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Ricky Burns fights Jose Gonzalez May 11 Glasgow

Scotsman Burns to defend world title against unbeaten Gonzalez in Glasgow

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Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

12:04 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:19 GMT, 26 March 2013

Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight world title against Jose Gonzalez at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on May 11.

The Scot, who recently defected from Frank Warren to rival promoter Eddie Hearn, has been out of action since beating Kevin Mitchell last September.

Burns, 29, had been due to face IBF champion Miguel Vazquez in London before switching promoters.

On home soil: Ricky Burns will defend his world title in Glasgow in May

On home soil: Ricky Burns will defend his world title in Glasgow in May

Burns had little choice but to face Gonzalez after the WBO threatened to strip him of the title if he looked elsewhere.

The governing body set a deadline of midnight last night and Eddie Hearn and Gonzalez’s promoter Peter Rivera agreed terms and contracts were signed.

'I’m really looking forward to May 11,' said Burns. 'He’s a big puncher with a great KO record, but I’ve been in with big punchers before and that doesn’t worry me in the slightest. It’s great to have the date and name sorted now so I can just focus on getting myself in great shape for a big night in Glasgow.'

Gonzalez, 29, has won all 22 of his professional contests, with 17 coming inside the distance.

'I'm very glad for this opportunity and it’s a dream come true fighting for the world tittle as the mandatory challenge,' he said. 'I'm not worried about fighting in Burns’ homeland. I'm preparing greatly for this fight and I'm sure I will bring the world title to my country.'

Hearn added: 'It’s been a tough few days and we’ve had plenty of obstacles to overcome, but I’m delighted to bring Jose Gonzalez to Glasgow for what I feel will be the beginning of a new era for Scottish boxing.

'Gonzalez is ranked No 1 in the world, undefeated and comes with a dangerous reputation. It’s imperative that we deal with our mandatory challenger to pave the way for big unification clashes but I believe Ricky will face his toughest test yet on May 11.

'We need the support of all the Scottish people as we begin a new journey and cannot wait to raise the roof of the stunning new Emirates Arena.'

London named host city for 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships

London Calling: City's delight to welcome back world-class Paralympians in 2017

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18:35 GMT, 19 December 2012

London will hope to replicate the summer of 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in five years after being named the host city for the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships.

Just one month before the IAAF World Championships, the best paralympians in the world will take to the track and field in Stratford, as, for the first time, one city hosts the two championships side-by-side.

The bid was successful after Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, pointed to the success of the London 2012 Games, while the International Paralympic Committee hope the enthusiasm which greeted the Paralympics in August and September will be emulated in four-and-a-half years' time.

Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock celebrates

GB star: Jonnie Peacock will look to repeat his recent heroics at London 2017

Xavier Gonzalez, chief executive of the IPC, who organise the event, said: “The London 2012 Paralympic Games were some of the best we've ever seen, and we cannot wait to see Great Britain embrace the Paralympic movement once again with open arms.

“The bar has been set high for the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships, and we are eager to see the worldwide media attention they attract.”

Hannah Cockroft at the 2012 games

Winner: Fans could see Hannah Cockroft return to the track at the Olympic Stadium

Johnson, who is chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation and submitted a formal bid for the event last month, said: “This year London just staged the best spectacle of sport the world has seen.

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“London's Paralympic Games were the first ever to sell out and these championships provide a perfect chance to build on that enthusiasm for disabled sport, bringing back the world's greatest Paralympians to the Olympic Stadium, and at the same time providing a major economic boost to the capital.”

Jason Smyth of Ireland celebrates winning the men's 100m T13 classification final

Irish light: Jason Smyth of Ireland will be just one of world-class paralympians back in London in five years

IPC President Sir Philip Craven hailed London 2012 as the “best Games” in history with 1,134 athletes taking part in track and field events, setting 102 world and 139 Paralympic records.

The athletics events were particularly well received as British wheelchair racers David Weir and Hannah Cockroft, amputee sprinters Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead and others became household names in front of sold-out crowds of 80,000 for every session.

The IPC Athletics World Championships are the largest single-sport competition for athletes with an impairment in the world and take place on a bi-annual basis.

