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Lauren Davis stung on the backside by wasp at Sony Open

Sting in the tail: Tennis teen Davis suffers wasp attack on the backside at Sony Open… and accidentally recreates iconic poster

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Steven Donaldson

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10:54 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 25 March 2013

This is not a recreation of Martin Elliott’s iconic tennis poster from 1976 but something altogether more painful.

When 19-year-old Lauren Davis lost her third-round match at the Sony Open, it was not just the defeat that stung.

During the gruelling defeat by world No 36 Alize Cornet under the Florida sun, the American was stung by a wasp on her backside.

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

Wasp attack: Lauren Davis was stung on the backside while playing Alize Cornet (or should that be hornet)

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

She was in obvious pain and battled on to lose 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 but she refused to blame her defeat on the wasp's sting.

The pictures of Davis resembled the iconic poster taken by photographer Elliott of a female tennis player, his girlfriend at the time, that sold more than two million copies.

Heat stroke: Cornet collapses in the Florida heat during the match

Heat stroke: Cornet collapses in the Florida heat during the match

Escape route: Cornet is escorted from the court in a wheelchair, as was her stung rival

Escape route: Cornet is escorted from the court in a wheelchair, as was her stung rival

Temperatures on court soared to well over
32C and both Davis and Cornet were left so physically exhausted by such
a long match in the humidity that both players left the court in
wheelchairs.

Martin Elliot's original image

Sharapova

Iconic: The image shot by Martin Elliot (left) has been recreated before – unintentionally by Maria Sharapova

Other posers…

Kylie Minogue (see below)

Keith Lemon

Courtney Stoddon

Laura Robson passed up the chance to become British No 1 on Friday night, beaten in three sets in the second round defeat by Cornet.

The 19-year-old started well but, in a match which lasted two hours 36 minutes but was stretched over seven hours due to rain delays and power cuts in Miami, the 32nd-seeded Frenchwoman emerged a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 winner.

Old times: Fiona Walker, at 53, poses with a picture of herself as the 18-year-old 'Athena tennis poster girl'

Old times: Fiona Walker, at 53, poses with a picture of herself as the 18-year-old 'Athena tennis poster girl'

And who could forget…

Another version: Pop star Kylie Minogue posed for magazine GQ back in 2000

Roberto Di Matteo airbushed from Chelsea history – club remove Champions League picture

Di Matteo airbrushed from Chelsea history as club remove Champions League picture featuring former boss

By
Neil Ashton

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22:58 GMT, 26 February 2013

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UPDATED:

02:13 GMT, 27 February 2013

Before: This picture featuring Roberto Di Matteo has been replaced

Before: This picture featuring Roberto Di Matteo has been replaced

Roberto di Matteo has been airbrushed out of Chelsea’s Champions League history after the club replaced his image on an iconic wall at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s history-making manager, sacked last November by owner Roman Abramovich, was pictured on the West Stand wall with the rest of the squad and their trophies at the start of the season.

Di Matteo has now been replaced by a huge image of Chelsea’s players and coaching staff — minus the manager — celebrating the club’s first European Cup triumph in the Allianz Arena.

And Chelsea supporters, who often take souvenir pictures next to the giant poster, have been left stunned by the decision.

The
new image is one of the few in existence with the team and coaching
staff celebrating their triumph without Di Matteo present.

The
popular Italian led Chelsea to their first European Cup last May, but
was brutally axed following a 3-0 defeat at Juventus in November.

The original picture of the squad was in
place at the start of the season, but Di Matteo has only just been
removed.

After: This is the picture which you can find at Stamford Bridge now, not featuring the former manager

After: This is the picture which you can find at Stamford Bridge now, not featuring the former manager

Gone and forgotten: Di Matteo led the Blues to double cup success before being ousted

Gone and forgotten: Di Matteo led the Blues to double cup success before being ousted

Gone and forgotten: Di Matteo led the Blues to double cup success before being ousted

He was still in place when Chelsea played Wigan at Stamford
Bridge on February 9, but had gone by the time they faced Brentford in
an FA Cup fourth-round replay on February 17.

Although the club insist the change was made because Di Matteo is no longer Chelsea manager, they are still using pictures of other departed stars in the new image outside Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba, who struck the winning penalty against Bayern Munich last May, is in the front row with Chelsea’s players.

Troubled times: Interim boss Benitez has failed to lift the gloom at Stamford Bridge

Troubled times: Interim boss Benitez has failed to lift the gloom at Stamford Bridge

Troubled times: Interim boss Benitez has failed to lift the gloom at Stamford Bridge

Florent Malouda, banished to training with the academy players in his final year and told he will never play for Chelsea again, is also in the frame.

Jose Bosingwa, who joined QPR in the summer on a free transfer, is another former player captured on the image, which has a prominent place just by the stadium’s entrance.

Chelsea last night pointed out that Di Matteo is pictured with the FA Cup in another area of the concourse.

Oscar Pistorius shooting: How the South African icon was driven by anger

Icon who fell to earth: Poster boy Pistorius had scars that ran so deep

During an interview with Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria last year, our conversation turned to how the South African’s prosthetic legs affected the way he runs. Pistorius had been training on the grass track at the city’s university and it was striking that he moved in an ungainly, fidgety way.

