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Maria Sharapova launches partnership with Porsche in sexy photoshoot

Gentlemen, start your engines! Sharapova launches Porsche partnership with stunning photoshoot

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Andy James

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13:57 GMT, 22 April 2013

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15:03 GMT, 22 April 2013

Now, we definitely don't subscribe to the old adage of women and the inability to drive, but there was more than a eyebrow or two raised when Porsche chose their first ever global endorser as Mario Sharapova, especially when statistics claims 88 per cent of 911 buyers are men.

The powerful Russian tennis star, known for her deafening grunt on the court, will front up campaigns for the German car maker for the next three years.

Wheely nice view: Maria Sharapova has launched a new partnership with car maker Porsche

Wheely nice view: Maria Sharapova has launched a new partnership with car maker Porsche

Wheely nice view: Maria Sharapova has launched a new partnership with car maker Porsche

'Maria is the perfect choice,' said Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller. 'Her profile and charisma are an ideal fit for Porsche.'

Porsche join the likes of Nike, Evian, Tag Heuer and Samsung in partnering up with one of the most marketable sportstars in the world, taking Sharapova's revenue for endorsements alone beyond 20million a year.

Blonde ambition: The deal will take Sharapova's earnings from endorsement beyond 20million a year

Blonde ambition: The deal will take Sharapova's earnings from endorsement beyond 20million a year

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Blonde ambition: The deal will take Sharapova's earnings from endorsement beyond 20million a year

As well as her tennis and multitude of
other endorsements, the Russian is currently keeping the money rolling
in with her Sugarpova sweets, which have sold more than 1.5 million bags
in six months.

To celebrate the latest launch, Sharapova, who previously had a deal with Land Rover in 2006, posed with the stunning vehicles in Stuttgart, where it is manufactured.

The event coincides with her arrival for the defence of her Porsche Tennis Grand Prix crown, which takes place in the city this month.

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United boss reveals secrets of his success

Revealed: The Fergie blueprint – Man United boss reveals secrets of his success to Harvard academics

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10:15 GMT, 19 December 2012

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed for the first time the secrets of how he became the most successful manager in British football history.

The Manchester United manager opened up and provided a fascinating insight into his 26-year career at Old Trafford.

Ferguson, who will be 71
on New Year’s Eve, collaborated with academics at the prestigious
Harvard Business School in Boston studying his management style.

Team talk: Sir Alex Ferguson at the Harvard Business School

Team talk: Sir Alex Ferguson at the Harvard Business School

Famous fury: Sir Alex Ferguson says he is much calmer these days

Famous fury – but there's a softer side: Sir Alex Ferguson says he is much calmer these days

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He wanted to pass on his blueprint for managing one of the biggest sport clubs in the world and a global brand.

The ultimate decision maker, chief executive David Gill summed it up when he said: 'Steve Jobs was Apple. Sir Alex Ferguson is Manchester United.'

The in-depth study by Professor Anita Elberse and
Tom Dye – titled Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United – reveals his blueprint for planning the season, match-day rituals, the
players he targets, keeping control of the dressing room and the
mistakes he made.

The study also shows how he prepares his team, the way he conducts his team-talks and
how he changes a game's direction at half-time.

Ferguson said: ‘I like to tell different stories, and
use my imagination. But generally, it is about our expectations, their
belief in themselves, and their trust in each other.

'I remember going to
see Andrea Bocelli, the opera singer. I had never been to a classical
concert in my life. But I am watching this and thinking about the
coordination and the teamwork, one starts and one stops, just fantastic.'

Ferguson also spoke about his ruthless streak in dealing with players.

He said: ‘We fine them, but we keep
it indoors. You can’t ever lose control — not when you are dealing with
thirty top professionals who are all millionaires. And if anyone steps
out of my control, that’s them dead.’

Driven: Ferguson's will to win is legendary (above) but he has fostered a softer side (below)

Driven: Sir Alex's will to win is legendary, above, but he also has a softer side, below

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United

But the Scot admitted he had been forced to change his approach during his time at Old Trafford,

‘Players these days have lived more sheltered lives, so they are much more fragile now than 25 years ago,' he said.

‘I was very aggressive all those years ago. I am passionate and want to win all the time. But today I’m more mellow.

