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Track Cycling World Championship gold for Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker

Olympic hero Trott at full pelt to lead Britain to their first gold of World Championships

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

17:45 GMT, 21 February 2013

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UPDATED:

02:58 GMT, 22 February 2013

Great Britain's women brought golden memories of last summer’s Olympic Games flooding back by successfully defending their world team pursuit title.

Laura Trott and Dani King, who won Olympic gold with Joanna Rowsell, teamed up with A-level student Elinor Barker to clinch gold in the Track Cycling world championships in Minsk.

They completed the 3km race in 3min 18.140sec to beat Australia’s Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Melissa Hoskins by 1.773sec.

Wheely good: Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker won women's team pursuit gold in Minsk

Wheely good: Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker won women's team pursuit gold in Minsk

This is the last time the women’s
team pursuit will feature in its current format. It is set to be
extended to four kilometres and an extra rider added.

Trott said: ‘It seemed to flow nicely
and we changed a few things from qualifying and it came off. If someone
thought they couldn’t cope on the front they came off. It tops it off
for us. To win the race the last time it will be as a 3km is amazing.’

Barker added: ‘I feel really
overwhelmed. I thought I was just riding round the Manchester Velodrome
in a training ride and then we won. I just feel shocked. It is above and
beyond what I’ve dreamed of.’

King said: ‘It means everything.
We’ve worked so hard since the Olympic Games and although Jo Rowsell
will come back, it’s great to have Elinor on the team.’

Wheely good: Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker won women's team pursuit gold in Minsk

Wheely good: Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker won women's team pursuit gold in Minsk

Wheely good: Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker won women's team pursuit gold in Minsk

Becky James, who is one of
Sportsmail’s Magnificent Seven who we are tracking to the Rio Olympics,
won her second bronze of the championships in the 500m time trial.

Martyn Irvine became the first
Irishman to win a medal at the championships in 117 years when he won
gold and silver within an hour of each other.

‘I’m not sure it’s hit me yet,’ said Irvine. ‘I just can’t believe I’m standing here with a rainbow jersey.’

Irvine came second in the individual
pursuit, beaten by reigning champion Michael Hepburn, and won gold in
the 15km scratch race.

Gold standard: The girls celebrate with their hard-fought medals

Gold standard: The girls celebrate with their hard-fought medals

In a dramatic finish, Irvine accelerated away with 10 laps to go and managed to hold off his rivals.

He added: ‘I just stuck to what I know, just committed 100 per cent and it paid off.

‘I just stayed near the front, stayed out of trouble. Once I went, it was all or nothing. I didn’t look back. It was full gas.’

Wigan complete a six-month loan of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Robles

Wigan complete six-month loan of Atletico Madrid keeper Robles

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

20:34 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:34 GMT, 17 January 2013

Wigan have signed goalkeeper Joel Robles on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old had been on trial at the DW stadium and boss Roberto Martinez was sufficiently impressed to bring the 22-year-old into his first-team squad.

Atletico confirmed the deal tonight in a statement on their website, which read: 'Atletico Madrid and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement so that Joel Robles, after a trial period with the English club, will play on loan until June 30 with the Premier League team.

Joel Robles has been courted by the likes of Man City and Tottenham

Young star: Joel Robles has been courted by the likes of Man City and Tottenham

'The goalkeeper will return to the ''rojiblanco'' at the end of this loan period.'

Robles has yet to break into the Atletico first team on a regular basis, with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois currently on loan with the club and the established preferred choice of coach Diego Simeone.

The 6ft 5in shot-stopper had a loan spell with Rayo Vallecano last season before returning to the Vicente Calderon stadium.

At Wigan he will provide competition for number one Ali Al Habsi and reserve Mike Pollitt.

Roberto Martinez will now have stronger competition between his keepers

Happy man: Roberto Martinez will now have more competition between keepers

Twitter highlights from 2012 with Usain Bolt, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Phelps and more

How Bolt, Rio, Phelps and the rest told the story of sport in 2012 using 140 characters

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UPDATED:

21:22 GMT, 24 December 2012

Ah Twitter. How did the sporting world manage before it had you

It's quite astounding how many sportsmen have managed to land themselves in hot water this year in only 140 characters. Joey Barton, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand – the list goes on.

But there are some sporting stars with a much better grasp of Twitter, and choose to use its powers for good rather than evil.

