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Aussie super-horse Black Caviar to retire after 25-race unbeaten run

We want her to bow out at the top! Aussie super-horse Black Caviar to retire after 25-race unbeaten run

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06:21 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:53 GMT, 17 April 2013

Unbeaten Australian mare Black Caviar will retire after winning 25 consecutive races, with her trainer Peter Moody admitting that the super sprinter 'has done everything we asked her to do.'

Moody, appearing at a news conference in front of Caulfield race track on Wednesday, where the six-year-old mare will make a farewell appearance for race patrons on Saturday, said he and the ownership group led by Neil Werrett had discussed Black Caviar's future over the past few days and 'we decided at lunch today' to announce her retirement.

Fond farewell: Black Caviar is paraded in front of the media with strapper Donna Fisher

Fond farewell: Black Caviar is paraded in front of the media with strapper Donna Fisher

Emotional: Trainer Peter Moody announces retirement of Black Caviar

Emotional: Trainer Peter Moody announces retirement of Black Caviar

Race team: Black Caviar and her connections at the press conference

Race team: Black Caviar and her connections at the press conference

'She has done everything we have asked her to do,' trainer Peter Moody said.

'We
thought long and hard about racing on but believe she has done
everything we asked of her and felt it was the right time to call time
on her wonderful career.

'She's in great shape and that's the way we wanted her to bow out. We just thought the time was right – it was a hard decision.

'She brought interest to our sport that hasn't been there for decades.'

Final flourish: Black Caviar, ridden by Luke Nolen, wins the TJ Smith Stakes

Final flourish: Black Caviar, ridden by Luke Nolen, wins the TJ Smith Stakes

Stunner: Black Caviar (left) wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012

Impressive: Black Caviar (left) wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012

Black Caviar, purchased by Moody for
$225,000, won $8 million in prize money, including an Australian-record
15 Group One wins, most over distances around 1,200 meters.

She'll now have some time being spelled in a paddock before being bred.

'We hope that in three years, Peter
Moody will be training a progeny of Black Caviar,' said Werrett, his
voice breaking at times during the retirement announcement.

Black Caviar, ridden by her regular
jockey Luke Nolen, won her 25th race last Friday in the T.J. Smith
Stakes at Royal Randwick by two lengths. It was the sprinter's third win
since coming back in February from an eight-month injury layoff.

Storming finish: Luke Nolen rides Black Caviar to victory in the TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick

Super horse: Black Caviar claimed a Australian-record
15 Group One wins

No stopping her: Black Caviar again showed who's boss in the Sydney showdown

Money spinner: Black Caviar won $8 million in prize money

Black Caviar narrowly won the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, England last June and faced possible
retirement after tearing a quadriceps muscle at Ascot.

But laser therapy and exercise
enabled her to return to the track for another – and what turned out her
final – abbreviated season.

There were suggestions as recently as
the weekend that she'd race again at tracks in Brisbane or Adelaide, or
perhaps return to Royal Ascot.

'Black Caviars don't come along every day,' said Moody. 'It's time to call it a day.'

Triumph: Jockey Nolen celebrates the win - making it 25 out of 25 victories

Triumph: Jockey Nolen celebrates making it 25 out of 25 victories

That's my girl! Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody celebrates with and strapper Donna Fisher

That's my girl! Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody (centre)

BLACK CAVIAR'S VICTORIES

2yo Hcp Restricted, Flemington (18 Apr 2009)

Blue Sapphire Stakes, Caulfield (2 May 2009)

Crockett Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Aug 2009)

Daneholl Stakes, Flemington (5 Sep 2009)

Australia Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Jan 2010)

Schillaci Stakes, Caulfield (9 Oct 2010)

Schweppes Stakes, Moonee Valley (23 Oct 2010)

Patinack Farm Classic, Flemington (6 Nov 2010)

Lightning Stakes, Flemington (19 Feb 2011)

Newmarket Handicap, Flemington (12 Mar 2011)

William Reid Stakes, Moonee Valley (25 Mar 2011)

T J Smith Stakes, Randwick (9 Apr 2011)

BTC Cup, Doomben (14 May 2011)

Schillaci Stakes, Caulfield (8 Oct 2011)

Schweapped Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Oct 2011)

Patinack Farm Classic, Flemington (5 Nov 2011)

