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Big Freezes takes toll: some of the sport is off

No, not THAT kind of “off”. Navan’s races are on, but UK meetings suffer, as do two Premier League games and some rugby.

Updated, 12:54

IT SEEMS THAT the East Coast of Ireland is one of the few places that’s managed to survive an overnight Snowmageddon – sporting events in Dublin and east Leinster have survived the overnight temperatures, but not everything else has.

Today’s races at Navan will go ahead (the going is, somehow, ‘soft’) but racing in the UK has been almost totally abandoned; Ascot, Newcastle, Lingfield and Haydock have all had their meetings called off. Only Southwell’s meeting continues.

The Leinster club finals – which had already been expected to fall – are gone, however: the junior hurling, and junior and intermediate football finals, are off.

Cross-channel, the weather has put paid to all but two Premier League matches today: the games proceeding are Sunderland v Bolton and Blackburn v West Ham.

While both pitches remain playable, the home sides have called off the games due to icy conditions near their stadiums.

Scotland, typically, has also had a tough time with the overnight snow; only two games have survived: Hearts versus Inverness CT, and Kilmarnock versus Hibs. The other four games are off.

In the Heineken Cup, Toulouse’s home game against the Glasgow Warriors has also been put on ice; that’s been deferred until 2pm tomorrow.