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RugbyL: Monaghan leads Warrington into Grand Final

Joel Monaghan bagged two first-half tries as Warrington secured a second successive Super League Grand Final appearance with a 30-22 semi-final win over Huddersfield on Thursday. Monaghan, a former Canberra star in the NRL, scored in the third and 32nd minutes at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. They were two of five tries scored by the Wolves, Simon Grix also with a double and Ryan Atkins with the other, to secure a Grand Final return having lost 26-18 to Leeds last season.

Cycling: Viviani wins Tour of Britain's first stage

Italy's Elia Viviani won the first stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday as Mark Cavendish missed the chance to take the sprint finish. Omega Pharma Quick-Step rider Cavendish had the platform laid for him by his team-mates on the first ride from Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle, but he was boxed in and slipped off team-mate Alessandro Petacchi who went it alone to follow Viviani across the line. Sojasun's Anthony Delapace had looked to go it alone with a breakaway with just over 40 of the 209.9 kilometre stage left but he was pulled back and Viviani took it.

Cycling: Wiggins 'almost quit 2012 Tour', claims Yates

Tour de France 2012 champion Bradley Wiggins almost withdrew from the race in a row over team-mate Chris Froome, former Team Sky general manager Sean Yates said in extracts from his new book published on Thursday. Wiggins was Sky's team leader during the race but Yates claims that an unplanned attack from Froome during stage 11 in the Alps made him threaten to pull out. In an extract from his book serialised in The Times newspaper, Yates says Wiggins responded to the incident by sending him a text message that read: "I think it would be better for everyone if I went home."

Cycling: Wiggins to lead Team Sky in Tour of Britain

Bradley Wiggins will lead Team Sky's challenge in the Tour of Britain later this month, the British team announced on Thursday. Wiggins, 33, revealed last month that he will turn his back on the road at the end of next season to focus on the track in the build-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was unable to defend his Tour de France title earlier this year due to illness and injury, while he missed last year's Tour of Britain with a stomach complaint.

Racing: Owen's Panther pounces in Goodwood Cup

Former England international Michael Owen hit the back of the net at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday when his Brown Panther took the Group Two Goodwood Cup. Owen, who also bred the 13-2 winner, was on hand to watch as Brown Panther powered clear of his rivals to score by almost four lengths. Behind the Tom Dascombe-trained victor came Akzeemah with Germany's Altano, stablemate to last Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes hero Novellist, in third.

Golf: Champion Shin Jiyai relishing defence challenge

With two victories in five years at the Women's British Open it is not surprising that South Korea's Shin Jiyai describes it as her all-time favourite tournament. But she admitted that it would be extra special if she could stage a successful defence of the title over the Old Course at St Andrews. A winner for the first time as a teenager at Sunningdale in 2008, Shin battled through wind and rain to repeat the feat at Royal Liverpool a year ago. "I played in the British Open here in 2007 (she finished tied 28th) and it's great to be back," she said.

Cycling: Wiggins could challenge Froome - Hoy

Chris Hoy believes Bradley Wiggins could take on his successor as Tour de France champion, Chris Froome, in next year's race but only if he can stand another 12 months of hard training. Wiggins missed this year's race through injury and illness, leaving Froome as the undisputed leader of Team Sky. Froome triumphed in Paris on Sunday to give Britain back-to-back Tour de France champions, with next year's race set to start in the northern English county of Yorkshire.

Who's that girl? Fans have to check who is playing

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Clutching tickets won in a raffle, acquired through the local tennis club or bought at a charity auction, the fans huddled together on a chilly Center Court all agreed - the Wimbledon women's quarter-finals were low on star names. But the diehard aficionados ready to queue all night outside the grounds were delighted to find it took them only three hours to get in to watch what Britain's Times newspaper scornfully called "the women you've never heard of."

Robson seen as gold dust for UK women's tennis

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - With One Direction star Harry Styles and Prime Minister David Cameron among her growing army of fans, teenager Laura Robson is seen as "gold dust" for women's tennis in Britain. Robson, 19, became the most successful British woman at Wimbledon in 15 years after powering through to the second week of the prestigious tennis tournament but she lost her fourth-round match on Monday to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.

Robson seen as gold dust for UK women's tennis

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - With One Direction star Harry Styles and Prime Minister David Cameron among her growing army of fans, teenager Laura Robson is seen as "gold dust" for women's tennis in Britain. Robson, 19, became the most successful British woman at Wimbledon in 15 years after powering through to the second week of the prestigious tennis tournament but she lost her fourth-round match on Monday to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.
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