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Cheltenham Festival video: Peter Scudamore, Sam Turner and Marcus Townend preview the big races

VIDEO: Sportsmail's top team preview the big races at the Cheltenham Festival

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13:22 GMT, 18 February 2013

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13:58 GMT, 19 February 2013

Racing doesn't get any better than the Cheltenham Festival so to preview the famous meeting we've put together the best team in the business.

Our man Marcus Townend talks to our top tipster Sam Turner and columnist and former champion jockey Peter Scudamore.

Sportsmail's award-winning photographer Graham Chadwick is the man behind the camera who put it all together.

VIDEO For top tips on runners and riders check out Sportsmail's special preview

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

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

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06:41 GMT, 19 February 2013

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09:53 GMT, 19 February 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial: Springboks rugby star Francois Hougaard arrives for the service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pistorius uncovered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pistorius and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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

The funeral of Reeva Steenkamp also takes place today

The funeral of Reeva Steenkamp also takes place today

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Footballers" Football Column – Rohan Ricketts: Globetrotter how he moved from England to Ecuador via India

ROHAN RICKETTS: Cows in the road and Twitter row meant my Indian adventure ended early… but I went back in time to live the dream in South America

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Rohan Ricketts

Rohan Ricketts started his football career playing for Arsenal and was part of the hugely successful side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2000 and 2001. But a year later he made the move that only four players before him had and crossed the north London divide to join Tottenham. After 30 appearances for the White Hart Lane club, Ricketts began his football journey playing for Wolves, Coventry, QPR, Barnsley before he opted to move abroad and to join MLS side Toronto FC. Since then he has played in Hungary, Moldova, Germany, Ireland and India. He is now playing in South America, in Ecuador. Before you read his first Footballers' Football Column, watch his video.

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I’ve often been called a ‘journeyman’ in my football career and in late 2012 I made my biggest journey to date when I signed for Dempo SC in Goa, India. It doesn’t sound like the most obvious move to make but, as they say, football is a funny old game.

Last summer I was really keen to return to the UK, after a stint at Shamrock Rovers in Ireland so I returned to London to see what I could find.

But it is such a tough market and there were so many players looking for a club. There’s a fine balance between holding your nerve and waiting to find a club or signing somewhere to ensure financial security for your family.

Getting to know the locals: Ricketts enjoyed his short spell in India, despite his issues on the pitch

Getting to know the locals: Ricketts enjoyed his short spell in India, despite his issues on the pitch

There were many players who were still looking for a club even after the season started. It’s easy to assume that players are being choosy about which club they sign for and ruling out lower league clubs but for me that wasn’t the case.

I love playing football, it’s what I was born to do. I may have been nearing 30 but I had no plans to give it up just yet.

After much deliberation with my family and friends, I made the decision to sign for Dempo SC. India isn’t really known for its football, I knew it would be different to Europe but the challenge of living in another country and helping them to build up the reputation of football really appealed to me.

I did it before when I signed for Toronto FC in MLS and I found it really rewarding to help educate a new generation about the sport.

First move abroad: Ricketts moved to MLS and joined Toronto

First move abroad: Ricketts moved to MLS and joined Toronto

I was told how serious Dempo SC were about growing football in India and I was excited to join them so I signed until May 2013.

It
certainly was a world away from London. It gets so hot there that we
were doing all our training sessions and practice matches early in the
morning before it got too unbearable.

It was fascinating to live in such a different culture, I was late for training on a couple of occasions due to cows in the road which was certainly something I had not experienced before and was I confronted with severe poverty in certain areas, which was difficult to see.

On the pitch, it was great to taste victory on the first day of the season after such a long break away, but it really was a different game to the one I am used to. It was the tactics that were lacking, rather than the players' skill level, so I was confident we would improve as the team gelled.

Rohan Ricketts

Mobbed: Ricketts helped Shamrock Rovers win the Irish League

Luck of the Irish: Ricketts enjoyed his spell with Shamrock Rovers and helped them win the Irish league

Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to see if that would be the case. I had joined the team under the impression that they wanted me to play as I do and that they wanted to develop a passing style.

However the coach soon made it clear that he was expecting me to adapt to the way they played. It didn’t help that he was trying to play me as a striker rather than an attacking central midfielder.

I had some discussions with him about this in the early days and he did start to play me in the
right position.

