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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had a winning horse at Doncaster

Ferguson's nous extends from the pitch to the racecourse with win in Doncaster

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18:39 GMT, 1 March 2013

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18:39 GMT, 1 March 2013

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in the winner's enclosure at Doncaster after Empire Levant made a winning start to his career over fences in the 32Red Novices' Chase.

The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old was a 4-5 favourite on his first
appearance since failing to complete a hurdle race at Aintree in late October and was sent straight to the lead by Daryl Jacob.

Winners enclosure: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) with Empire Lavant and jockey Daryl Jacob after their victory at Doncaster

Winners enclosure: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) with Empire Lavant and jockey Daryl Jacob after their victory at Doncaster

Largely jumping quickly and accurately, all appeared to be going well for
favourite-backers until the grey made a real mess of the fifth fence from home, bringing him right back to the rest of the field.

However, he was good and neat at the remaining four fences in the home straight and found enough for pressure to hold off the determined Speed Steed by two and a quarter lengths.

Empire Levant is owned by Ferguson and Ged Mason and carries the colours of Grand National contenders What A Friend and Harry The Viking.

Sharing a joke: Ferguson and Jacob chat after the win

Sharing a joke: Ferguson and Jacob chat after the win

Lance Armstrong "admits" to drug abuse to win Tour de France during Oprah Winfrey interview

Armstrong 'admits' to drug abuse to win Tour de France during Oprah Winfrey interview

By
Mike Dawes

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00:42 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:46 GMT, 15 January 2013

Lance Armstrong last night reportedly admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

The disgraced cyclist is said to have confessed in an interview with American TV chat show queen Oprah Winfrey which is scheduled to be broadcast on Thursday.

Armstrong earlier visited the staff of his charity at the Texas offices to apologise for putting their work at risk.

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Several employees cried when he told them: ‘I’m sorry.’ He promised he would try to restore the foundation’s reputation – before meeting his legal team to prepare for the Oprah interview.

Armstrong reportedly spoke to a room
full of about 100 staff members for about 20 minutes, expressing regret
for everything the controversy has put them through.

He told them how much the foundation
means to him and that he considers the people who work there to be like
members of his family. None of the people in the room challenged
Armstrong over his long denials of doping.

After the interview, Winfrey tweeted: 'Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours. He came READY!'

Winfrey and her crew planned on filming Monday's session at Armstrong's home. As a result, local and international news crews were camped near the cyclist's Spanish-style villa before dawn.

Armstrong still managed to slip away for a run despite the crowds outside his home. He returned by cutting through a neighbour's yard and hopping a fence.

Chris Froome says he is Team Sky"s main Tour de France rider ahead of Bradley Wiggins

Froome convinced he will be Team Sky's main man for Tour de France bid ahead of Wiggins

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01:28 GMT, 18 December 2012

Chris Froome believes that he and not newly crowned Sports Personality of the Year Bradley Wiggins will be the main man in Team Sky's bid to win next year's Tour de France.

Froome, who sacrificed his chances in the 2012 Tour to support Wiggins, claims he has the endorsement of team director Dave Brailsford.

He told The Times: 'The team are saying they are going to back me with the Tour this year. That is directly from Dave.

Main man: Chris Froome (left) says he will be Team Sky's focus for the Tour

Main man: Chris Froome (left) says he will be Team Sky's focus for the Tour

No clues: Dave Brailsford remained on the fence

No clues: Dave Brailsford remained on the fence

'He said, “You're our main man for the Tour. Focus on it”. I am already following a programme building for the Tour with that as my core focus.'

Brailsford last night suggested the decision on which rider Sky will back had not yet been made.

He said: 'At the moment Chris is going full gas for the Tour and Brad is going there by a different route and we will see when they get there.

'The guys will be trying to be the best they can be. We will see what condition they are in. The legs will do the talking.'

Froome and Wiggins have an unsettled relationship – they do not mix socially and the doubt about which of them will be lead rider in 2013 is sure to cause more friction.

Wiggins made it clear after collecting his BBC award that he wants the chance to defend his Tour title.

In his book Wiggins suggested that he could not fully trust his team-mate.

'I think that’s sad,' said Froome. 'I will always do the job asked of me.