Australia Stakes, Moonee Valley (27 Jan 2012)

C F Orr Stakes, Caulfield (11 Feb 2012)

Lightning Stakes, Flemington (18 Feb 2012)

Robert Sangster, Morphettville (28 Apr 2012)

Goodwood Handicap, Morphettville (12 May 2012)

Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Ascot (23 Jun 2012)

Lightning Stakes, Flemington (16 Feb 2013)

William Reid Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Mar 2013)

TJ Smith Stakes, Royal Randwick (13 April 2013)

DP World Tour Championship: Live leaderboard

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08:00 GMT, 22 November 2012

The European Tour season comes to an end this week at the DP World Tour Championship.

Rory McIlroy has the Race to Dubai wrapped up but plenty of big guns are looking to finish with a flourish at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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First past the post: Race to Dubai winner Rory McIlroy

First past the post: Race to Dubai winner Rory McIlroy

Ukraine want Andriy Shevchenko as head coach

Ukraine want Shevchenko to manage national side as legend ponders political career

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15:07 GMT, 12 November 2012

Andriy Shevchenko has been offered the position of Ukraine head coach, the country's football federation have announced.

Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Shevchenko called time on his glittering 18-year playing career in July and had spoken of his desire to go into politics.

But the Ukrainian federation (FFU) has
decided that they want the 36-year-old to lead their national team after
Oleh Blokhin left to take over Dynamo Kiev.

In the running: Shevchenko is a parliamentary candidate

In the running: Shevchenko is a parliamentary candidate

'President of the Football Federation of Ukraine Anatoliy Konkov has decided to invite Andriy Shevchenko to take the post of head coach,' a statement read on the federation's website.

Shevchenko is the top goal scorer in the country's history, bagging 56 goals in 111 appearances.

The former Chelsea and AC Milan striker captained Ukraine 56 times and guided the former Soviet republic to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2006.

He does not have any managerial or coaching experience, but the federation are convinced that will not be a problem.

Konkov pointed out that Pep Guardiola won three Spanish titles and two Champions Leagues after joining Barcelona with little experience in management.

Final flourish: Shevchenko retired after the Euros earlier this year

Final flourish: Shevchenko retired after the Euros earlier this year

The president of the federation said: 'Remember – Pep Guardiola achieved incredible results in a few years!

'I'm sure Shevchenko also be able to conquer great football countries as head coach of this country. He has enough experience and character.

'The federation, in turn, will ensure to give him all the help he needs with the national team.'

Konkov also thinks Shevchenko's experience of playing under some of the best managers in the world will help him lead Ukraine to success should he accept the offer.

'Andriy has played for renowned clubs such as the Dynamo Kiev, Milan and Chelsea,' he said.

'They were led by legendary coaches like Valeriy Lobanovskiy, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho.

'He has had a unique ability to absorb their talent, their knowledge and their experience.'

Peek-a-boo: The national team want Sheva to be their manager

Peek-a-boo: The national team want Sheva to be their manager

Shevchenko's illustrious playing career saw him win the Ukraine Premier League five times with Dynamo Kiev before he moved to AC Milan where he went on to become one of the best strikers in Europe.

The powerful hitman won the Champions League and the Scudetto with the Italian giants and then went on to join Chelsea in a 30million move six years ago.

His time at Stamford Bridge was an unsuccessful one and he had spells on loan at Milan and back at the club where he began his career before retiring last summer.

Should Shevchenko take the job, he has a tough task on his hands if he is to lead the country to the World Cup in Brazil.

Although Ukraine registered a creditable 1-1 draw in England, they also lost at home to Montenegro and drew with Moldova, leaving them second from bottom of Group H.

England v South Africa – Twenty20, Edgbaston – LIVE

LIVE: England v South Africa – Follow the score from the third T20 match at Edgbaston

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England take on South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday night in what is the final contest of this three-match Twenty20 series.

Stuart Broad's side were thwarted by bad weather in Manchester as they attempted to level the series they trail 1-0.

South Africa won the Test series, the two sides drew the one-dayers and the Proteas can seal the T20s with victory this evening.

But this is England's final match on home soil of the summer before they head to the sub-continent to defend their ICC World T20 crown.

The tourists have been the dominant side in this summer series – but the hosts can hit them with a parting shot in Birmingham.

