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Jim Boyle banned for two months for using Alkalising Agent on horse

Boyle punished for using banned powder on horse despite being cleared of 'milkshaking'

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19:47 GMT, 18 December 2012


Punished: Jim Boyle has been given a short-term ban

Punished: Jim Boyle has been given a short-term ban

Epsom trainer Jim Boyle has been fined 3,500 and will be prevented from making entries for two months following a British Horseracing Authority inquiry into alleged 'milkshaking'.

Although Boyle was cleared of using an alkalinising agent on New Den at Lingfield in April 2011, he was found guilty of knowingly using a ‘Tie-up Powder’ on the horse which is banned on race day.

The use of an Alkalising Agent, usually Sodium Bicarbonate, on racehorses is a practise that has particularly gained notoriety in America. It acts by reducing the build-up of Lactic Acid in muscles as fatigue sets in.

Boyle would have faced a fare more serious penalty had he been found guilty of ‘milkshaking’.

New Den never ran at Lingfield on the day in question after a random pre-race test showed abnormally high levels of TC02 in his system, often an indicator of ‘milkshaking’.

The BHA disciplinary panel concluded Boyle had been aware New Den had been given a 'tie-up powder' on the day of the Lingfield race, and that he was doing so 'in the knowledge that the powders administered could affect the gelding's racing performance'.

Boyle, a former vet who produced a series of good character references at the hearing, has been Epsom’s most successful trainer numerically in recent years. In 2009, he trained 59 winners but this year’s total has dropped to 24.

Unless he appeals, the two-month restriction on making entries is likely to start in just over a week. However, Boyle can still continue to train the horses in his care.

Sachin Tendulkar can bow out on his own terms – Martin Samuel

Little Master can bow out on his own terms

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21:15 GMT, 15 November 2012

Sir Don Bradman was out for a duck in his final Test innings. Nijinsky lost his last two races. Bobby Moore was eventually dropped by Sir Alf Ramsey. Brian Clough was relegated with Nottingham Forest.

It comes for them all in the end. Brigitte Bardot stopped making films before she turned 40. She said it was the only elegant way to end her career. The greats of sport rarely possess such insight. As Sachin Tendulkar holed out to Samit Patel on the leg-side boundary yesterday, opinion instantly divided as to whether this was just an uncommonly bad trot that would soon be rectified, or the continued betrayal of the talent of the greatest batsman of modern times.

A professional controversialist could achieve easy notoriety in these parts by rubbishing the latter career of the Little Master. Tendulkar provokes such devotion in his homeland that his cheap dismissal by England here was being rewritten as a small triumph in some quarters, because it made him the only Indian batsman not to be clean bowled by Graeme Swann. It is doubtful he saw it that way.

Little Master: Tendulkar failed to make big runs in the first innings against England

Little Master: Tendulkar failed to make big runs in the first innings against England

Tendulkar tucked Swann away to the boundary to take his score to 13 and, from the next ball, played a simply woeful shot, snaffled by Patel, who had been placed there for precisely that purpose.

The silence that befell the arena in the dusty Motera district echoed the shock of a death in the family. All day, locals had been arriving at the gates of the Sardar Patel Stadium, inspired by the news that India had won the toss and would bat.

They were delighted by the return to form of Virender Sehwag and Gujarat’s Chetesh-war Pujara, but there was one man above all they had come to see. It was 23 years to the day since he made his debut for India and this was his 315th Test innings, but India will never tire of the flashing blade of Tendulkar.

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‘There is something special about bowling to him in India,’ said Swann. ‘Just the noise as he is about to come out to bat. You know who it is before he has left the changing room. You can tell this is the greatest batsman to still be playing the game. So getting him out means a lot; and not just getting him out, but getting him out early.’

Twenty-five minutes and 18 balls of early, to be precise. This on a track that saw Sehwag hit his first Test century in two years and Pujara close the day on 98 not out in only his sixth Test.

The roar as Tendulkar emerged made the 54,000-capacity stadium sound as if his devotees were hanging from the rafters — the estimated 10,000 crowd was better than expected but still a small disappointment in a country so in love with the game — but on his return to the pavilion it felt more like Mudville, the setting for the famous baseball poem, Casey At The Bat: ‘Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.’

That is what India’s Casey does a lot
these days, too. His Test scores this year read: 41, 80, 15, 8, 25, 13,
19, 17, 27 and now 13. His last Test century was in Cape Town against
South Africa in January 2011.

