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Aussie super-horse Black Caviar to retire after 25-race unbeaten run

We want her to bow out at the top! Aussie super-horse Black Caviar to retire after 25-race unbeaten run

PUBLISHED:

06:21 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:53 GMT, 17 April 2013

Unbeaten Australian mare Black Caviar will retire after winning 25 consecutive races, with her trainer Peter Moody admitting that the super sprinter 'has done everything we asked her to do.'

Moody, appearing at a news conference in front of Caulfield race track on Wednesday, where the six-year-old mare will make a farewell appearance for race patrons on Saturday, said he and the ownership group led by Neil Werrett had discussed Black Caviar's future over the past few days and 'we decided at lunch today' to announce her retirement.

Fond farewell: Black Caviar is paraded in front of the media with strapper Donna Fisher

Fond farewell: Black Caviar is paraded in front of the media with strapper Donna Fisher

Emotional: Trainer Peter Moody announces retirement of Black Caviar

Emotional: Trainer Peter Moody announces retirement of Black Caviar

Race team: Black Caviar and her connections at the press conference

Race team: Black Caviar and her connections at the press conference

'She has done everything we have asked her to do,' trainer Peter Moody said.

'We
thought long and hard about racing on but believe she has done
everything we asked of her and felt it was the right time to call time
on her wonderful career.

'She's in great shape and that's the way we wanted her to bow out. We just thought the time was right – it was a hard decision.

'She brought interest to our sport that hasn't been there for decades.'

Final flourish: Black Caviar, ridden by Luke Nolen, wins the TJ Smith Stakes

Final flourish: Black Caviar, ridden by Luke Nolen, wins the TJ Smith Stakes

Stunner: Black Caviar (left) wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012

Impressive: Black Caviar (left) wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012

Black Caviar, purchased by Moody for
$225,000, won $8 million in prize money, including an Australian-record
15 Group One wins, most over distances around 1,200 meters.

She'll now have some time being spelled in a paddock before being bred.

'We hope that in three years, Peter
Moody will be training a progeny of Black Caviar,' said Werrett, his
voice breaking at times during the retirement announcement.

Black Caviar, ridden by her regular
jockey Luke Nolen, won her 25th race last Friday in the T.J. Smith
Stakes at Royal Randwick by two lengths. It was the sprinter's third win
since coming back in February from an eight-month injury layoff.

Storming finish: Luke Nolen rides Black Caviar to victory in the TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick

Super horse: Black Caviar claimed a Australian-record
15 Group One wins

No stopping her: Black Caviar again showed who's boss in the Sydney showdown

Money spinner: Black Caviar won $8 million in prize money

Black Caviar narrowly won the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, England last June and faced possible
retirement after tearing a quadriceps muscle at Ascot.

But laser therapy and exercise
enabled her to return to the track for another – and what turned out her
final – abbreviated season.

There were suggestions as recently as
the weekend that she'd race again at tracks in Brisbane or Adelaide, or
perhaps return to Royal Ascot.

'Black Caviars don't come along every day,' said Moody. 'It's time to call it a day.'

Triumph: Jockey Nolen celebrates the win - making it 25 out of 25 victories

Triumph: Jockey Nolen celebrates making it 25 out of 25 victories

That's my girl! Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody celebrates with and strapper Donna Fisher

That's my girl! Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody (centre)

BLACK CAVIAR'S VICTORIES

2yo Hcp Restricted, Flemington (18 Apr 2009)

Blue Sapphire Stakes, Caulfield (2 May 2009)

Crockett Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Aug 2009)

Daneholl Stakes, Flemington (5 Sep 2009)

Australia Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Jan 2010)

Schillaci Stakes, Caulfield (9 Oct 2010)

Schweppes Stakes, Moonee Valley (23 Oct 2010)

Patinack Farm Classic, Flemington (6 Nov 2010)

Lightning Stakes, Flemington (19 Feb 2011)

Newmarket Handicap, Flemington (12 Mar 2011)

William Reid Stakes, Moonee Valley (25 Mar 2011)

T J Smith Stakes, Randwick (9 Apr 2011)

BTC Cup, Doomben (14 May 2011)

Schillaci Stakes, Caulfield (8 Oct 2011)

Schweapped Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Oct 2011)

Patinack Farm Classic, Flemington (5 Nov 2011)