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Final flourish: broad leads England out for their final match on home soil this summer

Final flourish: Broad leads England out for the last time on home soil this summer

Robin Van Persie to earn 10m loyalty bonus at Manchester United

Van Persie handed 10m loyalty bonus if he remains at United for duration of contract

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11:47 GMT, 19 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Robin van Persie stands to earn an extra 10million on top of his mammoth 200,000-a-week wages at Manchester United – just for staying at the club for the duration of his four year contract.

The cash bonus will be spread throughout his stay at Old Trafford and does not take into account any bonuses that the 29-year-old will earn if United win the League, FA Cup, League Cup or the Champions League.

Many inside United, including chief executive David Gill, questioned whether a 64million investment in Van Persie – a 24m transfer fee plus his wages for four years – was prudent.

Cash boost: Van Persie will earn an extra 10m during his stay at Old Trafford

Cash boost: Van Persie will earn an extra 10m during his stay at Old Trafford

Ferguson went to unprecedented lengths to push through the deal for Van Persie, believing it was the only way for him to leave a fitting legacy when he retires aged 72 in the summer of 2014.

There will be no resale value on the Holland striker to help ease the club's debts, which run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

But having given the Glazer family his public support over the years, against the wishes of many United fans, the owners gave Ferguson payback by bankrolling the deal.

Final flourish: Sir Alex will remain at Old Trafford for the next two years

Final flourish: Sir Alex will remain at Old Trafford for the next two years

London 2012 Olympics: Adam Gemili narrowly missed out on a place in the 100m final

What a Gem! Teen Brit Adam just misses out on final flourish

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22:54 GMT, 5 August 2012

Three Britons reached the men’s 100m semi-finals and Dwain Chambers, Adam Gemili and James Dasaolu all went out.

But while Chambers will look back, not for the first time, at what might have been, and Dasaolu can be satisfied with his performance, 18-year-old Gemili can dream of what the future could hold.

It came down to three one-hundredths of a second in the end for Chambers. That was all that separated the former drugs cheat from reaching his second Olympic final, 12 years after he finished fourth in Sydney.

Just missing out: Adam Gemili came third in his semi-final but was not quick enough to make the final

Just missing out: Adam Gemili came third in his semi-final but was not quick enough to make the final

But the thing that will gall him most The knowledge his first-round time, 10.02 seconds, could just have seen him pip the silver medallist from Beijing, Richard Thompson, to a place in the most eagerly awaited 100m final in history.

It was not to be. Drawn in a lane next to Usain Bolt, Chambers drove out of the blocks well but visibly tensed up when he sensed the Jamaican begin to ease past him.

As the world record-holder floated away, the 34-year-old’s neck muscles became tauter and he slipped back to fourth, his knee lift looking more and more strained. ‘I ran out of petrol,’ he said.

There was not quite redemption for Chambers on the track after serving a two-year drugs ban and getting a second chance to savour the Olympic experience through the courts.

Going close: Gemili finished behinds Yohan Blake

Going close: Gemili finished behinds Yohan Blake

OH SO CLOSE…

There may have been no British representative in last night’s 100 metres final — but our sprinters came mighty close.

Dwain Chambers and Adam Gemili were two of the three fastest not to make the final. Sprint sensation Gemili, 18, ran 10.06sec, just outside his personal best.

Chambers — running next to Usain Bolt in the second semi-final — clocked 10.05sec and just missed out to Trinidad and Tobago’s Keston Bledman.

But there was a moment he will cherish, as, before his heat, he was warmly cheered by the British crowd.

‘I’m gutted that I didn’t make the final, but we can’t have it all,’ he said. ‘It was worth it to soak up the atmosphere. I loved every moment.’

Gemili, too, came close to a place in the final, clocking 10.06 as he powered to third place in his semi-final. But his whole demeanour could not have been more different to that of Chambers, the experienced campaigner.

This is all new to the teenager from Dartford, Kent, the world junior 100m champion.

Gemili started training full-time only
in January and probably thought he would be running up hills as part of
Dagenham and Redbridge’s pre-season programme instead of lining up in
the Olympic Stadium.

End of the dream: Dwain Chambers missed out on a place in the final

End of the dream: Dwain Chambers missed out on a place in the final

Perhaps it was no coincidence that the best phase of his race was the last 20 metres or so.

