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McIlroy off pace in play-offs opener

BBC Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:08
Rory McIlroy is eight off the clubhouse lead after hitting a first-round 74 at the opening PGA Tour play-offs event.

Jamie Moore: Im lucky to be alive after being shot at training camp

Guardian Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:59
Moore was shot twice in Marbella earlier this month
Former light-middleweight: one bullet is lodged by main artery

The former boxer Jamie Moore has admitted he is lucky to be alive after being shot in Marbella this month. Moore was coaching Matthew Macklin at their training camp in Spain in preparation for Macklins fight against Jorge Sebastian Heiland in Dublin on 30 August, when he was struck twice in the legs.

The 35-year-old former light-middleweight was taken to hospital for treatment and, having returned home, hopes to be back in the gym within six months despite still having a bullet lodged in his leg.

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Rob Burrow: Leeds old guard must win Challenge Cup before it is too late

Guardian Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:56
Leeds can end run of five final defeats against Castleford
Obviously time is running out for this group, says Burrow

Rob Burrow admits time is running out for Leeds old guard to win an elusive Challenge Cup final as they prepare to meet Castleford in Saturdays all-Yorkshire decider.

Burrow, along with Ryan Bailey, Danny McGuire, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and the captain Kevin Sinfield, has been a member of the Rhinos team that has won Super Leagues Grand Final at Old Trafford a record six times in the last decade but have yet to experience the same winning feeling at Wembley. Sinfield, who picked up a winners medal for a brief quarter-final appearance during Leeds successful run in 1999, and Burrow have both suffered five final defeats, including three in a row at Wembley from 2010 to 2012, with Jones-Buchanan and McGuire not far behind.

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'Deadly force will be met with deadly force'says T&T Security Minister

Observer - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:50
PORT OF SPAIN, (CMC) – National Security Minister Gary Griffith Thursday warned criminals that they would “pay the price” if they fire upon police officers as he defended law enforcement officials following a shoot out that left three suspected bandits dead earlier this week.

Max Chilton out of Belgian Grand Prix due to Marussia contract issues

Guardian Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:38
Team cite unspecified contractual issues with driver
Reserve driver Alexander Rossi will race for Marussia at Spa

Max Chiltons future in Formula One is on the line as the Briton is out of Sundays Belgian Grand Prix due to what Marussia describe as contractual issues.

That, however, is in stark contrast to the line being put forward by the management company representing the 23-year-old.

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Cops probing body at Susannah Village

Stabroek - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:29
The police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a so far unidentified man, whose body was found at about 2130h. last night at Susannah Village, Corentyne, Berbice....

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Jockey Spencer announces retirement

BBC Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:20
Two-time champion jockey Jamie Spencer has announced he will retire from racing at the end of the season.

PPP/C concerned at outcome of case against alleged shooter at PNCR congress

Stabroek - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:20
The People’s Progressive Party/Civic today expressed concern over the circumstances which led to the dismissal of the case against Linden Primo who was recently charged with threatening behaviour...

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Caribbean Cup: Reggae Girlz make two changes for Bermuda match today

Observer Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:14
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Jamaica will make two changes to the starting XI that beat Puerto Rico on Tuesday when they take on Bermuda in the Group A Women's Caribbean Cup game on Thursday at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

LIAT says some flights may be disrupted by weather

Stabroek - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:07
(Barbados Nation) ST JOHN’S, Antigua –LIAT wishes to advise that due to the impending passage of a tropical depression, some flights could be disrupted starting late today and into tomorrow....

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South Africa have Kevin Pietersen in their sights for domestic Twenty20

Guardian Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:06
Ram Slam tournament has struggled to land big names
Graeme Smith heading recruitment drive for this year

Kevin Pietersen is wanted by his former Surrey team-mate Graeme Smith to brighten South Africas domestic Twenty20 competition this winter.

Smith recently severed ties at The Oval owing to a knee injury and was named as the tournament director of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, with the task of raising its profile.

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Tapestry shocks Taghrooda at York

BBC Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:04
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Tapestry claims a shock victory in the Yorkshire Oaks ahead of previously unbeaten Taghrooda.