Australia Stakes, Moonee Valley (27 Jan 2012)

C F Orr Stakes, Caulfield (11 Feb 2012)

Lightning Stakes, Flemington (18 Feb 2012)

Robert Sangster, Morphettville (28 Apr 2012)

Goodwood Handicap, Morphettville (12 May 2012)

Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Ascot (23 Jun 2012)

Lightning Stakes, Flemington (16 Feb 2013)

William Reid Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Mar 2013)

TJ Smith Stakes, Royal Randwick (13 April 2013)

PSG 2 Marseille 0: David Beckham edges out Joey Barton

PSG 2 Marseille 0: Beckham wins battle of Brits as Ibrahimovic downs Barton's boys

PUBLISHED:

21:48 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:48 GMT, 27 February 2013

David Beckham was given a less than warm welcome from Joey Barton but had the last laugh as Paris Saint-Germain came out on top against Marseille.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals but all eyes were on Beckham as he made his first start for the French club – and Barton made his presence felt when he barged into his fellow Brit in the first half.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring 10 minutes before the break and made sure of the victory with a second-half penalty.

Beckham was later booked but was substituted to a standing ovation with five minutes remaining.

More to follow…

Le Crunch: Joey Barton takes no prisoners as David Beckham (right) is sent flying

Le Crunch: Joey Barton takes no prisoners as David Beckham (right) is sent flying

Sore one: Beckham (right) is tackled by Marseille's midfielder Jacques Romao

Sore one: Beckham (right) is tackled by Marseille's midfielder Jacques Romao

Eyes on the prize: Beckham helped his new side to victory in the French Cup tie

Eyes on the prize: Beckham helped his new side to victory in the French Cup tie

Pass and move: Beckham showed signs of his ability on his first start for the Paris club

Pass and move: Beckham showed signs of his ability on his first start for the Paris club

Opening salvo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores to put PSG in front against Marseille and celebrates (below)

Opening salvo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores to put PSG in front against Marseille and celebrates (below)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates

Australian Open 2013: Angelique Kerber beats Madison Keys 6-2, 7-5

Birthday girl Kerber celebrates with win over Keys… as American teen goes to buy new headphones to get over loss

. Kerber was the last.

On her way to victory: Kerber beat teen Keys in straight sets

On her way to victory: Kerber beat teen Keys in straight sets

Bowing out: Keys was knocked out of the Australian Open and said she was going to buy some new headphones

Bowing out: Keys was knocked out of the Australian Open and said she was going to buy some new headphones

Meanwhile, Keys said she would learn from the experience – but then use her prize money to buy a new pair of headphones.

She said: 'I'm taking away some positives. But right now, it kind of sucks.'

Mopping up: Ball boys and girls use towels to dry Rod Laver Arena as rain interrupted play

Mopping up: Ball boys and girls use towels to dry Rod Laver Arena as rain interrupted play

'I think it was the occasion, centre court the first time, I think I was just kind of… I think I almost psyched myself out, thinking I had to play better than what I did have to play.

'I think I just got really nervous, going for too much, and pressing instead of just working points.'

'My headphones right now for my iPod are really broken,' she added. 'I have to wiggle the wires around to try to get sound, so I think maybe I can afford new headphones. Other than that I'll probably just stick (the prizemoney) in savings.’

Mission complete: Kerber shakes hands after defeating Keys

Mission complete: Kerber shakes hands after defeating Keys

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler set for unification bout worth 4m

Froch and Kessler set for mouth-watering unification bout with 4m prize pool

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UPDATED:

19:01 GMT, 20 December 2012

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will share a staggering 4million pot when they clash for a second time in a mouthwatering unification showdown next year.

The bout is likely to take place at the O2 in London in May, although the Manchester Arena, which last month hosted Ricky Hatton's comeback fight, has not been ruled out.

And such is the scale of the fight, Sky Sports are expected to be convinced to return to pay-per-view for the first time in almost two years after David Haye's limp defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg last summer.

Momentous: Carl Froch (left) will face Mikkel Kessler with a 4m pool

Momentous: Carl Froch (left) will face Mikkel Kessler with a 4m pool

Froch narrowly lost to Kessler in the Super Six tournament two years ago in Denmark and the 35-year-old has been desperate to avenge the defeat ever since.

