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# sport - Thursday 16 September, 2010

From The Daily Edge Boxer appears to feign injury to get out of fight Fake Injury

Boxer appears to feign injury to get out of fight

US Junior boxer sustains ‘phantom punch’

# sport - Wednesday 8 September, 2010

Venus, Clijsters and Nadal all progress

Third seed Venus will now face second seed Clijsters in semi-final

# sport - Tuesday 7 September, 2010

Schleck sent home from Vuelta

Luxembourg left with just one Schleck brother to cheer for.

Haye to defend WBA title against Harrison Boxing This post contains videos

Haye to defend WBA title against Harrison

The Hayemaker to face EBU champion in new “Battle of Britain”

USA destroy hapless Angola to secure Q/F berth Basketball This post contains videos

USA destroy hapless Angola to secure Q/F berth

Quest for first World Championship since 1994 rumbles on.

Federer through to quarter finals with familiar faces US Open This post contains videos

Federer through to quarter finals with familiar faces

Swiss number two seed could meet last year’s US Open nemesis- Robin Soderling- in semis.

Fate of Higgins to be decided today

Former World Champion could have his name cleared by tomorrow and return to competitions in weeks.

# sport - Monday 6 September, 2010

Doherty squeezes past Sajjad into 1st round

1997 World Champion stages a late comeback to set up first round match against Graeme Dott.

Murray crashes out to Wawrinka at US Open

Scot despondent after shock loss.

# sport - Friday 3 September, 2010

From The Daily Edge Brawl breaks out at US Open Tennis Tension This post contains videos

Brawl breaks out at US Open

Action in the stands overshadowed play on the court.

COLM O’DONOGHUE will ride Starspangledbanner tomorrow at Haydock in the Betfred Sprint Cup.

The race will be the first time O’Donoghue has teamed up with the former Aussie speedball. The title of this year’s champion sprinter will be decided tomorrow from a field of sixteen runners.

Aidan O’Brien’s Starspangledbanner is a pre-race favourite, having previously won the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket.  The Aussie import finished second in his last race at York two weeks ago.

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Djokovic advances despite fighting in stand US Open This post contains videos

Djokovic advances despite fighting in stand

A disagreement over using too many words at the root of it all, say Sky Sports.

Pakistani cricketers charged by ICC

That’s the International Cricket Council, not the International Criminal Court.

# sport - Thursday 2 September, 2010

Pakistani cricketers were set up- commissioner

“Ludicrous allegations” say News of the World.

Warne wants life bans for cheats

Legendary Aussie spinner gets all worked up over Pakistan’s alleged cheating.

Illness rules Fallon out again

Second duvet day in a row for Co. Clare jockey.

Farrar wins 5th stage of Vuelta, Roche 11th overall

Cavendish’s crusade for 3rd stage win of the year falls short.

Roddick and Berdych crash out early US Open This post contains videos

Roddick and Berdych crash out early

US star throws away tennis racket into crowd after loss. Hopefully it didn’t hit anyone.

# sport - Wednesday 1 September, 2010

Miami Dolphins search for $50k earring

Maybe take the earrings off before training next time, Kendall.

Kieran Fallon out of two races

Even jockeys get the man flu sometimes.

Wins all round for favourites at Flushing Meadows

Wozniacki lives up to the hype, while Nadal endures a minor hiccup against Gabashvili.

# sport - Tuesday 31 August, 2010

From The Daily Edge Japan gets sneak peak at Ayrton Senna movie Formula 1 This post contains videos

Japan gets sneak peak at Ayrton Senna movie

Documentary film due to hit the silver screen

Pietersen tweets that he's been dropped

He actually meant it to text it to his mate, is the consensus.

Federer repeats 'shot of the century'

Now, that’s just showing off…

USA edge out Brazil by 2 points in World Championship

American horrified to discover Brazillians aren’t just good at soccer.

# sport - Monday 30 August, 2010

ICC say Pakistan tour should continue

Pakistan to play out their tour, and not a mention of the West Indies in 2007 in sight.