Sad: Froome was unimpressed at Wiggins suggesting he did not trust him

Sad: Froome was unimpressed at Wiggins suggesting he did not trust him

'We definitely have to rely on each other and I think Brad knows that he can rely on me to do the job. Despite everything said, I stuck by him in the Tour.

'I looked after him to the end. He’s more than professional enough to do the same for me.'

Sprinter Sacre wins Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown

Sprinter Sacre storms to Tingle Creek Chase victory at Sandown on seasonal debut

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16:02 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 8 December 2012

Sprinter Sacre ran out a hugely-impressive winner of the the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase on his seasonal bow at Sandown.

Nicky Henderson's charge arrived unbeaten in five chase starts last term and he extended that run to six in the hands of Barry Geraghty.

Deeply impressive: Sprinter Sacre and Barry Geraghty jump the last

Deeply impressive: Sprinter Sacre and Barry Geraghty jump the last

Assuming control from the Pond Fence, the 4-11 favourite accelerated away to claim the Grade One prize by 15 lengths.

Sprinter Sacre ran out a hugely-impressive winner of the the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase on his seasonal bow at Sandown.

Nicky Henderson's charge arrived
unbeaten in five chase starts last term and he extended that run to six
in the hands of Barry Geraghty.

Assuming control from the Pond Fence, the 4-11 favourite accelerated away to claim the Grade One prize by 15 lengths.

Henderson said: 'He has got the 'wow'
factor. It's been a long time since Aintree and I admit to being
petrified about Sanctuaire.

All too easy: Barry Geraghty takes a peek over his shoulder

All too easy: Barry Geraghty takes a peek over his shoulder

'I knew that horse had got pace and
would put it into the race which would stretch anybody and it was as
soft as our fellow would ever want to go on. “He's just class isn't he

'I knew that I had something a bit special and I just wanted it to stay that way.

'That's as good a two-mile chase as you'll ever see.

'He will probably go for the Victor
Chandler and Cheltenham, I don't know for sure, but there aren't that
many options and then on to Aintree or Punchestown.'

Sprinter scores: Barry Geraghty shows his delight after Tingle Creek success

Sprinter scores: Barry Geraghty shows his delight after Tingle Creek success

Geraghty partnered Moscow Flyer to
win 10 Grade One chases, including two Queen Mother Champion Chases, and
he believes Sprinter Sacre compares favourably.

He added: 'He's the closest I have ridden to Moscow. Time will tell (if he will be as good) but he's going the right way. “He's the most natural I have ever ridden and so far, so good.'

All smiles: Geraghty (right) and trainer Nicky Henderson

All smiles: Geraghty (right) and trainer Nicky Henderson

Italian coach attempts to trip up winger – video

VIDEO: Italian coach attempts to trip winger but ends up being sent to stand behind a fence

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14:46 GMT, 14 November 2012

Working out how to defend against a tricky, pacy winger is the stuff of managers' nightmares.

Man marking him out of the game is one option while doubling up and risking leaving space elsewhere on the pitch is another.

But if all else fails, the boss could always take matters into his own hands and attempt to remove him from the game… just like the Italian youth coach below.

Cheeky: The coach attempts to trip up the winger as he launches an attack

Cheeky: The coach attempts to trip up the winger as he launches an attack

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The attempted trip happened during an Italian youth league game between Corpolo and Rivazzurra.

A Corpolo winger set off down the touchline but was stopped in his tracks by a cheeky flick from the coach.

Although he missed both the ball and man, the winger stumbled to the ground before both sets of players are involved in a brawl.

The offending coach was then sent to stand sheepishly behind a fence to ensure he could interfere no more.

Locked out: The coach was sent to stand behind the fence

Locked out: The coach was sent to stand behind the fence

Desperate times call for desperate measures! Rodgers to raid reserves to solve striker crisis

Desperate measures for desperate times! Rodgers raid reserves for striker

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09:40 GMT, 7 September 2012

Brendan Rodgers is ready to hand a debut to starlet Suso in a bid to solve his striking crisis.

The Liverpool manager is short of attacking options after losing Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll in the transfer window.

And after failing to add to his squad on deadline day, Rodgers will turn to the Anfield reserves.

Emergency call: Suso (left) is set to be handed his Liverpool debut

Emergency call: Suso (left) is set to be handed his Liverpool debut

'There might need to be an intermediary way of working now,' Rodgers told the Anfield Wrap.

