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VIDEO: Tiger Woods hits embarrassing drive at Abu Dhabi Championship

VIDEO: Tiger hits embarrassing topped drive that just makes it past ladies' tee

PUBLISHED:

11:52 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 18 January 2013

The ugly topped drive that barely makes it past the ladies' tee – it's the shot that brings us hackers out in cold sweats. Is there anything more embarrassing on the golf course

Well, just ask Tiger Woods. The 14-time major champion proved that even golfing Gods are not immune from first-tee meltdowns (although it was actually his tenth hole) when he pulled his drive low into the rough at the Abu Dhabi Championship, his first tournament of the year.

Woods looked on aghast as his shot travelled barely 130 yards. We know how you feel, Tiger. But we also secretly enjoy it when it happens…

Oh Tiger! Woods reacts after hitting his shocking drive off the first tee

Oh Tiger! Woods reacts after hitting his shocking drive off the first tee

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Frank Lampard snubbed by Chelsea after reaching goalscoring landmark

Lampard snubbed by Chelsea as club refuse to
acknowledge record AND edit out glowing praise from Cech

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

12:12 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 14 January 2013

Frank Lampard has been dealt a remarkable snub by Chelsea after scoring the goal which took him outright second on the club’s all-time scoring list.

There is no mention of him moving to 194 goals to surpass Kerry Dixon on the official website and an interview in which Petr Cech praised the 34-year-old has been edited to cut out mention of the midfielder’s ‘loyalty’, ‘importance’, and being ‘as good as ever’.

Snubbed: Lampard moved into second place on Chelsea's all-time scoring list on Saturday

Snubbed: Lampard moved into second place on Chelsea's all-time scoring list on Saturday

An interview with Lampard is available
online but in it he refers mainly to the cold conditions at Stoke and
the team’s performance in the 4-0 victory.

Meanwhile, in a separate article, Cech is quoted as saying: ‘Frank had a very good game and could have added another of his trademark goals because he had two chances inside the box, and I think everybody had a fantastic game.

‘Frank may not start every game but if he plays he plays well with his quality and his experience.’

On his way: Lampard is set to leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season

On his way: Lampard is set to leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season

The goalkeeper’s further acclaim on Lampard, and his service to the club, from the same interview with reporters is omitted.

‘I have known him for a long time,’ Cech
also said. ‘He has been a fantastic player for the club. And, of
course, he has stayed for years at the same club. Bad times, good times –
mostly good times – but that shows the loyalty of the player.’

Cech added: ‘Is he as good as ever The team have changed, and so has his age, but he is still important.’

Sealed with a kiss: Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday

Sealed with a kiss: Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday

Mention was made of Lampard equalling Dixon with a goal at Southampton in an earlier piece, so this latest development seems even more peculiar. Rafael Benitez was equally muted in post-match discussions on the England midfielder's feat, preferring instead to praise Brazilian Ramires.

Lampard is eight goals behind all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling but will only have the rest of the season to try to catch him as Chelsea have made clear they will not offer him a new deal.

Clint Dempsey, Emmanuel Adebayor and Andre Villas-Boas beat the freeze at Spurs training

Tottenham coldspur! Dempsey, Adebayor and AVB bring out the snoods

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15:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

Tottenham's Clint Dempsey has unveiled football's ultimate winter outfit at training as the winter cold snap hit London.

The former Fulham midfielder turned up for training in Enfield with thermal leggings, gloves and even a snood drawn up over his face.

Keeping warm: Clint Dempsey

Cold snap: Emmanuel Adebayor

Toasty: Clint Dempsey (left) and Emmanuel Adebayor dressed for the occasion at Tottenham training

Hair-raising: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was in his winter gear but Benoit Assou-Ekotto swerved a hat

Hair-raising: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was in his winter gear but Benoit Assou-Ekotto swerved a hat

It must be a new phenomenon though – Graham Roberts would not have rocked up for training looking like that even if there was four feet of snow.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas was also wrapped up for the cold winter weather – and he was clearly bemused by Benoit Assou-Ekotto's latest hairstyle.

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor was also heavily protected from the icy air in thermal gear and matching snood.

Seeing double: Tom Huddlestone gives Assou-Ekotto a run for his money in the big-hair competition

Seeing double: Tom Huddlestone gives Assou-Ekotto a run for his money in the big-hair competition

Warming up: Jermain Defoe (centre) was in a relaxed mood as he trained on Wednesday

Warming up: Jermain Defoe (centre) was in a relaxed mood as he trained on Wednesday

Gareth Bale has been heavily criticised for diving over the past few weeks, but there was no argument on Wednesday morning as the frozen ground was far too hard for any player to go to ground.

