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London 2012 Olympics: Great Britain open hockey test event with Korea win

British women edge out Korea on Olympic pitch at Riverbank Arena test event

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UPDATED:

18:25 GMT, 2 May 2012

Great Britain won their first match on the Olympic hockey pitch after Alex Danson scored the only goal against Korea at the test event for London 2012.

Reading forward Danson celebrated winning her 50th international cap with a superb winner eight minutes from full time in front of a 4,000 strong British crowd at the Riverbank Arena.

The 26-year-old's reverse-stick strike proved enough for Danny Kerry's side, who will again lock horns with Korea at the Games themselves.

Match-winner: Great Britain forward Alex Danson (centre) celebrates with her team-mates

Match-winner: Great Britain forward Alex Danson (centre) celebrates with her team-mates

Catch me if you can: Danson is challenged by South Korea's Han Hyelyoung

Catch me if you can: Danson is challenged by South Korea's Han Hyelyoung

Danson said: 'The atmosphere was amazing. It was incredible to receive my 50th cap here on home turf and it was lovely to get a goal too.

'I was thinking I'd take it on my reverse because I'm pretty comfortable there and I just hit it. The goalkeeper got a glove to it but it was great to see it go in.'

Danson's strike got Britain off the hook after a disappointing performance that offered little in attack. Coach Kerry admitted his side had not played to their full potential but was able to take some positives from the win.

Striking: Spectators watch Britain play Korea on the colourful blue and pink Olympic pitch

Striking: Spectators watch Britain play Korea on the colourful blue and pink Olympic pitch

Up and running: India (in white) play Australia in a men's preliminary round match at the test event

Up and running: India (in white) play Australia in a men's preliminary round match at the test event

'In terms of chances Korea probably shaded it overall with corners, but we did have some good open play opportunities which we unfortunately we didn't take,' said Kerry. 'I'm not overly disappointed with our performance, we got a win, but I am disappointed that we didn't take the good chances we had.'

British captain Kate Walsh, who won her 100th cap, added: 'We know we can play a lot better but it's brilliant to get out there, get the first game in our legs and start building the positivity and the momentum towards the Olympics.'

Fans' view: Argentina beat China in the opening match at the Riverbank Arena at the Olympic Park

Fans' view: Argentina beat China in the opening match at the Riverbank Arena at the Olympic Park

Chase: South Korea's Hyelyoung Han gets away from Great Britain's Nicola White and Sarah Thomas

Chase: South Korea's Hyelyoung Han gets away from Great Britain's Nicola White and Sarah Thomas

Eight teams – four per gender – are playing in London over the five days of the test tournament. In the opening match of the event, gold medal favourites Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over Chile.

The arena was operating at just a fraction of its 12,000 capacity, but the attendance will edge up towards the weekend. Britain are due to play Argentina on Saturday.

Britain's men take on Germany in their opening game on Wednesday evening.

London 2012 Olympics: Hockey test event

Hockey teams to be put to the test as world's best come calling

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 1 May 2012

Great Britain’s hockey teams begin a stern test of their Olympic medal credentials as they face a selection of the world’s top sides in the test event on Wednesday.

The Riverbank Arena, the site of the tournament this summer, is expected to be at 15,000 capacity as Team GB do battle with Korea at 1.15pm in the women’s event, and Germany at 6.30pm in the men’s.

Home: The Riverbank Arena will host the hockey test event

Home: The Riverbank Arena will host the hockey test event

Bernd Wiesberger claims Ballantine"s Championship title

Austrian Wiesberger claims Ballantine's Championship title in South Korea

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UPDATED:

08:25 GMT, 29 April 2012

Bernd Wiesberger cruised to his first career European Tour title as he won the Ballantine's Championship in Icheon, South Korea by five shots from Scotland's Richie Ramsay.

Ramsay had the best round of any of the leaders with a seven-under 65 catapulting him up to second place, but it was not enough to catch Wiesberger who comfortably breezed home, enjoying birdies on three of the last four holes, including the 18th.

Wiesberger had begun the day with a five-shot advantage and never looked troubled as he focused on keeping mistakes to a minimum.

Sealed with a kiss: Bernd Wiesberger celebrates with the trophy after winning the Ballantine's Championship

Sealed with a kiss: Bernd Wiesberger celebrates with the trophy after winning the Ballantine's Championship

'I just tried to enjoy it and I had the three best rounds of my life,” said Wiesberger. 'I tried not to make bogeys and I did that pretty well, it was awesome.

'My game plan was to hit as many greens as possible and try to make putts, and they dropped in the end.

'I didn't get nervous, I had three or four shots. There was a pretty shaky moment at 12 but I made a great chip and a putt for par, but I just tried to enjoy it the last three or four holes in.'

The 26-year-old did not drop a shot over his final 59 holes in the tournament.

On his way to victory: Wiesberger teeing off at the 17th

On his way to victory: Wiesberger teeing off at the 17th

Ramsay had a blemish-free round, with seven birdies lifting him five places to second, two shots clear of Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who fired a 66 to move up to third alongside Australian Marcus Fraser, who needed a birdie on the 18th to salvage a round of 70 following a bogey on the previous hole.

England's Anthony Wall had a final round of 67 to move into a tie for fifth alongside Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Ross Fisher had struggled for most of the week here, but a closing round of 66 – four shots better than anything else he had managed in the tournament – moved him up 17 places into a share of seventh alongside Paul McGinley, Alexander Noren, George Coetzee and Felipe Aguilar.

Paul Casey in the hunt at Ballantine"s

Casey in the hunt as Frenchman Dubuisson leads Ballantine's

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UPDATED:

11:20 GMT, 26 April 2012

Victor Dubuisson held a two-shot lead at the end of the opening day of the Ballantine's Championship in Icheon, South Korea.

