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

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

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06:41 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:53 GMT, 19 February 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial: Springboks rugby star Francois Hougaard arrives for the service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pistorius uncovered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pistorius and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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

The funeral of Reeva Steenkamp also takes place today

The funeral of Reeva Steenkamp also takes place today

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

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

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

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

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

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

F1 news: Timo Glock axed by Marussia

Glock shock! Marussia dump driver to leave rookie Chilton waiting for new team-mate

By
Phil Duncan

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12:31 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:22 GMT, 21 January 2013

British Formula One rookie Max Chilton is on the lookout for a new team-mate after Timo Glock was surprisingly dumped by Marussia.

Reports gathered on Sunday evening that Glock, who has raced for Maurssia since the team made their debut in 2010, would leave.

And the news was confirmed today with the F1 team citing ‘commercial’ considerations behind their decision.

Your Timo's up: Glock has been axed by Marussia ahead of the new 2013 F1 season

Your Timo's up: Glock has been axed by Marussia ahead of the new 2013 F1 season

‘Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the team,’ said Marussia chief John Booth.

‘Our team was founded on the principle of benefiting from proven experience while also providing opportunities for young emerging talent to progress to the pinnacle of motorsport.

‘Thus far, this philosophy has also been reflected in our commercial model.

‘And the ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that was have had to take steps to secure our long-term future.’

In a spin: Rookie Brit driver Max Chilton will be looking for a new team-mate after the German (right) was let go

In a spin: Rookie Brit driver Max Chilton will be looking for a new team-mate after the German (right) was let go

Phil Duncan F1 blog

Glock, who made his debut for Jordan in 2004 before spending two seasons at Toyota, wanted a bigger salary but Maurssia need a driver who can bring sponsorship to the cash-strapped team.

The British-based team suffered a hefty financial blow after conceding 10th place to Caterham in the closing stages of the season-finale in Brazil last year.

Bruno Senna, who was dropped by Williams, and Red Bull reserve driver Sebastien Buemi, are among the early favourites to replace Glock.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Totto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.

The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton’s close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.

Starting out: Britain's Max Chilton will join the grid for the first time this season

Starting out: Britain's Max Chilton will join the grid for the first time this season

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Toto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.

The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton's close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.

Mario Balotelli daughter Pia is born

Balotelli 'delighted' at becoming father for the first time as his ex gives birth to baby girl named Pia

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UPDATED:

12:16 GMT, 7 December 2012

Some of Mario Balotelli's actions during his time at Manchester City could best be described as childish. Wonderfully entertaining, but childish nonetheless.

Well, now the 22-year-old Italian striker has a kid of his own.

His relationship with ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico has been fairly tumultuous over the past nine months but bad boy Balotelli, preparing for the Manchester derby this Sunday, is said to be 'delighted' after becoming a father for the first time after she gave birth to a baby girl.

New dad: Mario Balotelli

He's the daddy: Mario Balotelli has become a father for the first time as his ex-girlfriend gives birth to a baby girl

He's the daddy: Mario Balotelli has become a father for the first time as his ex-girlfriend gives birth to a baby girl

Little Pia had been due on Christmas Day
but was born just under three weeks early after Raffaella was rushed to
hospital after having contractions while at home with her mum.

Balotelli himself was not present at the
birth but Raffaella's brother Francesco and her mum Pia were and the
baby weighed in at a healthy 8lbs, 4oz (3.8kg) and was registered in her
mother's name.

There was no official comment from Balotelli following the 'nappy' news although sources close to the City star said he was 'delighted' with the birth which took place at the private Clinica Mediterranea in Naples.

Ex underwear model Raffaella and Balotelli had split up in April following a furious doorstep bust up after she flew to Manchester from Italy to confront him over his cheating.

Bad boy: Balotelli's form for Man City has been erratic this season

Bad boy: Balotelli's form for Man City has been erratic this season

Two months later she called him to say she was expecting his child and initially he refused to accept the baby was his and demanded a DNA test to prove he was the father.

The couple then played out a furious
slanging match via the Italian media over the summer with a shocked
Raffaella expressing anger and surprise that he should question whether
he was the father.

Two months ago Balotelli then revealed
he was going to 'try again' with Raffaella and he flew to her home near
Naples where the two were pictured kissing passionately on the balcony
of her home.