He has scored two centuries since
October 2010 and he has been bowled in five of his Test dismissals in
the last 12 months. At the start of his career it took bowlers four
years — and 42 innings — to find his stumps five times.

Day of toil: England were made to work hard for their wickets - of which Swann (below) duly obliged four

Day of toil: England were made to work hard for their wickets – of which Swann (below) duly obliged four

Day of toil: England were made to work hard for their wickets - of which Swann (below) duly obliged four

And there is the problem. Plainly, Tendulkar — the only batsman whose name can be mentioned in the same breath as Bradman — has earned the right to take leave of the stage on his terms. Plainly, there is nobody within Indian cricket, not even strong-willed coach Duncan Fletcher, who would presume to usher him away a moment before he was ready.

Yet great sportsmen are notoriously poor judges of when to leave the crowd wanting more. Tendulkar lives for cricket; in India it is not unreasonable to conclude that cricket lives for him. He plainly believes he has more to give, and perhaps he does.

So how does this end When the time comes, as it did for the others that made India the greatest Test team in the world, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, who will be brave enough to call time on the career of the great Tendulkar Will he; will they How does a man with 15,546 Test runs know when, or where, to stop At the end of this series It is hardly likely.

The presumption has always been that, when it is right, Tendulkar will bow out in fitting surroundings, such as his home town of Mumbai, India’s cricket capital. Yet the next Test is to be played in Mumbai.

The final Test of England’s tour is in Nagpur, at a stadium that has only been open for Test matches four years. It does not have the feel of a venue at which India should say farewell to its greatest sporting hero.

Penny for 'em: Mionty was on the sidelines when he should have been out in the middle

Penny for 'em: Mionty was on the sidelines when he should have been out in the middle

Indeed, who would even have the temerity to raise such a dreadful subject It may have been another day to forget for Tendulkar here but, closing at 323 for four, how much of India’s imposing performance was inspired by his presence The young players idolise him, contemporaries revere him, England’s delight at claiming his wicket did not suggest a hollow triumph over some weak link. No player could bring to the team spirit what Tendulkar does and maybe that alone is enough.

On Wednesday, the day before the game, as the majority of his team-mates retired to the shade of their air-conditioned changing room, one batsman continued to toil in the sweltering nets. Maybe, deep down, the Little Master knows times are changing, but who can blame him for trying with every last sinew of his strength to resist, or change them back To the days when those who trekked to Motera would not have merely glimpsed greatness, but gloried in it, ball by ball, over by over, run by run, hour by hour.

‘Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell; It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell; It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat, For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.’ As heroes do. Until there really is nothing more to give.

Kidderminster chef defends most expensive pie price

Kidderminster chef defends price of most expensive football-ground-pie in the land

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21:30 GMT, 24 October 2012

The dearest pie in football is not so much a first course or a second course but an assault course.

‘Feel the weight of that,’ veteran caterer Brian Murdoch says, handing over a Kidderminster Harriers pie to Sportsmail’s official taster.

‘That’ll take you three days to eat,’ one of the club coaches shouts as players heading for morning training break out into a chorus of that old standard, ‘Who ate all the pies’

Pie boys: Alan Fraser (right) with caterer Brian Murdoch

Pie boys: Alan Fraser (right) with caterer Brian Murdoch

Upper crust

1. Kidderminster – 4

2. Chelsea – 3.50

3. Arsenal – 3.30

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Dinner is served: The pie in all its glory

Kidderminster used to be known for what is still
called their ‘famous Aggborough soup’, a meat and veg concoction which
is thin enough to be drunk and thick enough to require the assistance of
a machete. But the cottage pie, filled with meat, carrots and potatoes,
is now the big attraction, having achieved a certain notoriety for its
price.

‘I am not embarrassed about charging
4,’ Brian declares. ‘I have not raised the price for three years. For
me, it is all about quality and I will not compromise on that. I have
opened up too many football pies to find just hot air and gravy.

'I use
fresh ingredients which I prepare freshly by hand. And the pies are big.
We often get a couple asking for a pie and two spoons.’ Steve Burr, the
club manager, walks by.

‘My players eat them before the game, at half
time and after the match,’ Burr states. The smile, a legacy of a great
FA Cup win at Grimsby, tells another story.

Equals: Barcelona have Messi but Kidderminster have their pies

Equals: Barcelona have Messi but Kidderminster have their pies

‘Barcelona have Messi, Real Madrid have Ronaldo and Kidderminster have our pies,’ he adds.

