year’s Group Two Dante Stakes at York, will head Down Under after competing in Sunday’s Hong Kong Cup.

Down Under: Carlton House will now be trained in Australia by Gai Waterhouse

Down Under: Carlton House will now be trained in Australia by Gai Waterhouse

This season the son of Street Cry, who was a gift from Sheik Mohammed, won the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes on his comeback at Sandown. Before putting up arguable a career best when second to So You Think in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A failure to settle in the early stages of his races led Stoute to drop Carlton House back to a mile but on both occasions, most recently when fourth to Excelebration in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October, he disappointed.

The Queen’s racing advisor John Warren said: ‘Carlton House looks the perfect candidate to race in Australia where there are a considerable number of options for an older horse.

‘The Queen is very enthusiastic about the prospect of having her first runner in Australia and Gai Waterhouse, who is one of Australia's leading trainers, will train the horse.

Change: Her Majesty will be hoping Carlton House's move will revive the horse's fortunes

Change: Her Majesty will be hoping Carlton House's move will revive the horse's fortunes

‘We will let Carlton House settle in and acclimatize before a race programme will be decided upon. It is an exciting plan and a wonderful opportunity for Her Majesty to have a horse that can participate in Australia where racing is top class.’

Waterhouse is a former actress and model who once appeared in The Young Doctors Down Under as well as making an appearance in Dr Who. She was born in Scotland.

She is one of Australian racing's most famous racing names and the daughter of TJ Smith, who was also a top racehorse trainer in Australia.

Chris Foy: England must fight fire with fire against South Africa

Let's get physical! Beefed-up England must fight fire with fire against South Africa

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22:20 GMT, 23 November 2012

The darkest hour is before the dawn. That is the message of hope England will seize upon in the final moments before kick-off at Twickenham on Saturday, as they try to emerge from the wreckage of their lowest ebb this year to stun the Springboks.

All week, the home team have brooded on their 20-14 loss against Australia and sought to channel their angst into a clear-headed backlash in today's QBE International.

The inspiration has come from events in South Africa five months ago, in Port Elizabeth to be precise.

Swamped: England were overpowered by a weakened and vulnerable Australia team last week

Swamped: England were overpowered by a weakened and vulnerable Australia team last week

What has emerged is a sense that, in the countdown to the end-of-season game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, they forged a collective will to end the suffering.

Having lost in Durban and Johannesburg, the tourists summoned up the spirit to finish that series on a more upbeat note, with a defiant draw which could have wound up as a win.

What the performance that day proved to Stuart Lancaster was that his young England team possess real character, and they will need that in spades today.

The wish of the management is to replicate the spirit of Port Elizabeth prior to kick-off; the same determination to push themselves to the limit to avert another setback, another inquest.

Casting his mind back to June 23, Lancaster said: 'There was a frustration that we hadn't delivered in the second Test. There was a feeling we had let ourselves down.

'That frustration had built during the week and this week again you've got the frustration of desperately wanting to win against Australia and not quite achieving it. That is a powerful motivator.'

Asked if he can sense the same mood, the same intense focus, he added: 'I do, definitely.'

When they summoned up their tour defiance, England were being led by Dylan Hartley, in the enforced absence of Chris Robshaw.

Now it is incumbent on the regular captain to set the same bloody-minded tone this time.

Outlining exactly what the coaches expect, Graham Rowntree said: 'I want to see the same as we saw in Port Elizabeth, that pure desire for it not to be a defeat again.

Tactic: South Africa will look to dominate England in the pack

Tactic: South Africa will look to dominate England in the pack

'That last hour before kick-off in Port Elizabeth was the last hour before the last game of that series.

'We were out to put a few things right. That is where we are now. We had lost two games on that tour.

'That last hour before the game we decided that wasn't going to happen again and we have to recreate that atmosphere.'

This week, everyone in the home camp has made the observation that the Springboks are not subtle in the way they play, nor expansive or visionary or varied.

England know that their opponents will come to Twickenham with the objective of smashing the doors down and the formidable power to do just that.