Young stars: Rohan Ricketts was part of the Arsenal Youth team that included Steve Sidwell, Moritz Volz, Jermaine Pennant and Jay Bothroyd

Young stars: Rohan Ricketts was part of the Arsenal Youth team that included Steve Sidwell, Moritz Volz, Jermaine Pennant and Jay Bothroyd

Ricketts playing for Spurs

Rohan Ricketts

Crossing the divide: Ricketts moved to Spurs after starting his career in the Arsenal youth team

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I mentioned everything that was happening on my Twitter account, something the coach was not happy about. When the Indian press asked him about the things I was saying he denied it and said that I had misunderstood.

I knew that I hadn’t, although I do recognise that talking about it in 140 characters on Twitter was perhaps not the best forum. I was just frustrated because I wanted the team to do well.

As a result of my comments I was put on the bench for the next four games, in both the Goa and
I League.

The team did not do as well as we had been doing and it was really hard to sit and watch, but I remained professional and trained hard. It was a big plus to have moral support from a lot of the key members of the squad. This is something that can be rare being a player in a foreign country.

Eventually after keeping my focus and positive spirit, I was re-instated in the starting XI against Salgoacar FC. The game was tough but we ended up winning 2-1, and I scored my first I League goal and then set up the winnner.

After the game the coaches and players were in a good mood and we had gone two points clear at the top of the table. I had hoped that was the turning point for me but unfortunately things didn’t improve with the head coach.

It was a really uncomfortable situation with him and again I spoke out about the difficulties I was having on Twitter. After my first tweets I had spoken with the President of the club, who is a great guy, and he was supportive but obviously I understood that he needed to run the club successfully and for that he needs a united team.

I wasn’t trying to unsettle things with my later tweets but I couldn’t stay silent.

After further discussions with the President it became clear that my position at the club was untenable.

I can’t talk about everything that happened there but suffice to say that I have the utmost respect for the President and my team mates at Dempo SC along with the many fans who I met while I was there. I wish them every success this season.

Fortunately for me, when I knew that I was leaving Dempo, I was able to sign very quickly for a new club – 10 hours back in time at Deportivo Quevedo in Ecuador.

Playing in South America has always been a dream of mine so when my agent told me about this opportunity, I jumped at the chance.

A new excuse for being late: Ricketts was later for training due to cows in the road (file picture)

A new excuse for being late: Ricketts was later for training due to cows in the road (file picture)

Fans' favourite: Ricketts is surrounded by fans as he leaves training

Fans' favourite: Ricketts is surrounded by fans as he leaves training

I have been here for a month now and am settling in well. My team-mates have been very welcoming and I have joined in pre-season, which is refreshing after my last couple of moves where I have joined mid-way through and struggled to get to the same fitness level.

We played our first game of the season at the end of January against the Champions and biggest club in Ecuador Barcelona SC. Before the game I could feel the hype surrounding the game and for me it felt like I was involved in a Premier League fixture back home against Manchester United.

Fans all over our city, Quevedo, were stopping me daily to let me know how big the game was for them.

Talk about pressure on your first game.

This pressure was not new to me but I could still feel the anticipation and excitement all around. I'm grateful to be part of such moments. This is no doubt the stuff of dreams for others but for me it is reality.

I knew I was starting in the game a week before, so I did not have the annoying waiting game surrounding team selection.

On the move: Ricketts left India to move to Deportivo Quevedo in Ecuador

On the move: Ricketts left India to move to Deportivo Quevedo in Ecuador

Once the game day arrived and we got to the stadium and the energy around the ground was almost tangible. Salsa music was playing and the people were chanting an hour ahead of
kick-off.

I just tried to remain cool as I did not want to lose energy. Good thing I did because the game turned out to be a real scrap due to the bad weather which turned the pitch into a mud bath.

I was hoping to get on the ball and play our passing game, but it was not to be for either side.

ROHAN RICKETTS

Follow Rohan on Twitter: @RohanRicketts

It was all about winning the second ball and playing on the counter attack. We adapted really well to the conditions and took the lead early on but the referee seemed to have his own agenda, in the second half when he gave Barcelona as penalty which was never a penalty and then didn't give us a penalty for a blatant handball in their box.

I won't go too much into the incident as I may get myself in trouble, but the game ended 1-1. A good point for us against the champions and a good team performance.

I was relatively pleased with my performance but I know the conditions limited my chances of being more active in dangerous areas.

I'm adapting quickly and learning the lingo, which will only speed up the settling in process and help me get the most out of my latest football adventure.

Billy Twelvetrees scores against Scotland – Image of the week by Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: Image of the week – Terrific Twelvetrees touches down against Scotland

By
Andy Hooper

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All eyes on the ball! The Scottish defensive line watch in horror as Billy Twelvetrees breaks through to score.