'Boys like Suso will get their opportunity. The percentage Under 21s playing in the Premier League is statistically very, very small. We are going to be stretched the limit and [we’ll be telling them] “if you’ve got little niggles and injuries you’ve got to man up.”

'We’ve got to be together and be strong.

'This [situation] will allow guys to stand up to the plate. You get an opportunity but you have got to take it.'

Rodgers has already drafted in youth stars Raheem Sterling and Adam Morgan to his squad and 18-year-old Suso looks set to join them in the senior ranks.

The Spaniard joined the club from Cadiz in 2010 and has represented his country at Under 17, 18 and 19 level.

'The younger players will run through a barbed wire fence for you,' Rodgers added.

'The older players will look for a hole in the fence – and probably find one!'

Plenty to ponder: Brendan Rodgers has limited attacking options

Plenty to ponder: Brendan Rodgers has limited attacking options

David Haye and Dereck Chisora settle differences

Haye and Chisora kiss and make up after bruising grudge fight settles row

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01:12 GMT, 15 July 2012

David Haye and Dereck Chisora declared their feud was over after settling their differences in five breathless rounds at Upton Park.

Haye stopped his sworn enemy in the fifth with a hurtful left hook the decisive punch, sending Chisora to the canvas for the first time in his career.

Five months ago in Munich the rivals brawled at a press conference in scenes that disgraced British boxing, but they hugged after sharing a thrilling fight.

Friends: David Haye (right) and Dereck Chisora hug each other after their enthralling heavyweight showdown

Friends: David Haye (right) and Dereck Chisora hug each other after their enthralling heavyweight showdown

'Any damage that was done by our altercation in Munich is well and truly fixed now,' Haye said.

'People said that was a black eye for boxing, well the bags have gone from boxing's eyes now.

'The crowd have gone home happy with a smile on their face. That's the bottom line.

'Whatever beef I had with Dereck before the fight is over now from my side and I hope it's vice versa.

'After sharing a ring with Dereck I have a new found respect for the man.

'I had respect for his boxing ability but I never believed he could be as good as he was tonight. He raised his game.

No fence required: Haye and Chisora shake hands at the post-fight press conference

No fence required: Haye and Chisora shake hands at the post-fight press conference

'He said to me before the fight 'you'd better bring it' and I was 'yeah right'. I'm glad I did because otherwise it would have gone pair-shaped.

'If I turned up in the same condition as I was for John Ruiz, there's a good chance I'd have lost the fight.

'When you get guys who are similar in size, are willing to put it on the line and throw massive shots, it only helps boxing

'I'm glad the event went as smoothly as it did. All of the negative press before the fight, everyone can eat their words now.'

Knockout: Haye sent Chisora crashing to the canvas twice in the fifth round before the fight was halted

Knockout: Haye sent Chisora crashing to the canvas twice in the fifth round before the fight was halted

Chisora, who was rescued by referee Luis Pabon after the second knockdown, trailed on all three scorecards – 39-37, 39-37, 40-36 – when the fight was stopped.

The 28-year-old, whose pressure style gave Haye problems, agreed their dispute was over and pledged to honour their bet that the loser would donate 20,000 from their purse to the charity of the winner's choice, in this case the Afro-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.

'The beef is over for me as well….now we can eat in the same restaurants and go in the same clubs. After the fight we made up,' Chisora said.

'It was a great fight and everything is done. Now I'm 20,000 down, but a bet is a bet.

All's well that ends well: Haye and Chisora were all smiles at the end of their grudge fight

All's well that ends well: Haye and Chisora were all smiles at the end of their grudge fight

'I enjoyed the fight, it was a great fight and both of us came to fight. I drew the short straw.'

Frank Warren, Chisora's manager, agreed the reputation of boxing had been restored by events at Upton Park.

'Boxing has redeemed itself and there was respect shown by both boxers after the fight,' he said.

'These guys are fighters and it was important to let them do what boxers do – sort their problems out in the ring.

'The atmosphere was fantastic, the crowd went home happy and this was a great night for British boxing.'