He shifted his weight from side to side when he was not running. Those 2,600 carbon-fibre blades defined him as one of the most iconic athletes on the planet, but they looked cumbersome; painful even.

Questions turned to how being a double amputee impacted on his training regime. How was he able to compete with rivals who were born with fibulae, the bones that connect your knees to your ankles

Historic: Oscar Pistorius in Olympic action in London last year

Historic: Oscar Pistorius in Olympic action in London last year

Pistorius’s oft-repeated argument for his inclusion in able-bodied athletics was ‘there are tens of thousands of people using the same prosthetics I use and there’s no-one running the same times’, but what made Pistorius different from the rest

When asked what it would mean to become the first double amputee to run at the Olympic Games, a remarkable feat he duly achieved some five months later, it was clear he was irritated. Suddenly, the mild exterior of one of sport’s most famous faces clouded over. Pistorius became fractious and prickly.

‘It’s pretty similar to any other athlete,’ said Pistorius. ‘I think it’s a reward for any athlete, after years of training, to progress to a competition like that.’

In the spotlight: Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria

In the spotlight: Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria

In the spotlight: Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria

He was not being modest, just evasive. Pistorius, after all, was not just ‘any athlete’. He redefined what it is to run fast. He challenged the traditional perception of what a sprinter looks like.

Inspirational is a word too often attached to athletes, but it is a description that accurately reflects what Pistorius has achieved on a 400metre track.

His parents took the decision to have his legs amputated below the knees when he was just 11 months old, yet he became a symbol of battling against adversity, recognised across the globe.

No fear: Pistorius poses for Sportsmail's Andy Hooper last year

No fear: Pistorius poses for Sportsmail's Andy Hooper last year

The speed of Pistorius’s rise to prominence has only been beaten by the swiftness with which he has fallen since reports came in of the shooting in the early hours of Thursday morning.

In 2007, the IAAF, athletics’ governing body, said Pistorius’s prosthesic limbs gave him an unfair advantage but he fought the ruling and saw it overturned the following year.

He did not just challenge legislation, however, he transcended athletics and certainly Para-athletics, testing ideas and dividing opinion about what is right and wrong and acceptable in competitive sport.

Happier times: Oscar Pistorius had been with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for a couple of months

Happier times: Oscar Pistorius had been with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for a couple of months

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE BLADE RUNNER

Born November 1986 without the fibula, the bone that connects the knee to the ankle, in each leg. Has both legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday.

January 2004 Takes up athletics, initially to recover from a rugby injury.

June 2004 Receives his first pair of Ossur Flex-Foot Cheetah legs, Pistorius’ blades.

August 2004 Wins gold and bronze in the T44 200m and 100m at the Paralympics in Athens.

July 2007 Competes for the first time internationally against able-bodied athletes in Rome.

November 2007 Undergoes clinical tests and is then banned from IAAF competition. The organisation say Pistorius’ blades give him an unfair advantage.

May 2008 The Court of Arbitration for Sport over-rules the IAAF decision.

September 2008 Misses qualification for the Olympics by 0.7secs, but wins three golds at the Paralympics in Beijing.

January 2011 Wins three IPC world titles but loses for the first time in seven years over 100m.

August 2011 Qualifies for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. Wins silver in the 4x400m relay, but misses out on a place in South Africa’s team for the final.

August 2012 Becomes the first double amputee to run at the Olympic Games, reaching the semi-finals of the 400m and the final of the 4x400m. Carries the South African flag at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and then wins a silver and two gold medals in the 200m, 400m and 4x100m relay.

February 2013 Charged with murder after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is shot dead.

SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD MINE

Pistorius’ exploits made him the most famous Paralympic athlete on the planet and one of the sports’ top earners.

Estimated net worth: 3.2million

Estimated sponsorship deals: 3m (inc Nike and BT)

He is the highest-paid Paralympian in the world and last year was rated the eighth highest-paid Olympic athlete.

Yet, despite the countless awards and myriad appearances on chat shows and glossy magazines around the world in his crusade to be seen as a role model, the Blade Runner’s brand continued to be underpinned by his achievements on the track.

His attempt to break the 45-second barrier was set to continue this season before yesterday’s events. Pistorius had spent the last month training with British 400m runner Martyn Rooney in South Africa and was scheduled to contest two events in Australia in March.

He seemed calmer and more at ease than in the frenzied run-up to London 2012 but the burning desire to achieve, the drive that saw him lose 17kg in weight and change his body shape dramatically, remained.

Pistorius has never been afraid to set himself targets. He won three Paralympic gold medals in Beijing after failing to qualify for the Olympics and then told the world he would not miss out again in London. That he achieved that dream by reaching the semi-finals of the 400m is a testament to his self-belief and determination.

Seeing Pistorius swap race numbers with Kirani James, who eventually won 400m gold, after their semi-final provided one of the most touching moments of the Games, yet the South African’s participation was always going to be more significant than his performance.