Top Twits: Sportsmen and women used Twitter to offer a brilliant insight into their life away from the track, field or pitch, with Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong producing the most memorable

Top Twits: Sportsmen and women used Twitter to offer a brilliant insight into their life away from the track, field or pitch, with Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong producing the most memorable

Top Twits: Sportsmen and women used Twitter to offer a brilliant insight into their life away from the track, field or pitch, with Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong producing the most memorable

Top Twits: Sportsmen and women used Twitter to offer a brilliant insight into their life away from the track, field or pitch, with Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong producing the most memorable

The Olympics saw a social media explosion as it became the most tweeted event 2012, with a staggering 150 million tweets being sent over the 16 days.

And the athletes involved were desperate to share their moments of joy with the fans, as well as with watching celebrities.

After Bradley Wiggins won time trial gold medal he posted a picture of himself celebrating next to St Paul's iconic dome in central London. Ever the life and soul of the party, the cyclist added: ‘Well what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all the messages, Thank You everyone it’s been emotional X’

Others not directly involved just had to express their pride in the British team as they watched them storm to victory. Kevin Pietersen could barely contain his excitement as Mo Farah took his second gold of the games.

His tweet was simple, but said what most of those at home and in the stadium were screaming: 'Moooooooooooooo Mooooooooooooo Moooooooooooo #BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM'

The American athletes were thrilled to be given personal praise from Barack Obama himself.

Michael Phelps received congratulations from the President as he tweeted: 'Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud. –bo.'

Says what we're thinking: Kevin Pietersen summed up the nation's feelings as Mo Farah claimed gold

Says what we're thinking: Kevin Pietersen summed up the nation's feelings as Mo Farah claimed gold

Says what we're thinking: Kevin Pietersen summed up the nation's feelings as Mo Farah claimed gold

Phelps replied: 'Thank you Mr. President!! It’s an honor representing the #USA!! The best country in the world!!'

Teen sensation Missy Franklin was also beside herself when she received a tweet of congratulations following her first gold medal in the 100m backstroke, but hers was from Justin Bieber, who tweeted: 'Heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine. Now I'm a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD! #muchlove.'

'I just died,' was Franklin’s simple response.

There were some more poignant moments over the 16 days.

As Michael Phelps bowed out of the Games for good he tweeted: 'Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened – Dr Seuss.'

Ryan Lochte joined his American team-mate in putting forward more philosophical thoughts, tweeting: 'Always reach for the moon cuz if u slip up u will still be a star!! #Jeah'

And of course, the Olympics wouldn’t be complete without a classic from Usain Bolt.

He had just become the first man to defend both the 100m and 200m Olympic titles and, never one to shy away from his own success, the Jamaican superstar tweeted: 'Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that’s for sure.'

Later a picture was posted of him with three members of the women's Swedish handball team.

Behind the scenes: We were treated to celebrating dressing rooms

Behind the scenes: We saw celebrating dressing rooms and even the toilets at Buckingham Palace

Behind the scenes: We saw celebrating dressing rooms and even the toilets at Buckingham Palace

TOP 10 TWEETS OF THE YEAR

1. ‘Feels Good To Be Awesome.’ – Bubba Watson

2.
‘Well what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all
the messages, Thank You everyone it's been emotional X’ – Bradley
Wiggins

3. ‘Moooooooooooooo Mooooooooooooo Moooooooooooo #BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM’ – Kevin Pietersen

4. ‘Roger uv got the moves like jagger’ – Yuvraj Singh (after Roger Federer’s Wimbledon victory

5. ‘Loving
the lights on the stumps and bails at the BBL (Big Bash League). Remind
me of a pair of trainers I had as a kid.’ – Eoin Morgan

6. ’Andy
Murray did himself, his family and his nation proud today. Played like a
champ. His time will come for sure!’ – Rory McIlroy

7. ‘Thank you Mr. President!! It’s an honor representing the #USA!! The best country in the world!!’ – Michael Phelps

8. ’OMFG I think it just hit me, I'm a CHAMPION!! I AM a CHAMPION!!’ – Lebron James, after the 2012 NBA Finals

9.
‘Coach, told me to go do a pool workout. So I went & did some Push
ups next to the pool. What! I aint getting this hair wet #mixedchick
#afro’ – Lolo Jones

10. ‘Where did it all go wrong They say it’s the
organiser’s fault, but I blame myself.’ – Twitter user impersonating
an unoccupied Olympic chair

Another athlete having fun on Twitter this year was Bubba Watson. After winning his first Major he told the world how he felt in quite simple terms, tweeting: 'Feels Good To Be Awesome.'