The IBF super-middleweight world champion hopes victory over the Dane will set him up for another rematch with American star Andre Ward as he bids to put right the only two losses on his record.

Quids in: The fight is so big that Sky will return to pay-per-view

Quids in: The fight is so big that Sky will return to pay-per-view

Lucian Bute, who lost his world title to Froch in May, wants his own rematch but is prepared to step aside to allow his conqueror to face Kessler.

The Canadian will continue his comeback from the brutal defeat in Nottingham by having a warm-up fight in the meantime.

Kessler, 33, became a world champion for the fifth time earlier this month when he stopped Northern Ireland's Brian Magee on home soil and will put his WBA belt on the line against Froch.

Aquatics Centre transformation underway

Aquatics Centre transformation going swimmingly as seating is removed

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UPDATED:

12:04 GMT, 18 December 2012

It was the arena where Ellie Simmonds sped her way to two golds and where Michael Phelps swam to his 22nd Olympic medal.

But now the Aquatics Centre is transforming, as construction workers start to dismantle the seating on either side of the pool.

Downsizing: The transformation of the Aquatics Centre has begun (and below)

Downsizing: The transformation of the Aquatics Centre has begun (and below)

During the games it had the capacity to hold 17,500 spectators, but now the two temporary wings on the structure are to be removed, leaving room for 2,500.

Designed by Zaha Hadid, a Pritzker Architecture prize winner, the centre was created in a way that would allow for the additional seating to be removed easily once it was no longer needed.

Diggers

Stripped bare

History: The building took three years to make and was designed by Zaha Hadid

The construction, which took three years to build, has moveable floors and can adjust depth to match ability in all three of its pools.

It will be run by Greenwich Leisure Limited and is anticipated to attract around 800,000 visitors from the local area per year.

Come on in: The new venue will be made 'welcoming'

Come on in: The new venue will be made 'welcoming'

The organisers have been determined to make the venue welcoming and family-friendly, adding a cafe and a creche for visitors.

They have also agreed to employ local workers, with over 250 jobs available once the centre opens in 2013.

The future of the Olympic stadium has yet to be decided.

England v India report: Alastair Cook and Graeme Swann spoil great day for MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli

England had 99 problems then captain Cook struck! Dhoni just misses out on century as stunning run out helps tourists maintain slender advantage

By
David Clough, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:14 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

15:07 GMT, 15 December 2012

A last hour featuring four wickets helped England avoid an unwanted shut-out on day three of a finely-balanced final Test in Nagpur.

The tourists had toiled for 75 wicketless overs as India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and centurion Virat Kohli closed them down with some ease, but both had gone by the time stumps was called, along with Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla, giving England a greater belief that they can now secure at least the draw they need to win the series.

That landscape switch came after Dhoni (99) and Kohli (103) had taken it upon themselves to radically alter the equation themselves.

The fifth-wicket pair resumed on a
highly-vulnerable 87, yet by stumps their stand of 198 had underpinned
India's 297 for eight in reply to 330 all out.

England simply got nowhere for all but
the final hour of the day, on a dead pitch which has proved an aid to
stagnant cricket from the outset.

Until the first ball after evening
drinks, their bowlers – last previously successful nine overs before the
close yesterday – appeared destined to draw a blank for the entire day,
for the first time since Australia's Mark Taylor and Geoff Marsh
tormented the home attack at Trent Bridge 23 years ago.

Respite came at last when Graeme Swann
had Kohli lbw pushing forward in defence – and among four late wickets
for only 28 runs, Dhoni was run out by a direct hit from Cook at mid-off
as he tried to scamper his 100th run off Anderson (four for 68) in the
penultimate over before stumps.

Eyes on the prize: A brilliant late run out from Alastair Cook helped England maintain an advantage

Eyes on the prize: A brilliant late run out from Alastair Cook helped England maintain an advantage

Top partnership: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli were in sensational form

Top partnership: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli were in sensational form

Dhoni and Kohli were constrained, as were England's batsmen and India's top order before them, by the extreme conditions.

A perilous situation added to their
dilemma too; yet they dug in, and then branched out, faultless
application giving way to increasing fluency as India battled back into
contention.

Gradually, without compromising risk
avoidance, they pushed the run rate above two-an-over as England tired
in their thankless task to try to induce a mistake.