It was not until the Paralympics that we saw the true sporting icon Pistorius had become. He was the poster boy of the Games; the good-looking South African plastered over adverts for Nike, Thierry Mugler, Oakley and BT in deals worth an estimated 3m a year, a figure that ranks him among athletics’ top earners.

When I visited him last February there was a copy of GQ magazine on the coffee table, heralding Pistorius as South Africa’s best-dressed man. The Blade Runner was the first and, possibly, only Paralympian whom many would have been able to name before the Games began. But then, suddenly, the halo slipped.

Pistorius lost his T44 200m crown to Alan Oliveira and claimed that the Brazilian’s blades were too long. His comments were not only ironic, given his continued insistence that blades did not give him an unfair advantage, but unsportsmanlike and deeply disrespectful. Yet, in the eyes of many, his outburst was the moment the Paralympics became relevant. This was elite sport we could relate to, argue over and dissect. And Pistorius was at the heart of it.

He comfortably retained his 400m crown and won another gold medal in the 4 x 100m relay, but he lost his 100m title in the stand-out race of the Paralympics. It was not Oscar’s name but that of 19-year-old Briton, Jonnie Peacock that was chanted by the sell-out crowd in the Olympic Stadium that evening.

Would there, though, have been a Jonnie without Oscar, the athlete Peacock has described as his ‘hero’ It was Pistorflius’s extraordinary sporting story that seemed to make it possible for a teenager from Cambridge who contracted meningitis when he was five years old.

And now the remarkable narrative of a quite extraordinary athlete has taken the most unimaginable twist.

A BLOODY HISTORY OF TALENT AND TRAGEDY…

Rugby star killed his daughter
Former Springbok rugby player accidentally shot dead his 19-year-old daughter when he mistook her for a car thief in 2004. Her Volkswagen Golf was being driven out of the driveway of their family home at 5am and he shot the driver from his bedroom window, thinking his daughter Marle was in bed.

Troubled end for Belcher
In December 2012, Jovan Belcher, a 25-year-old line-backer for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot his girlfriend dead before driving to the training ground and killing himself in front of his coach. The couple had a three-month-old child.

Life in prison for pitcher Ogawa
Japanese baseball pitcher Hiroshi Ogawa was convicted in September 2005 of killing a 67-year-old woman and was sentenced to life in prison. Deeply in debt, Ogawa stole $20,000 from the chairman of an industrial plant and pushed the housekeeper down the stairs before drowning her in a lake.

Did OJ get away with murder
In June 1994, NFL Hall of Famer OJ Simpson (below) was arrested for the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman but was eventually acquitted. In 2008 he was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping and is currently serving 33 years.

Rozier’s seven murders
Former American footballer Robert Rozier played for St Louis Cardinals before joining black supremacist cult ‘The Brotherhood’. He admitted to seven murders and was jailed for 22 years in October 1986 after agreeing to testify against other members of the organisation.

'Suicide bid’ went wrong
Jamaican fast bowler Leslie Hylton, who played in six Tests for the West Indies against England, taking 16 wickets, was hanged in May 1955 for the murder of his wife and remains the only cricketer to have ever been executed. Hylton claimed he had been trying to shoot himself but missed.

The Ian Wooldridge award: Vote for your sporting hero

The Ian Wooldridge award: Vote for your sporting hero

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22:46 GMT, 20 December 2012

The Ian Wooldridge award

Established in honour of the late Sportsmail legend Ian Wooldridge, who died almost six years ago, the annual award is voted for by you, our readers.

It celebrates the combination of sporting genius and Corinthian spirit so beloved of 'Woolers'.

You can send your nomination by email and to help you in your selection, our writers offer their choices and the reasons behind them . . .

JONATHAN McEVOY

LORD COE

I suggest Ian would raise a glass to Sebastian Coe, even if age means that the great athlete is no longer quite 'every mother's son, every girl's dreamboat, every schoolboy's idol, every spinster's sigh, every reactionary's recollection of how young men used to be'.

Coe was one of Ian's favourite figures in sport, as you may have gathered. This summer Coe might also have succeeded in rekindling Ian's lost love for an Olympic movement that had become tarnished by the dual stimulants of cash and drugs. Ian would certainly have approved of the manner in which Coe presented the grand old city of London to the world.

Poster girl: Jessica Ennis wins heptathlon gold

Poster girl: Jessica Ennis wins heptathlon gold

DEREK LAWRENSON

Ian Poulter

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Poults at the Ryder Cup is the most compelling example imaginable of sport at the highest level boiled down to its purest essence. Here is a man who earns millions every year yet the most passionate you will ever see him is when he is playing for nothing for Europe.

Nothing was more miraculous at Medinah this year than the manner in which he breathed life into Europe to complete their astonishing comeback, and it was all underwritten with that certain sense of style that has earned him his worldwide following.

Not only would Woolers have enjoyed writing about Poulter, he would have enjoyed getting to know him as well.

PAUL NEWMAN

JESSICA ENNIS

Where to begin in this of all sporting years Ian would have loved 2012 and all the rich array of sporting goodies it provided, but I think he would have had a particular soft spot for Jessica Ennis. She carried the pressure of being the poster girl of the London Games with class and dignity and won her gold medal with that perfect blend of sporting genius and a big smile.