Paralympic closing ceremony

Spectacular: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony and spectators can expect similar pyrotechnics in 2017

Ed Warner, IPC Athletics Sport Technical Committee chairperson and chair of UK Athletics, said: “The UK's capital city has already demonstrated its ability to provide an excellent experience for athletes and spectators alike.

“London 2017 will bring record crowds for an IPC World Championships, creating an ideal backdrop for athletes to break records, further raising the profile of sport for people with an impairment in the process.”

David Weir wins gold

Gold: David Weir was the hero of the 2012 games and fans will be hoping to see similar British triumph in 2017

Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira and Oscar Pistorius

Rivals: Alan Oliveira (L) and Oscar Pistorius (R) will look to renew rivalry at London 2017.

David Beckham farewell ends with victory for LA Galaxy over Houston Dynamo

From cynicism to people's champion, Beckham heads back to Europe after his American adventure more acclaimed than ever

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00:23 GMT, 2 December 2012

What began amid cynicism and courted controversy and suspicion along the way, ended here in California tonight with a standing ovation. David Beckham’s American journey is over and he heads back to Europe as a winner.

It was six years ago that Beckham moved to Los Angeles at the age of 31 to play football. It seemed a peculiar thing to do for a man still with so many years ahead of him. The MLS was not a great league and LA Galaxy were a club – or a ‘franchise’ – in a bit of a mess.

But as Beckham took his leave a minute before the end of his team’s 3-1 win in the MLS Cup Final here today, few would contest his own view that America has been as good to him as, eventually, he has been to America.

Fond farewell: David Beckham has crowned his six year spell in the United States and the Los Angeles Galaxy with another MLS Cup victory, after they beat Houston Dynamo 3-1

Fond farewell: David Beckham has crowned his six year spell in the United States and the Los Angeles Galaxy with another MLS Cup victory, after they beat Houston Dynamo 3-1

Here's the punchline: Beckham celebrates after Omar Gonzalez had brought the match level at 1-1 early in the second half

Here's the punchline: Beckham celebrates after Omar Gonzalez had brought the match level at 1-1 early in the second half

Family man: Beckham lines up with his sons, Brooklyn (left), Romeo (middle) and Cruz before kick-off

Family man: Beckham lines up with his sons, Brooklyn (left), Romeo (middle) and Cruz before kick-off

Trailing by a goal at half-time, it looked for a while as though Beckham’s big day was about to collapse around his sparkling pink football foots. Galaxy had been the better team but had been hit by a sucker punch from Houston just before the interval.

In the second half, though, Beckham wrote his name all over this contest. He was the game’s best player and by full-time he had made many of the decisive contributions.

Beckham may not be able to run like he once could. It will be this, in all likelihood, that ultimately prevents him landing a contract at one of Europe’s bigger clubs as he looks to extend his remarkable career yet further in the coming weeks.

As a football technician, though, he remains almost unparalleled. Here today, some of his passing was reminiscent of his salad days at Manchester United and Real Madrid. Playing deep in the centre of midfield, the 37-year-old found the time and space to deliver telling passes with familiar regularity.

Still got it: Beckham produced a number of superlative, hallmark passes during the final

Still got it: Beckham produced a number of superlative, hallmark passes during the final

Hair-raising: Beckham challenged Houston's Ricardo Clark to the ball

Hair-raising: Beckham challenged Houston's Ricardo Clark to the ball

Indeed the one 80-yard first-time pass he played with his right foot to Robbie Keane on the hour will not be bettered anywhere this weekend. It was classic Beckham.

With the Home Depot Center awash with Beckham t-shirts and banners – “Take us with you, Becks” read one popular shirt – this day was somewhat different to the difficult early ones when the former England captain’s commitment to his team was questioned by supporters and colleagues alike.

Ultimately, it was just a shame that he was denied a fitting finale.

Much loved: Beckham's departure was mourned by LA Galaxy fans, who made a number of tribute banners for his farewell

Much loved: Beckham's departure was mourned by LA Galaxy fans, who made a number of tribute banners for his farewell

Memento: This Galaxy fan wanted the shirt of Beckham's back

Memento: This Galaxy fan wanted the shirt of Beckham's back

With Galaxy awarded a penalty with seconds remaining, Beckham and team-mate Landon Donovan – the regular taker – seemed to agree that the Englishman would take it. He seemed set to end his career here with a goal.