Brian still remembers the day in 1994
when West Ham came to town in an FA Cup 5th round tie. The first round
visit of Oldham on Saturday week will be another busy day, albeit not on
the scale of the club’s biggest occasion.

The pie is apparently not to
everyone’s taste, however. In what might be regarded as unfortunate
testimony from his own family, his son and 15-year-old grandson Harry,
both give it a wide berth. They are vegetarians. And Brian himself does
so much tasting in the making that he prefers the cheese and onion
variety when off duty.

And the Sportsmail verdict Tasty,
warming, full of meat and likely to put hair on the head of Bruce
Willis. But it will never beat the Scottish meat pie which spurts gravy
over shirt and tie when bitten into. Now, that’s what you call haute
cuisine.

Mario Balotelli involved in car crash

Balotelli escapes unhurt after car crash in Manchester

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18:08 GMT, 5 April 2012

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has escaped unhurt after he was involved in a car crash in Manchester city centre on Thursday afternoon.

The club confirmed the 21-year-old was involved in a prang with another vehicle close to Deansgate Locks.

Unhurt: Balotelli just hours before a car crash

Unhurt: Balotelli just hours before a car crash

City stated said that Baltoelli was not at fault and was unharmed along with the driver of the other car.

According to some reports, Balotelli
was driving a white car and was said to be 'shook up' but was unhurt and
apparently joked with onlookers.

Big player: Balotelli rescued a point for City against Sunderland last weekend

Big player: Balotelli rescued a point for City against Sunderland last weekend

City are growing increasingly concerned over Balotelli's antics.

Earlier on Thursday he revealed that a weight has been lifted from his shoulders following revelations that he had a fling with a prostitute linked to Wayne Rooney.

Balotelli admitted that his knowledge of the story had been a heavy burden.

Limelight: Jennifer Thompson achieved notoriety when she was linked to Wayne Rooney

Limelight: Jennifer Thompson achieved notoriety when she was linked to Wayne Rooney

Limelight: Jenny Thompson achieved notoriety when linked to Wayne Rooney

Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, pre-empted embarrassing headlines by revealing details of a 'brief involvement' with Jennifer Thompson, who claimed in 2010 that Rooney had paid her 1,200-a-night for sex while his wife Coleen was five months pregnant.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, he added: 'I know I must still learn to keep my private life separate from my profession. It's not easy, but I have taken this step to free me from the weight of this story.

'Recently, I admit, I have been troubled – because of this story, but not only. My natural parents in some interviews have been disrespectful to my family.

'Now that this weight has been lifted, I am certain that I will find the positive energy to make the best run for the title with Manchester City, and prepare in the best way for the European Championship.

'Now that this weight has been lifted, I am certain that I will find the positive energy to make the best run for the title with Manchester City, and prepare in the best way for the European Championship.'

Mario Balotelli linked to Wayne Rooney"s alleged prostitute

Balotelli admits fling with prostitute linked to Rooney before 2010 World Cup

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14:23 GMT, 4 April 2012

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has had a 'brief involvement' with a woman previously linked to Wayne Rooney while his wife was pregnant.

Balotelli’s involvement with Jennifer Thompson occurred during a time when women were 'targeting' the player to earn money by selling their stories, Mino Raiola, who represents the Italian, said.

Max Clifford, who is representing Miss Thompson, said his client has been pursued by tabloid newspapers following the 'alleged friendship'.

Brief involvement: Mario Balotelli has admitted a fling with Jennifer Thompson

Brief involvement: Mario Balotelli has admitted a fling with Jennifer Thompson

Miss Thompson was working as an escort when she and another call girl were linked with Rooney before England’s World Cup campaign in 2010.

Mr Raiola said in a statement: 'Mario is a young and impulsive football player and as such he is an easy target for tabloids looking for stories and people seeking to benefit from being associated with him.

'Lately I feel that the chase has become more purposeful and women, in particular, are targeting Mario looking to make money from him directly or by selling stories to newspapers that relate to situations which they have intentionally pursued.

'It now seems that one of these women has succeeded and the newspapers have their story.

Coming out: Balotelli trained today having arrived with girlfriend Rafaella Fico

Coming out: Balotelli trained today having arrived with girlfriend Rafaella Fico

'In this regard, we therefore wish to
confirm that Mario has had a brief involvement with Miss Jennifer
Thompson, a well-known figure amongst tabloid readers in England.