The hosts know what is heading their way, but handling it is another matter entirely.

Put aside the All Blacks – operating in a parallel universe of unrivalled class – and this fixture has troubled England the most in recent times.

Prior to that draw in Port Elizabeth, they had lost nine consecutive Tests against South Africa, having previously beaten them seven times in a row.

Lowest ebb: Stuart Lancaster (left) must navigate his way past South Africa before a tough Test against New Zealand

Lowest ebb: Stuart Lancaster (left) must navigate his way past South Africa before a tough Test against New Zealand

Pivotal: Manu Tuilagi will have to be at his best

Pivotal: Manu Tuilagi will have to be at his best

The last of those wins came all the way back in November 2006, so this latest clash between the countries serves as a chance for prolonged English suffering to be curtailed at long last.

For Lancaster's regime, events before this year carry no real relevance, but they are operating within their own difficult context.

There are immediate pressures which have nothing to do with a long-standing cycle of disappointment in tussles with the Boks.

This autumn campaign is on a knife-edge. Before it began, the country's rugby public would have taken three wins from four, or two triumphs as a minimum requirement.

With the All Blacks in town next weekend, there is a danger that these modest expectations won't be met.

Defeat against weakened, vulnerable Australia has burst the feelgood bubble.

Twickenham was full of hope a week ago, now it is likely to be awash with foreboding.

The home support will have noted the way South Africa have brushed aside Ireland and Scotland with relative ease and dread another November surrender to southern raiders, in keeping with dismal tradition.

Favoured: The Twickenham faithful may be expecting a second defeat as South Africa visit

Favoured: The Twickenham faithful may be expecting a second defeat as South Africa visit

Much of the concern is founded on a defeat seven days ago which Lancaster insists was not 'as black and white' as has been suggested.

The ideal way to reinforce his argument is for his team to beat the Boks. To do so they will have to resurrect the intensity levels produced in Port Elizabeth and for large parts of the Test in Johannesburg.

With Tom Wood recalled to the back row, England must be much more efficient at the breakdown, to deliver the holy grail of quick ball.

If they can achieve that target, the Leicester half-back axis of Ben Youngs and Toby Flood will have a fighting chance of generating momentum and openings.

Yet, quick ball from rucks is but one of many requirements – England need a more solid scrum and another precise line-out masterclass overseen by Geoff Parling.

Easy does it: Zane Kirchner and Co will be expecting a backlash from England

Easy does it: Zane Kirchner and Co will be expecting a backlash from England

They must stand up to the giant Springbok forwards such as flanker Willem Alberts, who pounded them to dust for a time at Ellis Park, and the young lock enforcer, Eben Etzebeth.

Lancaster's men will also be alert to the threat of Patrick Lambie's kicking repertoire.

There is an awful lot for the home side to withstand, so much so that perhaps not even the spirit of Port Elizabeth will be quite enough to save England.

For this regime, the honeymoon period ended last weekend, but defeat on Saturday would mean the darkest hour is still to come.

Another loss and – to use the American word for this time of year – it really would be the 'fall'.

Michael Hills fails breath test at Newmarket

Hills misses final races of career after failing breath test at Newmarket

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22:46 GMT, 3 November 2012

Michael Hills was forced to miss his intended farewell at Newmarket after failing a breath test before racing.

The 49-year-old had five booked mounts at Headquarters, his final rides before he retired from the saddle.

However, he was stood down for the day by the stewards after returning a positive test before the action began.

Over and out: Michael Hills with brother Richard at his retirement presentation

Over and out: Michael Hills with brother Richard at his retirement presentation

While the Flat season officially ends next Saturday, Hills confirmed he will not ride on into the final week.

He announced only last month he would retire at the end of the current campaign.

He has ridden over 2,000 winners and signs off the same year as his twin brother Richard, who decided the time was right to call it quits in March.

Michael Hills won the 1996 Derby on the William Haggas-trained Shaamit and was champion apprentice in 1983.