Keane had other ideas, however, and the Irishman didn’t even look at his team-mate as he placed the ball and slotted it in to the net for the third goal.

As Keane celebrated, though, it was Beckham who was mobbed. Moments earlier he had sunk to his knees. His final mission had been accomplished.

As he left the field soon after, 30,000 people rose to applaud him. He merely waved to his three sons in the crowd and took his place on the bench.

Beckham’s visit to America is over and he ends it with another trophy. Has he been a success over here Try telling the Galaxy otherwise.

Real Madrid 2 Atletico Madrid 0: Cristiano Ronaldo eclipses Falcao

Real Madrid 2 Atletico Madrid 0: Ronaldo magic eclipses muted Falcao

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23:27 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

01:15 GMT, 2 December 2012

Third-placed Real Madrid remained 11
points off the pace after winning a highly-anticipated derby 2-0,
ensuring Atletico's winless run in the fixture will stretch into its
14th year.

A wonderful free-kick from Cristiano
Ronaldo lit up what was an otherwise disappointing first half before
Mesut Ozil secured all three points with a tidy finish 25 minutes from
time.

Free range: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his early strike

Free range: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his early strike

Earlier, 10-man Valencia went down 5-2 against Real Sociedad – with coach Mauricio Pellegrino sacked soon after the full-time whistle at the Mestalla.

'We have been exchanging views, and we made the decision to dismiss Mauricio Pellegrino,' Valencia president Manuel Llorente said.

Former player Salvador Gonzalez, known as Voro, will take temporary charge of Los Che.

Sporting director Braulio Vazquez added on the club's website: 'If you look at the future of the team, you can understand that in this game we have not been good, but the progression of the team was not right.

'I want to emphasise that Mauricio has gone, but it is the responsibility of all.'

Close call: Ronaldo saw this effort hit the post

Close call: Ronaldo saw this effort hit the post

Roberto Soldado's second-minute strike
had given the hosts an early lead but they were never in control and
were pegged back before half-time as Alberto de la Bella fired in an
equaliser minutes after Jonas had seen a straight red card for lashing
out at David Zurutuza.

Sociedad took control in the second period as further goals from Mikel
Gonzalez, Diego Ifran, Imanol Agirretxe and Carlos Vela rendered
Soldado's second of the evening meaningless and lifted the victors to
seventh.

Also in the Spanish top flight today, Getafe moved level on points with
fourth-placed Malaga thanks to a 1-0 win. Alberto Lopo headed home the
game's only goal 11 minutes into the second half.
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Tottenham and Chelsea face competition for Pedro Obiang

Spurs and Chelsea face competition from Spain and Italy for Sampdoria starlet Obiang

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UPDATED:

10:56 GMT, 26 November 2012

Tottenham and Chelsea are facing increasing competition from Italy and Spain to sign highly-rated Sampdoria youngster Pedro Obiang.

A number of clubs have watched Obiang, who is also known as Perico, including Rafa Benitez’s Chelsea and Spurs.

But the English clubs now have competition for the 20-year-old from the continent.

Wanted man: Pedro Obiang (right) is being tracked by Chelsea and Tottenham

Wanted man: Pedro Obiang (right) is being tracked by Chelsea and Tottenham

A further stumbling block for the Premier League sides to overcome is the fact that the Spanish-born midfielder’s agent has cooled talks of Obiang’s exit, and claimed that the youngster is happy at Sampdoria.

Jose Miguel Gonzalez said: ‘We know that several Italian, English and Spanish clubs are following him, but Pedro is a mature guy and is thinking only about Sampdoria.

‘We are excited about the interest of other clubs, there are many rumours, but we have not spoken to anyone.

‘It’s early to talk about the market, Pedro works with humility and wants to help the team to climb up the table. Among February and April we will see what happens.

‘Samp is the team which have focused on him and we will always be grateful to them.’

