Saturday, 4th July 2020

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Sports International and Golf Story

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Armstrong drug allegations
Lance Armstrong fears allegations he used blood – boosting drugs in the 1999 Tour de France will haunt him forever. Allegations in French newspaper L’Equipe say signs of EPO were detected in samples of the Americans urine given during the race.
Seven times winner Armstrong strongly denies the allegations.
K P Guides England to ashes glory.
A magnificent maiden century from Kevin Pietersen kept Australia at bay and set up England’s first ashes series win in 18 years at an emotional and tension drenched Oval. England were wobbling at 126-5 just 131 runs ahead, before Pietersen and spinner Ashley Giles saved the day, the match and the series for the hosts
It was a day when the agonising tension slowly turned into relived jubilation for the England players and supporters, as the series reached a fittingly dramatic climax.

Thorpe named for Melbourne trials
Australian swim star Ian Thorpe will mark his competitive return at his country’s commonwealth games selection trials in Melbourne in the New Year. Thorpe has been on a break since winning the 200m and 400m Olympic free-style titles in Athens in 2004. But the 23-year old will bid to qualify for the commonwealths, to be hosted by Melbourne in March, at the trials which run from 30th January to 4th February.
Funnel gives Primmore winter off
Leading three-day eventer Pipper Funnell will not return top horse Primmore’s pride to competition until next spring. Funnell withdrew the 12-year old from the British team for this months championships after a below par performance at Gatcombe recently. It had been hoped that Primmore, who won Badminton in April, plus individual Bronze and team Silver at the Olympics, would only be out for a few weeks. Funnell still hopes to partner Primmore at the 2006 world championships.
Aussies ‘crave’ Ashes challenge
Neville out of qualifiers Manchester united defender Gary Neville will miss England’s world cup qualifiers this month, Neville tore a groin muscle in a champion league qualifier against Debrecen in August. According to boss sir Alex Ferguson, it was a typical groin injury. He will be out for up to five weeks.
Macarthur poised for new challenge
Ellen Macarthur will go on standby this month in New York for her attempt at the solo transatlantic record. Macarthur aims to break the mark of 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds in her 75ft trimaran B&Q. the record was set by Frenchman Fracis Joyon when he shaved 22 hours off the previous best. “it is a case of sitting tight and waiting for the right weather system to come along that will get us across the north Atlantic in one go” she said.


England’s ashes heroines
If you think 18 years has been a long wait for England to celebrate ashes success against Australia, spare a thought for the women.
Before Saturday, England’s women had not won an ashes series for 42 years, but all that changed at New Road with a six wicket victory, just a week after their first one day win over Australia in twelve years. Although medium pacer Clare Taylor has since retired from international cricket following England’s ashes win, she will be greatly missed.

...and now for the golf story.

What a drag!

Fred got home from his Sunday round of golf later then usual and very tired.
“Bad day at the course?” asked his wife.
“Everything was going fine” he said “then Harry had a heart attack and died on the 10th tee”.
“Oh that’s awful!”
“You’re not kidding, for the whole nine back, it was hit the ball, drag Harry, hit the ball, drag Harry”.

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