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George Groves cut sees Kenny Anderson clash scrapped

Groves Wembley showdown with Brit rival Anderson scrapped after cut

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UPDATED:

14:18 GMT, 2 August 2012

George Groves has been forced to withdraw from his proposed domestic showdown with Kenny Anderson on September 14 because of a cut.

Groves suffered the damage above his right eye in the third round of his stoppage victory over Mexican Francisco Sierra in San Jose, California in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 24-year-old dispatched Sierra in the sixth round, but the cut will prevent him from defending his British and Commonwealth titles against Anderson at Wembley Arena.

Stopped in his tracks: George Groves suffered a cut during his victory over Francisco Sierra in San Jose

Stopped in his tracks: George Groves suffered a cut during his victory over Francisco Sierra in San Jose

It is the latest injury setback for Groves, who until Sunday had been inactive since November because of back and nose injuries.

Following Groves' withdrawal the September 14 event, promoted by Frank Warren, will now take place at York Hall

Billy Joe Saunders has been promoted to the top of the bill with a mandatory defence of his Commonwealth middleweight tile Championship against unbeaten Australian Jarrod Fletcher.

Salford City Reds 20 Bradford Bulls 20: Late Broughton try snatches draw

Salford City Reds 20 Bradford Bulls 20: Late Broughton try snatches draw

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 18 May 2012

Jodie Broughton snatched a dramatic draw for Salford with a try three minutes from time.

The Reds trailed 20-16 until Broughton took a Luke Patten pass to go over in the corner but Daniel Holdsworth missed the conversion.

Karl Pryce bagged a hat-trick for the Bulls, who were also awarded a controversial Tom Burgess try by referee Richard Silverwood.

Salford City Reds 20 Bradford Bulls 20

The Reds, playing against a strong wind in the first half, trailed 10-6 at the break.

Bradford went into the clash having triumphed in 22 of their 29 Super League meetings against Salford, who won 38-18 at Odsal in March.

The Bulls were missing the suspended John Bateman with Andy Purtell, Jarrod Sammut, Chev Walker, Nick Scruton and Brett Kearney still sidelined through injury.
But Bryn Hargreaves, formerly with Wigan and St Helens, made his 200th career appearance.

Salford faced an uphill task winning the forward battle with Shannon McPherson, Ben Gledhill, Jordan James, Vinnie Anderson and Wayne Godwin all missing from a depleted pack.

But Reds prop Adam Sidlow tore into the Bulls from the start and ploughed over for his first try since last June in the sixth minute after Craig Kopczak conceded a penalty.

Holdsworth tagged on the conversion but the Bulls almost replied when Hargreaves released the ball close to the Reds line but the chance went begging.

Jamie Langley's clever distribution gave Salford problems, with Steve Wild putting in a crunching tackle to clear another danger.

Burgess made an immediate impression when he appeared as sub but Salford's defence held firm until Pryce powered over in the corner after 32 minutes.

Luke Gale missed the conversion but a surging Elliott Whitehead run gave Bradford more confidence.

Pryce notched his second try in three minutes from a looping Gale pass after Salford conceded another penalty.

This time Gale made no mistake with the goal attempt to fire his side ahead 10-6 at the interval.

Sean Gleeson spilled the ball straight from the kick-off in the second half before Salford rallied courtesy of a sizzling Luke Patten break.

Holdsworth and Gleeson combined for Danny Williams to squeeze over in the corner and make it 10-10.

The Bulls hit back immediately with Pryce completing his hat-trick after Ben Jeffries saw the Reds cover out of position and his precision kick bounced kindly for the winger.

It was still anybody's game and Gleeson's smart flick pass put Williams over for his second try after 55 minutes, with Holdsworth's conversion edging the Reds in front 16-14.

Pryce came close to a fourth try from a Gale kick but was pushed into touch by Williams.

Both sides made frequent handling mistakes round the ruck but it was Burgess' controversial try nine minutes from time which restored the Bulls' lead.

Shaun Ainscough looked yards offside when he collected Jeffries' kick to put Burgess over and Gale converted to make it 20-16.

Referee Silverwood allowed the try to stand, to Salford's fury, but Broughton struck back after Oliver Elima was sin-binned.

Jarrod Lyle suffers leukemia recurrence

Devastating blow for Lyle with golf star set for fresh chemotherapy after leukemia

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UPDATED:

08:15 GMT, 9 March 2012

Jarrod Lyle has suffered a recurrence of leukemia upon returning home to Australia to prepare for the birth of his first child.

Robert Allenby, who supports a cancer program that once had Lyle as a patient, said he received word on Thursday that Lyle was going to start chemotherapy as soon as his wife gave birth.

'If he starts chemo now, he won't be able to touch the baby or watch the birth,' Allenby said. 'They're inducing her today, and she has the baby, he goes straight into treatments. It's just devastating.'