He's punishment: Mario Balotelli got a tattoo of a Genghis Khan quote to celebrate his first goal of the season last month. Will he get a new tattoo for his daughter

He's punishment: Mario Balotelli got a tattoo of a Genghis Khan quote to celebrate his first goal of the season last month. Will he get a new tattoo for his daughter

In happier times: Mario and Rafaella were together before splitting up and getting back together in recent months but they are now not together despite welcoming their first child

In happier times: Mario and Rafaella were together before splitting up and getting back together in recent months but they are now not together despite welcoming their first child

However since then he has not been in touch with Raffaella and only this week she had issued an ultimatum to the player saying: 'If you love our child and me then marry me.'

On Thursday a source at the clinic said: 'Pia was born on Wednesday night and both mother and baby are doing well.'

Raffaella, who has dated Cristiano Ronaldo in the past and also appeared in Italy's version of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, is said to have sold exclusive first pictures of Pia to glossy Italian weekly Chi – the magazine that published photographs of a topless Duchess of Cambridge.

Balotelli, who has scored just once in 11 Premier League games this season, will hope to involved when City welcome Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Stoke player Jamie Ness and model girlfriend saved from carbon monoxide poisoning by dog

Dog saves Stoke City midfielder and model girlfriend from carbon monoxide poisoning
Jamie Ness and girlfriend Heather noticed their dog was sleeping all dayEngineer discovered carbon monoxide leak was slowly poisoning labrador and could have killed couple

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13:27 GMT, 23 November 2012

Heather Weir and boyfriend Jamie Ness could not understand why their normally active golden labrador wanted to sleep all day

Heather Weir and boyfriend Jamie Ness could not understand why their normally active golden labrador wanted to sleep all day

Stoke City's Jamie Ness and his model girlfriend Heather Weir say they owe their lives to their pet labrador after his strange behaviour prompted them to call in engineers.

They could not understand why their normally active dog Alfie suddenly wanted to sleep all day.

Investigations eventually revealed that the couple's Aga cooker was leaking lethal carbon monoxide gas that could have killed them.

One-year-old Alfie was sleepy because he was being slowly poisoned by the colourless, odourless gas.

Weir, 22, said: 'Without his strange behaviour Jamie and I would have went months not realizing what was leaking into our home.

'I love him so much and I'm so thankful to have such a wonderful companion – he saved our life.'

The 21-year-old midfielder moved from Glasgow to a new home in Cheshire with his girlfriend in July when he left Rangers for Stoke. He is yet to play for Tony Pulis's team in the Barclays Premier League but has represented Scotland through the age groups.

After noticing a strange smell, Heather had the stove checked and discovered it had been serviced and passed that month.

However, she said: 'Within the past four weeks, Alfie was sleeping all day. He had stopped playing with his toys and was just very lethargic.'

After returning from a family trip to the United States, Heather noticed Alfie was getting worse.

She said: 'He just wasn't right at all. Usually Alfie would be up and down like a yo-yo pestering me to play but instead, he went up to our room and slept for five hours.'

Heather had experienced a few brief moments of sickness but Jamie did not show any symptoms at all.

Determined to get the bottom of Alfie's strange behaviour, she called an engineer out to the home who immediately realised what was happening.

He told the couple that if Heather had not picked up on Alfie's sickness their exposure to the carbon monoxide leaking from the stove 'could have been fatal'.

Lucky escape: Stoke City Jamie Ness controls the ball against the Columbus Crew in July

Lucky escape: Stoke City Jamie Ness controls the ball against the Columbus Crew in July

Heather with Alfie: 'He makes our house a home', she said

Heather with Alfie: 'He makes our house a home', she said

Alfie's unusual behaviour alerted his owners to the carbon monoxide poisoning

Alfie's unusual behaviour alerted his owners to the carbon monoxide poisoning

'I explained about Alfie and myself and he was so genuinely concerned and happy that he'd discovered this for us before it could have been fatal,' she said.

'He explained that the smell of gas was not nearly as dangerous as the issue with the leak of carbon monoxide.

'I cannot believe how lucky we are – had we not caught this when we did, it could have been fatal to us all.

'I don't know what I'd do without Alfie – he makes our house a home.'

She added: 'Within two days of the problem being solved Alfie is back to his usual self.'

Carbon monoxide poisoning claims the lives of around 50 people a year in the UK.

Heather and Jamie said their dog was now back to his usual happy self

Heather and Jamie said their dog was now back to his usual happy self

Stephanie Trotter OBE, president and director of CO-Gas Safety who raise awareness and publish data of CO deaths and accidents, said that carbon monoxide prevention needs a “belt and braces” approach.