The golfer also managed to please an over-excitable fan, who tweeted at him: 'Hey Bubba, Please could You tweet me saying hi or something :3'

Watson responded with a brief 'hi' and the fan replied with: 'You have just made my day! Thank You!! :3'

But 2012 did see some darker moments on the social networking site, with many a careless comment resulting in a fine or worse.

Racism as an issue has been the ever-present spectre in sport this year, and Twitter was in no way immune.

Rio Ferdinand committed one of the most high-profile foul-ups when he re-tweeted a comment about Ashley Cole.

Cole had been appearing in court as part of John Terry’s defence against charges of racially aggravated abuse towards Anton Ferdinand, and a Twitter user labelled him a 'choc ice' – a slang term which refers to someone being black on the outside but white on the inside.

Ferdinand re-tweeted the comment, saying: 'I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!'

The comment drew criticism from many who felt it smacked of hypocrisy in an argument about racism. The Manchester United defender was fined 45,000 but suffered no harsher punishment.

The same cannot be said for Voula Papachristou and Michel Morganella, both of whom were sent home from the Olympics after tweeting offensive remarks.

Breaking news: After his collapse on the pitch at White Hart Lane, the world waited for news of Fabrice Muamba. It was provided through Twitter

Breaking news: After his collapse on the pitch at White Hart Lane, the world waited for news of Fabrice Muamba. It was provided through Twitter

Papachristou, a triple-jumper, was expelled from the Greek Olympic team after tweeting in reference to mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus: 'With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!'

The tweet was seen as xenophobic and against the ideals of the Olympic Games, as were the comments made by Michel Morganella, who labelled Koreans, 'retards' and said they could 'burn' after Switzerland's 2-1 defeat at the hands of South Korea.

Like Papachristou, the Swiss was immediately sent home.

Snooker ace Mark Allen also got himself into trouble with offensive tweets during the Haikou World Open, after he tweeted: 'Journey a nightmare. People are ignorant. Place stinks. Arena's rubbish, tables poor, food is horrendous. Other than that I love China.'

Though that particular tweet was removed, it was one in a number of less-than-flattering statements about the host country.

There were some downright uncomfortable moments too, such as when Lance Armstrong, ever defiant in the face of criticism, tweeted a picture of his seven Tour de France jerseys hanging on his wall.

The titles may have been stripped after doping allegations, but the disgraced cyclist didn’t seem to take that too seriously as he tweeted ‘Back in Austin and just layin’ around’ with the picture of him lying on a sofa beneath the jerseys.

There was also bewilderment when three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton revealed on Twitter that she had been working as an escort.

Hamilton competed in three Olympic Games for the US, in 1992, 1996 and 2000. The middle-distance runner lived in Wisconsin with her husband, but had been working for an escort service in Las Vegas.

'I do not expect people to understand,' tweeted the American. 'But the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression.'

Dad's the word: Gerard Pique and Dan Carter were two to take to Twitter to reveal good news to the world

Dad's the word: Gerard Pique and Dan Carter were two to take to Twitter to reveal good news to the world

Dad's the word: Gerard Pique and Dan Carter were two to take to Twitter to reveal good news to the world

Some athletes used Twitter for what could be called 'professional reasons' in 2012, but perhaps unadvisedly so.

As a rule of thumb it’s usually best
not to criticise your employers in public forums, but that didn’t stop
Australian fly-half Quade Cooper from labelling the environment in the
Wallabies as ‘toxic’ on Twitter.

Cooper spent a few months in limbo as
he waited to see what the long-term fall-out would be from his comments,
but all was forgiven in the end and he re-joined the national squad
earlier this month.

But there was some heart-warming tweeting amongst all the fraying tempers. Gerard Pique and Dan Carter both used Twitter to announce baby news this year, with Pique posting the picture of his first child’s sonogram.

'His first pic! #excited #cute,' tweeted the proud prospective papa.

All Black Carter announced that his wife Honor was expecting a baby in November, tweeting: 'Thought it was time to share our exciting news.. @honorcarter is 21 weeks pregnant! We are both very excited about being parents Babycarter.'

All in all the year has exemplified Twitter’s ubiquity in sport, and whether or not we see managers and agents start to ban their charges from using it remains to be seen.