US Open starts with promising match-ups

The best of today’s US Open… eh… openers

Carmelo Anthony's twitter 'hacked' after strange tweet

Basketball star claims he didn’t send earlier abusive tweet.

Match-fixing scandal develops as 'fixer' is bailed

Pakistani at the centre of match-fixing scandal bailed without charge

Greek and Serb players riot at World Basketball Champ'ships

Hellenic basketballers get in a chair-heavy ruckus.

# sport - Friday 27 August, 2010

Novel pairing makes for intriguing semi-final Exclusive

Weekend GAA preview: Down and Kildare face off to see who gets a Final date with Cork.

IT’S GOOD that in an industry that raises over €100bn a year worldwide in gambling revenues alone, the world of horse racing still has a sense of humour.

In this race at Monmouth Park in New Jersey at the weekend, the final straight saw the 7th become a (literally) two-horse race between two racers named – believe it or not – ‘Mywifenosevrything’ and ‘Thewifedoesntknow’.

We at Journal Towers suspect there was some collusion going on to make sure the two horses were not only in the same race, but pushed each other reasonably close at the end of the race.

What do you think?

Poll Results:

Funny but just a coincidence, I think. (8)
Absolute set-up, of course! (5)

THE SEVEN BRITISH SIDES surviving in European competition have been handed mixed fortunes in the draws for the continent’s two major competitions.

Tottenham Hotspur, after a scare in the final qualifying round against Young Boys, have been landed in the undoubted Group of Death – facing ties with European champions Inter Milan, Dutchmen FC Twente and German side Werder Bremen in their UEFA Champions League group draw.

The experience of hosting the European champions Inter at White Hart Lane will be “surreal“, according to boss Harry Redknapp.

Manchester United are paired with Rangers – two more ties inevitably dubbed the ‘Battle of Britain‘ – along with Valencia and Turkish team Bursaspor.

Chelsea are given ties with Marseille (France), Spartak Moscow and Slovakians MSK Zilina, while Arsenal will meet Shakhtar Donetsk of the Ukraine, FC Braga of Portugal (who eliminated Celtic in the qualifiers) and Partizan Belgrade.

In the UEFA Europa League, meanwhile, Manchester City have been given two glamour ties with Juventus – fresh from their meetings with Shamrock Rovers – as well as FC Salzburg of Austria and Lech Poznan of Poland.

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Liverpool, while disposing of Javier Mascherano, have been given a group with Steaua Bucharest, Italian side Napoli, and FC Utrecht of the Netherlands.

UEFA Champions League group stage draw:
Group A
: Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Tottenham, FC Twente.
Group B: Lyon, Benfica, Schalke, Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Group CManchester United,Valencia, Rangers, Bursaspor.
Group D: Barcelona, Panathinaikos, FC Copenhagen, Rubin Kazan.
Group E: Bayern Munich, Roma, FC Basle, Cluj.
Group FChelsea, Marseille, Spartak Moscow, MSK Zilina.
Group G: AC Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax, Auxerre.
Group HArsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Braga, FK Partizan.

UEFA Europa League group stage draw:
Group A:
Juventus, Manchester City, Salzburg, Lech Poznan
Group B: Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Rosenborg, Aris Salonika
Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Lille, Levski Sofia, AA Gent
Group D: Villarreal, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, PAOK Salonika
Group E: AZ Alkmaar, Dynamo Kiev, BATE Borisov, Sheriff Tiraspol
Group F: CSKA Moscow, Palermo, Sparta Prague, Lausanne
Group G: Zenit St. Petersburg, Anderlecht, AEK Athens, Hajduk Split
Group H: VfB Stuttgart, Getafe, Odense BK, Young Boys Berne
Group I: PSV Eindhoven, Sampdoria, FC Metalist Kharkiv, Debrecen
Group J: Sevilla, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Karpaty Lviv
Group K: Liverpool, Steaua Bucharest, Napoli, FC Utrecht
Group L: FC Porto, Besiktas, CSKA Sofia, Rapid Vienna

LIVERPOOL and Barcelona have announced that they have agreed a transfer fee to see Argentinian midfielder Javier Mascherano leave Anfield after an unhappy three-year stint.

