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Huntingdon Boxing Day races abandoned

Heavy rain forces Huntingdon to join Southwell on Boxing Day races casualty list

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16:45 GMT, 23 December 2012

Boxing Day's meeting at Huntingdon has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Officials were left with a straightforward call after inspecting the course shortly before midday on Sunday.

The Cambridgeshire venue is partly flooded following 16 millimetres of rainfall on Saturday. More rain has also been forecast.

Rained off: Huntingdon is another victim of the inclement weather

Rained off: Huntingdon is another victim of the inclement weather

Clerk of the course Sulekha Varma said: 'We called the inspection for tomorrow initially this morning when it was still dark with a view that at least people could double declare on the basis there was an inspection time here.

'Once the sun came up and we had a good look around it gradually became apparent it was going to be impossible to get rid of the water and turn around the site to have it fit and ready for racing.

'We are devastated, having lost three meetings in a row now. It's been a trying year.'

Plumbing the depths in Poland – Martin Samuel

Plumbing the depths of flood and blunder in Warsaw

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22:37 GMT, 16 October 2012

This is what happens when you let every good plumber leave the country.

No doubt they were ringing around desperately at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Tuesday night.

'Of course, Aleksy! Why didn't I think of him before No, not that Aleksy. Aleksy Pawinski. No, he's good. Yes, you do remember him. Twenty four hour service, no job too large or small. Little yellow van. He knew something about drainage. Give him a call.'

Call a plumber: Hodgson goes for a splash about before the scheduled kick-off

Call a plumber: Hodgson goes for a splash about before the scheduled kick-off

'Hello, Aleksy Aleksy, is that you It's Mikolaj. Mikolaj Wrobleski. Yes, it has been a long time. No, she's fine mate. Yes we must. It would be nice to catch up. Look, Aleksy, we're in a bit of bother at the football here.

'That's right, the National Stadium. Water everywhere, mate. Yes, it did have a roof. Well, it's a long story.

'So, anyway, we were wondering if you could pop over, have a look at the pitch, maybe give us a bit of advi…Sorry Hackney Where's Hackney Oh, I see. No, don’t worry about it, mate, Friday's no good.

'Look Aleksy, do you know anybody. Who Gregorz Of course, Gregorz. Why didn’t I think of him before No, don’t mention it. You've been very helpful. I’ll try Gregorz.

'Gregorz, hello mate, it’s Mikolaj. Wrobleski. From Warsaw, that's right. Oh, you know, same old, same old. Look, Gregorz, I was wondering if you…Plaistow Where the bloody hell is Plaistow'

They didn't even have men with forks.
You always get a couple of poor sods with forks at times like this. Have
a stab at the turf, make a few holes, look busy for the sodden masses.

Splish splash: One Poland fans makes the most of the inclement weather

Splish splash: One Poland fans makes the most of the inclement weather

Splish splash: One Poland fans makes the most of the inclement weather

Maybe they're just more realistic in Poland. Not as interested in public relations. No point getting people's hopes up unnecessarily. No point trying to make it look better.

As the rain beat down and the puddles grew, the pitch lay drenched, abandoned by humanity.

Grim-faced spectators, hangovers kicking in from pre-match merriment, stared forlornly at the empty expanse of what once was a football field, now a prototype paddy field.

The gentleman in charge of the public address system, meanwhile, exercised a keen sense of irony. Beautiful Day followed by Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. At least somebody was having fun.

As did a pair of pitch invaders. They leapt the three small barriers at what would have been 35 minutes into the first half had the game played and had a little paddle, pursued by a quarter of high-visibility bibbed stewards.

Their splashing footsteps only highlighted the inevitability of postponement. The first change of direction resulted in a fall, as water lapped over shoes in goalmouths and beyond.

The idea that a legitimate sporting
contest could take place in these conditions was simply preposterous. It
was foolish to even still be sitting here. This game was dead in the
water.

Soak it up: One steward takes a tumble trying to stop a pitch invader as fans watch on

Soak it up: One steward takes a tumble trying to stop a pitch invader as fans watch on

Soak it up: One steward takes a tumble trying to stop a pitch invader as fans watch on

And it was a pity. For, deep down, let's be honest, who wouldn't have loved to have seen it played

Forget fairness for a moment. Forget purity. Forget the beautiful game and the fact it would have turned the outcome into a lottery, removing the elements of technical excellence, ability and planning that decide international football matches.

Christ, it would have been fun.

Come on, admit it. We’ve all seen at least one match that should never have been played. Flooded, frozen, knee deep in mud or with the ball bouncing 20 feet from the goal kicks. Blinding, wasn't it One of the best matches you’ve ever seen.

You can watch 1,000 games where the ball runs true and the conditions favour the most talented individuals and a lot of the action looks exactly the same.

Once in a while, isn't it good to
have the whole thing turned into a crap shoot Have we really forgotten
how to enjoy the odd 90 minutes of mayhem Nobody would expect Roy
Hodgson to agree. He wants a match decided on merit and understandably
so.