I took this picture on Saturday during England's win over Scotland in their Six Nations opener.

Twelvetrees had a great game and he seemed to appear in every picture I took during the match.

Immediate impact: Billy Twelvetrees scored on his England debut against Scotland at Twickenham

Immediate impact: Billy Twelvetrees scored on his England debut against Scotland at Twickenham

This is a classic peak-of-the-action picture as it captures the split second before the ball is grounded.

These are the pictures you want to take and file to the Daily Mail.

For more images from the game see my video slide show below and if you want to get in touch, use the comments section at the bottom of the page or follow me on Twitter @Andy_Hooper_DM

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Mario Balotelli donated his wages to charity before David Beckham started

Beckham may be about to donate his PSG wages to charity, but Balotelli started doing the same thing a while ago…

, when he and Brown became an item, and when his fame grew even further.

One particular celebration now known as the “Hulk pose” went viral on the internet – something Brown says Balotelli truly revelled in while revealing he also used his fame to avoid a speeding fine when in Manchester.

'Mario googled himself obsessively to see how popular he was,' Brown said.

Settling in: Milan hope Balotelli can become a key member of their new-look side

Settling in: Milan hope Balotelli can become a key member of their new-look side

'He loved the web craze where people were photo-shopping the “Hulk” pose he did after scoring for Italy in the semi-final [of Euro 2012] and was beside himself when it made it on to Fifa 13.

'We were out in his Bentley once and he got stopped for speeding. But the policeman's face lit up when he saw it was Mario and let him off in return for an autograph!'

VIDEO Balotelli happy to be training with AC Milan

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Edgar Davids – The Footballers Football Column: Players are predators that"s why Benitez may struggle at Chelsea

EDGAR DAVIDS: Players are predators that's why Benitez may struggle at Chelsea… And sometimes the best players are not the most talented – just look at Roy Keane

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Edgar Davids today launches a new series of columns for Sportsmail titled The Footballers' Football Column. They're about the game, written by people involved in the game.
European champion Davids has won 11 major trophies (and we mean 'major', we're not counting Super Cups and Community Shield-type trophies). He was capped 74 times for Holland. Now player-manager at League Two Barnet, 'The Pitbull' has plenty to say…

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Who are you People chant it at stadiums – 'Who are ya Who are ya' – but I think it’s a funny thing to sing, even to the opposite team, because what are they actually asking

Ask most people and they will say their name or profession, but you have to know who you are, both physically and mentally. It’s really important in football, because then you know your trigger points, how to adapt and improve.

It’s one of the first things I do when I start working with players, especially the younger ones.

Post man: A 19-year-old Davids defending the near post for Ajax in November 1992

Post man: A 19-year-old Davids defending the near post for Ajax in November 1992. It was at Ajax he played on with serious dental work

As a footballer, for example, sometimes you have pain. But
is it pain you can play with, or will playing only make it worse I
think more than 70 per cent of players play with injuries.

They always have something wrong with
them. I can’t even remember playing a game without pain. People don’t
see the determination behind getting on the pitch every week.

If your manager needs you to play it’s like: 'Yes sir, I will play.'

I remember at Ajax getting a kick in
my face and when I touched my mouth for the first time I couldn’t feel
any teeth. I had almost about 40 injections and braces and the next day I
went in for training.

The manager wanted me back the following Sunday and that was it. Get on with it.

I know myself, so that’s the main
thing. Visually, my trademarks have always been my glasses and hair. My
knowledge of myself hasn't changed much over the years.

You need to develop and stay ahead of
the competition. Being a coach now, you see some young guys who don’t
know themselves – but they think they do.

Some of them really in believe in the
hype. When they’re asked who they are, they would say 'a football
player'. They believe all the hype that comes with that.

That's why I can understand people thinking Arsene Wenger should bring back Thierry Henry to Arsenal. If you have a young team, you also need guys to guide them.

With Thierry, he’s a charismatic
person and he was Arsenal’s team leader for a long time. He knows the
dressing room and how the club works.

Pain game: Davids, 39, suffers an arm injury during Barnet's draw at Exeter last weekend

Pain game: Davids, 39, suffers an arm injury during Barnet's draw at Exeter last weekend

It’s very important to have someone
like that, who isn’t a coach or an assistant manager, because most of
the time, the coaches have got to keep a professional distance from the
players.

If you look at a player like Roy
Keane you would say: 'He’s a great player but you don’t see the
leadership and the energy he transmitted to the team which make him a
world class player.