The Argentinian national captain had point-blank refused to play for Liverpool in Monday night’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City, essentially forcing manager Roy Hodgson to entertain bids that the club had previously dismissed as being too low.

Reports have put the price of the four-year deal at between £22m and £25m (€26.7m and €30.3m).

A statement from Liverpool said the clubs had “agreed terms” for the transfer and that “the Spanish club had now been given permission to speak to the Argentina midfielder.”

Barcelona, meanwhile, said the agreement “was reached after considerable effort from the club over the last few hours and the willingness and desire of the player to make the move.”

FC Barcelona will give more details of the operation once the player has gone through his medical and the transfer is definitive. Javier Mascherano is expected to arrive in Barcelona this weekend.

Inter Milan had also been linked to the midfielder, with boss Rafael Benitez keen to be reunited with the midfielder he signed in 2007. The value of Inter’s bid had not found favour with Hodgson, however.

“I saw a fax the other day but I think it was sent tongue-in-cheek, to be honest,” he told Sky Sports at the time. “The offer was so unbelievably far from a valuation it seemed to me the sporting director was putting the fax in to maybe satisfy people at the club.

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“We didn’t even bother to answer it – that is how ridiculously far from a serious offer it was.”

# sport - Wednesday 25 August, 2010

WORLD NUMBER SIX golfer Jim Furyk has been disqualified from the first FedEx Cup tournament – for oversleeping and missing his tee time for the Pro-Am before the tournament.

The golfer usually sets his alarm to wake up on his mobile phone – but its battery ran flat overnight, seeing him sleep through his assigned 7:30am tee-time.

“The hotel had power … but somehow my phone died,” Furyk said. “I never use a backup because I just figure if the phone is charged, I’m good to go.

“I’m beside myself, but I have a way of climbing into stupid situations. [But] the rules are rules. No matter what tournament it was, I would be upset. But I’m more upset because it’s this one.”

Furyk’s caddie and PGA reps tried to call Furyk – but, naturally, his mobile phone wasn’t ringing.

PGA Tour rules state that players are required to participate in the Pro-Am – where the crowd is allowed to intimately mingle with players on a day’s practice before the tournament itself begins – unless players are or their families are involved in medical emergencies.

Thankfully for Furyk, his Ryder Cup slot is already secure – but a string of good performances by his rivals in Tour rankings could see him fall to 19th in the points system it uses to decide a champion.

This won’t be a huge concern either, though, because the top 30 golfers in the tour are all invited to the season-ending Tour Championship.

LEINSTER’S MATCHDAY DOCTOR – a leading surgeon – said the ‘Bloodgate’ scandal would not have happened if he had been allowed to inspect Harlequins winger Tom Williams’ mouth as he was substituted during  their Heineken Cup quarter-final in London last year.

Professor Arthur Tanner said he was stopped from entering the home dressing home after the game – which Leinster won 6-5 – while his opposite number, Dr Wendy Chapman, was cutting the lip of Tom Williams in order to pass off his ‘blood injury’ as a genuine one.

He told the General Medical Council’s hearing into Chapman’s actions that rugby, as a sport, would “get over” the scandal – but that Chapman had “perhaps suffered a lot more” than the sport had.

“Had I been able to inspect the mouth it would have been obvious that there was no injury and no-one would have had to inflict an injury. It would have been over in an instant,” he said.

I have no doubt if we had been able to call their bluff and he was sent back on to the field then that would have been the end of it.

One of the technical staff with me ran over as Tom Williams was coming off and said that cannot be a real blood injury. I went over and it was quite obvious that what was coming out of his mouth was not blood. I knew instantaneously.

I was remonstrating with the fourth official that there was something underhand but he was having nothing of it.

When he [Williams] came off I asked that I be allowed at pitchside to examine the injury. I was obstructed from doing so by officials.

I followed him down the tunnel after trying to argue with the referee and fourth official and getting nowhere. I went down to assess his injury as that was my right. I tried to enter the changing room. I was barred, I was not able to examine him.