Growing intetrest: Spanish and Italian clubs are also keen on landing the Sampdoria midfielder, who says he is happy where he is

Growing intetrest: Spanish and Italian clubs are also keen on landing the Sampdoria midfielder, who says he is happy where he is

Both Tottenham and Chelsea have been impressed with the midfielder’s shining displays in Serie A behind 19-year-old striker Mauro Icardi.

Spurs have been monitoring Icardi, who could be available for 2million, but it is believed if the young Argentine does leave, it will be for a team where he will play regularly.

This could be a problem at Tottenham, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe already deputising up top for the Champions League hopefuls.

Obiang joined Sampdoria in 2008 from Atletico Madrid, and may be persuaded to make a move back to the country of his birth rather than the Premier League.

Not bad either: Mauro Icardi (right) has also been linked with a move to Spurs

Not bad either: Mauro Icardi (right) has also been linked with a move to Spurs

Lazio 0 Tottenham 0 – match report: Gareth Bale robbed of Europa League winner

Lazio 0 Tottenham 0: Anti-Semitic chants overshadow stalemate… as Spurs left facing Greek showdown for Europa progress

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21:07 GMT, 22 November 2012

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Paul Gascoigne was given a hero's welcome in Rome's Olympic Stadium as the former Tottenham and Lazio midfielder was guest of honour for the two sides' Europa League clash.

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Tottenham could not deliver their battered and bruised fans victory over Lazio, but their Hugo Lloris-inspired draw at the Stadio Olimpico means they are one step closer to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Their draw against the Rome-based club did not come without controversy, however, as Lazio fans chanted 'Juden Tottenham' at the away fans in an apparent anti-Semitic jibe at the end of a troubled 24 hours for the visiting fans.

One Tottenham fan was in hospital tonight after being stabbed in the skull and thigh during an attack on a bar in the city centre in the early hours of this morning.

Too quick: Gareth Bale (centre) rounds goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (left) and Luis Pedro Cavanda (right)

Too quick: Gareth Bale (centre) rounds goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (left) and Luis Pedro Cavanda (right)…

... before the Tottenham winger taps into an empty net in the fifth minute...

… before the Tottenham winger taps into an empty net in the fifth minute…

... but replays showed Bale was clearly ONSIDE as the pass was played through by Tom Carroll

… but replays showed Bale was clearly ONSIDE as the pass was played through by Tom Carroll

Match facts

Lazio: Marchetti, Cavanda, Biava, Ciani, Radu, Mauri, Gonzalez, Ledesma, Hernanes (Ederson 69), Lulic (Candreva 78), Kozak (Floccari 78).

Subs not used: Bizzarri, Scaloni, Onazi, Rozzi, Floccari.

Booked: Floccari

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sigurdsson (Lennon 63), Sandro, Carroll (Dembele 76), Bale, Dempsey (Defoe 63), Adebayor.

Subs not used: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Dawson, Livermore.

Booked: Vertonghen

Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Spain).

Attendance: 20,000

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Lazio, and their icon Paul Gascoigne –
who was guest of honour here in the Italian capital – would have hoped
for the football to do the talking, but the apparent anti-Semitic
chanting will disappoint UEFA, who fined the club for monkey-chanting
during the reverse fixture in September.

Gascoigne's appearance on the pitch
had rekindled memories of a glorious era for Lazio and Spurs, but
tonight's tie proved to be anything but a classic.

Libor Kozak, making a rare start,
missed a hatful of chances for the hosts, but Lloris was equally
important in keeping Lazio at bay.

The Frenchman, chosen ahead of Brad
Friedel, denied Kozak twice in the first half and was a steady and
assuring presence throughout.

Tottenham rarely threatened – although Gareth Bale's early strike should not have been ruled out for offside.

But Panathinaikos' victory over
Maribor means Tottenham only have to draw their final game at home to
the Greeks next month to qualify.

Message: Lazio fans hold a banner reading 'Free Palestine' at the Stadio Olimpico

Message: Lazio fans hold a banner reading 'Free Palestine' at the Stadio Olimpico

Not his day: Lazio's Libor Kozak holds his head in his hands after missing yet another chance

Not his day: Lazio's Libor Kozak holds his head in his hands after missing yet another chance

Denied: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) rushes out to save at Kozak's feet

Denied: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) rushes out to save at Kozak's feet

Gascoigne's emotional lap of honour
had whipped up the feelings of both sets of fans, and the game started
off with a bang for the away side.

