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Ireland success without playing

cricket: Ireland clinched the tri-series in Dubai after their game with Scotland was abandoned without a ball bowled.

There had been hopes for a 20-over title decider yesterday and indeed there had been a toss which had seen Ireland opt to bowl first.

Coach Phil Simmons had made four changes to the side that lost to Afghanistan on Saturday, with Stuart Thompson, Andrew McBrine, Peter Chase and Max Sorensen - who yesterday was called up to the World Cup squad following Tim Murtagh's withdrawal - all included.

However just before play was due to commence, further rain left the officials with no option but to call the game off - the first time there has been a no result in an ODI in the UAE.

The final table saw Ireland victorious with five points, ahead of Afghanistan on four and Scotland on three.

Ireland are next in action on February 6 when they play Sydney-based Randwick Petersham. They then remain in Sydney where they face Scotland and Bangladesh in official warm-up games on February 10 and 12, before their opening World Cup clash against West Indies in New Zealand on February 16.

Woods loses tooth

golf: Tiger Woods has another reason not to like cameras - it cost him a tooth.

Woods made a surprise visit to Italy yesterday to watch girlfriend Lindsey Vonn capture her record 63rd World Cup title. The photo that generated all the buzz was Woods missing his front tooth.

The culprit, according to his agent, was a camera.

"During a crush of photographers as the awards podium at the World Cup event in Italy, a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera pushed and surged toward the stage, turned and hit Tiger Woods in the mouth," Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports said in an email. "Woods' tooth was knocked out by the incident."

Froch not retiring

boxing: Carl Froch has moved to quash rumours of retirement despite a delay in his next fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr due to an elbow injury.

The 37-year-old was set to return to the ring against Chavez in Las Vegas in March but the fight will now not take place until summer at the earliest.

Froch had sparked rumours of retirement on Sunday when he posted a picture of a pair of hanging boxing gloves on social media, writing: "Something nice about this picture..."

But Froch confirmed in a statement: "I will get some treatment and then we will look to make this fight or another big fight in the early summer.

"I'm disappointed to have to let this opportunity go but at this stage in my career I have to make every fight count."


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