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FC United of Manchester on the way up

On Saturday, FC United of Manchester are at home to Harrogate Town in the FA Trophy.

FC United, the club formed in 2005 by disaffected Manchester United supporters in response to the Glazer takeover, recently implemented a Loan Stock fund-raising initiative to help develop their new home ground and community facilities is Moston.

By coincidence, this push by the club, that plays in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, came weeks before Edward Glazer announced plans to sell 3 million Manchester United shares. The sale is expected to raise about €36.5 million. According to a statement from Old Trafford: "Manchester United will not receive any proceeds from the sale." The Glazer family own about 80 percent of shares in the club and control almost 95 percent of the voting rights.

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"Father Time remains undefeated," Tiger Woods joked last week before his first game in four months due to back surgery. However, struggling with illness, he finished joint last in the 18-player Hero World Challenge. 39 this month and without a major win since the US Open in 2008, Woods has a mountain to climb as he patiently rebuilds his game. There's some concern that Tiger may find himself slipping out of the top 50. However, admitting he needs to work on chipping and putting, a relieved Woods says: "I like what I'm doing right now."

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Ronaldo, sold for €94 million by Manchester United, might not always have impressed the panel on RTE television but, despite the derision, the lad's done well.

On Saturday, he set a La Liga record for the fastest 200 goals. It took him just 178 games. And with 23 hat-tricks, he's two ahead of Lionel Messi. "You have to come up with new words to describe Ronaldo," says Real Madrid team mate Sergio Ramos. If memory serves me right, the critical RTE panel already did.

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Former Irish Olympian Andy Lee, steps into the ring in Las Vegas on Saturday night knowing that a win against Russian southpaw Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) will see the Limerickman crowned WBO World middleweight champion. Since he lost a WBC title to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in El Paso in the summer of 2012, Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) has been hard at working with London trainer Adam Booth.

"I knew I had to improve if I wanted to win a world title," he says. "And I've done that. Now I'm going to take care of business." The late Emanuel Steward, who coached Lee, also a southpaw, once described him as: "My Irish Tommy (Hit Man) Hearns, a tall rangy fighter who can punch and always gives 100 percent."


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