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The Phoenix have surged into the top six of the A-League with their fourth win from five matches.


Gael Sandoval
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Wellington side’s unbeaten streak has extended with a 3-0 rout of Brisbane Roar to pull level on points with fourth-placed Sydney FC.


English defender Scott Wootton scored his first goal for the club to give Wellington a deserved half-time lead, before a sublime strike from fellow new recruit Gael Sandoval doubled their advantage and Reno Piscopo completed the scoring midway through the second-half.


The Phoenix have now claimed 10 out of a possible 12 points in February.

Coach Ufuk Talay was impressed.

“This is our fourth game in 11 days [and] the boys backed it up very well,” Talay said.

“I think it was a dominant display with and without the ball tonight and we scored some really good goals.”

After being bottom of the ladder a week and a half ago the Nix are now just three points off top spot.

“There’s still a long way to go, there’s still a lot of matches to be played, but that’s the aim to make the top six and play finals football.”

Talay named the same XI which started the previous two matches against Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United as the Phoenix looked to continue their unbeaten run.

The Wellington Phoenix will return to Leichhardt Oval on Saturday when they play Sydney FC in their fifth match in 14 days.

Mark Todd suspended for horse abuse video

Twice Olympic equestrian champion Mark Todd has been handed a suspension by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after a video emerged showing him striking a horse with a branch.

Sir Mark Todd announces his retirement 2019.

Mark Todd
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The 65-year-old New Zealander, who now trains racehorses, was seen striking a horse several times while attempting to coax it towards a water jump in a cross-country schooling session.

“The Chair of British racing’s Independent Judicial Panel has today approved an application from the BHA that an interim suspension should be placed on the training licence of Sir Mark Todd following the emergence over the weekend of a video showing him striking a horse with what appears to be a branch,” the BHA said in a statement.

The interim suspension means Todd, who trains in Wiltshire in Britain, will be unable to race horses in Britain or internationally until investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident are carried out.

Todd, who won individual gold medals at the Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics and also took a bronze medal in the team event at the London 2012 Games, has apologised for the incident.

Reuters

Rahm voted 2021 Player of the Year

World number one Jon Rahm has been voted the 2021 Player of the Year by professionals on the DP World Tour, picking up the Seve Ballesteros Award named after his fellow Spaniard.

Jon Rahm of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 20, 2021 in San Diego, California.

Jon Rahm
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Rahm has won the award for the second time in three years after a season in which he secured his first major at the U.S. Open, becoming the first champion from Spain and just the fourth Spaniard to win any major.

The 27-year-old also finished as Europe’s leading points scorer at the 2021 Ryder Cup, with 3.5 points from his five matches, and has spent an overall of 27 weeks as world number one.

The Player of the Year award is named after the late five-times major champion Ballesteros, and, for the first time this year, incorporates the former Golfer of the Year award into one singular award, voted for by players.

“Winning anything with Seve’s name on it is a huge honour for me, as is the fact that this is voted for by the players of the DP World Tour,” Rahm said.

“It is very unique to be recognised by your peers like this. It is a true honour to be able to win this award for a second time and hopefully I can continue to make the DP World Tour proud.”

Reuters



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