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Cricket: No raining on England's Ashes parade

Rain has been associated with international cricket played at Old Trafford ever since its first scheduled day of Test action was washed out in 1884. And the local climate found some new fans as England retained the Ashes at the Manchester ground on Monday after a rain-affected draw in the third Test with Australia. England, after just over an hour-and-a-half of playing time Monday, were in dire straits at 37 for three, having been set 332 to win, when a downpour meant no more play was possible.

Golf: Els confirms will play in Macau Open

Four-time Major winner Ernie Els has confirmed he will take part in the $800,000 Venetian Macau Open for the first time in October. Els, who has notched up dual wins at both the US Open and the British Open, will be seeking to continue a run of recent good form following a June win at the BMW International Open in Munich. The 43-year-old South African is a regular on the Asian circuit and will be hoping to add the Macau trophy to two previous Tour wins, at the 2005 BMW Asian Open in China and the 2005 Qatar Masters.

Golf: Westwood reveals captaincy dream

Lee Westwood has said he would like to captain the European team in the Ryder Cup but not until he has appeared in a few more events against the United States as a player. Westwood, who helped Europe to a remarkable comeback win at the Medinah Country Club in September last year, hopes to add to his eight appearances in the competition before leading the team. "I would love to be the captain of the Ryder Cup team. That would be a great honour," he said Tuesday. "There have been some fantastic Ryder Cup captains and it would be lovely to follow in their footsteps.

Golf: Nearly-man Westwood ready for Open triumph

Lee Westwood says he knows what it takes to win a major despite having failed to do so 61 times previously. The 40-year-old Englishman is in pole position to break his duck at Muirfield on Sunday when he carries a two-stroke lead into the final round of the British Open. Chasing him will be tied-for-second Americans Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan, with a batch of golfing big names like Adam Scott, Angel Cabrera, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia all lurking within range.

Golf: Monty joins seniors at 50

Colin Montgomerie has confirmed he will make his debut among the ranks of the seniors at The Senior Open Championship to be played at Royal Birkdale from July 25-28. The Scot, who on Sunday turned 50, the minimum age for competing on the seniors tour, won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, including a streak of seven consecutively from 1993 to 1999. He won a total of 31 European Tour events, and rose to number two in the world rankings, but never managed to win one of the four majors

RugbyU: Dallaglio warns Barbarians will put heat on Lions

England World Cup-winner Lawrence Dallaglio has warned the British and Irish Lions not to expect an easy ride against the Barbarians when they kick off their tour in Hong Kong on Saturday. Dallaglio, a hero of the victorious 1997 Lions side, countered suggestions that the game would simply be a warm-up for the three-Test series against Australia after the Barbarians lost 40-12 to England on Sunday.

Cricket: Australia 'tarnished' by Warner incident - Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said David Warner had "tarnished the whole Australia cricket team" with his alleged attack on Joe Root. Opening batsman Warner was dropped from the Australia side for their rain-marred no result Champions Trophy match against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Monday after his clash with England batsman Root in a Birmingham bar in the early hours of Sunday morning. The incident followed the Aussies' 48-run defeat by England in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on Saturday.

David Beckham to retire from professional soccer

London, May 16 (EFE).- Soccer icon and global celebrity David Beckham announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the current season. The 38-year-old former English international will play his final two matches for Paris Saint-Germain, which is set to win the French first division. Beckham has been donating his PSG salary to charity. "I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level," Beckham said in a statement.

Football: Reaction to David Beckham's retirement

David Beckham announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday, after a memorable career in which he won league titles in four different countries and played at three World Cups. Here, AFP Sports looks at how the world has reacted to news of his retirement, which will come into effect after Paris Saint-Germain's final game of the season at Lorient on May 26: "Best wishes as David Beckham retires. His magical free-kicks for MUFC and England will live long in the memory of all football fans." - British Prime Minister David Cameron

Football: David Beckham to retire - spokesperson

David Beckham is to retire from professional football at the end of the season, his representative announced on Thursday. The 38-year-old midfielder has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan, as well as winning 115 caps for England, and recently won the French Ligue 1 championship with Paris Saint-Germain. "I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level," he said, in comments reported by the BBC.
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