Dhoni, without a Test century for more
than a year, raised eyebrows when he promoted himself to number six
last night above debutant all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Tough: Graeme Swann and England's bowlers had to contend with a difficult pitch

Tough: Graeme Swann and England's bowlers had to contend with a difficult pitch

Frontline batsman Kohli had a top-score of 20 in six previous innings in this series.

But both excelled themselves here in critical circumstances.

Kohli completed his 289-ball hundred with his 11th four, on the back foot past cover off Swann.

Soon afterwards, the off-spinner finally got his revenge, as India nonetheless edged towards parity.

It had taken more than half an hour
for their first boundary off the middle this morning, a Kohli
cover-drive off Tim Bresnan to bring up three figures.

Before then, only Dhoni's edge past a vacant slip off James Anderson had counted four.

Anderson beat the bat or found the
edge a handful of times in his early spell, but there was nothing else
from pace or spin to raise England's hopes.

Each batsman passed his 50 with a four, Kohli's fourth driven off Monty Panesar and Dhoni's seventh square-cut off Bresnan.

They were rare shots in anger until after England took the second new ball.

The century stand arrived in 53 overs as India had to emphasise caution over adventure before they could dare to hope for more.

Runs eventually started to come more
freely, however – Dhoni hoisted Swann over long-on for a six, and took
toll of Bresnan in particular – and England's initial optimism turned to
frowns of frustration.

The nearest they came to a
breakthrough before tea were Bresnan's two lbw appeals, and a tough
one-handed return chance barely off the ground – all with Dhoni on 72 –
as the Yorkshireman's search continued for a first Test wicket since
August at Headingley.

By stumps, he was wicketless in his last 74.4 overs at the highest level.

England's collective drought was even longer, of course, until Kohli succumbed.

Anderson then also had Jadeja lbw from
round the wicket. and Swann bowled Piyush when he found sharp turn with
the last ball of the day.

It had seemed near inconceivable at start of play that India could somehow negotiate their way towards a series-levelling win.

Whether or not that is possible will
depend on how long it takes England to take their last two wickets, and
how many India can score at the same time.

Two quick wickets and a day at the
crease would put England in firm charge, but an Indian slog in the
morning and poor application from the tourists could see it swing the
other way.

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Wolfgang Stark admits red card mistake in Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg

I'm sorry! Refreshingly honest ref Stark admits red card gaffe in Dortmund defeat

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UPDATED:

17:38 GMT, 10 December 2012

German referee Wolfgang Stark has apologised for making a decisive error during Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 defeat at home to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

With Dortmund leading 1-0 after 35 minutes, Stark showed Marcel Schmelzer a red card for what he perceived to be a deliberate handball on the goal-line.

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Error: Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer, left, is shocked to see referee Wolfgang Stark send him off

Error: Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer, left, is shocked to see referee Wolfgang Stark send him off

However, replays showed that the ball
had struck the defender’s leg and the referee took the uncharacteristic
step of coming out after the game to explain his mistake.

Stark, who has refereed at European Championships, World Cups and in the Champions League, said: ‘I am sorry, but it was an error in interpretation from me.

‘We have taken a look at it again in the dressing room, together with the referee observer.

‘During the game, to me it seemed a clear handball on the goal line, so penalty and red card.

Remonstration: Schmelzer pleads with the referee to listen to his version of events

Remonstration: Schmelzer pleads with the referee to listen to his version of events

‘Unfortunately, the pictures speak a different language. It shouldn’t happen, but it has happened.

‘The penalty and the red card were mistakes.’

However, Dortmund were in no mood to be forgiving, with their director of sport, Michael Zorc blasting: ‘We have a case here where Stark has completely decided this game against us with his refereeing and that is obviously hard to accept,’

Apology: Stark, talking to Mario Gotze here, explained himself after the match

Apology: Stark, talking to Mario Gotze here, explained himself after the match

Coach Jurgen Klopp added that Schmelzer ‘should receive the peace prize’ for his reaction.

The German champions Dortmund remain third in the Bundesliga on 27 points, 14 points behind Bayern Munich after just 16 games.