Fitness fight: Jarrod Lyle is set to undergo more chemotherapy

Fitness fight: Jarrod Lyle is set to undergo more chemotherapy

Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17. He not only recovered, but went on to earn his PGA Tour card. He thought the chemotherapy from his teen years would make him infertile, and was thrilled to learn his wife, Briony, was pregnant.

'He just got his whole life where he wants,' said Allenby, who has been exchanging text messages with Lyle throughout the day. 'He's married, he has a new baby coming, he's playing great golf. And now this. It's the same cancer that's come back, the same leukemia.'

Lyle's manager Tony Bouffler said Friday the player was in good spirits and elated about the pending birth of his child, which was expected by Saturday.

'He's of good country stock and he's
pretty resilient,' Bouffler said, adding that Lyle would begin
chemotherapy treatments on Monday in Melbourne.

Support: Robert Allenby revealed the news

Support: Robert Allenby revealed the news

Lyle matched his best finish on the PGA Tour three weeks ago at Riviera, where he missed a playoff by two shots and tied for fifth. He went to Mexico and tied for 37th.

Perhaps his greatest fame in America came last year in the Phoenix Open, when he made an ace on the raucous par-3 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale.

Allenby saw him last week in south Florida.

'I said to him, “What's wrong with you You don't look good,'' Allenby said. 'He said he thought he was bitten last week in Mexico. His left arm was tight and sore in the vein, like he had a virus.

'I said, “You should go home and get checked out, especially coming from where you've been.” He was going to go home because his wife was due in two weeks. It's just terrible.'

Allenby first met Lyle in the 'Challenge a Cancer' network in Australia, when Lyle was 17 and had just been diagnosed. Lyle mentioned his affinity for golf – he was about a two-handicap at the time – and recalled getting Allenby's autograph at Victoria Golf Club one year.

Lyle not only recovered, but seven years later he played in his first British Open, sharing a practice round at Royal Liverpool with Allenby. He first reached the PGA Tour in 2007, and made it back each of the last three years.

Allenby said he heard of Lyle's relapse through Dave Rogers, the CEO of the 'Challenge' support network.

'We keep a close eye on Jarrod. He's kind of like our No 1 with the success he's had to get where he is,' Allenby said. 'Now to go through it again, it's devastating.'

Ian Poulter leads Australian Masters

Poulter”s purple reign as snappy dresser powers ahead at Australian Masters

Ian Poulter put world No 1 Luke Donald in the shade to seize the lead after the opening round of the JBWere Australian Masters.

Poulter fired a six-under-par 65 at Victoria Golf Club to gain a one-stroke advantage over local hopeful Ashley Hall.

Peter Lonard, Jarrod Lyle and Matthew Giles were among six players on 67, one shot clear of Rod Pampling and Richard Green and two ahead of Donald.

Purple patch: Ian Poulter set the early Australian Masters pace with a 65

Purple patch: Ian Poulter set the early Australian Masters pace with a 65

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Australian Greg Chalmers, looking to add another trophy after his recent Australian Open and Australian PGA titles, matched Donald”s 69, while defending champion Stuart Appleby returned a 70 after deciding only at the last minute that he was fit to play.

Suits you sir: Poulter

Suits you sir: Poulter”s trousers

Sitting pretty: Poulter

Sitting pretty: Poulter

Nathan Green”s 69 included the shot of the day when he holed his second from the fairway for eagle at the par-four third.

Matteo Manassero struggled with the afternoon breeze to record a 76.

Decked out in purple tartan trousers, purple sweater and matching purple shoes, Poulter dropped a shot at his second hole, the 11th, before picking up seven birdies for his 65.

Steady start: World No 1 Luke Donald is four behind Poulter after a 69

Steady start: World No 1 Luke Donald is four behind Poulter after a 69

Poulter”s more highly-fancied fellow Englishman Donald was disappointed with his short game.

“I hit it quite well on the back nine but (on) my front nine just made no putts,” said Donald. “Two birdies, no bogies could have been a lot worse, could have been a little bit better, but it”s something to build on.”

The unheralded Hall, 794th in the world rankings, began on the back nine and raced to the turn in 29, including five birdies and an eagle three at the short par-five 18th.

Rough stuff: But home hope Ashley Hall managed a 66 to sit in second place on his own behind Poulter

Rough stuff: But home hope Ashley Hall managed a 66 to sit in second place on his own behind Poulter

The 28-year-old winner of the 2009 Victorian Open had John Wade”s eight-year-old course record of 63 in his sights before stumbling towards the end of his round.

He double-bogeyed the eighth hole after leaving his second shot in the bunker.

“Through 10 holes it could have been quite amazing really,” said Hall.

Appleby had been a doubt with a chronic back injury and played with a back brace clearly visible under his black shirt.

He worked for an hour on the putting green and practice range under the supervision of his coach Steve Bann and a physiotherapist before declaring himself ready to “give it a crack”.

The 40-year-old managed to shrug off similar injury concerns 12 months ago to win the Australian Masters by one stroke from Adam Bland.