Asked about Bale's diving, manager Villas-Boas said: 'Yes, he is frustrated about it. It is difficult for him, particularly in the last two games.

'If he has a reputation I think it's a little bit unfair… the last two have been unfair.

'I think he uses it as a precaution from different types of challenges. I'm not saying all of the players that challenge Gareth are malicious but the action is so quick that it might look like it's not a foul while it is.'

Swansea 3West Brom 1 match report: Michu and Wayne Routledge score for Swans

Swansea 3 West Brom 1: What a Liberty! It's a Routledge rout as Baggies bubble bursts

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22:09 GMT, 28 November 2012

It's a touch premature to say West Brom’s wheels have come off, but they certainly looked a little rickety.

Three goals down and counting their blessings after 40 minutes, they were served a cold reality check on a cold night that the Barclays Premier League is not so easy after all.

They were third in the table coming in, a quite phenomenal feat for this club in this division, and one reflected by the stats that showed their haul of 26 points from 13 games was their best start to a top-flight season since 1953.

All white on the night: Swansea are unbeaten in their last five games and moved up to eighth in the table

All white on the night: Swansea are unbeaten in their last five games and moved up to eighth in the table

Match facts

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies, Britton, Hernandez (De Guzman 74), Ki, Dyer (Moore 64), Routledge, Michu (Agustien 86). Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli.

Goals: Michu 9, Routledge 11, 39.

West Brom: Myhill, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Jones, Yacob, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Odemwingie, Lukaku. Subs not used: Daniels, Popov, Rosenberg, Long, Dorrans, Tamas, Fortune.

Booked: McAuley, Brunt, Olsson, Jones.

Goal: Lukaku 45.

Referee: Lee Mason.

Attendance: 20,377.

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But, courtesy of Michu and Wayne
Routledge, it all went so horribly wrong for But, courtesy of Michu and
Wayne Routledge, it all went so horribly wrong for Steve Clarke.

Youssouf Mulumbu, who missed the 4-2
win at Sunderland with a hamstring strain, was recalled to fill one of
the defensive midfield slots, with Claudio Yacob next to him in Steve
Clarke’s 4-2-3-1 system.
If the plan was to stifle Swansea’s possession in attacking positions,
it didn’t work. If the idea was to cut off the supply of passes out to
the flanks, it failed spectacularly.

Swansea were 3-1 up at half-time and
all three of their goals came from attacks that started in midfield,
found their way out to the left and were finished from close range.

West Brom right back Billy Jones had one of those nights that scar. His ordeal started after just 90 seconds.

Michu, as has so often been the case,
was at the centre of the move that nearly gave Swansea a perfect start.

The Spaniard found it too easy to escape Jones’s marking and was
allowed to collect a neat chip from Pablo Hernandez on the left before
forcing a good save from Boaz Myhill at his near post.

Here we go again: Michu hit the opening goal to put West Brom on the back foot

Here we go again: Michu hit the opening goal to put West Brom on the back foot

A handful: Michu evades James Morrison's attentions

A handful: Michu evades James Morrison's attentions

His wait for an eighth Premier League goal was a further seven minutes.

Again, record signing Hernandez was
involved, underlining his recent improvement with a delicate volley
across the six-yard box after Dyer’s floated cross to the far post.
Michu was waiting to bury the pass.

Flying high: Wayne Routledge fires his first of the evening past Boaz Myhill

Flying high: Wayne Routledge fires his first of the evening past Boaz Myhill

A spring in the step: Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer celebrate Swansea's second

A spring in the step: Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer celebrate Swansea's second

A second goal followed three minutes
later when Hernandez swapped passes with Ben Davies and danced into the
area from the left before teeing up Routledge for a tap-in.

West Brom were the first team to
concede a Premier League goal to Swansea last season on a September
afternoon in which they ultimately lost 3-0.

Double trouble: Routledge hit two in Swansea's rout

Double trouble: Routledge hit two in Swansea's rout

They seemed determined to
repeat the feat here, going three down after 39 minutes. Hernandez and
Davies were again involved down the left before the latter squared for
Routledge to score his second.

That he was unmarked from six yards
did not appear to go down too well with Clarke, and Myhill won’t be
pleased with his attempt to save, either.

