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Golf: Rose hoping that success breeds success

Justin Rose will start his ninth campaign at Augusta National on Thursday with newfound confidence in his abilities to compete in the majors having won the US Open last year. The 33-year-old Englishman's emotional triumph in Philadelphia last June was the culmination, so far, of a roller-coaster of a career that started in 1997 when, as a 17-year-old amateur, he finished fourth in the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

David Beckham unveils proposal for waterfront Miami soccer stadium

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A group led by English soccer star David Beckham unveiled plans on Monday to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium on Miami's waterfront for the Major League Soccer team he will own, but the proposal is already facing some opposition. The open-air stadium would be built in an area known as PortMiami, which hosts the world's busiest cruise ship terminal. Long-term plans for the island port have never included the possibility of being home to a sports arena, port officials have said.

Golf: Torrance, Smyth named Europe's Ryder Cup vice captains

Europe's Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley on Thursday named Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his vice captains for this year's Ryder Cup. Scotsman Torrance, 60, played in eight consecutive Ryder Cups and captained Europe's winning team in 2002, while the 61-year-old Irishman Smyth played in the event twice before serving as vice captain when Europe beat the USA at the K Club in 2006. The 40th Ryder Cup will be held at Gleneagles in Scotland over the last weekend in September. as

Golf: Torrance, Smyth named Europe's Ryder Cup vice captains

Europe's Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley on Thursday named close friends Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his initial vice-captains for September's showdown against Tom Watson's USA team at Gleneagles. McGinley chose the Irish Government buildings in Dublin to make the announcement given he is guest-of-honour later Thursday at the annual Irish Golf Writers dinner at nearby Portmarnock Golf Club.

Beckham family front row for Victoria's New York show

David Beckham and his brood turned out in force to support wife Victoria's runway show at New York Fashion Week on Sunday. Sons Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 11, Cruz, 8, looked elegant with slicked back hair just like their suited father, David, bouncing two-year-old Harper on his knee, while Vogue fashion queen Anna Wintour sat nearby. Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue and artistic director of Conde Nast, has for decades been the most powerful arbiter of style in the global fashion industry.

Football: Beckham to build 'global' club in Miami

David Beckham plans to bring football back to Miami, hoping his personal fame and fortune will help him build a new Major League Soccer team of truly global stature. The former England and Manchester United star said Wednesday he already has major players calling him seeking to join a US team that may one day rival the European giants where he became a superstar.

Football: Beckham to bring MLS club to Miami

David Beckham said on Wednesday that he will buy a US team to play Major League Soccer in Miami, confirming the worst-kept secret in world football. The former England and Manchester United star said he already has big-name players phoning him up and pledged to create a "global team" like the huge European clubs where he became a superstar. "I wanted to create a team where we can start from scratch," Beckham told a packed press conference at a downtown Miami art museum, explaining his decision to bring the expanding league's 22nd soccer club to the city.

Golf: Ryder Cup dream alive for Gallacher

Stephen Gallacher's dream of playing in the Ryder Cup in his native Scotland in September is now firmly in the realms of the possible following his win in the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday. The first man to successfully defend the title in its 25 year history, the 39-year-old Scot will jump 30 places in the world rankings up to 37th. That opens all sorts of doors for him, most notably ensuring that he plays in all four of this year's majors, including a first outing at Augusta National for the Masters in April.

Cricket: Flower axed as England coach - report

Andy Flower has been axed as England coach following the team's recent Ashes drubbing in Australia, Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Friday. According to the Telegraph, former Zimbabwe international Flower was told his time was up during a meeting at Lord's on Thursday with Paul Downton, the England and Wales Cricket Board's new managing director, who had been conducting a review into a tour of Australia where England suffered a 5-0 Ashes thrashing.

Cricket: Yorkshire's Stevenson dead at 58 - county

Former Yorkshire and England all-rounder Graham Stevenson has died at the age of 58, the county announced Wednesday. A hard-hitting batsman and fine seam bowler, there were many observers who thought Stevenson as naturally talented as his England contemporary Ian Botham. But whereas Botham became one of the leading all-rounders of his generation during a lengthy England career, Stevenson, nicknamed 'Moonbeam', played just two Tests and four one-day internationals in the early 1980s.
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