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SCOOP 72: Scoop 72 hours sports round-up

SCOOP 72

Scoop 72 hours sports round-up

Tiger Woods wins PGA - Olympic officials red-faced - Arsenal beat Liverpool - Arsenal star to start addiction centre -Veteran striker Romario has Olympic hopes - South African cricket captain speaks off scandals -Cricket Boks comeback to beat Aussies - Pakistan beat New Zealand - Lindford still hopes to coach despite steroid ban - Sydney City to play Brisbane to Nrl final - Tyson may be banned from Britain - Kuertan beats Safin - Wellington train well, look ahead to Northland - What can the ABs do - Scoop wonders?

Tiger wins PGA: Golfer extraordinaire and the worlds hottest athlete Tiger Woods revealed and grit and real championship winning tenacity to win a three-hole playoff, against Bob May, to win the PGA championship and join legend Ben Hogan as the only men to win three majors in one year.

Olympic officials red-faced: Sydney Olympiad authorities are red-faced after it was shown they had put the image of Rome's Collosseum on the medals instead of the historically accurate ancient Olympic arena - the Greek Pantheon.

Arsenal beat Liverpool: The Gunners recovered from the opening weekend loss to Sunderland with an exciting 2-0 win over Liverpool. However Arsene Wenger's Arsenal squads happiness was tempered by the red card given to star midfielder Patrick Viera _ his second in three days and sure to provide him and his club with future repercussions.

Arsenal star to start addiction centre: Arsenal and English stalwart Tony Adams, once jailed for drunk-driving and an admitted alcoholic, has decided to open an addiction treatment centre for fellow players who get hook on drugs, booze and or betting.

Veteran star hopes to play for Brazil: After joining with his striking partner for heroic World Cup winning performances at USA 1994 Romario is hoping to comeback with impact at the Sydney Olympics.

South African cricket captain speaks of scandals: For the first time new Bok captain class all-rounder Shaun Pollack says the players involved have no excuses and while there should'nt be life bans there has to be consequences to suffers.

Cricket Boks comeback to beat Aussies: South Africa, minus two crucial players pulled off an almost unreal comeback to beat the World Champion Australians by eight runs to draw a hard fought series.

Pakistan beat New Zealand: Pakistan beat NZ by 12 runs in a high scoring game at opening of the Singapore Challenge tournament.

Lindford Christie still hopes to coach despite steroid ban: Outstanding Olympic champion sprinter Lindford Christie is insistant he will coach in Sydney despite his ban for testing positive for banned steroid nandrolone.

Sydney versus Brisbane in NRL final: After mounting a 'hail mary' comeback to eliminate an Andrew Johns inspired and formidable Newcastle team the Sydney Roosters now have to beat the NRL's form team - the Brisbance Broncos - featuring stars like Brad Thorn, Gordon Tallis, Kevin Walters, Wendall Sailor, Michael Devere, Ben Ikin, Darren Lockyear and the incredible one-armed wonder Shane Webke. But with Brad Fittler at the helm and Bryan Fletcher, Craig Wing, Matt Sing, David Solomona, Luke Phillips and Andrew Lam leading a team desperate for success the Grand Final shapes as yet another classic battle of brawn, brain, pain and passion.

Tyson may be banned from Britain: Mike Tyson could be banned from boxing in Britain following the controversial end to his fight with Lou Savarse in Glasgow last June.

Kuertan beat Safin: Brazilian sensation Gustavo Kuertan won his hard-court title with a 3-6, 7-6(7-2), 7-6(7-2) in the Indianapolis RCA championships.

Wellington train well look forward to Northland: Pleased with having already knocked over the two traditionally tough Southern rivals - Otago and Canterbury - Wellington captain says he was looking forward to taking on Northerners on the weekend.
Speaking after Tuesday training at Rongotai College Hewitt said: "We trained well today and put it in. We're happy with our start especially beat Otago for the first time. But now we have to concentrate on getting it right against Northland.
Wellington coach Graham Mourie was pleased with the training but warned "We have to keep it on. The two early wins were excellent but we have to make sure to continue to win".
Sidelined with a sore shoulder Lion's lock Dion Waller reminded observers of the strength of Canterbury two weeks ago and thus the standard of Wellington's effort to beat them.
Confirming he will definitely be playing against Northland Waller was upbeat about the Lions form. "We beat a good team (canterbury) and the atmosphere was big that day so we were under pressure.
"Hopefully the crowd will be out this week as with Justin Collins and Glen Taylor it's sure to be a tough game.

What can the All Blacks do - Scoop wonders? Come back down to earth ....remember they are human rugby players who only came fourth at the World Cup. With that in mind they to play their guts out, tackle and never give up. The black jersey has so much value. Fans who will never get a chance to touch one let alone don it, run out in it and put their hand on the heart during the game would practically die for the chance to wear it. So to the guys that do we know you wear it with pride - who wouldn't? - but you are supposed to die for it - remember Tiny Hill, Colin Meads, Wayne Shelford and what they'd do when in black and more recently look at much Shane - no pain; maybe no brain - Webke wanted to wear the Broncos colours on the weekend. That is the desire that wins games it's in the head and heart not the gymnasium, shrinks couch or managers office.


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