Scant consolation: Romelu Lukaku fires West Brom's only goal of the game

Scant consolation: Romelu Lukaku fires West Brom's only goal of the game

Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back with
a volley from a poorly-cleared corner, but it was telling that the shot
was West Brom’s first on target.

Clarke looked somewhat agitated
coming off at half-time and the intensity of West Brom’s play early in
the second half hinted at an interesting team talk.

Mixed emotions: Laudrup

Mixed emotions: Clarke

Mixed emotions: Michael Laudrup's Swansea gave Steve Clarke plenty of food for thought

Committed: Jonas Olsson does his best to block Luke Moore's shot

Committed: Jonas Olsson does his best to block Luke Moore's shot

Lukaku went close to scoring a second
when he shrugged off Chico Flores and fired over after 46 minutes and
Chris Brunt connected almost too well when he took aim from 30 yards a
moment later.

But the revival, much like West Brom’s intensity, only came in a short burst.

Michael Dawson rejects prospect of Harry Redknapp reunion

Dawson snubs prospect of Redknapp reunion at QPR as defender focuses on life at Spurs

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15:36 GMT, 26 November 2012

Michael Dawson has poured cold water on the prospect of a reunion with former manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers.

The Tottenham defender was linked with a 10million move to QPR in the summer and since Redknapp took the job at Rangers, speculation has been rife that the pair will join up again in west London.

Dawson made his first Premier League start this season in Tottenham’s 3-1 win over West Ham yesterday, and remains fully focused on his future at White Hart Lane.

Staying put Michael Dawson (right) is unlikely to move to QPR

Staying put Michael Dawson (right) is unlikely to move to QPR

He told London 24: ‘I’m at Tottenham. I’m playing my football and I played today’

‘I love playing football and I want to be playing. There’s no hiding that and it’s hard when you’re not.

‘Every player wants to play, not just me, and of course it’s frustrating.

'But I’m someone who keeps my head down, works hard and when you’re called upon you’ve got to go out there and perform – and I thought all 11 players performed well.

‘It’s a great feeling and great to get three points because these fans went through a hard week last week, losing the way we did against Arsenal, and it hurt the boys.

‘We’re back to winning ways in the Premier League, which we needed to do because we haven’t been having the best of runs in recent weeks.’

Join me Harry Redknapp is the new QPR manager

Join me Harry Redknapp is the new QPR manager

Charlie Adam has no plans to change Stoke style

Adam 'just another part of jigsaw' at Stoke as midfielder has no plans to alter direct style

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UPDATED:

09:53 GMT, 3 September 2012

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Charlie Adam has said he has no plans to change Stoke City's direct playing style, stating he just wants to fit into the team.

Adam joined the Potters in a 4million deal from Liverpool, after Brendan Rodgers deemed the Scot surplus to requirements.

Part of the jigsaw: Charlie Adam does not want to change the way Stoke City play

Part of the jigsaw: Charlie Adam does not want to change the way Stoke City play

With Adam making a name for himself as an adept passer of the ball on Merseyside and at his previous club Blackpool, it has been suggested he could help Tony Pulis' side develop a more fluid style.

But Adam has poured cold water on the idea of changing the way Stoke ply their trade, and has praised his new club's approach.

The Scotland international told the Daily Express: 'I want to play in the team that has progressed over the last five years.’

Sophisticated: Adam made a name for himself at Liverpool and Blackpool for his accurate passing

Sophisticated: Adam made a name for himself at Liverpool and Blackpool for his accurate passing

Set in their ways: Stoke have developed a direct style of football under Tony Pulis

Set in their ways: Stoke have developed a direct style of football under Tony Pulis

‘I want to put some of my qualities into the team. I’m not coming here to change Stoke.

‘The manager wanted to bring me in to add to the quality that he has, that’s the way I see it.

‘I am just another part of the jigsaw.

‘I thought I’m not going to just sit here in the stands or play bit parts of games.’

London 2012 Olympics: Canadian to be stadium voice – Charles Sale

Canadian chosen as controversial Olympic Stadium voice

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 23 July 2012

The sell-out 80,000 crowd for the Olympics athletics programme will be surprised to find a North American voice doing the stadium commentary for all track and field sessions at a London Games.

Canadian Gary Hall will be sharing the in-venue commentary with Britain’s Geoff Wightman, an experienced Diamond League broadcaster, after their appointment by IAAF vice-president Bob Hersh. This has caused considerable ructions between the IAAF and Games organisers LOCOG, who understandably wanted two British voices to explain the athletics action.

