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Wayne Rooney"s latest book flops in sales

Rooney's second book flop leaves publishes unsure over future titles

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UPDATED:

07:05 GMT, 22 October 2012

The remarkably poor sales of Wayne Rooney’s latest book charting 10 years in the top flight demonstrate that the recession in the football book market shows no sign of ending.

Publishers HarperCollins are understood to have sold only about 6,000 copies of Wayne Rooney — My Decade In The Premier League in the six weeks since the launch.

The low uptake follows huge publicity from a newspaper serialisation as well as coinciding with a period when Rooney has been constantly in the headlines through his England captaincy, the 10th anniversary of his spectacular entry into Premier League with that winning strike for Everton against Arsenal, his 200th club goal and wife Coleen expecting their second child.

hands up who wants my book: Wayne Rooney's second release has sold just 6,000

hands up who wants my book: Wayne Rooney's second release has sold just 6,000

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HarperCollins held crisis talks last year over the future of their 12-year, 5million, five-book deal with Rooney even before the delayed publication of this second in the series.

The lack of interest makes it more unlikely a further three books will see the light of day before the deal ends in 2018.

The setback follows Rooney failing to agree a new contract with EA Sports, who have Lionel Messi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Hart on the UK cover of their flagship computer game FIFA 2013. Rooney had been a cover fixture since 2005.

No long face

In contrast to the lack of Rooney books sold, broadcasting darling Clare Balding is determined that her young life story My Animals And Other Family heads the Christmas bestseller list.

So much so that she sandwiched her BBC presenting of Frankel’s glory run in the Champions Stakes between two book signing sessions at Ascot.
Balding also hosted a question and answer session for kids in the parade ring before the racing, at which she took every opportunity to plug the book as well.

Money maker

Such is the worldwide market- ability of David Beckham, his agents XIX see him earning more money than ever when his playing career finishes.
A sign of that commercial potential is the filming of Beckham’s latest advert for H&M underwear being directed by Guy Ritchie.

Mr Marketable: David Beckham's business team will continue to make money after his career

Mr Marketable: David Beckham's business team will continue to make money after his career

Missing medal men

Conspicuous by their absence from the UK Athletics golden fundraising gala dinner at the Royal Courts of Justice were two out of the three London 2012 gold medal winners from track and field — Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, as well as four-gold Paralympian David Weir.

Farah lives in the United States, Rutherford was recovering from ankle and hernia operations and Weir’s partner has just had a baby.

Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz was the star of the evening, clearing two metres dressed in just his underpants with his run-up between the dinner tables.

Jessica Ennis stood under the bar beforehand to demonstrate how high Grabarz was jumping. And a couple paid 5,000 for a hug and kiss from Robbie after his leap.

It’s good to talk, Queally

There is talk of putting a commitment to media promotion into the conditions for taking part in British Champions Day racing or introducing a financial incentive for PR co-operation.

This follows upset at superhorse Frankel’s introvert jockey Tom Queally not wanting to do radio or TV interviews at the main promotional event last week.

Let's talk: Tom Queally rode Frankel to record-breaking glory at Ascot

Let's talk: Tom Queally rode Frankel to record-breaking glory at Ascot

Queally, who fulfilled all media requests after Frankel’s triumph, is understood to be wary of racing journalists since he was fairly criticised for the ride he gave Frankel at last year’s Royal Ascot.

The drawing power of Frankel ensured Ascot was a sell-out for British Champions Day. But the organisers, whose Champion Series is a marketing tool rather than fulfilling the original intention of bringing a narrative to the Flat season, know they face a huge task filling Ascot next year following Frankel’s retirement.

But they are making the most of the Frankel effect by putting tickets on sale today.

Future's bright

There is big concern among stable lads at John Dunlop’s Arundel base about their future when the 73-year-old trainer retires next month.

The Duke of Norfolk, who owns the stables, has yet to find another trainer prepared to pay the expensive rent and might even renovate the site for other uses.

London 2012 Olympics: Women snubbed as medal bearers

Women snubbed at London 2012 as men give out medals and flowers for first time in history of the Games

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 1 June 2012

The London Olympics will be the first Games in history where all the flower and medal bearers will men male while the women will be left to escort the athletes.

With the main event less than two months away, the landmark move was announced as the podiums, costumes, make-up and flowers to be used in the medal ceremonies were revealed.

Over 800 ceremonies will take place at 30 venues across the capital for 4,400 medal-winning athletes.

Purple patch: (from left) Presenter escort Jodie Rodaway, athlete escort Hilda Kwafo-Akoto and Matt Smith - a medal and flower bearer - show off the costumes, podiums and flowers

Purple patch: (from left) Presenter escort Jodie Rodaway, athlete escort Hilda Kwafo-Akoto and Matt Smith – a medal and flower bearer – show off the costumes, podiums and flowers

Forty purple podiums will be used and, like the costumes, have been designed by students at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, who have been working closely with organisers for the last eight months.

Podium designers Gaetano Ling, Hong-Yeul Eom, Luc Fusaro, Heegun Koo and Yan Lu used dynamic lines representing the energy that the Games and athletes represent.

