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Fernando Torres scores and doesn"t celebrate

Cheer up, Fernando! Torres scores and doesn't celebrate (has he forgotten how to do that too)

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22:29 GMT, 5 December 2012

Fernando Torres has struggled for goals of late. But on tonight's evidence, it appears he's forgotten how to celebrate too!

The Spaniard led the line for Chelsea as they dismantled a poor Nordsjaelland outfit at Stamford Bridge, recording Rafael Benitez's first win in the process.

Torres netted himself a brace – his first goals under new manager Benitez – but didn't seem overjoyed at breaking his month-long duck.

Cheer up: Fernando Torres looked glum after scoring Chelsea's second goal

Cheer up: Fernando Torres looked glum after scoring Chelsea's second goal

Serious: Torres scored his first goal in a month

Serious: Torres scored his first goal in a month

Serious: Torres scored his first goal in a month

The former Liverpool striker scored for the first time in more than 12 hours of football after bumbling his way past goalkeeper Jesper Hansen before lifting the ball into the net and doubling Chelsea's lead.

Instead of roaring with excitement after scoring for the first time in a month, the 28-year-old simply jogged back into his own half after a couple of customary high-fives.

Torres may have been keeping in mind the fact that, no matter how big a win they managed over Nordsjaelland, it would all be in vein if Shakhtar failed to beat Juventus in Ukraine.

Juve managed to overcome a dogged Shakhtar at the Donbass Arena, narrowly winning the match 1-0.

The result catapulted the Italian champions into first place in Group E, leaving Shakhtar in second and dumping holders Chelsea out of the Champions League and into the Europa League.

Chin up: Torres scored two goals but Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League

Chin up: Torres scored two goals but Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League

That might be why... Juventus sealed Chelsea's fate by topping Group E in Ukraine

That might be why… Juventus sealed Chelsea's fate by topping Group E in Ukraine

Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald set for Sunday showdown in Dubai

Duel in Dubai! McIlroy and Donald set for Sunday showdown on European Tour season finale

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15:39 GMT, 24 November 2012

It is hard to think of a more fitting climax to this fabulous golfing year than the two best players in the world going head-to-head in the final group of the final event, the DP World Tour Championship.

For No 1 Rory McIlroy, it is the chance to put yet more gloss on a season that has seen him win the money list titles on both sides of the Atlantic and claim his second major, the USPGA Championship, in record-breaking fashion.

For Luke Donald, it is an opportunity to close the gap at the top and claim an impressive fourth title for the second consecutive season.

Driving seat: But Rory McIlroy is not alone at the top of the leaderboard

Driving seat: But Rory McIlroy is not alone at the top of the leaderboard

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The odds favour McIlroy. Not only is
he the better player but, with its extravagant length and considerable
carries, this course offers a considerable advantage to anyone who can
hit it miles off the tee – and McIlroy can outdrive Donald by up to 75
yards.

But don’t rule out the stylish Englishman, who completed one incredible feat on Saturday and is closing in on another.

Donald, if you can believe this, has
now played 100 holes on this Earth Course measuring over 7,500 yards
without a single bogey.

The fabulous ton is made up of 68 pars and 32 birdies.

He finished last year’s tournament
with three 66s and has followed it here with rounds of 65, 69 and 66 to
tie McIlroy on 17 under par.

f Donald goes bogey-free on Sunday,
he will also become the first man to complete a European Tour event
without a blemish since the Swede Jesper Parnevik won the Scandinavian
Masters in 1995.

Just to emphasise its rarity, no man in America has played 72 holes without a bogey since Lee Trevino won in Tampa in 1974.

The future's bright: Luke Donald has been in superb form at the DP World Tour Championship

The future's bright: Luke Donald has been in superb form at the DP World Tour Championship

‘I guess that’s my game, to keep the ball in play and then, when I make mistakes, I save myself with a pretty good short game,’ said Donald.

‘It is still a statistic of which I am very proud. I think my previous longest run would probably be about 40 or 50 holes, so that puts it in perspective.’