'And I can better handle those more fragile players now. There’s all this hype about hairdryers and anger and so on.

'You can't always come in shouting and screaming. That doesn't work.

'But
there’s another side to it, which is more in terms of how I have
fostered relations with people and developed the team over the years.

Video: How Bocelli inspired Fergie

'For
a player – and for any human being – there's nothing better than
hearing 'well done'. Those are the two best words ever invented in
sports.'

Ferguson admitted he was on a mission after losing the Premier League title to Manchester City last season

He said: ‘Another day in the history of Manchester United, that’s all it was. It created the drama that only United can produce. Who would have thought that Blackburn, being bottom of the league, would beat us 3-2 at Old Trafford Or that Everton would draw with us when we were up 4-2 with seven minutes to go'

He knew the dynamic of the ‘Manchester derby’ had intensified, however, and that this latest challenge could not have hit any closer to home.

He added: 'I’ve still got a wee bit of anger in me, thinking of how we threw the league away last season. My motivation to the players will be that we can’t let City beat us twice in a row.'

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Ferguson also visited Harvard to take a class on management.

He
told the official college newspaper Harvard Gazette: 'When you're
approached by an institution like Harvard, you know you are dealing with
top quality.

'I had to consider that I was opening myself up to something I've never done before.

'But
at this stage of my life, I felt that I'm helping young people progress
through their own routes to management, then ultimately that was an
important and compelling factor for me.

'The
part of the discussion from which I learned the most about myself was
when they were discussing the balance between 'fear' and 'love' in my
approach to managing people.

Challenge: Ferguson had had to change his approach over the years

Challenge: Sir Alex Ferguson has had to change his approach over the years

'If you look at my history, there's all this hype about hair-dryers and anger and so on.

'But the students acknowledged another side to it, which is more apt in terms of how I've fostered relations with people and developed the team over the years.'

Ferguson also gave an impromptu pep talk to the college's American football team.

Head coach Carl Junot said: 'They were expecting me to come in and given them the practice plan and in walks Alex Ferguson. They were blown away.'

Northern Exposure: Peaceful Newcastle fans got raw deal from police in Bruges

Peaceful Newcastle fans got raw deal from police in Bruges… now it's time to speak up

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16:10 GMT, 21 November 2012

When Newcastle United were handed a Europa League tie in Bruges, thousands of supporters dipped into their piggy banks and booked their trip.

Never mind that hundreds weren’t guaranteed a ticket. Trains, planes, automobiles and ferries took the traveling Toon Army to the picturesque Belgian city two weeks ago and they set out to enjoy themselves.

This despite the unfounded fears of the city, the local police and FC Bruges that Newcastle would cause trouble.

Good trip: Newcastle and their fans did their club proud in Bruges as the team came away with a draw and the fans behaved

Good trip: Newcastle and their fans did their club proud in Bruges as the team came away with a draw and the fans behaved

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From the moment arrangements were made for the game – when Bruges refused to hand out enough tickets to cover the expected visitors – hurdles were put in the way.

The draconian `welcome’ for Newcastle fans included arrest for any fans who tried to enter a two-mile exclusion zone without a ticket. Thankfully, after the intervention of Newcastle United, Northumbria Police and North East Conservative MEP Martin Callahan, these plans were dropped.

On the surface, the welcome looked perfect.

A big-screen was put up in the Markt main square, the bars were open, plastic glasses handed out, and those who emptied the shelves and fridges of the nearby corner shops, who have never had a week like it, were encouraged, not frowned upon.

Some of them had a pretty good drink it has to be said, and some Belgian beers hold no prisoners. But Belgian police cells didn’t. Fans sang their songs, a lot, usually with anti-Sunderland connotations, and marked their return to Europe in good spirits.

The police presence was relatively low profile in the square, although that, and the mood among them changed when kick-off approached. Two or three hours before the game started at the Jan Breydel Stadium, those with tickets were encouraged to get on the Number 5 or 15 to the stadium. So we all headed off crammed into buses with the locals in rush hour.

The half hour journey took at least an hour, but two miles from the stadium anyone wearing colours, or identified as English, were forced off the buses by police to be escorted to the ground.

Myself and colleagues survived thanks to press accreditation and our laptops, but others, no matter what their age, were herded off into the dark. And it was a long dark walk through housing estates, often within close proximity to home fans.