The costumes to be worn by the men as they present the medals and the women – who will escort the athletes and presenters – were designed by Thomas Crisp and Trine Hav Christensen.

Flower power: Each medal winner at the London Olympics will be presented with a bouquet

Flower power: Each medal winner at the London Olympics will be presented with a bouquet

The pair have tried to represent London architecture with a modern twist. The hats worn by the presenter escorts have been designed by former student Zara Gorman while the floral bouquet which will be given to every medal winner was created by renowned florist Jane Packer.

LOCOG chairman Seb Coe: 'The victory ceremonies mark the moment athletes can celebrate and share their achievements with fans in the stadiums and a worldwide TV audience.

'I'm delighted that we have worked not only with established British designers but also with the next generation of designers to create this special moment for them.'

Sweet smell of success: The flowers the winners will take home from London 2012

Sweet smell of success: The flowers the winners will take home from London 2012

Edge of the Box: Chelsea Champions League win was real drama

Chelsea show the rest how to do Saturday night drama… and prove Britain does have talent

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19:05 GMT, 20 May 2012

The telly has always been a great thing to turn to if you’re looking for some heightened Saturday evening drama. Over on BBC1, it might come from the fictitious city of Holby, where a builder could well be reassuring his workmates ‘don’t worry lads. That roof looks like it will take all of our weight, no problem’.

Or perhaps on Channel 5, from within a house full of hopefuls, where you may find a skinny fella in even skinnier jeans called Max, clutching a bottle of beer and pouring out his heart to an orange-coloured girl called Minxy through a fringe the size of a 747’s wing.

Or it may even happen on ITV, where a performing dog called Pudsey has so captured the nation’s heart, a certain bear with an eye patch is furiously dialling his agent from his front room to find out if they can sue the multi-talented mutt for copyright, or unfair trading, or deformation of character, or something!

Real drama: Chelsea's players celebrate after winning the Champions League

Real drama: Chelsea's players celebrate after winning the Champions League

However, none of the above will ever likely match the real human drama that took place on Saturday evening inside a giant lampshade in Munich, when after a day of footballing thrills and spills, it came down to an extraordinary penalty shoot out to prove that Britain HAS Got Talent!

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Of course for both ITV and Sky Sports there were hours of fun to be garnered from their mutual coverage of the build up and Champions League Final game itself.

Of the former, the terrestrial channel had some really decent pieces, including Ned Boulting’s Arjen Robben interview, during which Ned told us Munich’s ‘flying wingers are barely on speaking terms’, that after Arjen had told him ‘I don’t want to talk about it’.

He does have an eloquent left foot though, Ned.

And there was also a really chirpy chat between Christine Bleakley’s ‘former TV husband’ Adrian Chiles and her actual boyfriend Frank Lampard.

Which had both men perched precariously on a massage table, during which a laughing Frank informed us ‘ear flicking has been around for ages’, whilst managing to resist leaning over and giving the Chiles lug hole a little tweak.

During the game itself, both Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend were as ever, on their game with the lead man prophetically suggesting ‘Chelsea really do need a hero now’ after the Bayern goal, and the former Chelsea man exclaiming of Drogba’s header ‘that is a bullet’, through what was left of the poor fella’s croaking voice’.

However, they couldn’t quite match Martin Tyler and Gary Neville’s response to the Chelsea equalizer over on Sky Sports.

Real excitement: Both ITV and Sky commentators showed their emotions when Didier Drogba leveled late on

Real excitement: Both ITV and Sky commentators showed their emotions when Didier Drogba leveled late on

Tyler managed to add at least 342 extra ‘a’s to the end of Didier’s surname, and was joined about half way through his ‘Drogbaaaaaaaa’ epic in near perfect harmony by the new England assistant coach, who let rip with the kind amazing primal scream that Tarzan would have been proud of.

Was it me, or were they quite excited

This sense of excitement, and indeed occasion was then owned, for me, by Sky’s men in the booth.

As Tyldesley rather abstractly threw to an ad break with the words ‘you won’t miss a single moment of the drama’, Sky’s anchor Jeff Stelling was setting up Jamie Redknapp, Ruud Gullit and Graeme Souness to bring a genuinely tense, emotional, first-hand insight into the theatre of the 12 yard stand-off.

Fully kitted out: John Terry wore his Chelsea strip to collect the cup despite being suspended from the game

Fully kitted out: John Terry wore his Chelsea strip to collect the cup despite being suspended from the game

Gullit admitted with a nervous laugh that he couldn’t stand ‘the walk from midfield to the penalty spot’, but added that when you get there ‘you must smash it as hard as you can’.

Souness then recalled that in his own Liverpool European shoot out experience, ‘(as) I put the ball down to take my penalty, I felt this is not a problem. Whether I was kidding myself..’

While Redknapp was analysing the players on the field and spotted an ailing Schweinsteiger: ‘(He’s) gone down with cramp. I’m sure he’ll want to take one (but) running up, I know it’s like a three or four yard run, but it’ll feel like a marathon’.

