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Sergio Aguero plays golf without Carlos Tevez

Aguero plays golf on his own… (but where was team-mate Tevez to caddie for him)

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15:56 GMT, 1 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Sergio Aguero looks as though he could have done with the help of Manchester City and Argentina team-mate Carlos Tevez as he played his way around a golf course in Cheshire.

Aguero was all alone as he played a round just a week after Tevez was seen carrying the clubs of Argentinian compatriot Andres Romero round Royal Lytham & St Annes during The Open.

Sergio no mates: Man City's Aguero plays 18 holes on a Cheshire golf course all on his own on Wednesday morning

Sergio no mates: Man City's Aguero plays 18 holes on a Cheshire golf course all on his own on Wednesday morning

Aguero was playing a relaxing round of golf in between the strenuous pre-season training programme as Manchester City prepare to defend their Premier League crown.

Doing it himself: Aguero removes the pin as he plays a putt during a round of golf on his own

Doing it himself: Aguero removes the pin as he plays a putt during a round of golf on his own

The Argentinian star scored for City in their last game of their Asia tour as Roberto Mancini's side ran out 3-1 winners against Malaysia.

City kick off their title defence at home to Premier League new boys Southampton on August 19.

Sergio Aguero plays golf on his own

Aguero plays golf on his own… and he couldn't even convince Tevez to caddy for him

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UPDATED:

14:20 GMT, 1 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Sergio Aguero looks as though he could have done with the help of Manchester City and Argentina team-mate Carlos Tevez as he played his way around a golf course in Cheshire.

Aguero was all alone as he played a round just a week after Tevez was seen carrying the clubs of Argentinian compatriot Andres Romero round Royal Lytham & St Annes during The Open.

Sergio no mates: Man City's Aguero plays 18 holes on a Cheshire golf course all on his own on Wednesday morning

Sergio no mates: Man City's Aguero plays 18 holes on a Cheshire golf course all on his own on Wednesday morning

Aguero was playing a relaxing round of golf in between the strenuous pre-season training programme as Manchester City prepare to defend their Premier League crown.

Doing it himself: Aguero removes the pin as he plays a putt during a round of golf on his own

Doing it himself: Aguero removes the pin as he plays a putt during a round of golf on his own

The Argentinian star scored for City in their last game of their Asia tour as Roberto Mancini's side ran out 3-1 winners against Malaysia.

City kick off their title defence at home to Premier League new boys Southampton on August 19.

Carlos Tevez caddying labelled "absolute madness"

Absolute madness! Tevez blasted for his abject caddying at The Open

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08:55 GMT, 24 July 2012

Carlos Tevez caddying during the final round of the Open has been described as 'absolute madness' by Royal and Ancient Club championship committee chairman Jim McArthur.

Manchester City striker Tevez caused a stir when he carried the bag for his Argentinian compatriot Andres Romero on Sunday at Royal Lytham.

Golf fan Tevez, a 13-handicapper, admitted he could not give Romero any advice but enjoyed the experience nonetheless.

Bag lady: Carlos Tevez caddied for Argentina's Andres Romero at The Open

Bag lady: Carlos Tevez caddied for Argentina's Andres Romero at The Open

The move has drawn criticism from McArthur though, with the R&A committee chairman saying the issue needs to be looked into.

'He never put the bag down, even when he was standing on the green – it's just absolute madness,' McArthur said. 'I think we need to to look at this particular case. We normally get a list of caddies at the start of the week.'

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson took a different view of the incident, saying: 'It was pretty interesting. I thought, because of the big crowd following the group, that golf fans and football fans may overlap a little more than I had realised. It's not a bad thing, perhaps.'

Tevez was at Royal Lytham on Saturday to watch Romero, who started the Open with rounds of 70 and 69, shoot 77.

Tevez then took the bag for Romero's final round, which saw the 31-year-old card an 82 to finish last in the tournament of the players who made Friday's cut on an 18-over total of 298.

Wendy Houvenaghel wins silver individual pursuit

Houvenaghel is bridesmaid again as Brit settles for silver in individual pursuit

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09:58 GMT, 8 April 2012

Wendy Houvenaghel again had to settle for women's individual pursuit silver on the final day of the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne.

In the non-Olympic three-kilometre event, the 37-year-old from Northern Ireland qualified second fastest and was unable to overhaul New Zealand's Alison Shanks in the final.

Shanks took gold in three minutes
30.199 seconds, while Houvenaghel finished in 3mins 32.340secs. Ashlee
Ankudinoff of Australia claimed bronze.