On Saturday, as ever, the two men shot 66 in vastly different ways. Donald, dressed in a luminous orange shirt – ‘if you’re going to dress like an Easyjet pilot you better play well,’ he joked – made most of his gains on the front nine and closed with a trademark pitch and 4ft putt at the 18th.

There was a moment of good humour as he called in his caddie John McLean, who was standing about 20 yards away, and asked for help in reading the short putt.

As the excited Mclean pulled alongside him, Donald broke into a broad smile and said: ’No, you’re ok, I’ve got this.’

McIlroy had a slow start for the second day running, perhaps because he was still feeling a little under the weather.

‘I think the adrenaline got me through,’ he said.

Glamour game: Caroline Wozniacki was there to support McIlroy in Dubai

Glamour game: Caroline Wozniacki was there to support McIlroy in Dubai

There was certainly some adrenaline on show at the 12th. Here he hit such a long drive he had just a sand wedge for his approach. Donald, by contrast, was hitting a six iron.

But, as McIlroy acknowledged: ’It is one thing having such an advantage but you have to make use of it otherwise it can work the other way, and you start getting frustrated.’

As for Sunday’s duel, neither man tried to hide their excitement nor lessen its importance.

Said McIlroy: ‘I know I am going into next year as world No 1 and that’s great, but I badly want to win here and to do it playing with the world No 2 would certainly put an exclamation point on the season.’

onald believes he has the chance to gain psychological brownie points.

‘Anytime you go head-to-head against the best player in the world and win, you’re going to feel good about your game,’ said the 34 year old.

‘Up to last week it had been a solid season but if I follow up my win in Japan with a win here against Rory I’d have to rank it as a very good year.’

All to play for on Sunday, then. Oh, and good luck to South African’s gifted major winners, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

They start three behind and are desperate to prove this is not how it appears – a two-man show.

Sammy Ameobi tipped for big things by Alan Pardew

Pardew backs Sammy for big things after Ameobi Jnr stars in Bruges

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00:00 GMT, 9 November 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew predicted big things for Sammy Ameobi after he combined with brother Shola to spark a Europa League fightback against Maribor.

The 20-year-old was a key figure as the Magpies cancelled out Club Brugge's early two-goal lead to claim at point at the Jan Breydel Stadion and ease closer to qualification for the knockout stage.

It was his 43rd-minute pass which 31-year-old Shola converted two minutes after Vurnon Anita had dragged the visitors back into the game on an eventful evening in Flanders, and Pardew was delighted with his contribution.

Impressive: Sammy Ameobi starred as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to draw in Bruges

Impressive: Sammy Ameobi starred as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to draw in Bruges

Impressive: Sammy Ameobi starred as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to draw in Bruges

High hopes: Pardew wants Ameobi to contribute more defensively

High hopes: Pardew wants Ameobi to contribute more defensively

He said: 'I thought they were both good tonight. We had Ameobi to Ameobi – which is almost like a song – for the second goal, which was nice.

'It was a great little turn from Sammy. He has just got this way of getting out of corners that I have not seen many players being able to get out of. He wriggles out of situations.

'He still needs to tighten up a little bit on the tactical and intelligence sides of the game. He takes people on where perhaps he should pass.

'But he will learn that. He showed his talent tonight – and he marks at set-plays, which he needs to do. He's 6'5″.

'He's not very good at it, but he's learning.'

Newcastle got off to a catastrophic start as the hosts raced into a 2-0 lead, aided and abetted by some dreadful defending.

Ivan Trickovski took advantage of Fabricio Coloccini's indecision to control Ryan Donk's 14th-minute long ball and beat Tim Krul, and Jesper Jorgensen doubled to dose within five minutes after shooting home from 20 yards.

But it was the Magpies who finished the half with a flurry with Anita volleying home his first goal for the club four minutes before the break and Shola Ameobi levelling.