But despite LOCOG’s appeals to the IAAF, backed up by other sports federations, Hersh would not budge from his decision.

Raring to go: The Olympic Stadium is prepared for the opening ceremony

Raring to go: The Olympic Stadium is prepared for the opening ceremony

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An athletics insider said: ‘There have been a lot of tense discussions about the stadium commentary. A North American accent is going to sound very strange in a Stratford Olympic Stadium, especially when there are so many British commentators who could do the job.’

The IAAF were unavailable for comment.

lIOC grandee Kevan Gosper, who heads the Olympic body’s press commission, was due to deliver a speech at the opening of Stratford’s main press centre named in honour of John Rodda, the late, great Olympic reporter for The Guardian.

But an unhappy Gosper missed the ceremony because his VIP transport took two-and-a-quarter hours to reach Stratford from the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. A taxi driver protest around Tower Bridge and the Olympic lanes not yet being in operation were given as reasons for the delay.

World No 1 Aaron Cook may have missed out on selection for the GB taekwondo team but bizarrely his image is still being used by sponsors Visa in branding around the Olympic Park, including a big action picture of him on the back of the ATM booth at the entrance to the media food court.

Missing out: Aaron Cook (right) will not be competing at the Olympics

Missing out: Aaron Cook (right) will not be competing at the Olympics

A lot of people will be taking the credit at Sky Sports for their inspired move into cycling that has paid dividends with Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France. The architect of the decision is understood to be Corin Dimopoulos, Sky’s former director of sports and news marketing, who now works in Australia. Before the big investment after the Beijing Olympic cycling gold rush, the sport had been virtually ignored on Sky.

Poms under pressure

The Australians have taken the high ground from the British Olympic Association in the mind games leading up to competition by starting their daily briefings in the main press centre almost two weeks in advance of Team GB.

The Aussies are only targeting a top-five finish in the medals table compared to GB aiming at fourth position and 48-plus medals. But beating the Brits is still the main goal, with defending Olympic champion diver Matthew Mitcham saying: ‘We always want to stick it to the Poms.’

Coming to get you: Matthew Mitcham wants to beat Great Britain's tally

Coming to get you: Matthew Mitcham wants to beat Great Britain's tally

Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson has been sent his Aussie hockey shirt, stick and ball in anticipation of him having to dribble it around Australia House dressed in green and gold if he loses his bet with Aussie counterpart Kate Lundy over which country will win more medals. But it’s more likely Lundy will have to row down the Eton Dorney course in GB colours.

The Olympics is sure to be a Twitterfest from start to finish, although it has to be said the frequent postings of Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt are not the most illuminating — one recent classic being: ‘The Olympic Village is the ultimate who’s who of Olympic sports.’

Team GB’s super-heavyweight boxing medal hope Anthony Joshua has prepared for the rush over his pro signature if he wins gold by appointing an agency to represent him in the talks. He chose the Professional Sports Group whose Olympic clients include Tom Daley.

Olympic sponsors Omega came up with a novel excuse for a blunder when IOC president Jacques Rogge visited their Westfield shop on Monday. With their Games countdown clock in Trafalgar Square stopping on launch day, Omega blamed it on interference from security signals.

Ernie Els upsets old management – Charles Sale

Has Ernie another steal on his mind

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UPDATED:

23:36 GMT, 22 July 2012

Open champion Ernie Els is causing upset at his former management company, who fear he is trying to recruit some of their best players for his new agency.

Els left Chubby Chandler’s ISM a year ago to join the Florida-based ProsInc and he has kept close links with his South African compatriots at ISM — George Coetzee, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel — including offering them travel to tournaments in his private jet.

Open champ: Ernie Els may have another prize on his mind

Open champ: Ernie Els may have another prize on his mind

ISM also have conflict-of-interest concerns about Els working for ProsInc in such a way when still a leading player, and Chandler intends to have talks with his former client to clarify his intentions.

Chandler has responded to the threat of losing the South African quartet by devoting more resources to them.

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Meanwhile, commission claims made by another American golf agency, Gaylord, against ISM have been resolved. The claims related to ISM’s Oakley sunglasses sponsorship deal for Rory McIlroy set up before he switched to the Horizon agency.