You can’t measure that. Sometimes the
best players are not the most talented, but what they do for your team
is very, very valuable: they help your team keep its shape, desire and
discipline and they know their limitations.

King Henry: Thierry scores to make it 7-1 to Arsenal against Blackburn last February. His worth to Arsenal is more than just goals

King Henry: Thierry scores to make it 7-1 to Arsenal against Blackburn last February. His worth to Arsenal is more than just goals

Keen on Keane: Manchester United's former captain, here clashing with Arsenal's Patrick Vieira in 1991, was not the greatest talent but was a top, top player

Keen on Keane: Manchester United's former captain, here clashing with Arsenal's Patrick Vieira in 1991, was not the greatest talent but was a top, top player

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Then you have players who are
brilliantly gifted but, if they’re having a bad day, it’s like playing
with 10 men. If he’s on fire, it’s like playing with 12, so you have to
take that risk because he’s that good.

In south America it’s different – if
you’re that good they’ll just leave you be – but, in Holland, we have
been taught that everybody has to be the same.

My philosophy is a little bit
different. If the group accepted it, I did too. Is this how I want to
play, or not You have to be flexible, but you can only be flexible if
you know yourself.

Football players can be like predators.
They will study you. They will try to find your weakness. It’s ego. The
guys who are not playing will watch you like hawks. They will be on
your case because they all want to play in their position no matter who
the coach is.

If a player or a coach is under
pressure and the others think he is going to leave there is only brief
respect. That could be hard for Rafa Benitez, for example.

Captain, leader, Pitbull: Barnet player/manager Edgar Davids makes his point to referee Christopher Sarginson at half-time during the 2-2 draw at Exeter last Saturday

Captain, leader, Pitbull: Barnet player/manager Edgar Davids makes his point to referee Christopher Sarginson at half-time during the 2-2 draw at Exeter last Saturday

The main man: Davids (centre) has been installed as the solo head coach at Underhill after Mark Robson (left) departed the club. Director of football Paul Fairclough is seated (right)

The main man: Davids (centre) has been installed as the solo head coach at Underhill after Mark Robson (left) departed the club. Director of football Paul Fairclough is seated (right)

I don’t know what the dynamics are at
Chelsea, but if everyone knows a manager is only going to be there for
six months it’s very hard.

We have a saying: 'New round, new
chances'. That’s why you usually see an immediate improvement when a new
manager comes in, because that little game is starting again.

Football is very passionate,
of course it is, but it’s also a business. As a player, you want to
improve, you want to have a certain salary, play in the position you
want to play and maybe have a shot at a championship or play in the
Champions League.

You don’t think about playing in a
different shirt in front of different fans. It’s more about wanting to
go somewhere at the top and improve yourself. It’s a short career, after
all. But if you play for certain teams with certain fans winning and
high in the hierarchy is living the dream.

UEFA Champions League Final, Vienna, Austria, 24th May 1995, Ajax 1 v AC Milan 0, Frank Rijkaard (centre) and team-mate Edgar Davids hold the trophy aloft as they celebrate their victory

Torres warning: The Chelsea striker, in action during the 5-1 demolition of Leeds, must score more goals according to Davids

Show us your medals: Davids lifts the 1995 Champions League trophy with Frank Ri9jkarrd at Ajax and Torres (right) in action during the 5-1 Capital One Cup demolition of Leeds, needs to score more goals

Money often plays its part in
football. If you’re the best player but you’re not paid the best wages,
you can feel and can be seen lower in the hierarchy and that’s a pride
thing.

If you’re the best player you want to
be paid the best wages. It’s not necessarily about the money but it’s
about feeling appreciated and your skills and worth recognised. Titles
and a reflective wage is relevant is all businesses and industries.

Look at Fernando Torres at Chelsea.
He joined the club and he sat on the bench, but he still earned his
money and got a Champions League winner's medal. Would he have been
happy No.

He’s a good player but he hasn’t
scored too many goals for Chelsea. Now he’s doing better but he’s a
striker: he’s got to score more goals. He would definitely want to be a
more dominant force for his side than he currently is.

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Wayne Rooney turns into elf in Christmas video

All I want for Christmas is Roo! United star Wayne posts hilarious festive family video

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It's the season of mirth, joy, glad tidings and eggnog.

It's also the season of sending out Christmas cards with a cringe-worthy family photo on the front or, if you're Wayne Rooney, turning yourself and your family into an elf in an animated video.

The Manchester United star cast his wife Colleen and three-year-old Kai in an ElfYourself clip posted on his Facebook page today.