David Haye v Dereck Chisora: Forget about those two and focus on Amir Khan – Jeff Powell

Forget about those two loudmouths in London, Sportsmail is in Vegas for a proper bout starring… King Khan

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22:57 GMT, 11 July 2012

The next potentially stunning contribution to this gala summer for British sport will take place here on Saturday night.

One week after Andy Murray gallantly failed to go the distance with Wimbledon's most decorated champion, Amir Khan challenges an unbeaten American for a major world title.

Earlier the same evening, back home in East London, two loud-mouthed heavies who have disgraced our country will resume the ugly and demeaning brawl they started on a bar-room floor in Munich.

Real deal: British star Khan is going after Garcia's world title in Las Vegas

Real deal: British star Khan is going after Garcia's world title in Las Vegas

The chasm between these two events stretches far, far wider than the 5,324 miles which separate Las Vegas from Upton Park.

Khan is boxing for his British homeland, for his Pakistani descent and for his personal pride as well as for a decent purse. With the emphasis on decent.

David Haye and Dereck Chisora are fighting only for the money. With the accent on grubby. It is reported that Haye will bank in excess of 2 million, with Chisora pocketing around half a million.

Farce: Haye will face Chisora at Upton Park on Saturday night

Farce: Haye will face Chisora at Upton Park on Saturday night

Such lavish rewarding of such shameful behaviour is as obscene in its way as the millions plundered by bankers like Bob Diamond from the wreckage of the economy and the lives they have ruined.

Khan conducts himself in a manner befitting a sportsman whose place in Britain's pantheon of Olympic heroes is secure.

The marketing of Chisora and Haye as two animals needing to be kept apart by a wire fence until they are set upon each other in the vicinity of the new Olympic Park casts a dark shadow over the approaches to London 2012.

Fortunately the Games start soon enough for that stain to be quickly expunged. Degeneration comes before regeneration.

Fallen giant: Haye is favourite to be Chisora in Saturday's bout which hasn't be licenced by the BBBC

Fallen giant: Haye is favourite to be Chisora in Saturday's bout which hasn't be licenced by the BBBC

It is Sin City which has the reputation for selling sleaze but Khan's tryst with Philadelphia's Danny Garcia is a reputable contest for at least one, perhaps two, of the world light-welterweight championship belts.

It is Olympia which brings together the young people of the world in athletic harmony but which is being subjected to the tackiest of preludes to its latest grand opening.

Haye v Chisora is being billed as the fight everyone wants to see, yet nobody was talking about seeing it before they waded into each like thugs in a back alley. Now some people do want to see it.

Just as some people would go to watch a hanging if we brought back capital punishment. Just as some people enjoy cock-fighting and bear-baiting. Just as some people slow down when they pass the scene of a car crash in the vicarious expectation of seeing something tragic. But not everyone.

Feeling the heat: Khan putting in the final preparations in the warm surroundings of Las Vegas

Feeling the heat: Khan putting in the final preparations in the warm surroundings of Las Vegas

Freddie Roach, Amir Khan's renowned trainer, says: 'There's no public interest in that fight here in America.'

Nor can we know for sure how much excitement it really is generating in Britain until the subscription numbers are in for the BoxNation television channel on which it will be broadcast.

Haye and Chisora are fighting only for the money. With the accent on grubby.

When this grisly match was made I was among those who questioned its morality.

'So you won't be reporting it then,' I was asked rhetorically. 'Well,' I replied, 'journalists don't always cover what they like. We're not too fond of wars but someone has to write about them. So it will be my job to go if there is nothing better to do at the time.' Happily, something decidedly preferable did come up.

Instead of watching Chisora and Haye snarl, scowl and savage each other – which is what they are threatening – we have a championship boxing match to go to and thanks goodness the sports editor of the Daily Mail deemed it preferable to have me fly to Las Vegas rather drive to West Ham's football ground.

But then he is an aficionado of the sweet science, not bear-baiting. Haye-Chisora has been described – even on occasion by the participants – as a freak show or circus. It is also a pantomime, albeit more in the vein of a black comedy in which the villains are not so much laughable as menacing. Watch out, they will be behind you. Especially if you keep your wallet in your back pocket.

The real deal: Khan will be keen to bounce back from his controversial bout against Peterson

The real deal: Khan will be keen to bounce back from his controversial bout against Peterson

As for the circus analogy, I always found the clowns a bit scary. When this pair were lurching around that room in Germany women in attendance were terrified.