She said: 'Firstly, well done to the dog and well done to the girl.

'Often our dogs, cats and other pets are more susceptible to the gas because of their smaller lungs and weight.

'That's
why miners used to take canaries down the mines – if they stopped
singing you knew to get out because there was CO present.

'We
encourage all homes to open windows for ventilation, have their
chimneys regularly swept and install detectors – it really has to be a
belt and braces approach to keeping an eye on CO.'

The RSPCA said pet owners should be more aware of their pets' behaviour.

A
spokesman said: 'This demonstrates the importance of pet owners being
aware of their pet's normal behaviour and of being observant.

'If they do notice any change in their
pet's behaviour it's important to seek advice from their vet as it could
be a sign that their pet is suffering from a medical problem.'

Paul Johnston, chief executive of
Gas Safe Register, commented: 'The couple involved in this incident had a
lucky escape, but tragically others are not always so fortunate.

'Carbon
monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. You can't see it, taste it or smell
it and without an adequate supply of fresh air, it can kill quickly.

'The symptoms are also very similar to flu, which at this time of year is worrying if people get the two confused.'

For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk

Crouch falls on night out with Abbey Clancy

Having a good night, Crouchy The Stoke big man takes a dive into the back of a car (is it to hide that bushy moustache)

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13:30 GMT, 16 November 2012

It's tough getting into a car when you're as a tall as Peter Crouch. The Stoke big man, who doesn't play until Monday at West Ham, enjoyed a night out with his wife… until the end, that is.

He could learn a few tricks from Mr Crouch – model Abigail Clancy – about how to get into a vehicle in a demure fashion.

Maybe Crouch didn't stumble but was looking to hide his new moustache from photographers as he was seen leaving the Kate Moss book launch after-party in London. Crouch is growing a moustache for charity.

Crouch leaves the Kate Moss party in London on Thursday night

Fallen idol: Crouch leaves the Kate Moss party in London on Thursday night

Penalty, ref! Was he tripped or did he take a tumble Crouch goes down

Penalty, ref! Was he tripped or did he take a tumble Crouch goes down

Did you have a good night, Peter

Did you have a good night, Peter

Crouch and his model Wife Abbey in the back of a car

Crouch and his model Wife Abbey in the back of a car

Stoke go to Upton Park for the Sky TV
game on Monday, where they will face a resurgent West Ham team, who are
sixth in the Barclays Premier League.

Sam Allardyce's team will be hoping Crouch spends more time stumbling around.

Crouch shows of his moustache after leaving the party hosted by Marc Jacobs

Crouch shows of his moustache after leaving the party hosted by Marc Jacobs

It looks a bit full in there... but Crouch is used to a crowded penalty area

It looks a bit full in there… but Crouch is used to a crowded penalty area

Crouch looks a bit more comfortable in this 1-0 win for Stoke against QPR

Crouch looks a bit more comfortable in this 1-0 win for Stoke against QPR

Nick Evans signs new contract at Harlequins

Former All Black Evans commits to Harlequins for another three years

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 1 November 2012

New deal: Evans

New deal: Evans

Nick Evans has ended speculation about his playing future by a signing a new three-year contract with Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins.

The New Zealand international fly half had been a subject of intense speculation linking him with a move overseas.

But Quins on Thursday announced the 32-year-old has agreed terms that will keep him at the Twickenham Stoop until 2016.

Evans, regarded as one of the most successful foreign signings made by any Premiership club, joined Quins from Otago four years ago.

He has now scored almost 1,200 points for Quins and was named the Rugby Players' Association player of the season last term.

'There is not a player, supporter or coach in the game in England, let alone Harlequins, who will not be delighted that Nick Evans has agreed to stay with us for another three years,' Quins rugby director Conor O'Shea said.

'The Aviva Premiership wants the best players playing in it, and Nick is one of the very best.

'He contributes so much to this club both on and off the field, and he is the perfect role model for all young players.

Key man: Evans helped Quins to win the Premiership last season

Key man: Evans helped Quins to win the Premiership last season

'While I know one of the main reasons he is staying with us revolves around his family, ultimately it is about his ambition to achieve things with this club.

'We have started something here and Nick wants to see it through. His decision to stay is a great early Christmas present for all Harlequins supporters.'

Evans added: 'Myself and my family are happy to have the opportunity to stay at Harlequins. I'm looking forward to continuing to play with a great bunch of lads and to working with a special coaching staff.

'There is no limit to what this team can achieve, and I am excited to have an influence both on and off the field.