The Frenchman recovered from a double bogey on the par-four fourth to mix eight birdies with two bogeys in a round of 68.

That left Dubuisson on four under, two ahead of a group of five players which includes English pair Paul Casey and Mark Foster.

In contention: Paul Casey is two shots off the lead after round one

In contention: Paul Casey is two shots off the lead after round one

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Casey had four birdies and bogeys at the ninth and 11th holes, while Foster also had four birdies and two dropped shots to card 70.

Scotland's Richie Ramsey had a double bogey on the fifth, but sank five birdies to lie on two under, with Welshman Jamie Donaldson on the same mark after dropping a shot on the 18th. Local favourite Jung Ji-ho completed the group.

Eleven players were tied for seventh on one under, among them Oliver Fisher and Ross Fisher of England, and Irishman Paul McGinley.

Windy conditions made life difficult for many of the competitors, but Dubuisson was more than satisfied with his efforts for the round.

Out in front: Victor Dubuisson is the early leader at the Ballantine's Championship

Out in front: Victor Dubuisson is the early leader at the Ballantine's Championship

'Very pleased with playing four under today,' he said on the European Tour's website.

'My putting was really, really good today and I think it's the only way to achieve good scoring in these conditions.

'On the third hole the wind was from the left, and so on the fourth tee I thought the wind was going to be sort of left to right, but the wind was turning all the time.

'The wind just turned right to left and it went into the water. So I was not really upset after this double bogey because I didn't hit a bad shot.

Solid start: Scotland's Richie Ramsay signed for a 70 at the Ballantine's

Solid start: Scotland's Richie Ramsay signed for a 70 at the Ballantine's

'I did my best to get back my concentration, and I made two birdies, good putts on five and six, and that was the good turn today.'

Casey, who only recently returned to playing following a shoulder injury, believes he can challenge for the title if he finds some consistency.

'I know if I play the golf I'm capable of, I've got a very good chance to win,' said the Englishman.

'The way I played today, I need to keep that form going because there's a long way to go.'

Ballantine"s Championhip: Live leaderboard

Ballantine's Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

The European Tour is in South Korea this week for the Ballantine's Championship.

Defending champion Lee Westwood is not in the field so Adam Scott starts as the favourite.

You can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

No repeat: Defending champion Lee Westwood is not in the field

No repeat: Defending champion Lee Westwood is not in the field

Arsenal flop Park targeted by Belgian outfit Anderlecht

Arsenal flop Park targeted by Belgian side Anderlecht

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 16 March 2012

Anderlecht want Arsenal striker Park Chu-young, who was demoted to the reserves after scoring one goal in six appearances.

Arsenal are expected to listen to offers for the striker in the summer with Fulham and Monaco also interested.

Out of favour: Arsenal striker Park

Out of favour: Arsenal striker Park

Park has had his compulsory military service in South Korea delayed for 10 years.

The South Korea's Military Manpower Administration said on Friday that Park's 10-year residency visa from Monaco means he can put off his service until 2022.

In loan deals, West Ham have signed Portsmouth keeper Stephen Henderson,.

Wigan defender Rob Kiernan has joined Accrington and Leicester's Franck Moussa has signed for Chesterfield.

Rangers accept fee for Matt McKay

Rangers reduce wage bill as crisis club accept fee for midfielder McKay

Raising funds: Matt McKay (right) is set to be sold

Raising funds: Matt McKay (right) is set to be sold

Rangers have accepted an offer for Matt McKay from South Korean club Busan I'Park.

The transfer, if completed, would give Rangers a much-needed injection of cash and reduce their wage bill as administrators look to cut costs at the club.

A statement on the club's official website read: 'Rangers have confirmed today that a fee has been agreed with Busan but that negotiations on the transfer are still continuing.'

McKay joined Rangers from Brisbane Roar in August for a fee after captaining his former side to the A-League title.

However, the Australia midfielder, who had been voted his country's player of the year, made only three first-team appearances for Rangers.

The 29-year-old had a brief spell in South Korea in 2006 when he joined Incheon United on loan during the Australian close season.

Administrators have not announced any job cuts at Rangers since being appointed on Valentine's Day and have said redundancies are not inevitable, according to manager Ally McCoist.

The administrators have so far focused on probing recent financial dealings around the club, confirming that owner Craig Whyte had paid off an 18million debt to Lloyds Banking Group with money raised from future season ticket sales.

Steve Bruce linked South Korea job

Next Korea move, Steve Axed Bruce open to shock switch to national side

Axed Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has said he would be interested in becoming the next coach of South Korea after being approached by officials from the country’s football association.

Bruce was ousted from his role at the Stadium of Light last month but could be back in work by the new year with the 2002 World Cup semi-finalists.

The former Manchester United defender joins Sven-Goran Eriksson, Guus Hiddink, Senol Gunes, Marco van Basten and former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari on the Korea Football Association (KFA) shortlist.

Asian adventure Bruce has been linked with the vacant South Korea job

Asian adventure Bruce has been linked with the vacant South Korea job

However, Bruce’s lack of international management pedigree will count against him landing the role which could earn him up to 640,000-a-year.

A KFA representative said: ‘Once we know who the ideal candidate is, we’ll begin talks with that person,’

The Black Cats sacked manager Steve Bruce with the club languishing in 1th place in the Barclays Premier League after a disappointing start to the season.

Bruce was handed a huge transfer fund of almost 24 million in the summer but that wasn”t translated into results on the pitch.

The former Wigan manager, who joined Sunderland in 2009, became the first top flight manager to be dismissed this season.

On top of the world: The 2002 joint hosts reached the semi-finals

On top of the world: The 2002 joint hosts reached the semi-finals