As the athletes prepared to walk on to the track, Gemili had the disorientated look of someone asking for directions. When the camera panned to him on the start line, in a race boasting Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay, he smiled and looked embarrassed.

There was nothing wrong with that. The bravado and showboating of a 100m sprinter will come, if Gemili wants it. His promise is in the natural, unguarded way he runs.

Disappointment: James Dasaolu missed out on a place in the final

Disappointment: James Dasaolu missed out on a place in the final

His style isn’t complicated or over-thought. He just does it. This experience will only help him build the consistency needed to perform over three rounds in a major championship.

‘It is an amazing experience to make the semi-finals,’ he said. ‘I am disappointed to come third but I lost to two of the best athletes in the world.’ There is no shame in that.

No shame, either, for Dasaolu, the 25-year-old from Croydon who has suffered hamstring, calf and groin injuries over the past Olympic cycle.

He was in the same race as Asafa Powell, whom he has called his ‘hero’ in the past, and finished seventh, tying up a little at the end to clock 10.18.

It was, however, the fastest Olympic semi-final of all time. There is still plenty of time for Dasaolu too.

St Helens 34 Hull KR 28: Saints leave it late

St Helens 34 Hull KR 28: Saints leave it late to see off Rovers and move up to third

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07:39 GMT, 30 June 2012

St Helens produced a late flourish to snatch victory at home to Hull KR on Friday night in a game they looked like throwing away.

Late tries from Anthony Laffranchi and Tony Puletua earned Saints the spoils to push them up to third in the Super League table.

But it looked like they were going to squander a 26-point lead at one stage.

Saints raced into a 26-0 lead thanks to braces from Paul Wellens and Josh Jones, but they were far from home and dry.

Scott Taylor and Sam Latus both scored twice as Hull KR, who trailed by 10 points at the break, went in front by two points, but Saints responded late on to claim victory.

Hull KR's bus broke down to cause them to arrive late at Langtree Park and they were slow out of the blocks as, after a penalty, scrum-half Jonny Lomax ghosted through to plant the ball beneath the posts.

Tommy Makinson slotted the extras and with two fine long-range kicks from the recalled Lee Gaskell, back in at stand-off for the injured Lance Hohaia, Saints continued to press.

The pressure told when Lomax held the ball up well for the supporting Wellens to go over for a try.

Hull KR, off the back of three successive penalties, had a short spell of pressure on the Saints' line, but that came to nothing with Saints countering ruthlessly.

Gaskell's boot was again profitable with the young stand-off's grubber kick bouncing kindly into the grateful arms of Wellens, who was left with the formality of picking up and touching down.

Makinson's goal made it 16 points after as many minutes and Saints were soon back for more.

Another fine attacking kick, this time from Jon Wilkin, was collected and touched down by teenage centre Jones, with Makinson again slotting the conversion.

Rovers then had a spell of pressure, but Constantine Mika's haste to offload backfired when Tony Puletua picked up to spark a length of the field move.

The New Zealander ate up the early yards before offloading to compatriot Francis Meli, who took play upfield before supplying the scoring pass for Jones.

But Rovers roared back with three tries in the last 10 minutes of the half.
A close-range try from Taylor started the ball rolling, with Michael Dobson adding the extras.

A lost ball from Saints' Chris Flannery was then swiftly punished by the suddenly alert Rovers with Graeme Horne sending Latus in at the corner.

On the stroke of half-time Scott Murrell and Ben Galea combined to send Latus in for his second try, with Dobson's goal going in off the uprights to make it 26-16 at the break.

Taylor cashed in a spilled Meli ball to go in for his second try, goaled by Dobson.

Rovers hit the front for the first time when Josh Hodgson touched down Dobson's grubber kick, the latter's conversion putting the visitors two points in front.

But eight minutes from time, on the back of a penalty and a six again, Anthony Laffranchi ran a good line to crash through from close range.
Makinson missed the easy conversion to add to the tension.

And late in the game Meli broke down the wing and Puletua forced his way over to make sure of victory.

Gary Cahill relishing European final chance

Cahill relishing European final chance thanks to Blues medical staff

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23:31 GMT, 17 May 2012

Gary Cahill's last cup final was so long ago, he cannot even remember it. But the Chelsea defender will certainly have no problem recalling his first as a professional after he lines up in the biggest game in club football on Saturday.