Mary Peters was a big favourite of Woolers and I think he would have seen echoes of her in Ennis. My vote goes to Jess.

Katherine Grainger: Personifies the cheery discipline of GB oarspeople that Ian would admire

Katherine Grainger: Personifies the cheery discipline of GB oarspeople

MIKE DICKSON

KATHERINE GRAINGER

Roll of honour

2008…………. Chrissie Wellington
2009…………. Rebecca Adlington
2010……………………. Jessica Ennis
2011……………………. Amy Williams
2012………………. Jonny Wilkinson

I have a feeling Ian would have liked Katherine Grainger, her equally delightful partner in the double sculls Anna Watkins, and would have revelled in the former winning gold this summer after three consecutive silver medals.

Her ready smile would appeal, as would the fact that she has a hinterland beyond her sport, studying for the PhD in homicide that helps make it easy for her to discuss matters way beyond the realm of rowing. She personifies the cheery discipline of GB oarspeople that Ian would admire.

Grainger can count herself extremely unlucky to only finish 11th in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, but winning this award would be some fitting consolation.

LAURA WILLIAMSON

DAVID WEIR

Not even Usain Bolt had his own theme music played inside the Olympic Stadium last summer, but 'The Weirwolf' did.

Weir covered more than nine miles in six races over 36 laps of the track to win Paralympic gold in the T54 800 metres, 1500m and 5,000m and then topped it all with a fourth gold in the marathon to become the greatest wheelchair racer of all time.

The scale of his sporting achievements in 2012 were incredible, yet even more impressive was the way Weir transformed people's perceptions of Paralympic sport.

The man who fell out of love with wheelchair racing, after seeing the Paralympics sidelined and maligned in Atlanta in 1996, returned, triumphant, 16 years later to put it firmly on the map. And this very British champion did it all powered by 'nothing more than beetroot juice'.

Beet that: David Weir in the 800m

Beet that: David Weir in the 800m

MARCUS TOWNEND

SIR HENRY CECIL

You do not need to be a racing fan to realise Frankel was a horse in a million nor to appreciate the massive contribution to his success of Sir Henry Cecil. The criteria for this award demands the description of genius in a nominee – that is not in doubt with the Newmarket trainer.

Science delivers fresh aids to his profession each passing season, but it is Cecil's all-seeing eye, allied to his innate feel for a horse, which helped him mould Frankel's raw strength into the turbo-charged racing machine which achieved a perfect 14-race career record. This was done while undergoing draining chemotherapy that ravaged Cecil's body and reduced his voice to a barely audible whisper. He had to miss the Sussex Stakes win at Glorious Goodwood in August but, with incredible courage, was back at Frankel's side amid never-to-be- forgotten scenes for the colt's final two wins.

ALAN FRASER

ALASTAIR COOK

Ian loved his cricket and he loved his genuine English cricketing heroes. He would have loved the full flourishing of Alastair Cook as a prolific run scorer and a winning captain.

Woolers might privately have preferred a bit more dash from Cook along the lines of a Denis Compton. But he would certainly have been impressed by Cook's steadfast refusal to have anything to do with the modern cult of celebrity. Five centuries in his first five matches as captain; the youngest to reach 7,000 runs in Test cricket; the most Test centuries, 23, by an Englishman. Yet, stats would not have been the clincher for Woolers. He would have looked at Cook, seen an unassuming, modest, dignified man with intelligence and steely resolve and thought: he will do for me.

Run machine: England captain Alastair Cook

Run machine: England captain Alastair Cook

JEFF POWELL

JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL

The Ryder Cup captain's humble deference to his late friend and fellow Spaniard Severiano Ballesteros as the legendary inspiration for Europe's great comeback victory over the US at Medinah was very much in keeping with Ian's style.

Giving the award to Ollie would also expand the tribute to the memory of Seve, one of Woolers' all-time sporting heroes.

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Joey Barton features in internet virals after French accent video

An Idiot Abroad! Red-faced Barton subject of internet virals after infamous interview

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12:54 GMT, 28 November 2012

Joey Barton's infamous interview has now become the subject of a number of hilarious internet virals.

Barton made his league debut for Marseille on Sunday and conducted his post-match press conference in English, but using a bizarre French accent.

The cringe-worthy display was more than a passable impersonation of 'Allo 'Allo's Officer Crabtree and evoked memories of former England boss Steve McClaren putting on a Dutch accent after taking over at FC Twente.

Officer Crabtree

Joey Barton is Officer Crabtree

Good moaning: Barton' sounded alarmingly like Officer Crabtree from 'Allo 'Allo!

An Idiot Abroad: The on-loan midfielder has become the subject of a number of hilarious virals

An Idiot Abroad: The on-loan midfielder has become the subject of a number of hilarious virals

It didn't take long for the video of Barton to become an internet hit and now the midfielder, who is on loan at the Ligue 1 joint leaders from Queens Park Rangers, has become an ironic 'poster boy' for a series of French-speaking language courses to being compared to Karl Pilkington from Ricky Gervais's hit TV show, An Idiot Abroad.