'Mario
prefers to admit what has happened, has refused any means on offer to
try to keep the matter silent and will deal with any consequences his
actions bring in the way of public attention.

Limelight: Jennifer Thompson achieved notoriety when she was linked to Wayne Rooney

Limelight: Jennifer Thompson achieved notoriety when she was linked to Wayne Rooney

Limelight: Jenny Thompson achieved notoriety when linked to Wayne Rooney

'However, he prefers to deal with his
personal life in private and had told those close to him about this
situation prior to any suggestion of this matter becoming public.'

The
agent added that the 21-year-old was 'becoming aware of the modern
practices operated by some newspapers' and was determined to avoid
'certain types of people'.

Mr Clifford said Miss Thompson approached his PR firm and discussions over the sale of her story were ongoing.

Not again: Balotelli already caused controversy during Manchester City's weekend draw with Sunderland when he clashed over the taking of a free-kick

Not again: Balotelli already caused controversy during Manchester City's weekend draw with Sunderland when he clashed over the taking of a free-kick

'She has been pursued by the tabloids over an alleged friendship with Balotelli and asked us to represent her. We represented her some time ago when she was linked to Wayne Rooney.'

Miss Thompson was working as an escort when she and another call girl were linked with Rooney before England's World Cup campaign in 2010.

Borat national anthem played after Kazakh medal in shooting competition

Kazakh gold medal shooter left outraged as Borat parody of national anthem is played

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21:11 GMT, 23 March 2012

A shooting competition held in Kuwait managed to mix up the actual national anthem of Kazakstan with an obscene parody featured in the film Borat.

The athlete on the podium, gold medallist Maria Dmitrienko, maintained her dignity throughout, only raising concerns afterwards, demanding an apology and for the medal ceremony to be rerun.

Thumbs down: Sacha Baron Cohen achieved notoriety for his portrayal of a Kazakh journalist

Thumbs down: Sacha Baron Cohen achieved notoriety for his portrayal of a Kazakh journalist

Coach Anvar Yunusmetov told Kazakh news agency Tengrinews the tournament's organisers had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong.

'Then Maria Dmitrienko's turn came,' he said. 'She got up on to the pedestal and they played a completely different anthem, offensive to Kazakhstan.'

The parody, from the 2006 movie by English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, praises Kazakhstan for its superior potassium exports and for having the cleanest prostitutes in the region.

The Oval Office: Scotland suffer O"Brien blow

The Oval Office: Scotland suffer O'Brien blow

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23:52 GMT, 8 March 2012

Injury blow: Sean O'Brien of Ireland

Injury blow: Sean O'Brien of Ireland

Sean O'Brien has pulled out of Ireland's game against Scotland on Saturday because of an infection on the skin of his foot. The flanker becomes the third player to miss the game from the side that started against France as the heavy toll of playing four games in four weeks starts to show. Peter O'Mahoney, a highlyrated but inexperienced openside, takes his place. Manager Mick Kearney said: 'We knew Sean was carrying this infection, but it has not cleared as quickly as we expected.'

Smith back

Former England attack coach Brian Smith has returned to Aviva Premiership club London Irish as director of rugby – a role he held for three years between 2005 and 2008 before joining Martin Johnson's national set-up. Toby Booth remains head coach and Smith, widely credited for laying the foundations to the Exiles' best years of success, said: 'Toby and I have always had a great relationship and that brought with it a lot of success on the field in my time at the club. I know that we're destined for even greater things.'

Stade Mike

On his way: Mike Tindall

On his way: Mike Tindall

Mike Tindall could be on his way out of English rugby after failing to agree a new contract at Gloucester. The 2003 World Cup winner is reported to be discussing a deal to join Paris-based Stade Francais next season after Gloucester offered him only a one-year deal. He had previously been linked to Biarritz. Tindall wanted a two-year contract to conclude a career that has brought him 75 England caps but also the notoriety of the 2011 World Cup and that night out in Queenstown.

IRB rule on Shingler

London Iris h centre Steven Shingler has been ruled ineligible to play for Scotland by the IRB as he is tied to Wales. The 20-year-old was born in Swansea but was included in Andy Robinson's provisional Six Nations squad, believing he qualified through his Dumfries-born mother. The WRU argued Shingler was tied to them having played for their Under 20 side against France last year. Scotland are waiting full written details of the decision before deciding on any action.