Back in the game: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser just before half time

Back in the game: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser just before half time

To add insult to injury of course, there were vast gaps in the away end, as those back in the square and in Newcastle no doubt noticed. And the stewards we encountered also seemed hell-bent on ensuring we got plenty of exercise around the stadium. And with zero taxis or public transport available after the game, more than 2,000 of us had to walk back.

I know one Newcastle fan in Bruges who is no spring chicken. He was left so exhausted by the experience of walking to and from the ground that he nearly missed the game against West Ham on the Sunday. Of course he wished he had, but that’s how bad it was.

There was one altercation in Brussels, but there were no reports of any trouble in Bruges, although we witnessed one or two individuals testing the patience of their hosts after the game. Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew led the tributes to those who travelled to Belgium, relieved that his pre-match and post-match warnings for good, ambassadorial behaviour had not been ignored.

Praise: Alan Pardew was pleased with the Newcastle supporters in Bruges

Praise: Alan Pardew was pleased with the Newcastle supporters in Bruges

Yet it all came in the face of provocation, Callahan has now discovered. And he is determined that the voices of Newcastle United fans will be heard in Europe now.

Because he knows full well if there had been just a single flare-up in Bruges involving Newcastle United supporters, it would have been seized upon by the police, authorities and many of his MEP colleagues in Brussels.

He is taking statements from fans who were in Belgium and they should take him up on it.

He said: ‘I am extremely concerned at the reports I have received from Newcastle fans who were simply in Brugge to support their team peacefully.

‘Their accounts of the treatment they received are truly shocking and I have already been in touch with the Belgian police about this.

‘I would be appalled if fans from other countries visiting the North East were subjected to this sort of aggressive and over the top policing and I would be the first to condemn it.

‘The Brugge police commissioner gave me an assurance that Newcastle supporters would be welcomed and he asked me to report any fans’ complaints to him.’

Fans can contact Martin Callanan with their experiences and feedback on policing at the Club Brugge match via www.martincallanan.com

Ben Arfa can help kick start Toon's season

Amid the concerns over Newcastle United’s stop-start season, one man has emerged like the bright star he is.

Hatem Ben Arfa lit up the defeat to Swansea City every time he got the ball. Not that something happened every time he got it. It just looked like it might when he ghosted past one, two, three, four

He doesn’t always pick the right final ball. Sometimes he doesn’t pick it all.
But you sense, rather like Newcastle, it will all start to come together very soon.

Flashes of brilliance: Hatem Ben Arfa can spark Newcastle's season into life

Flashes of brilliance: Hatem Ben Arfa can spark Newcastle's season into life

With Yohan Cabaye gone for the difficult December programme, the onus is on Ben Arfa to deliver, particularly for the joint enigma that is Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse’s partnerhsip.

Cisse of course was absent – and like Callahan, Newcastle intend to pursue their grievances with the FA and FIFA.

But he did provide a couple of chances for Ba to score against Swansea. It’s just he could have delivered a few more.

To Alan Pardew’s frustration, Newcastle are missing valuable time on the training ground. And that won’t change in the next month.

He just has to hope it comes together in matches and that Ben Arfa’s feet still find the gaps very few players can, and put them to better use.

Sessegnon and Johnson show what they can do, now they have to find consistency

Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon has taken a little longer to warm to the challenge this season but Martin O’Neill has done his best to persevere.

The Benin maestro is too talented to allow games to by-pass him forever but his loss of form and touch, so soon after signing a new, improved deal, has been perplexing.

Done it once, now do it again: Stephane Sessegnon was back to his best against Fulham

Done it once, now do it again: Stephane Sessegnon was back to his best against Fulham

His performance at Fulham on Sunday, and his brilliant goal, have set the benchmark for the season, and backed O’Neill’s faith. And with Adam Johnson shifting through the gears effortlessly at Craven Cottage too, the Sunderland manager will be breathing a sigh of relief.

He just needs them to strut their stuff on home turf against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday now.

Downing bid proves Boro are serious promotions contenders

And finally, Stewart Downing back at Middlesbrough to lead the promotion charge Why not

It probably won’t come off. Liverpool need money for their unwanted England winger, not loan deals, and if a Premier League club comes in with cash, or a similar offer (Sunderland), even Boro boy Downing would surely be tempted to go there instead.