The moment he was alerted to the
problem by Gary Neville, who was stomping around kicking puddles as if
taking the incoming storm clouds personally, it was obvious England’s
manager was angling to get the game called off.

Long way home: It was a fruitless trip for many England fans

Long way home: It was a fruitless trip for many England fans

He spoke to the referee, he spoke to various FIFA and UEFA bods, he even tried to engage the Polish team in the futility of it all as they went out to warm up, but ultimately no lobbying was needed.

The second inspection, at 9.45pm local time, lasted barely a minute. There have been courses on Total Wipeout containing fewer water features than the pitch in Warsaw by this time.

So when the game was called off, it was to the surprise of none. We reconvene at 5pm local time today, by which time the Polish hope to have a handyman on site in case of any unforeseen leaks or crises.

There’s a fella called Tomasz coming from Shepherd’s Bush, apparently.

England v Australia – third ODI, Edgbaston

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England take on Australia at Edgbaston in the third one-day international in the five-match series.

Alastair Cook's side lead the series 2-0 and know if they beat the Aussies 5-0 they will go to the top of the ODI rankings.

This isn't an Ahses series, but with so much at stake they two teams are giving it their all to win, and England have been much the better of the two sides so far.

Convincing victories at Lord's and The Oval have come before this contest in the West Midlands where the hosts can secure an unassailable lead before they look towards completing a whitewash.

But England's biggest opponent today could be the inclement weather.

Rain is forecast for much of the day to pour water on the hosts' No 1 ambitions.

**TEAMS AND NEWS OF THE TOSS TO FOLLOW**

VIDEO: Jones v Hayden – The Aussie's last ODI visit to Edgbaston

Travelers Championship second round halted by inclement weather

Jacobsen leads the way as weather halts second round play in Connecticut

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UPDATED:

08:06 GMT, 23 June 2012

Defending champion Fredrik Jacobsen led the way after play was suspended due to inclement weather at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Rain and thunderstorms battered TPC River Highlands for much of the day, causing a stoppage of over an hour early in the day and forcing the players off the course for good at 3.19pm local time. Play was officially called off at 6.30pm (2330BST).

Jacobsen was among the 76 players to complete their second rounds, with 77 more needing to resume on Saturday.

Play suspended: The second round was not completed on Friday

Play suspended: The second round was not completed on Friday

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And in a direct echo of last year's
event, he led at the halfway stage on nine under par after following up
his opening 65 with a 66 on Friday.

Starting at the 10th, an opening par preceded two birdies and an eagle, though he immediately gave one shot back at the 14th.
Two more birdies followed on the front nine before a closing bogey left him just one shot ahead.

'It feels good to have some birdie chances,' he told pgatour.com.

Leading the way: Jacobsen is going for his second consecutive title

Leading the way: Jacobsen is going for his second consecutive title

'You play the US Open, I like that kind of golf but you play for four
days and you grind it out. It's nice to have a couple of holes where you
feel like if you hit the shot you have some good chances to make
birdies.'

Tied for second on eight under are Australian Nathan Green, three under
for his front nine on Friday despite starting with two bogeys, and Charley
Hoffman, who carded five successive birdies from the 11th to be five
under through six holes when the weather cut him off in his prime.

'It was a nice five-hole run,' he said. 'Any time you can make a bunch
of birdies, no matter at the beginning of the round, end of the round,
middle of the round, it's a good feeling.'

Blake Adams and Roland Thatcher were joined at seven under by Stuart
Appleby, whose 65 was the Australian's best round of the a difficult
season by three strokes.

England's Brian Davis was six under along with Marc Leishman and Tommy Gainey.

Overnight leader David Mathis was unable to replicate his form from the
opening day, though, as he carded a three-over par 73 to slump back to
three under for the tournament.

US Open winner Webb Simpson was in the clubhouse on five under following
a 69 on Friday, with his playing partners and fellow major winners Keegan
Bradley (68) and Bubba Watson (71) four under and three under
respectively.

The second round will resume at 7am (1200BST) on Saturday and the third
round will begin immediately after the cut, which is projected at level
par at this early stage.

AEGON Classic 2012: Melanie Oudin beats Jelena Jankovic in final

Oudin sees off Jankovic to win AEGON Classic in perfect warm-up for Wimbledon

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14:30 GMT, 18 June 2012

American Melanie Oudin claimed her first WTA Tour title by winning the AEGON Classic in Birmingham on Monday.

Oudin comfortably saw off Jelena Jankovic 6-4 6-2 in a final which was held over from Sunday as tournament organisers battled with a disrupted schedule due to inclement weather.

Both women had to win two matches on
Sunday to reach the title match, and 20-year-old Oudin emerged the
fresher against the 27-year-old former world No 1 from Serbia.

First of many Melanie Oudin won her first WTA title in Birmingham

First of many Melanie Oudin won her first WTA title in Birmingham

Easy does it: Oudin won with ease against Jelena Jankovic

Easy does it: Oudin won with ease against Jelena Jankovic

Although Jankovic cancelled out an
early break, a sloppy game handed the initiative back to Oudin and she
closed out the opening set before taking a 2-0 lead in the second.