Spurs should have been 1-0 up after
just four minutes when Bale latched on to Tom Carroll's through-ball and
rounded Federico Marchetti, but the linesman incorrectly ruled the goal
offside.

Tottenham continued to dominate and
went close when Bale picked out Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Stefan Radu
intervened to prevent the forward from scoring.

The home crowd inside the half-empty
Stadio Olimpico were surprisingly quiet in the opening quarter, but they
were brought to the edge of their seats in the 18th minute.

Heads up: Michael Ciani (centre) and Ederson jump for the ball with Jan Vertonghen (left) and Bale

Heads up: Michael Ciani (centre) and Ederson jump for the ball with Jan Vertonghen (left) and Bale

Lloris, who was partly responsible for
a howler against Maribor two weeks ago, mis-judged Cristian Ledesma's
30-yard shot, which he palmed on to the bar. The former Lyon man quickly
made amends by getting to his feet and forcing Alvaro Gonzalez wide
with the follow-up.

Other than a dipping shot from Bale,
Spurs were struggling to get in to the game and they had Lloris to thank
for stopping them from going behind again moments later.

Kyle Walker's slip allowed Kozak to break through, but Lloris saved the striker's shot with his out-stretched leg.

Kozak missed a sitter on the half hour, nodding wide a Stefano Mauri cross from eight yards after losing his marker.

Clean sheet: Spurs keeper Lloris (centre) sees another home effort on goal miss its target

Clean sheet: Spurs keeper Lloris (centre) sees another home effort on goal miss its target

Lazio split the Spurs defence again
just before half-time to send Kozak through, but Lloris came to the
rescue again, storming off his line to clear.

Both sets of supporters sang
Gascoigne's name at half-time, but the football both sides produced
after the break was nowhere near the great man's standards.

Spurs were sloppy in possession and had Kozak to thank for his awful finishing.

No way past: Lazio's Cristian Ledesma (third left) hits his free-kick into the Spurs defensive wall

No way past: Lazio's Cristian Ledesma (third left) hits his free-kick into the Spurs defensive wall

The 23-year-old latched on to a through-ball but he dragged his shot wide, much to the annoyance of the home fans.

It only took five more minutes for the
striker to miss his next chance. This time the Czech straight at Lloris
after being played in by a deft touch from Amauri.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas brought Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon off the bench to give them the cutting edge they lacked.

Ledesma bent a free-kick over the wall and just wide of Lloris' goal as Lazio continued to threaten.

What a player: Gascoigne (right) and Lazio president Claudio Lotito greet the fans before the match

What a player: Gascoigne (right) and Lazio president Claudio Lotito greet the fans before the match

Hero's welcome: Lazio fans wave a flag featuring former star Paul Gascoigne at the Stadio Olimpico

Hero's welcome: Lazio fans wave a flag featuring former star Paul Gascoigne at the Stadio Olimpico

Villas-Boas then brought on Mousa Dembele for his first match in over a month as Tottenham looked to hold on for the point.

Lloris clattered in to a post as he
challenged for a cross with Mauri and then cleared off the line with six
minutes to go from Michael Ciani's header.

Martin Murray to fight Jorge Navarro for vacant WBA interim middleweight title

Murray gets shot at unbeaten Navarro for vacant WBA interim middleweight title on Hatton undercard

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20:18 GMT, 7 November 2012

Martin Murray will fight for the vacant WBA interim middleweight title against unbeaten Venezuelan Jorge Navarro on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's comeback at the Manchester Arena on November 24.

The 30-year-old from St Helens has endured a frustrating year after drawing with then world champion Felix Sturm last December.

Murray has had only one fight since then, a points win over Frenchman Karim Achour in June, but hopes to get back on track with victory over Navarro.

Dangerous fight: Murray

Dangerous fight: Murray

'This is a dangerous fight,' he said. 'It has been tough getting an opponent, but Navarro is the only fighter ranked in the top 10 willing to fight me.'

Murray held the British title until recently and was ordered to face Commonwealth champion Billy Joe Saunders but that clash failed to materialise.