Barton appeared to take the response to his interview in good spirits, tweeting: 'Steve MaClaren (sic) eat your heart out…

Joey Barton

Joey Barton

French fancy: Barton took the response to his interview in good spirits

Steve MaClaren
(sic) eat your heart out…'In my defence, it is very difficult to do a
press conference in Scouse for a room full of French journalists. The
alternative is to speak..like a 'Allo Allo!' character which is choose.
Its simply a case of you had to be there. #youstupidwomen

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Joey Barton

'In my defence, it is very difficult
to do a press conference in Scouse for a room full of French
journalists. The alternative is to speak..like a 'Allo Allo!' character
which is choose. Its simply a case of you had to be there.
#youstupidwomen!'

The 30-year-old even came up with a novel name for the language, and said: 'I am christening this new language Bartonese…'

VIDEO: WATCH JOEY BARTON'S HILARIOUS FRENCH ACCENT

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Dan Carter can rock England for New Zealand

Dan can Paint It Black: Stones fan Carter set to rock HQ and make it 10 on the trot for Kiwis

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23:34 GMT, 27 November 2012

It says a lot for Dan Carter’s status in New Zealand that when the All
Black fly-half announced that his wife, Honor, is expecting their first
child, the country’s Prime Minister was quick to publicly pass on his
congratulations.

What John Key and all Kiwis recognise is that their record-breaking No
10 is a national treasure, not to mention the world’s all-time leading
points scorer and — by common consent — the finest fly-half in the
history of Test rugby.

The 30-year-old is revered in his homeland and respected around the
globe. He has been the poster-boy for the sport for several years,
having long since reluctantly acquired the mantle which once sat
uncomfortably on Jonny Wilkinson’s shoulders.

Respected: Dan Carter (centre) is a key player for New Zealand

Respected: Dan Carter (centre) is a key player for New Zealand

Stones fan: Carter went to watch the legendary rock band

Stones fan: Carter went to watch the legendary rock band

Carter is a figurehead for the game but when he is abroad, in countries
where rugby is not king, he is able to enjoy the rare delights of a
lower profile. He can blend into a crowd, which is exactly what he did
on Sunday. Just hours after arriving in London from Cardiff, he paid a
visit to the O2 Arena to watch The Rolling Stones. ‘It was awesome,’ he
said. ‘It was amazing. I was rocking out!’

Having relished the role of the excited fan, he is now in business mode,
which spells trouble for England. Carter missed the All Blacks’
victories over Italy and Wales while recovering from an injury to his
achilles-calf area, but expects to be fit for the tour finale,
Saturday’s QBE International at Twickenham.

Stuart Lancaster has enough on his plate without having to tackle the
omens which Carter will bring to HQ. Rewind to June 2003 and the
fresh-faced prospect from rural Canterbury was an unused replacement as
the England of Martin Johnson and Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Phil
Vickery and all came to Wellington and beat the All Blacks en route to
World Cup glory.

Since then, since Carter has become a points machine,
it has been Kiwi dominance all the way in this fixture. Nine games, nine
New Zealand wins.

Pricey: Tickets to see Mick Jagger and Co cost top dollar

Pricey: Tickets to see Mick Jagger and Co cost top dollar

Surprise: Carter believes England should have kicked on after their 2003 triumph

Surprise: Carter believes England should have kicked on after their 2003 triumph

Dan Carter

‘I’m surprised England haven’t done more since 2003,’ said Carter.
‘They’ve shown the strength of their side only in patches since then.
Maybe consistency is what’s been lacking. They’ve got the players, so
talent’s not an issue.’

Recalling the night in Wellington when Sir Clive Woodward’s team
conquered his compatriots while he sat on the bench, Carter added: ‘It
was in 2003 that I got the All Black jersey for the first time, though
unfortunately I didn’t get on. England were in their prime and had a
successful year. We have real pride in not losing at home but they
taught us a lesson that night.’

Since then, his star has risen rapidly while England’s fortunes have
declined. Carter quickly asserted his credentials as a fly-half with the
full tool box — kicking precision and robust defence, mental fortitude
and vision, quick hands and nimble feet.

He reached the bar which had been set by Wilkinson and soared past it,
with the proof of his claim to be the world’s leading playmaker
delivered one night back in Wellington’s ‘Cake Tin’ in 2005, when he led
the Lions a merry dance in a complete display of the No 10 arts.

That, and so many other performances of the highest class, have helped
New Zealand regain their pre-eminence in the global game. Sadly, when
they finally claimed their Holy Grail by winning a home World Cup last
year, Carter missed the sharp end of the tournament through injury.

To see the Kiwi response to his demise at first hand was to understand
his role as a focal point of so much hope and expectation. Negative
bulletins about Carter prompt nationwide panic. It is a small-scale
version of the phenomenon in India, where public morale is intrinsically
linked to the health and batting exploits of Sachin Tendulkar.

So when Carter revealed on Twitter yesterday that Honor, a former New
Zealand hockey captain, is 21 weeks pregnant, the announcement made
waves. He was typically bashful about all the fuss. After admitting to
being ‘very excited’, he was asked if he hoped his child would be
sporting. Stuttering for an appropriate answer, he eventually came up
with: ‘Yeah . . . reasonable genes there, so who knows…!’

