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Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

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David Beckham training with Arsenal, although Arsene Wenger dismisses transfer speculation

Former England captain is without a club

Brooklyn Beckham with his father David

Brooklyn Beckham has trial at Chelsea

Son of David Beckham at Chelsea's training ground yesterday

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Steven Gerrard targets David Beckham's England record

Liverpool captain has notched over 100 caps

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The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

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Yoga in the Olympics? It's coming, if USA Yoga have their way. But before the International Olympic Committee make a decision, they might like to read this account of the life and times of one Bikram Choudhury, founder of a severely strenuous and painful form of the discipline and husband of Rajashree, USA Yoga's leading light.

David Beckham: 'The foundations are there now in this league. It will continue to grow'

David Beckham ponders 12 offers from around the world

Former England captain expected to make decision next week

Matt Jarvis poses on the cover of ‘Attitude’ magazine

West Ham star Matt Jarvis shows he has the right attitude by appearing on gay magazine

Matt Jarvis aims to challenge prejudice and says more homosexual players should 'come out'

David Beckham: 'The foundations are there now in this league. It will continue to grow'

David Beckham has 'a number of serious proposals'

Former England captain yet to decide on new club

The only thing better than Bradley Wiggins at SPOTY was his suit

Wiggins dresses for success: A suit with personality

The only thing better than Bradley Wiggins at SPOTY was his suit. Rebecca Gonsalves picks at its seams

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Sebastian Coe to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Sebastian Coe is to be honoured for his achievements on and off the track by being given the Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

David Beckham: 'The foundations are there now in this league. It will continue to grow'

Australian side Perth Glory end pursuit of David Beckham

Former England captain is yet to find a new club

David Beckham: 'The foundations are there now in this league. It will continue to grow'

David Beckham signs off LA Galaxy life with 'old feeling' of winning

Draped in a Union flag and the Stars and Stripes as he left the pitch, David Beckham finished his Major League Soccer career as a winner. Mission accomplished after six seasons in the United States, but as the former England captain plots his next move, discussions are underway to ensure that his last match with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday was not a Hollywood ending.

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David Beckham plans to buy 25 per cent of LA Galaxy with view to buy the club outright

Former England captain set to play his last game for the MLS side

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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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