Silver lining: Wendy Houvenaghel was second in the individual pursuit

Silver lining: Wendy Houvenaghel was second in the individual pursuit

Houvenaghel was Olympic silver medallist behind Rebecca Romero in the event in 2008, before finishing second to Shanks at the 2009 World Championships and 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny progressed to the keirin final, but Matt Crampton missed out and will now compete in the minor final.

Back in action: Chris Hoy of Great Britain leads the field in the keirin

Back in action: Chris Hoy of Great Britain leads the field in the keirin

Hoy – the 2007, 2008 and 2010 world champion and Olympic champion in Beijing in the event which begins behind a motorised Derny bike – won his second round contest, with Mickael Bourgain of France second and Kenny third to advance. Crampton was fifth.

MASTERS 2012: Padraig Harrington shares par three win with Jonathan Byrd

Harrington shares par three win as thunderstorm cuts short contest

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21:03 GMT, 4 April 2012

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UPDATED:

21:03 GMT, 4 April 2012

Padraig Harrington became the first player to win a hat-trick of par three titles at The Masters – but just like his first victory in 2003 he had to share the honour.

The competition could not be completed because of a thunderstorm, leaving Harrington as joint winner with American Jonathan Byrd after both returned five-under-par scores of 22.

Nine years ago the 40-year-old Dubliner tied with David Toms, but bad weather prevented a play-off then as well. Twelve months later he beat Argentina's Eduardo Romero in sudden death.

Three-sy does it: Padraig Harrington celebrates winning the Par 3 Contest for the third time

Three-sy does it: Padraig Harrington celebrates winning the Par 3 Contest for the third time

What it means again, though, is that Harrington will have to beat a jinx to become Masters champion on Sunday.

Since the par three event started in 1960, nobody has lifted that crown and then won the event proper as well four days later.

Last year's Wednesday champion Luke Donald did not even take part this time because he wanted to focus on the main event, while Open champion Darren Clarke was another non-participant because he wanted to rest a sore groin.

Most players treat it as light relief and invite family, friends or even celebrities to act as their caddies.

Share of the win: Jonathan Byrd was joint 1st in the Par 3 contest

Share of the win: Jonathan Byrd was joint 1st in the Par 3 contest

Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn had television presenters Ant and Dec – Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – carrying their bags, with Bjorn finishing with a hole-in-one.

Harrington went round with his sons Patrick (eight) and Ciaran (four), as well as Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and American amateur Patrick Cantlay.

'This is my 13th time playing it and the least amount of wind, so the scoring was on,' he said. 'The whole thing is memorable. I didn't hit anything stone dead or anything like that.'

He actually missed the last green and was close to going into the water, but chipped to four feet and saved par.

LONDON 2102 OLYMPICS: Wendy Houvenaghel puts dentist career on hold to pursue cycling gold

Houvenaghel puts dentist career on hold to pursue cycling gold in London

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16:31 GMT, 26 March 2012

The dental surgery awaits aspiring Olympic champion Wendy Houvenaghel after the London Games.

But before returning to her chosen career, Houvenaghel is determined to experience the elation of victory in the three-woman, three-kilometre team pursuit in the capital in August.

Houvenaghel has made numerous sacrifices in her bid for gold and to go one better than in Beijing, when she claimed silver behind team-mate Rebecca Romero in the 3km individual pursuit – an event in which she has also finished second in the world (twice) and the Commonwealth.

Part of the team: Wendy Houvenaghel (left) with Laura Trott and Danielle King celebrate after wining the Women's Team Pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships in 2011

Part of the team: Wendy Houvenaghel (left) with Laura Trott and Danielle King celebrate after wining the Women's Team Pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships in 2011

Events at the London velodrome are her primary focus, but the Northern Irishwoman plans to resume pulling teeth post-Games.

'There's a lot I need to think about the future, but at the moment I can only think about the next few weeks and months and the Olympic Games,' Houvenaghel said.

'I'd imagine at some point in time I'll pick up my dentist drill again and resume that career.

'I have been keeping up to date and I will look forward to getting back to that again, just when remains to be seen.'

While changes to the Olympic programme, including the removal of the individual pursuit, contributed to Romero's retirement, Houvenaghel redoubled her efforts in search of gold.

Houvenaghel has been a full-time athlete for six years and at 37, she is 14 years older than the next oldest rider in the four-woman squad who race the team pursuit – Joanna Rowsell is 23, Dani King 21 and Laura Trott will turn 20 next month.

On track for success: Houvenaghel (back) in action in 2009

On track for success: Houvenaghel (back) in action in 2009

Their presence has reinvigorated Houvenaghel, who last October moved to Manchester for final preparations for London, leaving husband Ian at home in Cornwall.