Back to Boro: Middlesbrough are keen to sign Stewart Downing

Back to Boro: Middlesbrough are keen to sign Stewart Downing

But it does show Middlesbrough have ambition, and they are taking this season seriously.

Chairman Steve Gibson has had enough of the Championship now and he wants to be back in the top flight.

And if he can’t see Downing back in a Boro shirt this season, he’s indicated he wouldn’t rule it out if Middlesbrough do get back to the promised land.

Andy Carroll should come back to Newcastle – Northern Exposure

Why Newcastle could finally be tempted to make their move for old boy Carroll

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19:01 GMT, 13 November 2012

Splash the cash Ash.

Newcastle United could do a lot worse than going out to sign Andy Carroll when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Watching the former Newcastle No 9 bustling his way past Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson in the claret and blue No 8 of West Ham United just didn’t seem right. Carroll would be right at home in Alan Pardew’s team.

Come back home: Andy Carroll, leaping above Mike Williamson, would be useful back at St James' Park

Come back home: Andy Carroll, leaping above Mike Williamson, would be useful back at St James' Park

Carroll has not scored for the Hammers yet, and only a brilliant save by Tim Krul denied him a deserved goal on Sunday. But he is still a menace and that partnership with Kevin Nolan is lethal, even if it is the older of the two who is scoring the goals.

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The Newcastle manager made no secret of his personal desire to see Carroll back at St James’s Park in his beloved black and white shirt.

He couldn’t say when it might happen, can’t even guarantee it is a plan which would get the backing it needs in the boardroom, but he would love to see it.

So why not the winter window

Carroll would need special dispensation to play for a third Premier League club this season after his loan spell at Upton Park and two substitute appearances for Liverpool. But there is precedence with Gareth Farrelly and, if the rules can be bent in his favour, Newcastle should throw their hat and their money into the ring.

And if Newcastle can put together a financial package which is attractive to Liverpool, although it is obviously not going to come close to the 35million Kenny Dalglish paid two years ago, they will see off competition from West Ham and possibly Spurs for a player who was born to play for Newcastle.

'He’s a Geordie and Newcastle is his home,' said Pardew and Sam Allardyce at the weekend. And judging by the fairly half-hearted stick the striker got at the weekend, Newcastle supporters would not be adverse to having him back.

With Shola Ameobi about to embark on his new international adventure – and good luck to him – he may not be around in January, although Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will, assuming the release clause in Ba’s contract has not been triggered.

Carroll would be a valuable addition to a squad which needs a lift.

Agreed: Both Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce know Carroll is a geordie and Newcastle is his home

Agreed: Both Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce know Carroll is a geordie and Newcastle is his home

Boro back on top

Flushed by the success of Friday night’s win over Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough have announced more cut-price ticket offers to keep bums on seats at the Riverside.

Having witnessed the cold dreary atmosphere for the games against Burnley and Derby at the ground this season, when Boro were doing reasonably well, it was a pleasure to be back on Teesside to see Tony Mowbray’s side go back to the top of the Championship for the first time in 14 months.

It helps that the team are doing well, demonstrated by a terrific run of seven wins in eight games, and their strong hold on one of the automatic promotion places.

But clearly, in a region blighted by the recession, offering tickets at the right price for adults and their kids is the right thing to do. Season ticket holders may rightly have their reservation about 50 per cent match day tickets having forked out reasonable sums to show their support for longer than one Friday night. But it is surely right to have the stadium close to full again. Better for the club and the team.

Soaring: Middlesbrough is a fun football club to be part of again now the atmosphere has perked up

Soaring: Middlesbrough is a fun football club to be part of again now the atmosphere has perked up

Walking up to the pressbox, jostling through the crowds and fighting the way through the queues at the bars, there was a clear change in the atmosphere at the Riverside and, aside from the FA Cup replay with Sunderland last season, it is Tony Mowbray’s first experience of it as Middlesbrough manager.

He can do his bit to keep the place full with a continuation of positive results and performances from the very good team he is assembling. But offers like the one just announced – two-for-one for home games with Bristol City and Huddersfield Town – can only help the push for promotion back to the Premier League, when the club won’t require incentives to keep seats filled.