Former All Black: Evans appeared 16 times for New Zealand between 2004 and 2007

Former All Black: Evans appeared 16 times for New Zealand between 2004 and 2007

'My decision was made easy by the ambition of this great club, the success we have had and the hunger to want more.

'The support I have had from the supporters has been amazing, and I will do my best to help the club stay one of the major forces in English and European rugby.'

Quins are currently top of the Premiership, while they launched their Heineken Cup campaign last month with successive victories over Biarritz and Connacht.

Evans went off injured during the Biarritz game almost three weeks ago, but it is thought a return to playing action is imminent.

Santi Cazorla: I try to copy Andres Iniesta

Copycat Cazorla models his play on Spain team-mate Iniesta

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UPDATED:

09:45 GMT, 16 October 2012

Santi Cazorla admits he tries to 'copy' Spain team-mate Andres Iniesta's style of 'total football'.

The Arsenal new boy has lit up the Barclays Premier League this season with a number of dazzling displays for the Gunners.

All smiles: Cazorla is on international duty this week with Spain

All smiles: Cazorla is on international duty this week with Spain

The 16.5million signing is on international duty with Spain as the World and European champions prepare to face out-of sorts France on Tuesday night.

Speaking to Spanish daily Marca, Cazorla said: 'Iniesta is the standard against which I measure myself.

'Playing by his side is something else. He's a total footballer in every sense.

Role model: The Arsenal midfielder has lauded the ability of countryman Iniesta

Role model: The Arsenal midfielder has lauded the ability of countryman Iniesta

'I try to copy the things he does, but it's very difficult. The problem is that when he does them he makes them look easy, but then you try it and you get all tangled up.

'Andres is a role model on and off the pitch.'

Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis: Premier League must adopt our financial model

Premier League clubs must adopt Arsenal's tight financial model, warns chief Gazidis

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UPDATED:

08:03 GMT, 11 October 2012

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes there is a 'developing consensus' in the Premier League that there is a need for financial regulation.

UEFA have already introduced Financial Fair Play guidelines for clubs to live within their means.

Arsenal recently posted a healthy pre-tax profit and Gazidis believes they provide the model which could be adopted by more clubs as they look to become self-sustaining.

Mixed results: Arsenal are a fixture in the Champions League each season but have not won a major trophy since their FA Cup triumph in 2005

Mixed results: Arsenal are a fixture in the Champions League each season but have not won a major trophy since their FA Cup triumph in 2005

He told BBC Five Live: 'Arsenal were operating this way a long time before football looked at it and decided it would be a good path for football to move into.

'I think people believe money can be spent without consequence and if we learnt anything from the financial crisis the world has had over the last few years it has to be unsustainable spending and unsustainable environments don't last forever.

'I think football is in a fantastic position to address this because we are in a position where I am very optimistic for the future of football. The revenues the game generates, particularly the Premier League's position, is fantastic.

'This is a very successful UK industry and it deserves a lot of credit for that.

Keeping it tight: Arsene Wenger works to Arsenal's own financial regulations

Keeping it tight: Arsene Wenger works to Arsenal's own financial regulations

'This is a great time for us, when things are going well, to address issues of unsustainability while we can because as we've learned addressing them from a position of weakness is never a satisfactory way to do it.

'The Premier League owners are coming together: I think there is a developing consensus around the fact we need some form of tighter financial regulations to make sure as we look forward that the interest of the Premier League, its clubs and the fans are well protected.

'(And) we are running our league on a sound financial business model and taking advantage of what this league has to become the world's leading sports league.'

According to Gazidis, the Gunners have always tried to strike the balance between the long and short-term and have managed to resist just pushing for the latter without taking heed of potential consequences.

He also defended manager Arsene Wenger, who many have accused of letting the club fall far behind the likes of the Manchester teams due to his perceived aversion to spending money.

Gazidis said: 'I don't think Arsene is conservative, I think he is extraordinarily brave. I think he does things others don't do and sees things others don't see.

'Arsene is not fixed on the price of a player in assessing a player's value, he will look with equal weight at a young player who is coming through the Arsenal academy and a player that might be available with a very hefty price tag from overseas.

'He is not afraid to spend money when he believes in a player and sees a player he thinks can kick us forward but he is not obsessed with the security that a big transfer fee might give him.'

While he understands the criticism that has come the club's way because of the lack of silverware, Gazidis is convinced the wait for a trophy will soon be over.