Among the best horses he rode were Royal Applause, trained by his father Barry, and Pentire who won the King VI And Queen Elizabeth and Irish Champion Stakes.

Among his other big-race winners were La Cucaracha, First Island, Handsome Sailor and Equiano.

His final winner came only on Friday when he partnered Winter Song, trained by his brother Charlie, to victory at Newmarket.

England rugby injuries mount – David Paice called up

All hail Paice! Hooker's joy at call-up but England injuries mount

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22:10 GMT, 29 October 2012

Joe Marler became the latest player to join England’s swelling casualty as the Harlequins prop’s hamstring injury forced head coach Stuart Lancaster to send for Matt Mullan as yet another squad reinforcement.

The flow of late arrivals into the FA’s national football centre in Burton-on-Trent — London Irish hooker David Paice and Quins lock George Robson joined on Sunday — continued with the call-up of the Worcester loosehead for training ahead of the first QBE International against Fiji at Twickenham on November 10.

Marler appeared to come through Quins’ Aviva Premiership victory over Irish on Sunday unscathed, but after reporting for national duty he was diagnosed with a ‘tight’ hamstring.

Call up: David Paice has been drafted into the England squad

Call up: David Paice has been drafted into the England squad

While the RFU insisted that summoning Mullan was just a precaution, Lancaster will, in theory, aim to finalise a matchday 23 for the Fiji game by Thursday, in order to release remaining squad players back to their clubs.

Therefore, Marler has another 48 hours to prove he is fit or his place is likely to be filled by the uncapped Saracen, Mako Vunipola.

This latest alarming development follows a flurry of setbacks over the weekend, with concerns largely focused on the state of two key Northampton forwards — Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes — who both suffered knee injuries on Saturday.

Amid suggestions that the damage sustained by Hartley is ‘significant’, the hooker and his fellow Saint were sent for scans on Monday evening. The RFU medical staff were also monitoring the state of centre Jonathan Joseph’s right ankle.

Hartley had been considered a contender for the captaincy, having led England to a draw in their last outing, against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in June, then following that up with a storming start to the new season. However, Chris Robshaw remained the clear favourite and is due to be confirmed on Tuesday in the role he filled with such distinction for the first seven games of this year.

Race against time: Joe Marler (left) is struggling with a hamstring injury

Race against time: Joe Marler (left) is struggling with a hamstring injury

Mullan was the third forward called up as a late replacement, after Robson and Paice checked into St George’s at short notice on Sunday night.

Paice revealed that he had to check with Joseph, his club colleague, to find out which part of the country he should drive to after being told about his sudden call-up by Exiles director of rugby Brian Smith.

‘I’ve just asked JJ where we’re going,’ he said. ‘I wasn’t sure. I haven’t spoken to anyone from England — just Brian and the media. I don’t know if people are winding me up! I’ll have to get one of the guys at Sunbury (London Irish’s training ground) to open up the changing room to get more boots out, then plug in the sat nav to find my way!’

Paice had learned last week that he had been overlooked for a place in the senior squad yet again, with Tom Youngs of Leicester promoted from the Saxons ahead of him. Yet the sense of dejection didn’t last long.

‘They called me on Tuesday night and said that I wasn’t in,’ he said. ‘I was disappointed but I’m very excited now. Brian told me in the changing rooms just after the game, and it’s a great honour. This news is a great surprise for me. I got engaged on Wednesday night, so it is a great engagement present!’

Sitting it out: Courtney Lawes (centre) and Dylan Hartley (right)

Sitting it out: Courtney Lawes (centre) and Dylan Hartley (right)

The hooker, 28, born in Darwin, Australia, made two replacement Test appearances on the tour of New Zealand in 2008, but then fell off England’s radar. He has worked hard for another shot and his chance follows the retirement of first Steve Thompson, then Lee Mears, and the injuries which sidelined Rob Webber and Joe Gray.

‘I think I’ve been playing well for the last couple of seasons and if I get my shot, I will take it with both hands this time,’ said Paice. ‘My game has come along in leaps and bounds, and I know I’m a much better player than I was in 2008.