More comfortable territory was any talk of Saturday’s Test. While Carter
diplomatically suggested England can ‘beat any team on their day’, it
was somewhat more revealing when he described the hosts as
‘well-structured’. In direct opposition to him at Twickenham will be
21-year-old Owen Farrell of Saracens, who has eight caps to the Kiwi’s
93. It will be a classic case of master versus pupil.

This may be the last game in a gruelling season, but for the All Blacks
and their icon, there can be no easing off now. Steve Hansen’s side have
a 20-match unbeaten run to protect and Carter is adamant there is no
danger of complacency despite their nine-year hold on this fixture. For
his own part, the fire still burns.

‘Every time you get to pull on the black jersey you’re wanting to
perform,’ he said. ‘The drive is still there, which is important. The
hunger and desire to play the best I can every week is still there,
which is a good sign.’

It is a particularly bad sign for England. Carter has had his fun
watching the Stones. Now he is on his way back to Twickenham, ready to
paint it black once more.

DAN CARTER'S TWITTER COMPETITION

Carter with rugby tickets

After sampling the most expensive tickets in town at the Rolling Stones concert, New Zealand star Dan Carter is offering his Twitter followers some freebies.

The fly-half is giving away two pairs of tickets (pictured right) for England’s crunch game against the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday. The catch Entrants have to submit a ‘creative’ film explaining why they deserve the tickets, performed in front of a London landmark.

Carter will announce the winner at midday on Friday.

Tweets from @DanCarter

‘Last leg of the tour and I think we should do something crazy and creative for #EnglandDCHookup’

‘In order to win double pass to the England game, you need to send me a #creative video on why you want those tickets.’

‘The video needs to include a well known London landmark in the background. Remember you have to be able to attend the game in person.’

‘Shy & don’t want to be in the video that’s fine as long the video is creative, includes a London landmark and why you want those tickets’

Brazil World Cup 2014 posters for each host city – FIFA

Brazilian flair shines through in FIFA posters for each World Cup 2014 host city

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21:15 GMT, 26 November 2012

Posters have been released for each of the cities in Brazil which will host World Cup games in 2014.

They may not have finished building all of the stadiums, but a lot of care and attention has gone into designing these.

Each poster features something which ties in with the history or the nature of the city it is for.

Scroll down to see each of the posters for the 12 host cities and find out why each one was designed the way it is.

Meanwhile Brazilians have selected the
name 'Fuleco' for the three-banded armadillo mascot for the competition
after a three-month voting process that was branded undemocratic by
fans.

Controversial: The armadillo mascot was named Fuleco after a vote but many people were unimpressed with the selection of options on offer

Controversial: The armadillo mascot was named Fuleco after a vote but many people were unimpressed with the selection of options on offer

FIFA said more than 1.7 million people in Brazil took part in the controversial vote to select the name for the mascot.

Polls showed the vast majority of Brazilians were not pleased with the names picked for public voting and critics said organisers should let fans choose other names.

Fuleco comes from the Portuguese words 'futebol' (football) and 'ecologia' (ecology), and FIFA said it 'seamlessly represents the way in which the FIFA World Cup can combine the two to encourage people to behave in an environmentally friendly way.'

Football’s governing body said Fuleco received 48 percent of the vote, while 31 percent went for Zuzeco and 21 percent for Amijubi.

Organisers claimed fans could not send in suggestions because the names needed to fulfill several legal requirements involving trademarks and other rights.

THE NEW POSTERS FOR EACH HOST CITY OF THE 2014 WORLD CUP

Rio de Janeiro: A footballer balancing the ball on the back of his neck shows the city's deep love of the game.

Sao Paulo: The design portrays a bustling metropolis where thousands of people life, celebrate and breath football. The city has an infectious energy and football is in its blood, its buildings and in the air

Rio de Janeiro: A footballer balancing the ball on the back of his neck shows the city's deep love of the game. Each layer meanwhile stands for one aspect of Rio, the beach, the mountains, the Sugarloaf peak, the sea and the sky.

Sao Paulo: The design portrays a bustling metropolis where thousands of people life, celebrate and breath football. The city has an infectious energy and football is in its blood, its buildings and in the air.

Belo Horizonte: The city holds the Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, which is displayed in silhouette form on the poster, according to FIFA. The design's celebratory nature shows the welcome that footballers and fans will receive in the city

Brasilia: The background image represents the cathedral in the city, with an immense blue sky above it. Green at the bottom portrays the vast expanse of greenery the city has, while the various colours of the player show the city's multiculturality

Belo Horizonte: The city holds the Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, which is displayed in silhouette form on the poster, according to FIFA. The design's celebratory nature shows the welcome that footballers and fans will receive in the city.

Brasilia: The background image represents the cathedral in the city, with an immense blue sky above it. Green at the bottom portrays the vast expanse of greenery the city has in it, while the various colours of the player show the city's multiculturality.

Curitiba: A Brazilian pine tree is pictured because this type of tree covered much of the land in the area before the city was formed in the 17th century.