Both sides could have won it in the second half – substitute Yohan Cabaye hit the bar with a free-kick and Krul made a series of fine saves to deny Brugge – but a point kept the Magpies at the top of the group and edged them closer to qualification for the knockout stages.

Pardew said: 'I wasn't too concerned. I thought we would score goals tonight, it was just important not to let any more in.

Oh brother: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser

Oh brother: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser

Oh brother: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser

'We got a great goal from Anita after a good bit of pressure and then immediately got the second before half-time, which was a bonus, really.

'We came in at half-time in a strong position and really all we did second half was just to make sure defensively we were sound, and apart from a few break-aways and a couple of set-plays, I thought we were and it was just about whether we were going to score the winner.

'We hit the bar and had a couple of good situations, but overall, I am delighted. Two-nil down at Bruges, it's tough.

'They have got pace in their team, so they are always going to be a threat.'

Satisfied: Pardew (left) has his side on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages

Satisfied: Pardew (left) has his side on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages

The draw leaves Newcastle a point clear at the top of Group D and knowing victory over Maritimo at St James' Park – a game midfielder Cheick Tiote will miss through suspension after picking up his third booking in the competition tonight – on November 22 will ensure their progression.

Pardew said: 'We are going to have to kick ourselves if we don't beat Maritimo at home, with all due respect to them.

'We have got ourselves in a great position and are looking to just wrap the league up perhaps with that win there, which is our next game.'

Caretaker Brugge boss Philippe Clement was in philosophical mood after the game.

He said: 'I think as a team, we can be happy with the way we played. For the supporters of both sides, it was a very good European game with a lot of fight, mentality and chances.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald pair up in practice at Medinah

We mean business! Unbeaten Ryder Cup duo Donald and Garcia pair up in practice

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14:48 GMT, 26 September 2012

The unbeaten Ryder Cup partnership of Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia was back together for the second day of practice in Chicago on Wednesday.

And, with Europe playing foursomes rather than fourballs, it looks as if the pair might try to make it five wins out of five when the match against the Americans starts on Friday.

Donald and Garcia won twice together on the Englishman's debut in Detroit in 2004 and added two more victories two years later in Ireland.

All smiles: Garcia looked relaxed during the second practice round at Medinah

All smiles: Garcia looked relaxed during the second practice round at Medinah

Donald has a perfect record of six
wins out of six in the format, having also partnered Ian Poulter and Lee
Westwood when Garcia was only an assistant captain in Wales two years
ago.

The Spaniard, meanwhile, is unbeaten
in nine foursomes since his first cap as a 19-year-old – he remains the
youngest-ever player in the match – in Boston in 1999. Eight of the nine
were victories.

On the opening day of practice this
week Donald was with Westwood again, but that was a fourball game
against Poulter and Justin Rose – and they scored a better-ball 59, 13
under par.

This time Donald and Garcia played
alongside Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, a partnership from the 2010
match that looks cast in stone again.

Pen to paper: Martin Kaymer signs memorabilia for the waiting fans

Pen to paper: Martin Kaymer signs memorabilia for the waiting fans

Pen to paper: Martin Kaymer signs memorabilia for the waiting fans while Peter Hanson (below) listens to instructor Rikard Lindberg

Westwood, meanwhile, switched to
playing alongside Scot Paul Lawrie, Italian Francesco Molinari and
Belgian debutant Nicolas Colsaerts.

The first game out was Poulter and Rose again with Swede Peter Hanson and German Martin Kaymer.

On his superb foursomes record Garcia, who has also won with Jesper Parnevik and Westwood, joked today: 'I think it's quite simple – I just had great partners. They just carried me home.

'I don't know. I've managed to gel nicely with the partners I've had – we've played well together, we've been comfortable together.

'There's no big secret about it. It's being able to play well at the right moments – foursomes is the toughest format we play, so being comfortable with who you're playing I think is key.'