That Cahill is set to play in the Champions League final at all is thanks to the Blues' medical staff, who have worked around the clock to get the 26-year-old fit for this weekend's Bayern Munich showdown.

Cahill was doubly determined to recover, with the hamstring injury that forced him off in the semi-final having already robbed him of a maiden FA Cup final appearance.

Nou cramp: Cahill says the medical staff have helped get him fit for the final

Nou cramp: Cahill says the medical staff have helped get him fit for the final

He said: 'I was sick when I got the injury because I knew that was going to be the case straight away, although I tried to get back. But there was never any chance of that.

'That was a sickener for me because it would have been a big part in my career. So for me to make this one is a huge moment.'

It is exactly the sort of moment for which Cahill left Bolton during the January transfer window, having never managed to reach a major final.

Indeed, he admitted he did not know when he was last within touching distance of silverware.

Final flourish: Cahill hoping to beat Bayern

Final flourish: Cahill hoping to beat Bayern

'I couldn't tell you, probably in youth-team football,' Cahill said.

'It's my first final and it's in the biggest competition – sink or swim.

'You come here to play in these competitions and be a part of this.

'We've got a great chance now to lift the best trophy in club football.

'I did win a few things as a kid, but nothing since.

'I can't remember what I did last week, never mind 10 years ago.'

A Champions League final looked a million miles away when Cahill made his debut in the competition in February's 3-1 last-16 defeat at Napoli.

But the turnaround since could not have been more dramatic.

'It's been a mad season and a fantastic season for me,' Cahill said.

'Making a move here has obviously worked out really well.

'First to win the FA Cup and now to go into this huge game in my first six months here is really crazy.'

It is about to get even crazier for Cahill, who is also heading to the European Championships with England.

The defender, who shrugged off concerns playing on Saturday could risk a devastating recurrence of his injury, said: 'I'm hoping to be selected for England this summer.

Eyes on the prize: Cahill will relish the Champions League final challenge

Eyes on the prize: Cahill will relish the Champions League final challenge

'If that happens, it will have been a fantastic second half of the season.'

Cahill was confident he and David Luiz, who has also not played for several weeks due to a hamstring injury, would fill the void left by the suspended Branislav Ivanovic and captain John Terry on Saturday.

Cahill, whose excellent international partnership with Terry had been translating brilliantly on to the club stage, nevertheless admitted the latter's 'quality' and 'leadership' would be missed.

He added: 'He's a big presence in our team and our dressing room.

'He won't be playing but he'll be involved in the build-up and in the dressing room.

'He'll be a big part of the day and we'll all see his influence.'

World snooker championships 2012: Ronnie O"Sullivan wins fourth title

Ronnie rockets to fourth world snooker title… before telling fans 'I'm not done yet'!

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20:07 GMT, 7 May 2012

Ronnie O'Sullivan assured snooker fans 'I haven't gone yet' after winning his fourth World Championship title at the Crucible.

The Rocket had threatened to follow Stephen Hendry into retirement ahead of the final against Ali Carter, which saw him complete an 18-11 win.

Carter joked immediately after his second final defeat 'Maybe if he retires I might win it' – but O'Sullivan immediately dismissed such thoughts.

One of the greats: Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates his victory with his son Ronnie at the Crucible Theatre

One of the greats: Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates his victory with his son Ronnie at the Crucible Theatre

'A few people doubted me but I'll let them know when I'm not ready,' he told BBC2. 'I certainly haven't gone yet.'

O'Sullivan put the seal on his glorious tournament – and perhaps one of snooker's great careers too – by carrying off the Betfred.com World Championship title for a fourth time.

Snooker's most exhilarating performer feared he would never add to the Crucible crowns he landed in 2001, 2004 and 2008. Twelve months ago he had decided to pull out of the World Championship until a late change of heart saw him line up.

Now, after putting heart and soul into a push for glory in Sheffield, and with sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters helping him find peace of mind, O'Sullivan is on top of the world again at the age of 36, a winner over Carter.

We have lift off: Ronnie O'Sullivan in action against Ali Carter at the Crucible on Monday night

We have lift off: Ronnie O'Sullivan in action against Ali Carter at the Crucible on Monday night

The Chigwell cueman becomes the oldest champion since Ray Reardon, who at 45 landed his sixth title in 1978, and if it were any other player such a success might be considered one which could spur a late career flourish.

