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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 The shares duly raced even further ahead of a 950p indicative offer that was withdrawn in May by a major shareholder in cahoots with private equity.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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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there