Final countdown: The players took another good look at the course before the action begins in earnest on Friday

Final countdown: The players took another good look at the course before the action begins in earnest on Friday

Final countdown: The players took another good look at the course before the action begins in earnest

London 2012 Olympics: Jesper Holmris disappointed with women"s handball loss

Holmris disappointed as GB's women fall to former champions Russia in handball

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17:43 GMT, 30 July 2012

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Great Britain's women coach Jesper Holmris expressed his disappointment after a 37-16 defeat to European powerhouses Russia in the Copper Box.

While a loss to the former world champions, who are contenders for a podium finish in the tournament, was always on the cards, the manner and scoreline of it was perhaps worse than Team GB had accounted for.

Having played so well against another strong side in Montenegro on their Olympic Games debut on Saturday, Holmris' women were unable to match that level of performance and a 21-goal deficit represents a heavy loss.

Thanks for the support: Britain's centreback Lynn Mccafferty applauds at the end of the match against Russia

Thanks for the support: Britain's centreback Lynn Mccafferty applauds at the end of the match against Russia

It was a particularly disappointing defeat as they have come up against the Russians twice in the last 10 months and were beaten by considerably fewer goals on each occasion, with Holmris left to rue not having the element of surprise.

'Russia gave 100% for 60 minutes and it's great to play against the very best,' he said.

'But we had a few players who had an off day and weren't quite up to speed and we can't handle teams like Russia if we are not at 100 per cent.

'It's an advantage for Russia to have played us twice before because they knew what to expect, they weren't surprised and had prepared well.

Fight for the ball: Russia's centre back Tatiana Khmyrova vies for the ball

Fight for the ball: Russia's centre back Tatiana Khmyrova vies for the ball

'They knew our moves in attack so it was hard for us. We knew we couldn't win but we just wanted to give them a hard time and we did in short spells but I was a little bit disappointed.

'But the Russians are just a super power and they can definitely get a medal.'

One of the major problems Team GB faced was the sheer size and brute force of the Russian side, who towered over their hosts, with their biggest player standing a foot taller than GB's smallest and the heaviest weighing more than 20kg more.

And Holmris is hoping the surge of interest in the game in Britain due to the Games will help them find players with better physical attributes.

Battle: Russia's pivot Natalia Shipilova fights for the ball with Mccafferty

Battle: Russia's pivot Natalia Shipilova fights for the ball with Mccafferty

'Two days ago after the game against Montenegro there was a handball club in Leeds that got 7,000 requests on how to join and 1.3million viewers on the BBC and we have 60 million people living in this country so we will find girls like the Russians,' Holmris added.

'We need people to invest in our sport and be given time to prepare the players, it won't be done in a couple of years it will be done in eight or 10 years.'

Pivot Louise Jukes was on the end of some rough stuff by the Russia defenders and she admits that playing against such physically superior opponents takes it out of her.

'Unfortunately we didn't have the best of it today, Russia are a phenomenal team and they just stepped it up, so we are disappointed,' she said.

'We have played against them before and had better results, but we have to work so hard to defend against them that we run out of energy when we attack so we give the ball away too easily.

'It's much harder game against a team like Russia, so it is hard work, but we are disappointed.'

Russia coach Evgeny Trefilov, who told some of his side to retire after they scraped past Angola in their opening game, knows there is more to come from his side.

'We didn't treat this game any different to any other in the competition,' he said.

'We wanted to show we have potential and we put a lot of effort in so if anyone regarded this as a training exercise, it wasn't us.

'We have got plenty of problems in our team at the moment. It's not a clockwork mechanism, but what is

'Even a Bentley car could stall every now and then. I wouldn't say we are a Bentley yet, but we probably will be in the future.'

Nicklas Bendtner wanted by Galatasaray and Malaga

Malaga and Galatasaray in race to sign Arsenal striker Bendtner

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21:31 GMT, 3 July 2012

Malaga want Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner as the Denmark international closes in on a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

Bendtner's agent Jesper Lynghus told Denmark newspaper bold.dk last month: 'The interest is overwhelming, just as it should be after the way Nicklas performed at Euro 2012.'