Manaus: This city is in the state of Amazonas, which is almost entirely covered by rainforest. The parrots sitting on top of the goal post are representative of that.

Curitiba: A Brazilian pine tree is pictured because this type of tree covered much of the land in the area before the city was formed in the 17th century. The pine rises high, stretching out its cones almost as if it is raising a toast to football.

Manaus: This city is in the state of Amazonas, which is almost entirely covered by rainforest. The parrots sitting on top of the goal post are representative of that, and signify the fact we cheer for great players, matches, goals, and for nature itself.

 Salvador: A city of wealth, culture and artchitectual heritage. It has stunning scenery and breathtaking views from up high in the towers of the city's other tourist attractions.

Fortaleza: The sunshine and beauty of the city's coastline, shown with a beach at the bottom on the poster, make it a special place. The city's major landmarks are shown in the football raised high above the Castelao Arena.

Salvador: A city of wealth, culture and architectural heritage. It has stunning scenery and breathtaking views from up high in the towers of the city's other tourist attractions. Perhaps views which might bring to the heart the same delight as the feeling when your team score.

Fortaleza: The sunshine and beauty of the city's coastline, shown with a beach at the bottom on the poster, make it a special place. The city's major landmarks are shown in the football raised high above the Castelao Arena. It is a city which is both modern but has not forgotten its roots.

Natal: The green comes from the forest, the blue from the crystal sea and the yellow from the hot sands. The silhouette of a man reaching out on a poster coloured like the Brazilian flag symbolises the country welcoming the world.

Cuiaba: The capital of the state of Mato Grosso is in the exact centre of South America and is considered the heart of the continent. The poster's bright colours shows the joy the World Cup will bring and the joyful nature of the locals.

Natal: The green comes from the forest, the blue from the crystal sea and the yellow from the hot sands. The silhouette of a man reaching out on a poster coloured like the Brazilian flag symbolises the country welcoming the world with open arms. The people of Natal are keen to give, to share, to host.

Cuiaba: The capital of the state of Mato Grosso is in the exact centre of South America and is considered the heart of the continent. The poster's bright colours shows the joy the World Cup will bring and the joyful nature of the locals. The silhouette of the whole state is displayed in the centre of the ball.

Porto Alegre: The capital city of Rio Grande do Sul has magnificent views over Lake Guaiba and on the right lies the Usina do Gasometro, the best place to see these from. The ball being kicked represents the cultural legacy being fired forward.

Recife: The poster shows the essence of a coastal city full of art, joy and movement. Frevo is the dance of the city and the man in the middle is a frevo dancer, whose moves also represent that of a skilled football player.

Porto Alegre: The capital city of Rio Grande do Sul has magnificent views over Lake Guaiba and on the right lies the Usina do Gasometro, the best place to see these from. The ball being kicked represents the cultural legacy being fired forward.

Recife: The poster shows the essence of a coastal city full of art, joy and movement. Frevo is the dance of the city and the man in the middle is a frevo dancer, whose moves also represent that of a skilled football player. There is a carnival feel to the design.

Mark Clattenburg race-row latest: Referee unlikely to be charged with FA to finally make announcement tomorrow

Clattenburg race-row D-day: Referee unlikely to be charged with FA to finally make announcement tomorrow
Delay due to lawyers pouring over draft documentFA spend significant sum on legal adviceChelsea stand by 'monkey' allegationsClub's reputation to be left in tatters

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 14 November 2012

The Football Association will tomorrow make their announcement on the action they will take over Mark Clattenburg race-row allegations — Sportsmail understands they are unlikely to charge the referee.

FA officials have spent a significant sum on legal advice and taken their time in order to come to the right decision.

The announcement will come 18 days after Clattenburg was accused of calling Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel a ‘monkey’.

Referee Mark Clattenburg (centre) in an exchange with John Obi Mikel (right) as Juan Mata looks on during the home league match against Manchester United

Eye of the storm: Referee Mark Clattenburg (centre) in an exchange with John Obi Mikel (right) as Juan Mata looks on during the home league match against Manchester United. The official has been accused of racially abusing Mikel

The police yesterday shelved their race abuse investigation into referee Mark Clattenburg after receiving no complaint from Chelsea.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are no longer investigating a complaint, made by the Society of Black Lawyers, regarding Clattenburg’s conduct.

The FA inquiry finished on Friday and they have since been receiving legal opinion on a draft document.

It has been delayed due to the vast amount of paperwork involved.

Chelsea submitted 1,250 pages of evidence delivered by bike courier to the FA’s three-man compliance unit when John Terry was accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand — a charge he was later found guilty of by the FA.

Poster boys: United fans poke fun at the famous Chelsea banner, which reads 'JT, captain, leader, legend', during the Capital One Cup tie

Poster boys: United fans poke fun at the famous Chelsea banner, which reads 'JT, captain, leader, legend', during the Capital One Cup tie

They have a full-time QC amongst their employees and it is believed the club will have been equally as thorough with this case.

If, as expected, Clattenburg, 37, is cleared by the FA it will leave Chelsea's reputation in tatters after their captain John Terry was banned for four matches and
fined 220,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton
Ferdinand by a Football Association independent regulatory commission.