‘The biggest thing I had to work on was my set-pieces and I think it is a major strength in my game now. I got my opportunity in 2008 through injuries and I guess it has happened again, but this time I’m going to take the chance.’

Frankel and Sir Henry Cecil sign off in style

Frank goodness! Superhorse Frankel and trainer Cecil sign off in style at Ascot

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A young and freakish horse was welcomed into the winners' enclosure as 'The Champion of All Time'.

Watching on, a frail and ageing chap tapped his fingers on the rail and his arctic-blue eyes glistened.

Frankel and his trainer Sir Henry Cecil, two of the great beasts of the racing world, combined at Ascot on Saturday to create as poignant a sporting scene as could be imagined.

Outstanding: Trainer Sir Henry Cecil (right) watched Frankel romp to victory at Ascot in style

Outstanding: Trainer Sir Henry Cecil (right) watched Frankel romp to victory at Ascot in style

Unbeatable: Frankel made it 14 wins from as many races in the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Unbeatable: Frankel made it 14 wins from as many races in the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Frankel factfile

Sire: Galileo

Dam: Kind

Age: Four

Foaled: February 11, 2008

Owner: Prince Khalid Abdullah

Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil

Career earnings: 2,998,302.

Race record: Fourteen wins from 14 starts, including 10 victories at Group One level.

Group One victories: Champion Stakes (2012); Juddmonte International (2012); Sussex Stakes (2012); Queen Anne Stakes (2012); Lockinge Stakes (2012); Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2011); Sussex Stakes (2011); St James's Palace Stakes (2011): 2000 Guineas (2011); Dewhurst Stakes (2010)

Other notable wins: Greenham Stakes (2011), Royal Lodge Stakes (2010).

Frankel deserved every accolade
Roget's Thesaurus could bestow, and he was lavished with every one of
them in the accompanying media love-in.

His 14th and farewell victory in the
mile-and-a-quarter Qipco Champion Stakes on alien, rain-softened
terrain, against classy rivals, confirmed his status as arguably the
greatest equine specimen in 300 years of breeding.

As for Sir Henry Richard Amherst
Cecil, nephew of the third Lord Amherst of Hackney, he is left with a
hoarse whisper after a six-year fight against cancer waged as defiantly
and jauntily as the angle at which he wore his brown trilby.

His record since beginning his career
in 1969 – 10-time champion trainer, 37 Classic winners, four Derby
winners and more than 70 Royal Ascot winners – is a mark of the man.

But figures do not reveal enough
about his special touch with horses and humans. He trains by instinct
and sagacity rather than any manual. With regard to his common touch
with us two-legged creatures, he is in danger of giving toffs a good
name.

Downing Street take note. Always as
ready to talk to a scruff as a prince, he doffed his hat to ladies as
they greeted him. He signed autographs, left-handed with a big downward
stroke for the first line of the H and a quick scrawl thereafter.

Hug it out: Tom Queally grabs hold of Frankel's neck after their impressive victory

Hug it out: Tom Queally grabs hold of Frankel's neck after their impressive victory

One woman asked him a question and he pointed to his mouth, leaving her to lipread that he could barely talk.

He thought better of it and returned.
Pointing to the grass with those big expressive hands of his, he half
mimed, half whispered by way of explaining that the going was not
ideally to Frankel's liking.

Cecil craned his neck to tell me: 'I probably got him too relaxed.'

Frankel was dawdling in the stalls as the rest of the field left. It made a race of it.

But Cecil added: 'He's a magnificent horse. He is the best I've had and the best I've seen.

'I'd be amazed if there has ever been a better one. This has been the perfect day.'

Cecil took off his hat for the
presentation. In fact, the millinery is a recent addition to his
wardrobe as chemotherapy has left his hair wispy.

The ovation he received was the biggest of the day. Three cheers were proposed.

We are not acclaiming a saint. He is a
69-year-old who laughs at the notion he might be the only boy from his
prep school, Sunningdale, to fail the exam to Eton.