Manchester City"s David Silva passed fit for derby against United

Silva lining for Mancini as City's Spanish maestro recovers in time for crunch derby

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UPDATED:

11:18 GMT, 7 December 2012

Manchester City talisman David Silva is fit for Sunday's clash with rivals United in the Barclays Premier League, according to manager Roberto Mancini.

Silva has been absent with a hamstring injury and missed City's embarrassing midweek Champions League showing in Dortmund.

But Mancini said at his press conference this morning: 'David is fit and will play.'

Welcome back: David Silva has handed his manager a boost for the derby

Welcome back: David Silva has handed his manager a boost for the derby

City go in to the game at the Etihad Stadium three points behind United and Mancini admitted Sir Alex Ferguson's team are favourites for the title.

He said: 'United are better than us at the moment. Last season was important for us. We won the first derby 6-1 and our mentality changed.

'But they have three more points than us at the moment. They were a strong team already and they bought Van Persie and Kagawa.

'They bought a player who had scored 25 goals last season but that (City's pursuit of him) is in the past now. If we continue to work we can improve.'

Despite Citys elimination from the Champions League, Mancini claimed he doesn't feel under pressure.

Eyes on the prize: Roberto Mancini is preparing for the biggest game of his season

Eyes on the prize: Roberto Mancini is preparing for the biggest game of his season

'I don't feel this,' he said. 'I'm happy with the job I have done these last two years.

'When you build a new team its normal to have difficult moments. You can't win all the games. You can lose important games. Its normal.'

John Smith"s call time on Grand National sponsorship

John Smith's call time on Grand National sponsorship

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 24 November 2012

Aintree is seeking a new sponsor for the Grand National after the shock decision of John Smith's to pull their backing after next year's race in April.

Those in charge at Aintree have had to deal with negative publicity following the deaths of two horses in each of the last two Nationals.

Thrill of the chase: Neptune Collonges (right) jumps The Chair on the way to winning the Grand National

Thrill of the chase: Neptune Collonges (right) jumps The Chair on the way to winning the Grand National

Last summer the course's managing
director, Julian Thick, departed unexpectedly and at least one more
senior figure is set to leave.

Now Aintree has lost the backing of
the brewing giant John Smith's, who have invested heavily in the
three-day National meeting over nine years, with the prize money almost
doubling to just under 1million since 2005.

John Baker, new regional director for
Jockey Club Northern Racecourses, said: 'We are finalising new
sponsorship to ensure the event remains one of the crown jewels in the
sporting calendar.'

One of the leading bookmakers could
step in, since betting during the build-up to the National reaches an
annual peak on the day of the race.

But bookies are unlikely to provide the significant depth of funding delivered by John Smith's and, before them, Martell.

Lord Daresbury rode winners over the famous Aintree fences as an amateur.

Yesterday, as chairman of the
racecourse, he said: 'This news comes at a bad time but I am confident
the race will attract plenty of interest from potential sponsors.'

Ronnie O"Sullivan"s career in doubt

O'Sullivan's career in doubt after world champion pulls out of China tournament

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 28 October 2012

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s snooker career looks to be on the brink after his latest tournament withdrawal.

The Rocket pulled out of his planned comeback from a six-month break at this week’s 600,000 International Championship in China at the weekend.

And the 36-year-old, who scorched to a fourth world title in May, now looks certain to lose his top-20 position.

End of an era Ronnie O'Sullivan pulled out of another event over the weekend

End of an era Ronnie O'Sullivan pulled out of another event over the weekend

O’Sullivan has entered just one more ranking event this year, December’s UK Championship, with no guarantee he will show up.

And sources close to the player claim he has no intention of returning to the fray at the moment.

The player seems poised to snub next year’s Welsh, World and China Opens for which the entry deadline is November 12.

After such a magnificent display at The Crucible this year it seems inconceivable O’Sullivan would not defend his title there. But the world champion may have to do it with no match practice for a season, ranked in the 30s, and risking humiliation.

Six-time world champion Steve Davis, though, reckons snooker’s switch to a prize-money ranking list could yet save O’Sullivan.

That would enable the world No 17 to cherry-pick big-money events, rather than play all year.

Golden oldie Davis, 55, was in action at the Wyldecrest Park Homes World Seniors on Sunday.

He said: ‘Picking and choosing will suit Ronnie more than the current system. He may not be in the top 16 that qualify for the Masters, but he won’t be getting out of the game.’