It would be a shame for fans to lose the chance to interact with their idols in the way that 2012 has shown is possible. But with so many players making headlines for the wrong reasons, it may be an inevitable end result.

Team Sky sign Movistar rider Vasil Kiryienka

Team Sky snap up Kiryienka on three-year deal from rival Movistar team

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 10 December 2012

Team Sky have signed Movistar rider Vasil Kiryienka on a three-year contract.

The 31-year-old Belarusian, who is a talented climber and three-time national time trial champion, has made nine Grand Tour appearances and won bronze at the World Time Trial Championships in Limburg this year.

Team Sky Sports director Nicolas Portal believes the addition of Kiryienka will further strengthen the squad for next season.

Wheely good: Vasil Kiryienka won bronze at the World Time Trial Championships

Wheely good: Vasil Kiryienka won bronze at the World Time Trial Championships

'He (Kiryienka) can perform very highly in his own right, or in a team capacity, and we know what he is capable of,' Portal said. 'It puts us in even better shape heading into the big tours of 2013.'

Kiryienka said: 'Team Sky have enjoyed a fantastic season in 2012 and I’m looking forward to contributing towards even greater success over the next three years, whether that means working for myself, or for someone else.

'With the help of Team Sky I want to continue developing as a rider. Everyone has made me feel welcome and I am keen to getting started.'

I"m a Celebrity 2012: Helen Flanagan and David Haye day two watch

Poor old Scott Sinclair… this is the worst time EVER to be Helen Flanagan's boyfriend

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UPDATED:

09:27 GMT, 13 November 2012

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

Stick with Sportsmail Online for daily updates about what is happening in the jungle

I can tell you one footballer who is delighted about the international break: Scott Sinclair.

At least there'll be a few less lads at the training ground screeching, 'oh my god, oh my god' in his ear and fanning themselves manically with their hands.

This has to be the worst time EVER to be Helen Flanagan’s boyfriend. Day two in ITV's I'm A Celebrity… jungle and the soap star admitted she even has to 'psych (herself) up like it’s a task' to simply go to the dunny.

Water performance: Helen Flanagan showers off the bugs in the jungle after her latest Bush Tucker Trial

Water performance: Helen Flanagan showers off the bugs in the jungle after her latest Bush Tucker Trial

It's you: Helen discovers her fate of tackling more creepy crawlies

It's you: Helen discovers her fate of tackling more creepy crawlies

'Whenever you're on the loo, it's like oh my god,' she weeped.

I'm sure you'd already guessed that’s what it was like.

It was Helen who was voted for to take part in the first bushtucker trial, which was about to make a trip to the loo look like a walk in the park.

She was up against MP Nadine Dorries, who may be being derided for taking time away from her constituency, but has at least openly declared Snake Rock as a second home.

In she goes: Helen was reluctant to take up the daunting task

In she goes: Helen was reluctant to take up the daunting task

Head-to-head: Helen goes up against MP Nadine Dorries in a bid to win her team some tucker

Head-to-head: Helen goes up against MP Nadine Dorries in a bid to win her team some tucker

Helen admitted to Ant and Dec that, 'she
had been a pathetic wimp over the whole height thing,' having taken
nearly a month to cross a rope bridge.

'So it’s just height', asked Dec. No Dec, it isn’t.

Sent off to the trial with Brian Conley and David Haye singing the 'Rocky' theme ('she won’t do it,' muttered Brian as she walked out of earshot), Helen was confronted with being buried in the company of thousands of insects. She lasted, oh I don't know, three seconds.

Helping hand: David Haye guides Flanagan through some push-ups in the jungle gym

Helping hand: David Haye guides Flanagan through some push-ups in the jungle gym

Bum note: Heavyweight boxer Haye pleases the female television audience with his jungle strip

Bum note: Heavyweight boxer Haye pleases the female television audience with his jungle strip

Nadine also failed the task but did last
quite a few minutes and as she was shaking the bugs out of her shorts
and wotnot after, Helen looked on with a mixture of fear and envy and
announced 'I got a twig in my hair'.

So no tucker for the Croc Creek Crew
this time, but they did find some comfort in the situation. As they lay
quietly waiting for Flanagan to make her triumphant (well) return,
Linda Robson sighed and said ‘it’s quiet without Helen’. To which David
replied: 'like when the kids go to school'.

More quiet time tomorrow, too, Crew. It’s Helen and Nadine AGAIN for the bushtucker trial.