Now, in the confines of the ring, they will try to put the wind up each other. The bookmakers are convinced Haye will be the more successful at that.

If his skills have not been rusted by a year of inaction since he made a mug of himself against Wladimir Klitschko – and if he still has the appetite for a fight after all that partying here in on the Vegas Strip – they will be proved right.

At something approaching his best Haye is too fast and gifted for Chisora. But not all the good judges agree.

Roach says: 'Haye is a friend but Chisora has a good chance. Sorry, David, but he put up a better fight against Vitali Klitschko than you did against Wladimir.'

What cannot be quantified by the turf accountants is not how much harm they will do to each other but what damage might be inflicted on boxing.

The convolutions of the lawyers notwithstanding – and there is nothing illegal about this – it cannot be good for the game to have a fight sanctioned in London by the Luxembourg Federation in defiance of the disapproval of the British Boxing Board of Control.

Neither Chisora nor Haye are licensed to fight by their home association. Those on the bill who do have BBB of C permits have been told they will be summoned to explain themselves.

The Luxembourgers are threatened with expulsion from the European Boxing Union if this fight goes ahead. The regulation of this dangerous sport is fragmented around the world but authority is better than anarchy.

Roach says: 'I understand that all the publicity has whipped up interest over there but – sorry again David – the fight doesn't appear to be happening for the right reasons.'

Scandal is the mother of rejection. Perhaps the best that can come out of this carry-on is that fans who tune in on Saturday night will stay up to watch Khan on Sky in the early hours of Sunday morning.

And for a few of us over here, better to be in the 115 F heat of the Nevada desert than under storm-tossed skies in England.

Death of Lee Richardson spurs speedway safety checks

Tragic death of speedway rider Richardson spurs new safety checks

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UPDATED:

20:09 GMT, 14 May 2012

The tragic death of Great Britain speedway star Lee Richardson has raised serious questions about the safety of the sport.

Richardson, 33, a former World Under 21 champion, died on Sunday night after he crashed head-first into a solid fence during a Polish league match.

Tragic death: Lee Richardson passed away in Poland

Tragic death: Lee Richardson passed away in Poland

He had suffered severe internal
bleeding and his death is the most high-profile in the sport since
Sweden's Tommy Jansson was killed nearly 36 years ago to the day.

Air fences, designed to absorb impact
and decelerate riders, were introduced to the individual Speedway Grand
Prix series in 2000.

Treatment: Medics give Richardson first aid at the track in Wroclaw

Treatment: Medics give Richardson first aid at the track in Wroclaw

Battling: Richardson is treated by doctors after his crash

But, 12 years on, several league
tracks around the world have still not invested in these potentially
life-saving barriers, which is largely down to the estimated 20,000
cost of installing them.

Former Great Britain manager Neil
Middleditch said: 'It's devastating. Lee didn't take unnecessary risks
and that's possibly why it's so hard to understand.

'He will be sadly missed and won't be forgotten.'

Lee Richardson dies in Poland to put speedway in mourning

Speedway mourns following tragic death of Great Britain rider Richardson in Poland

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21:12 GMT, 13 May 2012

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UPDATED:

21:14 GMT, 13 May 2012

Speedway is in mourning following the tragic death of Great Britain rider Lee Richardson following an horrific crash in Poland.

The 33-year-old British rider died in a Wroclaw hospital after apparently being thrown from his bike into a solid safety fence.

Richardson suffered serious internal bleeding, breathing difficulties and a leg injury while racing for PGE Marma Rzeszow against Betard Sparta Wroclaw.

Tragic death: Lee Richardson passed away in Poland

Tragic death: Lee Richardson passed away in Poland

Born in Hastings, he most recently raced in the British speedway league for the Lakeside Hammers

A statement on the Lakeside Hammers website read: 'The Lakeside Hammers captain died today in Poland as a result of injuries sustained in a racing accident.

Loss: Richardson, pictured racing in Poland earlier this week

Loss: Richardson, pictured racing in Poland earlier this week

'All at the club are devastated at the loss of a great captain, man and more than anything a wonderful father and husband.

'Our thoughts are with his family at this most sad of times and we know that all Hammers fans will share our total devastation at this tragic news.'