Galatasaray fancy the 24-year-old too and are also keen on Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov, 31.

Wanted: Bendtner spent last season on loan at Sunderland

Wanted: Bendtner spent last season on loan at Sunderland

Nicklas Bendtner edges closer to Arsenal exit

Bendtner edges closer to Arsenal exit amid 'global interest' in striker

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07:35 GMT, 26 June 2012

Out-of-favour Nicklas Bendtner is close to agreeing a move away from Arsenal.

The 24-year-old striker, who spent
last season on loan at Sunderland, has attracted 'global interest' after
impressing for Denmark at the European Championship.

Nicklas Bendtner: global interest

Nicklas Bendtner: global interest

Bendtner's agent Jesper Lynghus told Denmark newspaper bold.dk: 'The interest is overwhelming, just as it should be after the way Nicklas performed at Euro 2012.

'We are getting closer day by day.

'We are not commenting on individual deals at the moment, but it is fair to say the interest in Nicklas is global.'

Fabrice Muamba guest at Real Madrid v Manchester United veterans match

Muamba guests at Man United and Real Madrid legends charity match

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23:06 GMT, 3 June 2012

Fabrice Muamba was a guest at Sunday night's charity Corazon Classic Match between Real Madrid and Manchester United veterans teams at the Bernabeu.

The Bolton midfielder, who suffered a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham in March, was given an ovation by both star-studded sides and spectators as he carried the match ball out for the kick-off.

Zidane and Muamba

Carlos, Muamba and Hierro

Stars: Fabrice Muamba with Zinedine Zidane (left), Roberto Carlos and Fernando Hierro

The third edition of the Corazon Classic Match, from which the proceeds will go to Real's Foundation academies in Africa, saw Madrid beat their United counterparts 3-2 in front of a crowd of around 60,000.

Recognise these guys Manchester United veteran Dwight Yorke with Fernando Redondo (left), Zidane (2nd right) and Luis Figo (right)

Recognise these guys Manchester United veteran Dwight Yorke with Fernando Redondo (left), Zidane (2nd right) and Luis Figo (right)

Oi, ref! Figo, Zidane and Redondo talk amicably to the referee

Oi, ref! Figo, Zidane and Redondo talk amicably to the referee

Madrid's goals came from Fernando Morientes, Luis Figo and Fernando Redondo, with United's scorers being Lee Sharpe and Teddy Sheringham.

Also involved in the match were the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Emilio Butragueno, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Edwin van der Sar.

Still got it: Zidane acrobatically controls the ball

Still got it: Zidane acrobatically controls the ball

Hurdy gurdy: Aitor Karanka (left) tussles with Manchester United's Jesper Blomqvist

Hurdy gurdy: Aitor Karanka (left) tussles with Manchester United's Jesper Blomqvist

MASTERS 2012: Luke Donald disqualification fears over "admin error"

Chaos at Augusta as Donald breathes again after 'admin error' threatened Masters DQ

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22:25 GMT, 5 April 2012

World No 1 Luke Donald was cleared to continue in The Masters after what was described as an 'administrative error' regarding his scorecard.

Donald was disappointed with a three over par 75, but that was then changed to a 73 on scoreboards and officials were asked to investigate.

The 34-year-old had three-putted the fifth green for a bogey five, but the figure was entered into the scoring system as a three and hence the discrepancy.

Strange day: World No 1 Luke Donald (right) talks with caddie John McLaren (left) on the second hole

Strange day: World No 1 Luke Donald (right) talks with caddie John McLaren (left) on the second hole

The tournament is famous for a scorecard blunder by a player in 1968. On that occasion Roberto de Vicenzo should have been in a play-off with Bob Goalby, but signed for the wrong score on the 17th hole.

The Argentinian was not disqualified, however, because a par four was put down by his marker instead of a birdie three. He had to accept the higher score and so was declared the runner-up.