Oh. My. God!

Bradley Wiggins throne not sold at auction

Going… going… not gone! Nobody wants throne Wiggins sat on after time trial gold

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 6 November 2012

The throne Bradley Wiggins sat on after winning gold in the London 2012 Olympics time trial failed to sell at auction on Tuesday.

Wiggins, 32, placed himself on the ornate seat at Hampton Court Palace after his triumph – which brought his fourth all-time Olympic gold – and relaxed with a double-handed peace sign.

Not wanted: The throne Bradley Wiggins sat on (below) was not purchased at auction

Not wanted: The throne Bradley Wiggins sat on (below) was not purchased at auction

Sale: The throne was not taken

Chilling out: Bradley Wiggins

The gold-and-purple throne was expected to sell for between 10,000 and 15,000 when it went to auction at Sotheby's.

But whent he bidding closed the top offer was 9,500 – below the reserve price.

Graham Budd, sports memorabilia auctioneer, said: 'The chair is important because it is one of the iconic images of the games.

'I think it would be a conversational piece, and it is magnificently kitsch.'

British trio to join Honda"s Dream Team Professional Cycling

Sky's the limit as British cycling trio join women's Honda team hoping to emulate men

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UPDATED:

20:10 GMT, 5 November 2012

Olympic champions Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King will be part of an elite road cycling team who will try to match the achievements of Team Sky in the men’s sport.

The trio, who won the team pursuit at London 2012, are joining Honda’s Dream Team Professional Cycling and will race against the top riders in 2013. The team will be led by Italy’s double world champion Giorgia Bronzini.

Meanwhile, Britain's former world champion and Olympic medalist Emma Pooley has joined Swiss team Bigla Cycling for the 2013 season.

Wheely bright future: Laura Trott, Danielle King and Joanna Rowsell will be part of Honda's Dream Team Professional Cycling

Wheely bright future: Laura Trott, Danielle King and Joanna Rowsell will be part of Honda's Dream Team Professional Cycling

Pooley won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was the 2010 time-trial world champion, while at this summer's London Olympics she helped Great Britain team-mate Lizzie Armitstead to silver in the road race.

With her former team AA Drink-leontien.nl set to disband at the end of the season due to a lack of financial backing, Pooley had contemplated taking an extended break from the sport to focus to finishing her PhD in geotechnical engineering.

However, the 30-year-old is now relishing the chance to link up with Bigla as well as continuing with her studies over the winter.

She told British Cycling: 'I'm looking forward to this new challenge and I'll do my best to help the young riders on the Bigla team to make the step up.

'I've raced against a lot of them in local races in Switzerland and I can see how talented they are. We will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.'

James McFadden poised to sign for Sunderland

McFadden poised to pen short-term deal with Sunderland after lengthy trial

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 25 October 2012


Another chance: James McFadden

Another chance: James McFadden

Scotland international James McFadden is on the verge of signing for Sunderland.

The 29-year-old former Everton striker, who is a free agent, will sign a deal until the January transfer window and has until then to impress Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill to win a longer contract.

McFadden, who has been on trial at the Wearside club for more than a month and played in two behind-closed-doors friendlies, could be eligible for Sunderland’ s clash at Stoke on Saturday.

O’Neill said: 'It will be a short-term contract that suits all parties.

'That gives him the opportunity to get fit, join the squad and then try to get into the team.

'The idea of signing him is that he can show what he thinks he’s capable of doing.

'We’ll have to see if it’s the James McFadden of old and if it is, that will benefit us.'

John Terry axed by Chelsea if he"s found guilty of racism again

Final warning: Chelsea to get rid of Terry if he's found guilty of racism again… but critics say ban too lenient

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UPDATED:

07:56 GMT, 19 October 2012

John Terry has been warned he will be booted out of Chelsea if found guilty of racial abuse again.

He was summoned to a board meeting and told in no uncertain terms that his future at the club is on the line.

The defender was fined 220,000 — two weeks’ wages — but retained the captaincy after announcing he will not be appealing against the FA’s four-match ban for using racist language in an incident with Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand last October.

Flashpoint: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clash at Loftus Road in October 2011

Flashpoint: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clash at Loftus Road in October 2011

GAMES TERRY WILL MISS

Tottenham (Premier League A) – October 20
Man United (Premier League H) – October 28
Man United (Capital One Cup H) – October 31
Swansea (Premier League A) – November 3

First game back:
Liverpool (Premier League H) – November 11

Reading striker Jason Roberts
criticised the Terry punishment, urging fellow professionals to refuse
to wear T-shirts backing the Kick It Out Campaign before fixtures this
month.