London 2012 Olympics: Anthony Joshua two fights from big money

Worth his weight in gold: Big Josh just two fights away from landing big dosh

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22:27 GMT, 9 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Big Josh is just two fights away from being given the key to a vault containing more dosh than any other giants of London 2012 will make from scaling Mount Olympia, the lightning Bolt and the darling Jess included.

If 6ft 6in Anthony Joshua batters an equally large Kazakhstani to defeat in his semi-final, then does the same to whichever super-heavyweight climbs into the opposite corner for the last competitive event of these Games on Sunday afternoon, then he will ride into boxing’s professional ranks aboard a bullion express.

How much of that cache — a very different kind of gold from the medals on offer here — he unloads at the end of that white-knuckle ride will depend on how quickly and completely he adapts to the more brutal rigours of the paid ring.

Ring it to win it: Joshua is just two victories away from a guaranteed future in the professional game

Ring it to win it: Joshua is just two victories away from a guaranteed future in the professional game

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Lennox Lewis, whose accountant became well-versed in such affairs after his client became Britain’s first world heavyweight champion for 100 years, values it in the hundreds of millions.

That estimate is based on the virtual void into which this sensible young man from London via Watford will find himself entering.

‘The heavyweight division is desperate for a shining new star,’ says Lewis. Of that, there is no doubt.
The brothers Klitschko have reigned impervious to almost every challenge to their duopoly of the world title alpha-belts since Lewis retired but Vitali, 41, is on the verge of hanging up his gloves and Wladimir, 36, will not go on offering pay-days to pretenders indefinitely.

Joshua, at just 22, is probably arriving too late to feast at the Klitschko table but if he leaves here as an Olympic champion he will find himself being fast-tracked into a place among those jostling for the succession.

They include two of his fellow Englishmen, 2008 Olympic bronze medallist David Price and Tyson Fury, the accelerating traveller.

David Haye still figures in some of the world ranking lists, at anywhere between fourth and seventh behind the Klitschkos. The Hayemaker’s comeback KO victim, Dereck Chisora, remains a fringe candidate despite losing four of his last five fights, which tells Joshua how wide open is the field of opportunity.

Apart from Russia’s Alexander Povetkin, who has yet to overcome his aversion to fighting a Klitschko, and Odlanier Solis, the Cuban who was troubling Vitali K for a round until he wrenched his knee, the rest is comprised mostly of such tired old names as Hasim Rahman, Eddie Chambers and Samuel Peter. If that cast list is not an added incentive for Joshua as he makes his return visits to the ExCeL Arena, he will never have a more enticing one.

The risk, of course, is that he will not be so much fast-tracked to the big time as rushed ahead of his years and experience. This evening’s rendezvous with Ivan Dychko, whom he is reported to have handled well in sparring, is only his 42nd amateur contest. That is not so much a career as a beginning.

In the blue corner: Joshua was impressive in his previous bout - seeing off China's Zhang Zhilei

In the blue corner: Joshua was impressive in his previous bout – seeing off China's Zhang Zhilei

In the blue corner: Joshua was impressive in his previous bout - seeing off China's Zhang Zhilei

As he makes vital decisions about his future, probably starting as early as next week, he needs to be aware that even if he becomes instant box-office he will need a defining rival — the Mayweather to his Pacquiao — if he is to capitalise to the full extent of Lewis’s calculations.

Ideally, that opposite number should be American and bring with him the riches of his country’s pay-per-view TV networks. Intriguingly, just such a figure appears to be rising from the ashes of United States heavyweight boxing.

Tipped for stardom

'I think Anthony Joshua is destined to get a gold medal. He's still a boy at 22 but he's very talented and in form.

I know how hard it is to win gold. It's an achievement just to get to the Olympics, amazing to get a medal and out of this world to win gold. He can do it.'

AUDLEY HARRISON

The Americans have always regarded the prize ring’s ultimate crown as theirs by right but their last unified heavyweight king was Evander Holyfield more than a decade ago.

Now, at last, they are daring to hope they have found the heir to the majestic succession of Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Mike Tyson and Mr Holyfield to name but plenty.

The new name is Deontay Wilder. The professional record is a straight 24 wins, every one by knockout. The plan, by Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Promotions, has been to bring him into contention under the radar.