There was also the controversy of the 2003 Open at Sandwich. Mark Roe was in contention with a round to go, but he and playing partner Jesper Parnevik were both disqualified. That was because they had forgotten to exchange scorecards on the first tee and signed the wrong ones.

On the fairway: Donald hits a shot on the fifth hole during the first round at Augusta

On the fairway: Donald hits a shot on the fifth hole during the first round at Augusta

Padraig Harrington is another to have suffered a similar fate, in his case at the 2000 Benson and Hedges International at The Belfry. Five clear with a round to go, it was discovered he had not signed his first round card three days earlier.

Donald, though, will be able to try to get back into contention for a first major title.

'I didn't hit enough greens and give myself enough opportunity for birdies,' said Donald before he became aware of the scare over his score. 'This place, if you are a little bit off, it can eat you up and I was today.

'I struggled with a bit with mud on the ball, but everyone did.'

Sir Alex Ferguson"s 25 years at Manchester United: The landmark matches

Landmark Manchester United matches for Ferguson as he celebrates 25 years in job

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The first of many: Sir Alex Ferguson watches the action at the Manor Ground in 1986

GAME 10 – Manchester Utd 4 Newcastle 1 (January 1987)

Peter Jackson gave the Red Devils a fast start with a flying header – past his own goalkeeper.

NormanWhiteside added a second and though the Magpies pulled one back, Frank Stapleton and Jesper Olsen completed victory in a match notable for Kevin Moran being forced off after swallowing his tongue.

GAME 50 – Manchester Utd 2 Bury 1 (November 1987)

A League Cup fourth-round tie but this was in the days before players were rested. Brian McClair and Norman Whiteside scored in an unconvincing win.

United were knocked out in the next round and despite a second-place finish in the league, Ferguson had already decided major changes were needed.

GAME 100 – Manchester Utd 2 Nottingham Forest 0 (December 1988)

The pre-glory era was in full swing, with Fergie”s Fledglings and Ralph Milne, who scored in this game, added to the mix.

Jim Leighton had been installed as keeper, Mark Hughes had been broughtback from Barcelona and teenager Lee Sharpe was playing at full-back.

Magic moments: Eric Cantona scores against Nottingham Forest

Magic moments: Eric Cantona scores against Nottingham Forest

GAME 250 – Manchester Utd 0 Liverpool 0 (October 1991)

Two trophies already bagged, Peter Schmeichel in goal, United”s first title-winning side beginning to take shape, even if there was some nasty pain to experience at the end of this season as Ferguson”s team collected one point from four games in eight days to hand the title to Leeds.

GAME 500 – Manchester Utd 2 Manchester City 1 (February 1996)

Now United are on a roll. Title drought over, a double won, the “Class of 92” about to prove you can win anything with kids and Eric Cantona”s ban served. Sharpe on target in this one after the Frenchman had converted a penalty. Another step towards another double.

GAME 750 – Manchester Utd 5 Anderlecht 1 (September 2000)

Andy Cole bags a hat-trick as United begin another European odyssey, their thrilling triumph over Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp and the treble it sealed as well still only 16 months old.

GAME 1,000 – Manchester Utd 2 Lyon 1 (November 2004)

Ferguson”s place amongst the managerial greats is already assured, although arguably the best is still to come.

He did not know it at the time but United are heading for a fall.

Twelve months after Ruud van Nistelrooy headed home the winner in this landmark game, they would be out in the group stages, Roy Keane would be sacked and Vodafone would quit as sponsors.

Landmark game: Ruud Van Nistelrooy heads home against Lyon on 2004

Landmark game: Ruud Van Nistelrooy heads home against Lyon on 2004

GAME 1,250 – Manchester Utd 1 Everton 0 (January 2009)

Somehow fitting Cristiano Ronaldo, who as much as anyone launched United into their present golden era, should score the only goal from the penalty spot.

United were on their way to completing another hat-trick of titles but they were about to encounter an improving Barcelona team who would go down as one of the greats.