Job done: Saudi Arabian owner Prince Khalid Abdullah (right) congratulates Cecil on an historic day at Ascot

Job done: Saudi Arabian owner Prince Khalid Abdullah (right) congratulates Cecil on an historic day at Ascot

Forget it: Cirrus Des Aigles ridden by Olivier Peslier (right) had no chance of catching Frankel

Forget it: Cirrus Des Aigles ridden by Olivier Peslier (right) had no chance of catching Frankel

He went instead to Canford and then,
with his twin brother David, to the Royal Agricultural College,
Cirencester, where by his own admission he studied 'drinking and
gambling'.

He left without sitting an exam. His
life was occasionally paraded in the gossip columns, proving that
stables life and carnal lusts are not just Jilly Cooper fantasies.

He spiralled into decline when his twin died of cancer in 2000 and hit the bottle hard.

His career was ebbing away at the same time, a falling out with the significant owner, Sheik Mohammed, central to the malaise.

The 2005 season is what the Queen,
who was in attendance among Saturday's 32,000 sell-out crowd, might call
his annus horribilis. He had just 12 winners, 101 fewer than nine years
before.

His prize money amounted to a meagre 145,000.

Royal approval: The Queen watched Frankel win the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Royal approval: The Queen watched Frankel win the Champion Stakes at Ascot

While on Newmarket Heath he overheard someone say: 'That's Henry Cecil. He should have retired a long time ago.'

It fired him up. This year he won
2.65million. The dandyish Cecil , whose catholic tastes are hinted at
by the tin soldiers and fossils on display in his study, admits that
Frankel, along with his third wife Jane, has sustained him through the
illness.

How will he fare now that the
four-year-old colt, his all-consuming professional passion, is going to
Banstead Manor Stud to begin his life as a playboy bachelor

Around 120 trysts with the world's most alluring mares are planned next year at 100,000 a go.

Frankel deserves it. He is the
outstanding horse of our generation. Prior to Saturday, he had won his
previous 13 races by a total of 74 and a half lengths.

Crowd pleaser: Tom Queally and Frankel pass the stands after winning the Champion Stakes

Crowd pleaser: Tom Queally and Frankel pass the stands after winning the Champion Stakes

And if arguments could be put forward
for the likes of Sea Bird, Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Sea The Stars
and Dancing Brave as being rivals for the title of greatest ever, no
horse ever did more to send the spirits soaring than Frankel.

Twice in his iridescent career he won
by 10 lengths or more, including unforgettably at Royal Ascot this
year.W e can laud him to the heavens now, but you sensed the crowd were
nervous before the race.

Eyes down: Willie Carson and Claire Balding take in the action

Eyes down: Willie Carson and Claire Balding take in the action

Eyes down: Willie Carson and Claire Balding take in the action

Going gets tough: there had been worries about the state of the track ahead of the big race

Going gets tough: there had been worries about the state of the track ahead of the big race

Yes, Frankel was 2-11 but there was
so much legendary status at stake in these sodden conditions that it was
a roar of relief as much as joy that broke out as he first drew level
with the French gelding Cirrus Des Aigles at the crest of the bend and
then quickened away to triumph by a length and three quarters.

Jockey Tom Queally said: 'He didn't
bounce along the ground like he can. I gave him a crack (of the whip),
which isn't common, and he powered off. He's done so much for so many
people.

'For me to get this chance is a million-to-one shot.'

Yes, Frankel has added lustre to Flat racing to rival that contemporary legend of National Hunt, Kauto Star.

No, Frankel never raced over a
mile-and-a-half, an omission some believe means that he cannot be hailed
as first among equals. I leave that to the equine historians. I merely
celebrate a free-flowing, big-lunged, long-striding phenomenon and his
stylish trainer for their own unique splendour.

Full house: It was no course to see the stadium packed to the rafters

Full house: It was no surprise to see the course packed to the rafters

Odds on: Frankel was the huge favourite to win

Odds on: Frankel was the huge favourite to win