Roberts said: ‘The four-match ban,
for me, was not a heavy enough sanction for what happened. I’m not
happy. They should have given him a longer ban. I’m totally committed to
kicking racism out of football but when there’s a movement I feel
represents the issue in the way that speaks for me and my colleagues I
will support it.’

Terry is facing a 2million bill in legal costs covering his court trial and FA disciplinary hearing.

Making a stand: Reading striker Jason Roberts (right) is also a pundit on BBC Radio 5 Live

Making a stand: Reading striker Jason Roberts (right) is also a pundit on BBC Radio 5 Live

His Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole was
fined 90,000 by the FA after admitting a misconduct charge for calling
them a ‘bunch of t****’ in a tweet after the verdict against Terry.

Former England defender Terry will
start the suspension on Saturday, when Chelsea travel to London rivals
Tottenham, and will miss two games against Manchester United as well as a
clash with Swansea.

Terry will avoid the potential
controversy of wearing a Kick It Out T-shirt in the warm-up before the
Barclays Premier League home clash with United a week on Sunday.

Show of support: The West Ham squad back the Kick It Out campaign in training at Chadwell Heath on Thursday

Show of support: The West Ham squad back the Kick It Out campaign in training at Chadwell Heath on Thursday

Despite Terry’s apology, in
which he said he wanted ‘to apologise to everyone for the language I
used in the game against Queens Park Rangers’, he has been criticised by
the Kick It Out Campaign again.

Lord Ouseley said: ‘We are
disappointed that there hasn’t been an acknowledgement in it of the hurt
experienced by many people caught in the crossfire during the past 12
months.

‘It does, however, form the basis of bringing closure to the matter sometime in the near future.’
In a statement released yesterday lunchtime, Terry said: ‘After careful
consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment.

‘I want to take this opportunity to
apologise to everyone for the language I used in the game against Queens
Park Rangers last October.

Banned: John Terry is serving a four-match suspension

Banned: John Terry is serving a four-match suspension

‘Although I’m disappointed with the
FA judgement, I accept that the language I used, regardless of the
context, is not acceptable on the football field, or indeed in any walk
of life.

‘As I stated in the criminal case,
with the benefit of hindsight my language was clearly not an appropriate
reaction to the situation for someone in my position.

‘My response was below the level expected by Chelsea Football Club and by me and it will not happen again.

‘Looking forward, I will continue to
do my part in assisting the club to remove all types of discriminatory
behaviour from football.

‘I am extremely grateful for the consistent support of Chelsea FC, the fans and my family.’

Chelsea, who consistently promised to
clarify the club’s position the moment Terry made his decision not to
appeal, released a statement of their own within an hour.

The club said: ‘Chelsea Football Club
believes John Terry has made the correct decision by not appealing
against the FA judgment relating to language he used at the QPR match
last October.

‘Chelsea also appreciates, and
supports, John’s full apology for the language he used. The club firmly
believes such language is not acceptable and fell below the standards
expected of John as a Chelsea player.

Flashpoint: Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (left)

Flashpoint: Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (left)

‘The board has conducted its own investigation into the matter and considered the various issues involved.

‘The board has taken further
disciplinary action in addition to the four-match suspension and
220,000 fine imposed by the FA. In accordance with our long-standing
policy, that disciplinary action will remain confidential.

‘Chelsea enjoys support all over the
world. We have players and supporters from many different countries and
cultures and our club is committed to eradicating all forms of
discriminatory behaviour. John is fully committed to continue supporting
that.’

Apology: Terry has said sorry for his racist language

Apology: Terry has said sorry for his racist language

Chelsea justified their decision to
retain Terry as captain by claiming that their disciplinary process
always takes places behind closed doors.

They argued that stripping him of the captaincy would have dragged the process into the public arena.

Now Terry is counting the cost of his
trial at Westminster Magistrates Court and the decision by the FA’s
Independent Regulatory Commission that he should pick up the costs for
both sides.

Terry retained George
Carter-Stephenson QC on 10,000-a-day for his defence against the FA
charge and football’s governing body employed a silk on similar rates.