Houvenaghel added: 'I'm totally committed to attempt to win the gold medal with my team-mates in August and there are many sacrifices I've had to make along the way.
'Now my focus is better than ever before and I'm excited about making the most of the next few months.'

Four into three means one rider has to miss out and it was Houvenaghel who was omitted after the qualifying ride at February's Track World Cup in London, with Rowsell, King and Trott combining to take gold in a world record of three minutes 18.148 seconds in the final.

Coach Paul Manning and British Cycling's management were keen for all four riders to compete in London and Houvenaghel was philosophical about her omission.

She added: “It was important and it makes us stronger as a team now that everyone has raced under race conditions on the Olympic track.

Looking to go one better: Houvenaghel won silver in Beijing behind Rebecca Romero in the women's individual pursuit track cycling

Looking to go one better: Houvenaghel won silver in Beijing behind Rebecca Romero in the women's individual pursuit track cycling

'It was a fabulous achievement and it would've been great to have been part of that performance.

'But I'm convinced we're going to go much faster in the months leading up to the Olympic Games. There are big things to come.'

Houvenaghel's influence on the team pursuit is impossible to understate.

The Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, which begin on April 4, will be the fifth occasion the event has been on the programme, with Britain winning three of the previous four titles.

Speed queen: Houvenaghel has put her dentist career on hold

Speed queen: Houvenaghel has put her dentist career on hold

Houvenaghel has been part of all three triumphs and combined with King and Trott to win the world champions' rainbow jerseys in Apeldoorn in 2011.

Houvenaghel is targeting a faster ride in Australia than in London and believes it would provide a major boost in morale, while also denting that of their rivals, if Britain again claim world gold.

'We are aiming for a better performance again in Melbourne,' she said.

'It would certainly give us more confidence than ever before (to win the world title). It might intimidate the opposition to some extent.

'But what happens in London on August 3 and 4 is everyone's focus.'

Indeed, everything is about the Olympics, but Houvenaghel has tentative plans post-Games, after “a few days off”, and is targeting a medal at September's Road World Championships time-trial in Limburg, Holland.

There is the prospect of competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and starting a family, but, while there are numerous future possibilities, they all hinge on one thing.

'A lot of that will depend on how the Olympics goes,' she said.

London 2012 Olympics: Dani King cycling medal contention

King puts disappointment behind her to ride into medal contention for London

Dani King has bounced back from rejection by British Cycling to become a gold medal hopeful at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old from Southampton was initially on British Cycling”s sprint programme, but was overlooked for the residential academy.

She re-evaluated her targets, focusing on her endurance background in swimming and running and her genes – her father Trevor King is a double Winter Olympian in biathlon.

Olympic dream: Dani King (front) hopes to go for gold in London

Olympic dream: Dani King (front) hopes to go for gold in London

“No-one really knew what potential I had as a cyclist,” King said.

“It was a shock when they came up to me and said “do you want to try sprinting I think you”ll be quite good”.

“But I really do believe it”s helped me considerably for team pursuit and omnium.”

In little more than a year as part of the British squad, King has enjoyed stellar success.

Her potential was recognised at the 2010 British Championships when she was a member of the squad which won the team pursuit national title and she was invited by Paul Manning, the women”s endurance coach, to train in Manchester from November last year.

Gear shift: King changed her approach to ensure success on her bike

Gear shift: King changed her approach to ensure success on her bike

Olympic champions Rebecca Romero and Nicole Cooke were among those in consideration for the British squad then, but now King is one of four riders in competition for the three-woman, three-kilometre team pursuit squad in London alongside Wendy Houvenaghel, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott.

King has proved her credentials this year, combining with Houvenaghel and Trott to win the world title in March and claiming European gold in October, alongside Trott and Rowsell.

She said: “It”s unbelievable how much I”ve achieved this year.

Sitting pretty: Dani King

Sitting pretty: Dani King

“I just want to keep working now and get in the team for the Olympics.

“My aspirations were to become world and Olympic gold medallist – that”s what I”ve always wanted to do.

“I just wanted to do my best and become the best bike rider I could be, whether that was world champion or not.

“I”ve done that now so the next one is that gold medal at the Olympics.”

Kinghas taken inspiration from Dame Kelly Holmes, a double Olympic championin Athens following an injury-hit career, and Sir Chris Hoy, a four-time Olympic gold medallist and now her British team-mate.

She was thrilled to be granted a second chance in endurance events.

“I”ve grabbed that opportunity and it”s been absolutely fantastic,” she added.

“It”s all been great for me. I wouldn”t change anything. I”m just happy where I am now coming towards London.”