Kicking it Rooney style: Wayne posted an ElfYourself clip starring his family on his Facebook page today

Kicking it Rooney style: Wayne posted an ElfYourself clip starring his family on his Facebook page today

'Tis the season! The video stars his wife Colleen and three-year-old son Kai

'Tis the season! The video stars his wife Colleen and three-year-old son Kai

Slide to the left... The animation was created on the ElfYourself website

Slide to the left… The animation was created on the ElfYourself website

The animation sees Rooney and clan dancing around in elf costumes to a gangsta version of The Nutcracker.

There will be a fourth elf next Christmas with Colleen, 26, pregnant with a baby boy.

She tweeted today: 'Absolutely loved seeing our baby on the scan yesterday!!! We decided to find out the sex…… It's a ….. BOY!! So exciting @WayneRooney.'

You can ElfYourself here.

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Hillsborough charity single hoping for Christmas No 1

King Kenny at the cash till… Dalglish bid to make Hillsborough charity single Xmas No 1

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14:26 GMT, 17 December 2012

The Hillsborough charity single, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, was released today with comedian John Bishop joining Kenny Dalglish in the campaign to get the song to the top of the charts for Christmas.

Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective and are joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the 1989.

Scroll down to watch the video of the song

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop lead the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop lead the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

First in line: Dalglish sells the first copies of the single which hopes to raise 1m

First in line: Dalglish sells the first copies of the single which hopes to raise 1m

VIDEO Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop launch the single

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Get your copy now…

Click here to buy from iTunes

Or text the word ‘Justice’ to 80010 from your mobile in the UK (1 + standard network rate)

The song was played at football matches
across the country this weekend in a show of solidarity with X-Factor
winner James Arthur the main competition for the Christmas No 1 spot
which will be revealed on Sunday.

Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

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Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

He ain't heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid
Who's singing what

The road is long – ANDY BROWN

With many a winding turn – ANDY BROWN

That leads us to who knows where – GERRY MARSDEN

Who knows when – PAUL HEATON

But I'm strong – GLENN TILBROOK

Strong enough to carry him – GLENN TILBROOK

He ain't heavy, he's my brother – JOHN POWER/ROBBIE WILLIAMS

So on we go – JOHN POWER

His welfare is of my concern – MELANIE C

No burden is he to bear – ROBBIE WILLIAMS

We'll get there – ROBBIE/MELANIE C

For I know – REBECCA FERGUSON

He would not encumber me – HOLLY JOHNSON

He ain't heavy, he's my brother- HOLLY JOHNSON/REBECCA F

If I'm laden at all – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

I'm laden with sadness – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

That everyone's heart – PALOMA FAITH

Isn't filled with the gladness- PALOMA FAITH

Of love for one another – ELIZA DOOLITTLE

It's a long, long road – DAVE McCABE

From which there is no return – PETER HOOTON

While we're on the way to there – REN HARVIEU / JON McCLURE

Why not share- JON McCLURE / REN HARVIEU

And the load – DAVE McCABE

It doesn't weigh me down at all – MACCA

Coz he ain't heavy – MACCA

(He ain’t heavy) – SHANE MACGOWAN

He's my brother – SHANE MACGOWAN/ BEVERLEY K

He's my brother – ALL (most)

He ain't heavy, he's my brother … – ALL (most)

Chelsea in Japan: Graham Chadwick video blog

Graham Chadwick's video blog: Waiting almost over as Chelsea eye Club World Cup glory in Japan

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UPDATED:

15:40 GMT, 12 December 2012

Sportsmail
photographer Graham Chadwick has travelled to Japan with Chelsea as they
prepare for their first game of the FIFA Club World Cup this Thursday.

Watch Graham's latest video blog of the Blues in Yokohama.

Chelsea don't have long to wait now until they start their bid for Club World Cup glory against Monterrey.

The Blues have been in Japan for a few days now ahead of Thursday's semi-final clash with the Mexicans.

Our man has been with them all the way and, in his latest brilliant video blog, caught the Blues as they trained on the pitch in Yokohama while staff at the stadium made sure everything would be ready for the big kick-off.

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Chelsea at Club World Cup – Graham Chadwick video blog

Graham Chadwick's video blog: Chelsea train in Yokohama ahead of Club World Cup

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14:27 GMT, 10 December 2012

Sportsmail photographer Graham Chadwick has travelled to Japan with Chelsea as they prepare for their first game of the Club World Cup this Thursday.

Interim boss Rafa Benitez has enjoyed a much warmer welcome in Yokohama than he received in west London and Graham has captured the Spaniard's squad during their first training session.

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