LIME Foundation launches Blood Drive 2014

Observer - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:51
KINGSTON, Jamaica-- In an effort to bolster and encourage a culture of voluntary blood donation, the LIME Foundation, in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service, today launched Blood Drive 2014 at the Blood Bank.

Chilton 'steps aside' for Belgian GP

BBC Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:50
Briton Max Chilton is replaced at Marussia by reserve driver Alexander Rossi for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

Snodgrass injury 'blow for Scotland'

BBC Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:34
Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says injured Robert Snodgrass will be a "big miss" for the Scotland national team.

Uneku Atawodi: Nigeria's polo queen on race and Ebola video

Guardian Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:27
Polo player Uneku Atawodi talks about the sport and her unique position as the world's 'first black female' involved in that field. Atawodi is using her power as a public figure to bring attention to some of the issues in her country, including the missing girls and the Ebola outbreak. Continue reading...

Our favourite things online this week: from sporting sounds to football maps

Guardian Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:17

Featuring yoga for wrestlers, the most avoided man in boxing, an athlete opening up about doping culture, an MMA fighter with one arm, a Reading fan in exile and a collection of maps

Jacob Sundstrom is a true football fan. He had never been to Reading and did not know they played in the Championship (or indeed, that the Championship is different to the Premier League, and that English football has promotion and relegation between divisions), before he picked his team, but he is dedicated to Reading Football Club. He pays the princely sum of $7.56 a month for his subscription to BBC Berkshire, which he tunes into weekly to hear live commentary from their games.

Neil Leifer: The Boxing Photos: http://t.co/1Dlwe2bXmX #Longform #SILongform pic.twitter.com/KmZasOOYSM

Confused about college football? Here are 25 maps that explain it all: http://t.co/sWhoSD4KDa pic.twitter.com/vyoTIOFTdd

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Swansea boss Monk wants team unity

BBC Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:11
Swansea City manager Garry Monk says he is working hard to improve the atmosphere in the squad.

Criminals plague St Catherine community where four people were murdered, residents say

Observer - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:11
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica -- As the community of Michleton district in Linstead St Catherine mourns the gruesome murder of four people last evening, residents are appealing for something to be done about the plots of land in the area overgrown with bushes.

Remembering how Hull beat Widnes in a replay to win the 1982 Challenge Cup

Guardian Sport - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:05

In the last Challenge Cup final to go to a replay, Hull drew with Widnes at Wembley before lifting the trophy at Elland Road

The Challenge Cup owed Hull a thing or two come 1982. The club had last won the famous trophy in 1914, in Halifax, but had lost five finals since then, including three at Wembley, giving strength to the ever growing impression that they were suffering from a hoodoo when it came to the Twin Towers. Their last defeat in a final had been particularly galling a 10-5 loss to bitter rivals Hull Kingston Rovers in 1980 so as the 1982 final against Widnes approached, Hull had a lot of issues to resolve with the competition.

The club were definitely going places at the start of the 1981-82 season. Under the expert tutelage of coach Arthur Bunting, Hull were regularly attracting crowds above 10,000 to the Boulevard, as the team came second in the Championship, reached the Premiership final, won the John Player Trophy and made it to Wembley for the Challenge Cup final in a season of thrilling entertainment. Hulls ambitious work in the transfer marker involved director Dick Gemmell flying to New Zealand to secure the signings of Gary Kemble, Dane OHara and James Leuluai before the season, as well as a whopping £70,000 spent on centre Steve Evans in February. They meant business, and it was showing on and off the pitch.

Widnes were daunting opponents in the final, however. A year earlier, they had beaten Hull Kingston Rovers to win the Challenge Cup, and 1982 saw the club reach their sixth final in eight years, justifiably earning them the tag of Cup Kings. Their recent roll of honour in other tournaments was just as awe-inspiring: a Championship in 1977-78; a Premiership in 1979-80, with another to follow after the 1982 Challenge Cup final; five Regal/John Player Trophy finals since 1975, including two wins; and five Lancashire Cups since 1975. It wasnt hard to see why the 1982 Challenge Cup final was such a mouthwatering prospect.

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