Heartbreak: Bastian Schweinsteiger is consoled after the game

Heartbreak: Bastian Schweinsteiger is consoled after the game

A ‘marathon’ in which, we soon discovered, the unfortunate German would fail to cross the finishing line.

From that point, both channels could of course share a fabulous kaleidoscope of images that ran through the full marathon of emotions: There was Schweinsteiger on his knees, head hidden in his shirt and buried in the grass.

Chelsea’s old guard of Lampard, Drogba and John Terry in an emotional hug (when I was a kid, I used to wear my kit under my clothes to go and watch football, too, JT).

Riding high: David Luiz and Fernando Torres celebrate on the crossbar of the goal

Riding high: David Luiz and Fernando Torres celebrate on the crossbar of the goal

Roman Abromovitch texting (‘on to Drogba’s agent’, quipped Neville).

Ivanovic riding the crossbar like it was a bucking bronco.

Ashley Cole, lip trembling, asserting ‘THIS is the reason I come here’;

Boswinga’s mambo through a Blue-shirted guard of honour; and Roberto Di Mateo lifted aloft by his players to hold the trophy even higher.

OK, so that little lot may not be a dancing dog, but it wasn’t half bad.

WEDGIES

Tuesday morning on BBC News, and Dickie Bird was at the Palace picking up a much deserved OBE and apparently explaining the LBW law to Prince Charles in the process…

Wednesday on ITV’s London Tonight, and Perri Shakes-Drayton not only helped Will Smith improve his hurdling technique, she also delivered a pretty decent rendition of the ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ theme…

Friday on Sky Sports from Lord’s and Bumble – stylish new hairdo on show – explained to Nick Knight how he knew fans had been queuing outside HQ since 4.30 am: ‘I’m always up once or twice in the night – it’s me age’…

Tomas Rosicky: I rejected big money deals to stay at Arsenal

I rejected megabucks deals to stay at Arsenal, says Rosicky

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UPDATED:

20:30 GMT, 14 March 2012

Tomas Rosicky has revealed he rejected mega-money offers from China and Russia to stay at Arsenal.

The 31-year-old Czech midfielder, who has enjoyed a resurgence in recent weeks, signed a new contract with the Gunners on Monday.

But he revealed he was tempted by the lucrative wages on offer elsewhere.

Gunner get ya! Rosicky has revealed he turned down big money to stay

Gunner get ya! Rosicky has revealed he turned down big money to stay

He told the isport.blesk.cz website, he said: 'In both cases, it was financially huge numbers, so that somehow you had to entertain it – it's not easy. Some days I thought about it, but money is not everything.

'I'm glad I'll be able to continue at Arsenal.'

He added: 'Arsenal let me get to the point where I had just half a year on my contract and could talk to anyone I wanted.

'It started to get interesting because I had very lucrative offers. This turned my head a little, but I have to say that Arsenal were my priority.'

Rosicky denied his recent purple patch was anything to do with his contract saga.

Red alert: Rosicky has been finding the goal more often recently

Red alert: Rosicky has been finding the goal more often recently

He said: 'I want to say that what was sometimes written, that I have played better because I'm fighting for a contract, had nothing to do with it.

'Although it is now signed, it was just a matter of preparing the paperwork.

'I had given my word to the coach that I would stay much earlier.'

Arsene Wenger is irreplaceable – Harry Redknapp

Wenger is irreplaceable, claims Redknapp on eve of derby

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Last updated at 12:42 AM on 25th February 2012

Harry Redknapp has warned moaning Arsenal fans to be careful what they wish for.

Tottenham go into Sunday's north London derby 10 points ahead of their bitter local rivals and for the first time in recent memory recognised as the capital's top club.

Below par: Arsenal go into Sunday's derby 10 points adrift of their rivals

Below par: Arsenal go into Sunday's derby 10 points adrift of their rivals

In contrast, Arsenal are in the midst of a below-par season, virtually resigned to a seventh consecutive trophyless campaign and in danger of losing their Champions League status.

The Gunners' disappointing year has left growing sections of supporters questioning whether Arsene Wenger is still the right man to lead the club.

Support: Redknapp believes Arsenal would be a weaker club without Wenger at the helm

Support: Redknapp believes Arsenal would be a weaker club without Wenger

But Redknapp insists the under-fire manager is irreplaceable, he said: 'Should Arsenal fans be careful what they wish for Without a doubt.They have had fantastic times. Fifteen years of Champions League football. It's incredible.

'They can't do any better than what they've got, can they Arsenal They can't replace Wenger. He has been amazing the job he has done there.

Momentum: Tottenham will travel to the Emirates as the favourites

Momentum: Tottenham will travel to the Emirates as the favourites

'Having said that, let's hope we can make it a miserable weekend for them.

'You say they've had a rough patch but they are still bang there. By their standards, yes, but you have to look at all the circumstances of what they've been through this year.

Victory at the Emirates will go a long way towards confirming Spurs' position as London's finest.

Redknapp said: 'It's the most important thing this year to be honest, finishing top club in London. I really want to be top London club and at least keep that third place if we can – anything above that is a bonus.'