O'Sullivan had the Crucible crowds on tenterhooks though, as he entered the final on the back of a retirement warning. It could come now, he had said, although considering he first threatened to quit at the age of 18 and has repeatedly done so throughout his career it was hard to know what he would decide.

Silence please: Referee Michaela Tabb calls for quiet with Ali Carter at the table during the final

Silence please: Referee Michaela Tabb calls for quiet with Ali Carter at the table during the final

The concluding session saw Stephen Hendry, the man who retired on the tournament's middle Sunday, take the final bow of his 17 days in Sheffield before the finalists made their entrances.

There was a warm welcome for Carter, whose surprising venture to the final has taken in a stunning comeback over last year's shock merchant Judd Trump, a helping hand from Peter Ebdon, and gallons of carrot juice.

Carter believes the juice has helped him to stave off the effects of Crohn's disease which at the turn of the year had become so destabilising that he too considered quitting snooker.

Cauldron: O'Sullivan at the table during the final at the world famous Crucible Theatre in Sheffield

Cauldron: O'Sullivan at the table during the final at the world famous Crucible Theatre in Sheffield

Farewell to a legend: The retiring Stephen Hendry took a bow before the final session

Farewell to a legend: The retiring Stephen Hendry took a bow before the final session

Ebdon has had an impact on his game
too, no doubt with tactical advice that helped him past Trump and
Stephen Maguire, but in the final he was found lacking the attacking
threat to trouble O'Sullivan.

When O'Sullivan made his entrance it
was to a raucous reception, and the crowd's long-time favourite
delivered the triumph so many of them craved.

'I'm not going to worry about 900 people shouting for Ronnie,' Carter said, heading into the match. 'I might have three or four shouting for me, but I'm in the final and I've got a chance.'

The 32-year-old from Tiptree was only very briefly even on level terms though, O'Sullivan pulling away from 3-3 to take a lead he would never look like relinquishing.

O'Sullivan made three centuries in the match, including the 141 he registered on Sunday that enters the record books as the highest break in a World Championship final, and the dash to 101 in the opening session on Monday which was sparked by a silky smooth long red.

On Monday night, 15-10 ahead entering the final session, he began in the manner of a champion with a 70 break that meant Carter required eight of nine frames to achieve his title goal. And it was soon all over, O'Sullivan polishing off his triumph with a sharp 61 break.

Brendan Rodgers demands Swansea build on Manchester City win

Rodgers rallies Swansea as boss demands shock troops build on Manchester City win

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10:17 GMT, 12 March 2012

Brendan Rodgers vowed to finish the season with a flourish after Swansea all but secured their top-flight survival with a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

Seven months on from the 4-0 drubbing Swansea endured at the Etihad Stadium on their Premier League debut, the south Wales club soared to 11th in the table with 36 points after Luke Moore's 83rd-minute winner.

It leaves Swansea 14 points clear of
18th-placed QPR and manager Rodgers said: 'We were phenomenal. I'm not
thinking about what it will take for us to stay up.

Grandstand finish: Brendan Rodgers is determined to see out the season in style

Grandstand finish: Brendan Rodgers is determined to see out the season in style

'I don't want to finish the season with the wheels out ready to land. I want us to sprint over the finish line. The players and myself, we're loving every moment of this journey we're on.

'We were well documented as the team everyone fancied to go down, but we want to keep improving because there are still many challenges ahead for us.

'That's why we never set a target because once you hit it you become loose and free. We want to maximise our potential and that means pushing to the end.'

The result will renew talk about Rodgers' future on the back of a week in which he has been linked with Tottenham and was forced to dismiss speculation of a return to Chelsea, where he spent four years on the backroom staff.

Swans-song: Luke Moore (No 19) is mobbed after his winner against Man City

Swans-song: Luke Moore (No 19) is mobbed after his winner against Man City

But Rodgers said: 'I am 39 yeas of age and I am very blessed to be working at a club that trusts my work. I am not financially motivated.

'I want to have longevity in the game I work with players and supporters that feel I am the man for them. My family are very important and they love it here. I have learned very quickly that you can't think too far ahead. Short term is what I think about and that is Swansea City, every day.

'We want to continue growing the club and I hope to be here to follow through and do that.'