Wilder was the only US boxer to win a medal at the 2008 Games, equalling bronze with Price in Beijing. It has required a total of only 40 rounds for him to compile that unbeaten record and he has yet to be taken beyond the fourth in any of those bouts.

The concussive power is in a
sledgehammer right hand but it is thrown in with the athletic agility of
a 6ft 7in former college American football player.

Put it there: Joshua can become one the headline results for Team GB if he can land gold

Put it there: Joshua can become one the headline results for Team GB if he can land gold

Put it there: Joshua can become one the headline results for Team GB if he can land gold

A native of the quaintly named town of Tuscaloosa, he goes by the nickname the Bronze Bomber in tribute to Louis, the Brown Bomber. The public wraps came off last Saturday when Fox Sports televised live his spectacular first-round knockout of Kertson Manswell in Mobile, Alabama.

At 26, Wilder is ahead of Joshua on the road to riches, as is Denis Boytsov, the 6ft 1in all-action Russian with a dynamite right hand who is being talked of as a new Tyson.

But the prospect of Joshua and Wilder forging a transatlantic rivalry in the not-too-distant future will most excite boxing impresarios who want to break the hold of the Eastern Europeans.

Not that Joshua is the only member of Britain’s boxing team with much to fight for this weekend.
Anthony Ogogo, Luke Campbell and Fred Evans are all Olympic championship contenders going into today’s semi-finals. They have distinguished themselves already by adding guaranteed bronzes to Britain’s phenomenal medals haul.

But it is the towering youngster who is working the graveyard shift at the climax of these tumultuous late nights in London’s Docklands who can see boxing’s holy grail shimmering beyond the gold.

Big fight prize: Heavyweight contenders

London 2012 Olympics: Michael Phelps beats record medal tally

Greatest Olympian ever! Phelps beats all-time record medal tally with double in pool

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Michael Phelps tonight became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history when his gold in the 4×200 metres freestyle relay took him to 19.

The 27-year-old had equalled Larisa Latynina's record earlier this evening with silver in the 200m butterfly.

However, the United States swimmer moved him beyond the Russian whose record had stood since 1964 to stand alone at the pinnacle with three more events to come.

History maker: Phelps bagged the two medals he needed to become the most decorated Olympian

History maker: Phelps bagged the two medals he needed to become the most decorated Olympian

Phelps' medal tally
15 x GOLD2 x SILVER
2 x BRONZE

The American has always
maintained he is not interested in medal counts and will be furious with
himself after Chad le Clos beat him on the touch in his first race of the evening – the 200m butterfly.

It is a measure of the expectations placed on the Baltimore swimmer that there was audible shock around the Aquatics Centre, a feeling of deflation even.

However, credit is due to Le Clos who swam a superb race to take advantage of Phelps' poor judgement, the American gliding into the wall rather than finishing on a full stroke as has been his hallmark.

The South African won in one minute 52.96 seconds, 0.05secs ahead of Phelps with Japan's Takeshi Matsuda third.

The 200m butterfly final came after Caitlin McClatchey had finished seventh in the 200m freestyle which United States swimmer Allison Schmitt won in Olympic record time.

Pipped to the post: Phelps narrowly missed out on the gold medal

Pipped to the post: Phelps narrowly missed out on the gold medal

No hard feelings: Phelps congratulates Le Clos on sealing gold

No hard feelings: Phelps congratulates Le Clos on sealing gold

The 26-year-old McClatchey produced her
best performances for years to reach the final but she was not
realistically expected to be in the battle for the title.

Schmitt, who last month swam the
event faster than anyone in textiles in history, led from start to
finish and touched in a dominant 1:53.61.

France's Camille Muffat was second as
the pair reversed their placings in the 400m freestyle on Sunday with
Australia's Bronte Barratt third.

McClatchey touched in 1:57.60 in what is set to be her final Olympics after three Games.

She said: 'I would have liked to have
gone a bit faster than I did in the semi, I tried something a bit
different and ended up going out too hard probably, tried to stick with
Missy (Franklin) down the first length, and it took a bit more out of
me.

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner - taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner – taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner - taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner – taking gold in the 200m butterfly

'It was all about enjoying it tonight, I knew I would have to do something massive to get into the medals.