He said: 'I think the time when we have to continue to ask them (Arsenal supporters) for patience is coming to an end and I think we will be able to deliver the kind of success they want on a consistent basis going forward as one of the leading clubs in Europe.'

Part-time model Tihana Nemcic takes charge of Croatian football team

The beautiful game: Part-time model takes charge of Croatian men's league side

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17:34 GMT, 1 October 2012

Tihana Nemcic wants to be treated just like any other head coach. The 24-year-old Nemcic, a former Croatia women's international and part-time model, just happens to be getting more attention than usual.

That's because she has taken over as coach of a Croatian men's football team – fifth division side NK Viktorija Vojakovac.

Nemcic, a former club player in Croatia, graduated in July from the country's Sporting University. Since taking over at NK Viktorija Vojakovac, she has asserted herself as the one in charge – not the center of a media stunt.

It's a woman's game: Tihana Nemcic has taken over as coach of NK Vuktorija Vojakovac in Croatia

It's a woman's game: Tihana Nemcic has taken over as coach of NK Vuktorija Vojakovac in Croatia

She's a star: Nemcic shows off her skills

She's a star: Nemcic shows off her skills

'I am the head coach and I have full liberty to create and plan the team's tactics,' Nemcic said. 'If a woman and a man have the same professional qualifications for a coaching job, I see no reason why I should not get into male football.'

The team is currently eighth in the 16-team league standings with four points after one win, one loss and one draw.

Tihomir Jagusic, one of of the club's players, described Nemcic as 'very good, focused and serious during training'.

'We listen to her,' Jagusic said. 'She is very strict at training.'

Nemcic got interested in the sport when she used to follow her boyfriend to training.

'I was watching him play, how he played… and then I started to play myself and it has become part of me to this very day,' she said. 'This is a big challenge for me. I have had some experience with kids, but with men's teams – no.'

Nemcic is finding life as a coach very different from her days as a player.

'When you are a player, you worry only about yourself and your personal performance,' she said. 'Now, when I am a coach, I have to think about more players. But both jobs are equally nice. Both have ups and downs.'

Nemcic, who was among 15 finalists
for the beauty title of Croatia Miss Sport in 2008, does face a
particular challenge in coaching the men.

'We
have a rule,' she said. 'Boys go in to change. When they are finished,
one of them comes out and calls me in. I would never put myself in the
situation to walk in on them inside the dressing room.'

Many talents: Nemcic is a former Croatia women's international and part-time model

Many talents: Nemcic is a former Croatia women's international and part-time model

London Parlympics 2012: Mickey Bushell wins T53 100m sprint gold

One better for Bushell as Beijing silver medalist storms to London sprint gold

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19:07 GMT, 3 September 2012

Wheelchair sprinter Mickey Bushell upgraded his Beijing silver to gold in London with victory in the T53 100 metres on Monday night.

The 22-year-old, the world record holder, got off to a flying start and raced away from the field to win in a new Paralympic record 14.75 seconds.

Bushell was 0.34secs clear of the field as he convincingly claimed Great Britain's fifth gold medal in the Olympic Stadium.

Victory roar: Mickey Bushell celebrates his 100m sprint gold

Victory roar: Mickey Bushell celebrates his 100m sprint gold

He was born with seven vertebrae missing from the lower part of the back.

Bushell, whose win took Great Britain's athletes' total medal tally to 12, revealed he had been inspired by watching David Weir's 5,000m victory.

He said: 'Gold was the only thing I wanted. I know I had to work for it, it's been a long, hard four years.

'Last night I watched Dave Weir and as he crossed the line I was bouncing off the walls in my room. I didn't know what to do.

Charge: Bushell bulleted home in a new Paralympic record of 14.75s

Charge: Bushell bulleted home in a new Paralympic record of 14.75s

'He's been a massive influence – just
as a team-mate, he's been there for me. He was there for me in Beijing
as well, even with all the stuff he had to deal with as well.

'He's a fantastic guy, a great role model to look up to.'

On the race, he said: 'It was fantastic. It went a lot better than I
thought. The crowd were fantastic, they definitely pushed me on.

'I nearly cried coming through the line.'

Bushell will go for a second gold in the 200m, but admitted this was the
title he had been craving, saying: 'This is my stronger event. This is
the one I wanted.'

More to follow.

Charge: Bushell bulleted home in a new Paralympic record of 14.75s

Charge: Bushell bulleted home in a new Paralympic record of 14.75s

Upgrade: Bushell won silver in Beijing

Upgrade: Bushell won silver in Beijing