Hours after reporting Clattenburg to the FA, a spectator in the Chelsea end was pictured directing a 'monkey' gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck during a Capital One Cup tie.

Gavin Kirkham, 28, is on police bail pending a further investigation following his arrest on suspicion of a racially aggravated Section 4A Public Order Act offence.

Chelsea have banned him from Stamford Bridge until the police investigation is concluded and he faces a life-ban if found guilty.

Whistleblower: Chelsea have stood by their allegation that Clattenburg (right) used inappropriate language in an exchange with Mikel

Whistleblower: Chelsea have stood by their allegation that Clattenburg (right) used inappropriate language in an exchange with Mikel

Mr Kirkham is due back in police custody on November 29 where he will either be charged and will go to court, re-bailed pending further investigation or released without charge.

Clattenburg has not officiated in a match since the incident. But some refereeing experts have suggested he will be handed a last-minute match in the lower leagues this weekend in an under-the-radar bid to assimilate the Durham official back into officiating.

Chelsea chairman: Bruce Buck

Chelsea chairman: Bruce Buck

The incident occurred in Chelsea’s 3-2 Barclays Premier League loss to Manchester United on October 28. Chelsea came from two goals behind to level at 2-2 before having Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres sent off.

Afterwards Chelsea accused Clattenburg of the racial slur on Mikel – who angrily stormed into his dressing room and confronted him after the match – and of calling Juan Mata a ‘Spanish t***’.

The club later dropped the accusation against Mata but pressed ahead and reported the comment about Mikel to the FA.

Yesterday, in an interview with the Evening Standard, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck stood by the club's allegation levelled at Clattenburg.

'We
were guided by obligations that are imposed by the Football Association
and also as an employer. FA rule E14 basically says a participant shall
immediately report to the association any incident or matter which may
be considered to be a misconduct.

'Misconduct
is a defined term under the FA regulations and includes such racial
behaviour. We also had to consider the Equality Act 2010, which imposes
an obligation on an employer to take certain actions if an employee is
subject to discrimination by third parties.

'Suppose
we had tried to sweep this under the rug and said to the various
players, “Look, it's not a big deal and the press are going to be all
over us, maybe you want to reconsider”. If that had leaked out, we
would've really been crucified.'

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Rory McIlroy Nike deal cleared to go after Titleist refuse to offer new contract

Rory's 156m deal with Nike cleared to go as Titleist admit they won't renew contract

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 30 October 2012

Rory McIlroy's long-mooted switch to Nike moved a step closer when his current club manufacturer Titleist said they would not be renewing his contract.

All the signs are that the 23-year-old world No 1 will now become the new poster boy for a Nike brand keen to improve their image following the Lance Armstrong scandal. McIlroy is expected to sign a 10-year contract that could earn him 156million.

Not everyone is convinced he has made the right move, ditching the only clubs he has used since he was a teenager.

Posterboys: Rory McIlroy (right) looks set to join Tiger Woods (left) at Nike

Posterboys: Rory McIlroy (right) looks set to join Tiger Woods (left) at Nike

‘I’d call it dangerous,’ said six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo. ‘Every manufacturer will tell you we can copy your clubs and tweak the golf ball so it fits you. But there is a feel and sound as well, and there’s confidence.

‘It is easy to go off and do this and it messes you up because it just doesn’t feel quite the same.’

Meanwhile, the prestigious HSBC Championship starts on Thursday in Shenzhen, China, without McIlory and world No 2 Tiger Woods, who played an 18-hole exhibition match just 750 miles away on Monday.

Seven of the world’s top 10 will battle for a 4.3m prize fund, but Giles Morgan, HSBC’s world head of sponsorship, warned that without all the top players available, golf sponsorship will suffer.

Roger Federer death threat taken seriously in Shanghai

Federer death threat leaves organisers of Shanghai Masters on red alert

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UPDATED:

09:47 GMT, 5 October 2012

Security for the Shanghai Masters is being tightened after an online death threat against tennis legend Roger Federer.

Shanghai's Youth Daily quoted tournament official Yang Yibin as saying police were notified about the threat and that security will be increased for Federer for the tournament, which starts this weekend.

Security: A policeman is seen under a giant poster of Roger Federer in Shanghai

Security: A policeman is seen under a giant poster of Roger Federer in Shanghai

The report says the threat, posted last month on a Federer fan site by 'Blue Cat Polytheism Founder 07', vowed to assassinate the Swiss. It was accompanied by a gruesome image of a decapitated Federer.

An officer in the Internet security office of the Shanghai police on Friday said the threat is being investigated.

In a statement, the tournament said it is aware of the threat and has proper security in place.

Legend: Federer celebrates a win at the London Olympics in August

Legend: Federer celebrates a win at the London Olympics in August

'We are fully aware of the comments that have been made and we take all such issues seriously,' the statement said.

'The Shanghai Masters has security in place for our players and every precaution is taken to make sure players are kept safe and comfortable and allowed to do the job they are here for; to play tennis and provide their fans with the thrill of watching them in action.'