Subsequently, Murray was stripped of his title and Saunders will instead face Nick Blackwell for the vacant strap at the Excel Arena in London on December 15.

Since drawing with Murray last year, Sturm lost his WBA Super title to Australian Daniel Geale but he is set to be stripped of his newly-acquired honour after opting not to fight regular champion Gennadiy Golovkin.

Murray is ranked third by the WBA, four places above his younger opponent, and will hope that victory later this month will propel him into contention for title challenges.

Navarro has been a professional for six years but has fought just 12 times, stopping 10 of his opponents early with his last victory coming against Javier Gonzalez in August.

Argentina 16 South Africa 16: Boks fight back to hold Pumas

Argentina 16 South Africa 16: Boks fight back to hold Pumas in thriller

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23:45 GMT, 25 August 2012

South Africa maintained their unbeaten record against Argentina after a thrilling draw at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.

Morne Steyn kicked three penalties while namesake Francois converted his own try to drag the Springboks level after they found themselves 16-6 down midway through the second half.

Argentina dominated the first period and entered the break 13-3 ahead thanks to a Santiago Fernandez try and the boot of Martin Rodriguez, who converted two penalties and a conversion.

Clash of the titans: Sprinboks lock Eben Etzebeth is tackled by by two Pumas

Clash of the titans: Sprinboks lock Eben Etzebeth is tackled by by two Pumas

Rodriguez added another three points in the second period but Francois Steyn ensured a share of the spoils.

Argentina have not beaten South Africa in any of their 14 previous Tests, with their most recent reverse coming in last week's opening Rugby Championship match at Newlands.

The Boks made two changes from that side as Adriaan Strauss replaced the injured Bismarck du Plessis at hooker while Jacques Potgieter was promoted from the bench to start at blindside flanker, with Keegan Daniel making way.

The home side brought in Nicolas Sanchez at No 10 with Juan Martin Hernandez injured, while Rodriguez came in for Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

Close encounter: Argentina's Los Pumas fullback Martin Rodriguez is tackled by Francois Hougaard

Close encounter: Argentina's Los Pumas fullback Martin Rodriguez is tackled by Francois Hougaard

South Africa could have taken the lead after three minutes when the visitors were penalised for being off their feet at a ruck, but Francois Steyn missed from 47 yards.

The away side were first on the board as Rodriguez converted a penalty after Jannie du Plessis was penalised for an infringement at a maul.

And Argentina extended their lead after 17 minutes when Juan Figallo passed to Santiago Fernandez, who touched down underneath the posts with the extras added by Rodriguez.

Rodriguez could have put his side 13 points ahead after Bryan Habana was pulled up for handling while on the ground, but the full-back could not convert.

Fightback: Argentina had led 13-3 at the break

Fightback: Argentina had led 13-3 at the break

The visitors finally got on the scoreboard seven minutes before the break after the Pumas were again penalised at the ruck, with Morne Steyn making no mistake.

However Rodriguez ensured his side went into the break 10 points clear, converting a penalty after 36 minutes.

Out-muscled and outplayed in the first 40 minutes, South Africa needed to strike first and were thankful that nine minutes after the restart Morne Steyn took advantage of Rodrigo Roncero's infringement at the ruck to bring the score back to 13-6.

However indiscipline again from South Africa, this time from replacement Flip van der Merwe, gave Rodriguez the opportunity to add to the Pumas' tally and the 27-year-old made no mistake.

Unbeaten: South Africa head home with a strong chance of challenging

Unbeaten: South Africa head home with a strong chance of challenging

Morne Steyn kept his side in the match as once again the teams exchanged three-pointers.

South Africa turned the screw and with 15 minutes left scored their first try of the match.

Francois Steyn charged down a Marcelo Bosch clearance and touched down, with his conversion levelling the scores.

They could have won it but Morne Steyn missed a penalty with six minutes left as the Springboks left with their unbeaten record intact.

Brighton 5 Barnsley 1: Ashley Barnes and Craig Mackail-Smith

Brighton 5 Barnsley 1: Two each for Barnes and Mackail-Smith in Seagulls romp

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17:06 GMT, 25 August 2012

Ashley Barnes and Craig Mackail-Smith both scored braces as Brighton broke their goal duck in style by thrashing Barnsley in the npower Championship.

