Ian Payne

Sports Correspondent

Ian is one of the UK's most respected sports reporters working for BBC Radio 5live and Sky Sports before joining ITV News. He has twice won a Sony for his sports reporting.

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McIlroy hopes for 'right decision' over women's golf

Top golfer Rory McIlroy has told ITV News that he hopes and expects the sport's governing body to "make the right decision" tonight.

The Royal And Ancient Golf club will announce the result of a vote on whether to allow female members at St Andrews, for the first time in its 260 year history.

It is expected the all male membership will approve the move this evening and immediately enrol 15 women.

Rory McIlroy. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

I don't even think there should be a debate. Of course women should be allowed to join. I think it's been a long time coming, and it's definitely well overdue, and I'm sure they'll make the right decision in the end.

– Rory McIlroy.

If it is approved it will mean only three major golf clubs will still have men only membership. Muirfield and Royal Troon in Scotland, and Royal St Georges in Kent.

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A horrible night for Manchester United

We should stress that Louis van Gaal put out a second string Manchester United 11 this evening, but even so, this was a horrible night for them.

One wonders whether or not Di Maria is actually going to improve this team that much. They possibly need even more players than just Angel Di Maria - I know the manager wants two more before the transfer window shuts at the end of the weekend.

But it is incredible what has happened to this team.

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The 'greatest race horse ever' becomes a father

Frankel, arguably the greatest race horse ever, has become a dad. A mare called Chrysanthemum gave birth to a colt in Ireland, who even has a white blaze marking on his head - just like his father.

Frankel won all 14 races he competed in. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Frankel, the world's top-rated racehorse, retired to stud in 2012 after winning all 14 of his races. He sired 133 mares in total near Newmarket between February and June 2013.

Scans showed that of the 133, 126 are in foal, a fertility rate of 95%. Each stud fee was £125,000, but if there is a foetal death, the breeders follows a no foal no fee policy. A mare's pregnancy lasts 11 months.

Frankel has yielded an estimated £15 million for his first season in stud, and could reap a total of more than £100 million for his breeders Juddmonte Farms and owner Khalid Abdullah.

Last month, Godolphin racing boss Sheikh Mohammed - the ruler of Dubai - paid about £4m for the 2011 Oaks winner Dancing Rain, who is pregnant by Frankel.

The new foal's mother, who's six-years-old, like his father, was trained to two Group Three wins during her career and is herself the daughter of champion Sire Danehuill dancer. It's her first foal.