Jankovic
rarely threatened a comeback as Oudin, who has received a wild card for
Wimbledon after dropping to 208th in the world rankings from a high of
31st, eased over the line in one hour and 35 minutes.

Winning the AEGON Classic topped off a perfect weekend, as Oudin received a wildcard for Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.

Oudin had navigated qualifying just
to take her place in the Edgbaston field, and eight matches later she
had the Maud Watson trophy in her grasp.

She said: 'This was a really great tournament for me and I'm definitely looking forward to coming back.

Defeated: Jelena Jankovic was well beaten by Oudin

Defeated: Jelena Jankovic was well beaten by Oudin

'I think it really helped me playing qualifying here, I played better and better each match. I love playing on grass.

'It was a great, great week for me and I definitely feel like I got better and better with each match.'

Oudin reached the fourth round at Wimbledon three years ago and looked a player poised to break through to the world's top 20, however her form dipped drastically.

She said after a win which pushes her close to a double-figure ranking: 'I think I'm a lot more mature now and a lot smarter.

'I've learned a lot about the game of tennis, about my game and how I want to play, what I'm capable of. I've learned to play within myself, not try to do more than I can.'

Beaten Jankovic said: 'To be in the final is always great. Obviously I'm disappointed to lose in the final but at the same time it's a good result for me right now. It's just the beginning and it's good for my confidence.'

Postponed football matches February 11

Cold snap forces several Football League games to be postponed

Although we enjoyed a relatively mild winter over the Christmas period, it seems the weather has struck back with a vengeance.

Freezing cold weather and sizeable flurries of snow mean various games on Saturday February 11 have been postponed, with no new dates as yet confirmed.

West Ham's trip to Peterborough in the nPower Championship is one of a few games at risk, with a pitch inspection due to take place at 10am on Saturday.

Posh fans are expected to turn up early on that morning, armed with shovels to help transport any pesky snow out of the stadium to a designated tipping area.

Check: Was your team's game called off

Check: Was your team's game called off

Doncaster miss out again – having had
their match postponed last week, this time their trip to Crystal Palace
has been put on hold, thanks to several frozen patches on the Selhurst
Park pitch.

In npower League 1, MK Dons, Brentford and Stevenage games been called off.

League 2 sees Accrington Stanley, Barnet and Macclesfield v Plymouth fall foul of the weather.

Finally, Blue Square Bet Premier fans will be deprived of Braintree v Southport at the weekend, among other cancellations.

Currently no Premier League games have been struck too badly by inclement weather, in direct contrast to last season, where several were postponed, including Chelsea v Manchester United.

Earlier in February several fixtures were called off because of the weather.

POSTPONED MATCHES: 11 FEBRUARY

npower Championship
Crystal Palace v Doncaster

npower League 1
MK Dons v Bury
Brentford v Oldham
Stevenage v Carlisle
Walsall v Colchester

npower League 2
Accrington Stanley v Oxford United
Barnet v Swindon
Macclesfield v Plymouth
Port Vale v Crewe
AFC Wimbledon v Bradford
Dag & Red v Northampton

Blue Square Bet Premier
Braintree v Southport
Cambridge v Barrow
Forest Green v Luton
Hayes & Yeading v Lincoln

Stevenage v Oldham called off

Frozen out! Stevenage v Oldham called off as match falls victim to icy weather conditions

Stevenage's League One clash with Oldham Athletic due to be held tonight at the Lamex Stadium has had to be cancelled due to recent icy weather conditions which have frozen the pitch.

The two teams have already rescheduled the game once before due to Stevenage's FA Cup commitments and now the league clash has fallen foul of the inclement weather.

The Hertfordshire club had battled through the night with a team of staff an volunteers to clear snow and ice from the pitch and stands, but their efforts proved unsuccessful.

Snow joke: The match at the Lamex has had to be called off

Snow joke: The match at the Lamex has had to be called off

The referee's pitch inspection earlier on Tuesday mornign resulted in the match being abandoned, with the rescheduled fixture yet to be announced.

The club stated: 'We would like to thank all of the Stevenage supporters who came to help with the clearing of the snow: we were delighted with the turnout and the show of unity from the Boro faithful.

'Everyone now looks ahead to Saturday's home fixture against Carlisle United, a side that we are battling with for a Play off place, and we hope that huge support is shown again for our Boro heroes!'

And a statement on the Oldham website praised their opponents efforts in trying to make the pitch ready for play.

The statement said: 'Groundstaff and a band of volunteers worked for 24 hours and throughout the night to clear snow from the pitch at the Lamex Stadium.

'And despite their heroic efforts to clear around 10 centimetres of snow from on top of the frost covers for a 10.30am pitch inspection, the surface was ruled unfit.

'Large part of the surface were playable, but a number of sections were frozen which is why it failed the inspection and was called off.'