JOHN TERRY TIMELINE

2011: October 23 – Releases a statement denying he made a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR after videos had circulated on the internet.

October 25 – Scotland Yard announce they are assessing allegations of racist abuse of Ferdinand by Terry after a complaint from the member of the public.

November 1 – The Metropolitan Police confirm they have launched a formal investigation.

November 5 – England manager Fabio Capello confirms Terry will be selected for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden.

November 28 – Terry is interviewed under caution.

December 1 – Scotland Yard announce they have passed a file towards to prosecutors.

December 21 – The Crown Prosecution Service announce Terry will be charged with racially abusing Ferdinand and is due to appear before West London Magistrates' Court on February 1, 2012.

2012: January 28 – The FA cancels the pre-match handshakes before the FA Cup fourth-round tie between QPR and Chelsea “to defuse further tensions” relating to the Terry-Ferdinand situation.

February 1 – District Judge Howard Riddle orders that Terry should stand trial in the week beginning July 9 – following Euro 2012 – after hearing a number of other Chelsea players would not be able to appear as witnesses until the end of the football season.

February 3 – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello.

February 8 – Capello resigns as England manager two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.

July 13 – Cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of making a racist insult to Ferdinand.

June 24 – Plays the full 90 minutes and extra time as England suffer more penalty heartache, losing their Euro 2012 quarter-final to Italy on penalties.

July 27 – Charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Ferdinand. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.

August 30 – Recalled to England squad, after missing friendly against Sweden, for September's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

September 9 – Withdraws from England squad for Ukraine game after picking up ankle injury in 5-0 win in Moldova.

September 23 – Announces his retirement from international football, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.

September 27 – Banned for four matches and fined 220,000 by an FA independent regulatory commission.

October 5 – FA reveal written reasons behind independent commission's ruling, insisting Terry's racist language towards Ferdinand was used as an insult and finding “no credible basis” for his defence that he was only repeating words he believed the QPR defender said to him.

October 18 – Terry decides not to appeal against the four-match ban and fine. Terry also apologises for the language he used in the match against QPR.

Frankel half-brother Morpheus racing at Nottingham

Morpheus follows in half-brother Frankel's footsteps in Nottingham meet

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22:08 GMT, 16 October 2012

The Frankel team have played down expectations ahead debut of the wonder colt’s half-brother Morpheus in the opening race at Nottingham.

Four days before Sir Henry Cecil's unbeaten colt races for the final time in Saturday’s Qipco Champion Stakes, Morpheus takes on 12 opponents in the mile maiden.

However, Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khaled Abdullah, said he has concerns how Morpheus will handle the soft ground.

Oh brother! Frankel's sibling Morpheus will race in Nottingham

Oh brother! Frankel's sibling Morpheus will race in Nottingham

He added: 'He's a promising colt. He's not quite as robust – a racier type, although having said that there isn't much racier than Frankel.

'Is he going to be Frankel I hope so, but it's unlikely.'

Frankel and Morpheus share a dam in Kind but while Frankel’s sire is Galileo, Morpheus is by Oasis Dream.

The two other Frankel siblings to have raced have both won group races.

Bullet Train, a son of Sadler’s Wells who will again be Frankel’s pacemaker on Saturday, won the 2010 Group Three Lingfield Derby Trial while full-brother Noble Mission won Goodwood's Group Three Gordon Stakes from subsequent St Leger hero Encke.

Racy: Lord Grimthorpe (left) on has played down Morpheus' chances

Racy: Lord Grimthorpe (left) on has played down Morpheus' chances

Abdullah has a yearling half-sister to Frankel – also by Oasis Dream – waiting in the wings.

Coral quote 33-1 that Morpheus wins a British Classic and 12-1 he wins a group one race in this country in 2013.

Spokesman David Stevens said: ‘That’s how highly we rate he family.’

Trainer Charlie Hills has not yet made plans to replace Derby winning brother Michael as stable jockey.

Michael, 49, who won the 1996 Epsom Classic on Shaamit and was on board his brother’s 1,000 Guineas hope Just The Judge when she landed Saturday’s Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket, retires at the end of the season after a career spanning four decades and 2,085 winners.

Charlie said: ‘Michael has been a true professional and a great help since I started training. Hopefully, he still will be.’

Richard Hughes followed his seven-timer at Windsor on Monday with a treble at Leicester headed by impressive Van De Neer, who may be supplemented to the Racing Post Trophy on Saturday week.