'I really enjoyed it, the crowd were fantastic again, I couldn't ask for anything more from them.

'I didn't even think I would make the
final because it was such a strong event so that was a massive
achievement, and I didn't come last so that was good!'

Jemma Lowe squeezed into the final of
the 200m butterfly in 2:07.37, a relief after the shock exit of world
silver medallist Ellen Gandy this morning.

You beauty! Le Clos' dad, Bert, celebrates his son's famous victory

You beauty! Le Clos' dad, Bert, celebrates his son's famous victory

You beauty! Le Clos' dad, Bert, celebrates his son's famous victory

Clark"s Birmingham appointment moves closer as rivals fail to meet Pannu standards

Clark's Birmingham appointment moves closer as rivals fail to meet Pannu standards

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22:00 GMT, 21 June 2012

Lee Clark will undergo a second interview with Birmingham City on Friday and, if successful, could be installed immediately as the club's new boss.

The former Huddersfield Town chief has already undertaken one round of talks with the Championship club.

And it appears to be his job to lose after his closest rivals failed to impress acting chairman Peter Pannu.

On the brink: Clark could be named Birmingham's new boss on Friday

On the brink: Clark could be named Birmingham's new boss on Friday

Pannu was asked by club owner Carson Yeung to interview ex-Sunderland chief Roy Keane, currently working as a television pundit for ITV at Euro 2012.

But Keane wanted assurances about the job that Pannu was unable to offer. Alan Curbishley also met the club's main decision-maker but withdrew his application shortly afterwards.

Clark is the preferred choice ahead of Phil Brown and, if he impresses once more, is in line to succeed Chris Hughton with his position likely to be confirmed over the weekend.

Alan Curbishley and Phil Brown join shortlist for Birmingham City job

Curbishley and Brown join shortlist for vacant Birmingham post

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 13 June 2012

Alan Curbishley and Phil Brown are two of the names being considered by Birmingham City as replacement for Chris Hughton after acting chief executive Peter Pannu returned from the Far East.

Shortlisted: Curbishley left West Ham in 2008

Shortlisted: Curbishley left West Ham in 2008

The club’s main decision-maker flew in from Hong Kong and held a meeting with senior club officials over a successor to the newly-installed Norwich City boss.

Lee Clark’s name is also high on the list but of equal importance is the fact that the cash-strapped Championship club will approach a manager who is currently unemployed.

Alessandro Del Piero denied fairytale ending as Napoli sink Juventus in Italian Cup

Cavani and co deny Del Piero fairytale ending as Napoli sink Juve in Italian Cup

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08:57 GMT, 21 May 2012

Napoli won their first major title since the Diego Maradona era, denied Serie A champions Juventus the double and handed Alessandro Del Piero an unhappy end to 19 seasons at the club by beating the Turin side 2-0 in the Italian Cup final on Sunday.

Edinson Cavani broke the deadlock with a penalty just after the hour and Marek Hamsik finished off a counter-attack as Napoli claimed their first trophy since the Maradona-inspired team won Serie A in 1989/90.

Juventus had substitute Fabio Quagliarella sent off in the 89th minute for a full-blooded elbow in the face of Salvatore Aronica after only 17 minutes on the pitch.

Bellissimo: Napoli celebrate winning the Italian Cup final at the Olympic Stadium in Rome

Bellissimo: Napoli celebrate winning the Italian Cup final at the Olympic Stadium in Rome

'This was a club that didn't exist, said Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, a film-maker who refounded the club after it was declared bankrupt in 2004 and led it from Serie C back to the top flight.

'In a few years we've brought something home, above all the knowledge that Napoli exists, lives and can be the world champion of the sport.'

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri said: 'It seemed unthinkable to beat Juve. They hadn't ever lost this season (in Serie A) and to beat them 2-0 was magnificent work. The team has done something extraordinary in the last three years: Cavani, (Ezequiel) Lavezzi, Hamsik are on everyone's lips, but it's an entire team that should be acclaimed as one.'

'This was the 51st game of the season. Anyone who plays football knows that playing these games at that level is hard. We have paid in the championship for this. You can lose to anyone in our league, and we dropped too many points.'

