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1. David Beckham retired from  professional football in May, but  for which team did he make his  last appearance?

Outlook: Betfair leads the field, but can it keep up the pace?

Outlook Over to a business that works, in the form of Betfair. It looks like a winner. The gambling company jumped to the head of the field by trouncing the City's profit forecasts and handed out sugar lumps to the shareholders in its stable with a chunky dividend hike. The shares duly raced even further ahead of a 950p indicative offer that was withdrawn in May by a major shareholder in cahoots with private equity.

Rupert Murdoch
with Wendi Deng

Where are Alastair Campbell and John Scarlett when you need them to rebut this awful tittle-tattle about Tony and Wendi?

Details of the friendship continue to trickle into the public domain

Green for go: Joseph O’Brien drives War Command (left) to victory in the Dewhurst Stakes on Future Champions Day

War Command makes a statement for the future

Aidan O'Brien's juvenile hope makes light of the soft ground in Dewhurst Stakes

The William Haggas-trained Graphic, ridden by Ryan Moore, wins the mile handicap at York

Great White hope set to soar for O’Brien

Unbeaten juvenile heads into the Middle Park Stakes as the favourite to go on and become a Derby winner

John McCririck claims he lost his job with broadcaster purely based on his age

Racing pundit John McCririck was dropped because he was 'unappealing and irritating', tribunal told

Senior executive says commentator's 'exaggerated tone' had become out of step with Channel 4's coverage

Chriselliam swoops under Richard Hughes to beat Rizeena (left) in the Group One Fillies' Mile at Newmarket

Wayward Kate can outmanoeuvre old rival Sky Lantern once again

Gosden filly should hold tactical advantage while Noor could spring shock in Cheveley Park Stakes

Grandeur wins the Foundation Stakes at Goodwood

Championship ripe for the new rites of autumn

Hannon two-year-old can start to live up to his name on first day of Cambridgeshire fixture

Lady Cecil, centre, has Group One entries at Newmarket on Saturday

Lady Cecil commits to keeping flag flying at Warren Place

Lady Cecil has confirmed that she is to continue to train from Warren Place in Newmarket next season, planning to be active at the autumn sales and declaring that she would “love to win a Group One” – the traditional signal for the Cecil standard to be flown at the yard – next season.

Leading the home: Leading Light, ridden by Joseph O’Brien for his father, Aidan, keeps the field comfortably at bay as he wins the St Leger at Doncaster

Leading Light sets shining example

Jockey O’Brien rides the perfect race to bring his father a fourth St Leger triumph – a year late

I’ve done it again: Johnny Murtagh wins the Haydock Sprint Cup for Tom Hogan on Gordon Lord Byron

Johnny Murtagh plays the Byronic hero

Veteran Irish jockey continues his remarkable sequence of winning rides on Gordon Lord Byron

Kingsbarns makes a belated return to action in Ireland today

Softened ground may blunt Lethal edge

Top sprinter could make heavy weather of Haydock event after stablemate is ruled out

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 5 September 2013

Dyke: We must act to end English talent crisis

Ryan Moore won the American St Leger on Dandino last month

Dandino set to raid Melbourne after American success

Marco Botti is keeping his fingers crossed Ryan Moore will keep the ride on Dandino when he lines up in the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington on 5 November.

Rizeena (yellow silks) wins the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh

Rizeena swoops to give Brittain Moyglare glory

Jockey Doyle follows Kingman success with Irish Group One victory for veteran trainer

Doyle (pictured) bounced back last year from some thin campaigns to a seasonal best score of 80 domestic winners

Kingman proves perfect for James Doyle's arrival amid royalty

For a young jockey who seriously considered abandoning the saddle for the plumbing business three years ago there is now plenty in the pipeline. On Thursday, 25-year-old James Doyle's appointment as Khaled Abdullah's No 1 was announced; yesterday, on his first ride in the dream job, he made the perfect start by steering the exciting prospect Kingman, favourite for next year's 2,000 Guineas, to victory in the Solario Stakes.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links