The Seagulls had not found the net in their previous three matches this season, prompting manager Gus Poyet to step up his search for a new striker.

But his current frontline sent a message to the boss with Barnes opening and completing the scoring and Mackail-Smith grabbing his brace either side of half-time.

High five: Wayne Bridge celebrates his goal

High five: Wayne Bridge celebrates his goal

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Crofts (Harley 70), Dicker, Bridcutt, Noone (LuaLua 70), Mackail-Smith, Barnes (Agdestein 84).

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, Barker.

Booked: Barnes.

Goals: Barnes 4, Bridge 14, Mackail-Smith 38, 50, Barnes 81.

Barnsley: Gonzalez, Foster, Wiseman, Stones (Hassell 55), Golbourne (Cranie 55), Dawson, Etuhu, Cywka, Mellis, Harewood, Davies.
Subs Not Used: Lidakevicius, Collins, Dagnall, Clark, Rose.

Booked: Golbourne, Stones, Foster.

Goals: Davies 35 pen.

Attendance: 24,594

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

And on what was obviously the day to end
goal droughts, Wayne Bridge scored his first league goal in nearly nine
years as Brighton finally got their season up and running.

The 30-year-old defender, on loan with the Seagulls from Manchester
City, struck a long-range effort as Poyet's side picked up their first
win of the Championship campaign.

Former Brighton striker Craig Davies did pull one back from the penalty
spot but the Tykes were well beaten and slipped to a second straight
defeat.

The previously shot-shy hosts got off to the perfect start with a goal after only four minutes.
Barnsley goalkeeper David Gonzalez, who had a spell with the Seagulls
last term, spilled Craig Noone's free-kick and Barnes was on hand to
half-volley the ball into the net.

Eleven minutes later Bridge collected a pass from Liam Bridcutt and, as
Barnsley back-tracked, the former England left-back crashed in a 25-yard
drive which flew through a sea of bodies and low into the corner of the
net.

It was Bridge's first league goal since he found the net for Chelsea against Portsmouth in December 2003.

Barnsley were thrown a lifeline after 34 minutes when Andrew Crofts
brought down Jacob Mellis in the area and Davies converted the penalty,
despite Tomasz Kuszczak getting a touch.

Contrasting emotions: Brighton manager Gus Poyet (left) and Barnsley boss Keith Hill (right)

Contrasting emotions: Brighton manager Gus Poyet (left) and Barnsley boss Keith Hill (right)

Contrasting emotions: Brighton manager Gus Poyet (left) and Barnsley boss Keith Hill (right)

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But three minutes later the hosts restored their two-goal cushion when Spanish full-back Bruno raided down the right.

His cross was missed by the unconvincing Gonzalez and Mackail-Smith was on hand to tap in at the far post.

Barnsley have not come from behind to win an away game since they beat
Blackpool in December 2009, and their faint hopes of doing so
disappeared three minutes after the interval.

John Stones was muscled off the ball by the diminutive Noone and his
cross was headed on by Barnes for Mackail-Smith to tuck in his second.

And 10 minutes from time, substitute Kazenga LuaLua reached the byline
and crossed for Barnes to fire his second and Brighton's fifth.

London 2012 Olympics: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Milos Raonic 25-23 in longest set

Tsonga wins longest set in Olympic history 25-23 to survive marathon with Milos

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Milos Raonic after edging the longest set in Olympic tennis history on Tuesday.

Tsonga, of France, eventually won 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the second round at Wimbledon.

The fifth-seeded Tsonga of France leaped and roared when he won his fourth match point with a drop volley. Raonic of Canada congratulated Tsonga with a smile.

Sacre bleu: France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates finally beating Canada's Milos Raonic at Wimbledon

Sacre bleu: France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates finally beating Canada's Milos Raonic at Wimbledon

Tough nut to crack: Raonic pushed Tsonga all the way in the deciding set of their second-round match

Tough nut to crack: Raonic pushed Tsonga all the way in the deciding set of their second-round match

The previous record was 30 games, set in 2004 when Fernando Gonzalez defeated Taylor Dent 16-14 in the third set to win the bronze medal.