There was a lot of shouting. I could not hear what was being said apart from some expressions about keeping me out that I would rather not repeat.

Prof Tanner was speaking as a witness for the defence, having appeared with the blessing of both clubs. He said that the real wrongdoing, as far as Leinster were concered, was on the part of the Harlequins’ coaching staff for having conceived of the fake blood ploy.

Chapman had said she was ashamed of having succumbed to the pressure from Williams who had pleaded with her to cut his lip, after he had used a capsule of fake blood to pretend he had been injured and necessitate a blood substitution late in the game.

Harlequins had already used their five allowed subs, but blood substitutions are considered temporary and do not count towards the limit. Williams’ ‘injury’  allowed a specialist kicker to come onto the field with the hope of landing a late drop-goal to win the game for Harlequins.

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IRISH YOUTH BOXER, Ryan Burnett, has won a gold  medal at the Youth Olympics Games in Singapore.

The 18-year-old saw off the challenge of Azerbaijan’s Salman Alizida in the 48kg final.

Burnett won the bout with an impressive scoreline of  13 – 6, following his 14 -1 victory in the semi-final.

He dropped Alizida in the third round with a nice left. Burnett had already lost twice to Alizida last year, in the President’s Cup and the AIBA World Youth final.

Speaking after the match the fighter from Holy Family Boxing Club had this to say:

It’s a dream come true for me. I couldn’t believe the level of support I got from the Irish fans this morning. They really made themselves heard and it was a great boost as it was tough in there. I’m thrilled with the win.

Watch Burnett’s win below:

# sport - Tuesday 24 August, 2010

THE UNITED STATES’ Ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney, was ordered to leave the press box at an American Football match at the weekend for not having the appropriate credentials – despite being the owner of one of the teams taking part.

Rooney – who owns the Pittsburgh Steelers, and who was appointed Ambassador to Ireland in July 2009 – was in the press box at the Giants Stadium in New York, speaking to reporters before retiring to his owners’ suite – a habit he reportedly does before most matches.

In the middle of a conversation with one correspondent, however, he was approached by a door attendant who wanted to see his credentials to be in the official press area.

When Rooney was unable to produce them – obviously not usually being asked to carry such documentation – he was politely asked to vacate the area.

To his credit, Rooney kindly obliged – without telling the attendant who he was.

Ambassador Rooney is said to have flown in from Dublin specifically just to see the match, being understood to dearly miss watching his team play in person, and returned to Ireland immediately after the match.

As if managing to work the hand of fate, Rooney saw his side beat the Giants 24-17 in a game that saw star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger make his debut for the Steelers.

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IRELAND HAVE GOTTEN their Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign back on track with a 22-12 victory over the USA this evening in Guildford. Ireland lost their opener to England but still have an outside chance of winning their pool with a big win against Kazakhstan on Saturday.

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AS THE RACE FOR the European Ryder Cup automatic qualification berths heats up, the problems facing US captain Corey Pavin continue to stack up.

Paul Goydos yesterday withdrew from The Barclays, adding to Pavin’s major dilemma over whether to keep Tiger Woods in the team or not.

Pavin had previously said of Goydos:

He is unconventional, thinks outside the box, and is an excellent judge of character and talent. Paul is also well respected amongst his peers. He will give me his untarnished opinion, which no doubt will have his unique stamp on it.

To have  a player regarded as a key component to the USA’s ambitions withdrawing from a playoff tournament without giving any reason will no doubt worry Pavin.

On the question of Woods’ inclusion in the Ryder Cup team, there can be no doubt that 2010 has been his worst year – both professionally and personally.

But can Corey Pavin drop the man that just a year ago was not only regarded as the best golfer in the world, but as the best golfer of all time?

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As Pavin himself said when he was named as Ryder Cup captain: “if there’s anybody on this planet that can handle any situation on the golf course, it would be Tiger Woods. He is as mentally tough as anybody I’ve ever seen in my life, and I don’t expect for there to be any problems anyway.”

The European team will be named after the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles this weekend, while The Barclays is the final event of the US season.

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