Arrivederci: Alessandro Del Piero missed out on a glorious farewell on his final Juve appearance

Arrivederci: Alessandro Del Piero missed out on a glorious farewell on his final Juve appearance

Our hero: Juventus fans paid tribute to departing legend Del Piero at the game

Our hero: Juventus fans paid tribute to departing legend Del Piero at the game

Although Juventus had completed their 38-match campaign in Serie A without losing, there was some debate over their 2-2 Italian Cup draw after extra time against AC Milan in their semi-final second leg. Milan claimed that, as they were winning 2-1 at the end of 90 minutes, that should count as a Juventus defeat.

Del Piero, 37, was told earlier this season that his contract at Juventus would not be renewed and the talismanic forward was given a standing ovation when he was substituted midway through the second half.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte kept to his regular cup line-up with Marco Storari in goal instead of Gianluigi Buffon and a starting role for Del Piero, who has been used mainly as a substitute in Serie A.

Back of the net: Edinson Cavani (second right) slots home from the penalty spot

Back of the net: Edinson Cavani (second right) slots home from the penalty spot

Napoli, who finished fifth in Serie A and missed out on the Champions League by three points, were quickly on the attack as Hugo Campagnaro burst down the right and crossed for Juan Camilo Zuniga whose header was turned away by Marco Storari. Lavezzi shot wide on the counter-attack while a fierce effort from Zuniga was charged down by Leonardo Bonucci.

Juventus had a penalty appeal turned down just before halftime when Claudio Marchisio claimed to have been felled by Aronica.

Napoli continued to push forward after the break and won a penalty when Lavezzi was upended by Storari and Uruguay forward Cavani sent the Juve goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Hair-raising: Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik celebrates after scoring the second goal

Hair-raising: Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik celebrates after scoring the second goal

Juventus, who had devoted much of their energy to protesting refereeing decisions, suddenly started playing and enjoyed their best spell of the match, forcing Morgan De Sanctis to make two excellent saves.

The Napoli goalkeeper did well to punch away Bonucci's volley then somehow saved Simone Pepe's deflected shot with his feet.

Napoli made the game safe when Goran Pandev broke from the halfway line and slipped the ball to Slovakia forward Hamsek who fired past Storari.

London 2012 Olympics: Cuban-born Yamile Aldama could captain Great Britain team at London Games

Cuban may lead GB Games team: Aldama in contention for honour

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01:52 GMT, 13 March 2012

UK Athletics chief coach Charles van Commenee is considering appointing a foreign-born athlete to captain the British team at the Olympics.

Just days after controversially making American-born Tiffany Porter captain at last weekend’s World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, he revealed that Cuban-born triple jumper Yamile Aldama is in contention for the honour at London 2012.

‘She’s certainly a candidate, yes,’ said Van Commenee, after Aldama won gold. In all, Britain took a record nine medals — five of them with the help of athletes born outside the United Kingdom.

Flying the flag: Cuban-born triple jumper Yamile Aldama could captain Great Britain at the Olympics

Flying the flag: Cuban-born triple jumper Yamile Aldama could captain Great Britain at the Olympics

Should Van Commenee name Aldama, 39, as captain of the country’s biggest Olympic team, it would further fuel the ‘Plastic Brits’ debate highlighted by Sportsmail.

Aldama was born in Cuba, the country she represented at Sydney 2000. She then moved to Britain but competed for Sudan, whose rules were lax, when her British citizenship did not arrive in time for Athens 2004.

She competed for Sudan again at Beijing 2008 before deciding to represent Britain, where her British husband and family live, in 2011, in time for the London Games.

Decision maker: Head coach Charles van Commenee says he has great respect for Aldama

Decision maker: Head coach Charles van Commenee says he has great respect for Aldama

Golden girl: Aldama celebrates winning the triple jump in Istanbul

Golden girl: Aldama celebrates winning the triple jump in Istanbul

Van Commenee, 53, cited Aldama as a special case because of how she moved from country to country and had to contend with her Scottish husband, Andrew Dodds, being jailed in 2001 for 15 years for trafficking 11million of heroin into the country.

‘She has had to overcome so many difficulties and the medal shines even more,’ he said.

‘She loves athletics. She is a coach at a club in north London, just teaching young children how to triple jump. And then getting her first title in 39 years, it is quite a story. I have a lot of time and respect for her.

‘She is a great example for other athletes in how she trains and looks after herself and supports others.’