The unhealthy stranglehold event agents IMG enjoy at Wimbledon and The Open was even more evident at Lytham than at SW19. The IMG-run online TV operation @the Open Live featured plenty of footage plugging the R&A’s seven patron partners, whose 1.4million-a-year sponsorship deals were set up in some cases — including Ralph Lauren Polo’s latest — by the omnipresent IMG.

Toilet surprise

The biggest surprise of The Open for Royal Lytham’s lady captain, Wendy Barnsley, was not anything that happened on the course but what confronted her in the women’s toilets in the clubhouse. Wendy walked in during the second day of the championship to find a man in a state of undress using the facility to change clothes. When asked what he was doing there, the intruder said he could change where he liked following the Equalities Act. Neither the club nor the R&A would comment yesterday.

Faldo switch

Sir Nick Faldo, who has changed wives and management at regular intervals, now has his American partner LeslieAnne Wade represent him through her company Wade Media Management. LeslieAnne is a former communications chief at CBS Sports for whom Faldo works as the lead golf pundit. As well as commentating for the BBC at The Open, Faldo will also be part of the Beeb’s Ryder Cup highlights coverage.

When work and home life meet: Nick Faldo

When work and home life meet: Nick Faldo

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal famously lost his cool in the press conference after the American victory in 2008 against the Faldo-led Europeans. Olazabal, a vice-captain then, was defending Faldo’s heavily criticised leadership. How Olazabal handles the media will be an issue in Chicago. Faldo, for one, believes he will cope fine, saying the spat with the press four years ago was due to the Spaniard’s comments being ‘lost in translation’. Olazabal speaks perfect English.

Win double for Owen

Not only did his Manor House stables send out three winners at Haydock Park on Saturday but Michael Owen’s encounter there with golf agent and keen gambler Chubby Chandler led to a promise he would buy a horse off the footballer.

The next day Owen had a chance to sell his football wares when the out-of-contract striker had breakfast as a guest of Chandler with Bolton chairman Phil Gartside.

Winner: Michael Owen had some luck with the horses

Winner: Michael Owen had some luck with the horses

Well done Alliss

Credit to Peter Alliss — four words that don’t often appear in Sports Agenda — for his comment that the price of food and drink at The Open was ‘borderline disgraceful’. The R&A’s explanation for the rip-off is that a greenfield site means catering has to be brought in, adding to the cost.

Turkey shorts plan

The Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals in October, part of Istanbul’s 2020 Olympic bid, will have the eight-strong field wearing shorts, which is not allowed on the pro tour. Turkey wants to improve standards enough to have a player competing when golf joins the Olympics in 2016. World No 1 Luke Donald has withdrawn from the event because of his schedule.

Wimbledon 2012: Agnieszka Radwanska suffering illness ahead of final

Radwanska vows to face Serena in final despite suffering respiratory illness

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 6 July 2012

Agnieszka Radwanska has confirmed she intends to play in Saturday's Wimbledon final against Serena Williams despite falling ill.

The 23-year-old Polish player pulled out of an anticipated press conference, and that cast some doubt on whether she would be well enough to face Williams.

However she is determined to make it to Centre Court to tackle the four-time champion.

Illness: Radwanska has been struck down on the eve of the final

Illness: Radwanska has been struck down on the eve of the final

Radwanska said in a statement released by the All England Club: 'Unfortunately I have picked up an upper respiratory illness, which is affecting my nose and throat.

'I have been playing a lot of matches here in the rain and cold wind, and I haven't been well for a few days.

'The most important thing is that I'm feeling good on the court and playing some good tennis, despite not being able to talk much away from the court.

'The priority is my singles match tomorrow, so I will do whatever it takes to make sure I'm ready to play the best I can.'

Final countdown: Radwanska is facing four-times champion Serena Williams

Final countdown: Radwanska is facing four-times champion Serena Williams

Ainslie wins two races at Falmouth Bay to take command over British rivals

Ainslie wins two races at Falmouth Bay to take command over British rivals

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UPDATED:

22:06 GMT, 15 May 2012

Ben Ainslie won both races at cold and windy Falmouth Bay to take a 10-point lead over fellow Britons Ed Wright and Andrew Mills at the halfway stage of the JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup.

The 35-year-old Olympic gold medal hopeful said: 'It was a great day and really awesome sailing but hard work. Tactically it was hard and physically it was harder but I had a good day.'

The conditions are expected to be less testing tomorrow, with very light winds forecast.

Two wins: Ainslie

Two wins: Ainslie