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Tiger eyes up Snead's record

NEWS that Tiger Woods kicks off his 2014 campaign at Torrey Pines at the end of the month suggests this is a year Woods is likely to dominate centre stage.

His stats are impressive. Last season Tiger won a season best five times on the PGA Tour.

Another four wins will see him surpass Sam Snead's record of 82. So that chase will likely become a major talking point this year.

Woods didn't win a major last year. So a possible target for this year will be adding to his 14 wins, and having previously won on three of the major venues, his confidence should be high.

If Tiger begins to close in on the 18 of Jack Nicklaus, golf will go into overdrive. With the relentless Woods continuing to set new records in the sport, inconsistency makes many of his high-profile peers seem wantonly careless.

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DOUBT, conjecture and disappointing results have become the hallmarks of David Moyes first few months at Old Trafford.

The former Everton boss has plenty to concern him as he attempts to improve the unbalanced side left behind by Alex Ferguson. Now he has something more to worry about.

Something that could eventually present a threat to his tenure at the club. The arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the Premier League.

Lacking experience at the top level, Man United's one-time Baby-Faced Assassin was an unrealistic outside bet to take over from Ferguson.

But, if he builds on his dramatic debut with Cardiff City, the fortunes of the 40-year-old, who spent three years as manager of Manchester United's reserve team under Ferguson could prove an unwelcome distraction as Moyes struggles to restore United to greatness.

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CLAIMING it "makes a cod of our game", Armagh manager Paul Grimley bemoans the introduction of the black card. "The rule change was uncalled for," he insists. "It was driven by punditry and (in) the media." Is he implying that its official name might be the Cavanagh Card?

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WITH the Winter Olympics in Sochi a month away, President Putin claims gay and lesbian athletes will feel at ease despite Russia's recent law banning "homosexual propaganda."

Last week Russia and Belarus played an all-star ice hockey friendly at the Black Sea resort and Putin used the occasion to pledge €1.5bn to help prevent destabilisation of the financially troubled region as part of its "funding-for-loyalty" initiatives.

Meanwhile in nearby Ukraine, former heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko urged protesters to continue occupying Kiev's Independence Square. "We have enough strength to win," he says.

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AS they prepare for the 2015 World Cup, Ireland's cricket squad will have an exciting 2014 with a tour of the West Indies before they compete in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.

With Test status the ultimate goal, Ireland currently dominate the Associate nations. Two ODIs in Clontarf with Sri Lanka in May will be of huge benefit to Ireland.


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