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Richard Barrett is a Co-Founder and Head of Content at Pundit Arena. You can follow him on Twitter via @TheBoyBarrett .

Japan Athletes Booted From Asian Games In Prostitute Scandal

Four Japanese basketball players have been sent home from the Asian Games in disgrace for allegedly paying prostitutes for sex, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said Monday. The players were spotted in a notorious red light district of Jakarta in their national jerseys last week, JOC officials told a press conference, saying the quartet had been ordered to leave immediately. …

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Ian Poulter Cards 66 To Put Himself In Contention At Canadian Open

Robert Garrigus stormed to the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open, shooting a nine-under-par 63 to take a one-shot lead in a weather-disrupted first round. However, England’s Ian Poulter is just three behind after carding a 66 in Ontario. The 40-year-old veteran, Garrigus, revelled in the conditions at Oakville’s Glen Abbey Golf Course to card …

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“It’s Like Family” – Arsenal Rally Around Mesut Ozil After Week From Hell

Mesut Ozil thanked Arsenal fans for their “love” at a pre-season friendly after a torrid week following his racism allegations against Germany’s football body. Ozil watched Arsenal’s penalties defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday from the bench but he received one of the biggest cheers of the night when his image was flashed up on the big screen. “Thanks to …

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US Gold Medallist Suspended For Doping After Posting Picture On Social Media

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte has been suspended 14 months for an anti-doping violation after he received an intravenous infusion, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Monday. While USADA said Lochte was not using a banned substance, athletes can typically only receive IVs as part of hospital treatment or through an exemption. “I wasn’t taking anything illegal. Everything …

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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods Is Back In The World Top 50

Newly-crowned British Open champion Francesco Molinari climbed to a career-high world ranking of sixth on Monday, as 14-time major winner Tiger Woods edged back into the top 50. Molinari became the first Italian in history to win one of golf’s four majors on Sunday with a flawless final-round 69 at Carnoustie, and has jumped nine places in the rankings and …

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Two Melbourne Rebels Suspended Indefinitely After Nightclub Incident

Melbourne Rebels’ Hunter Paisami and Pone Faamausili were suspended indefinitely Monday over a nightclub incident that reportedly left a man in hospital with serious injuries. The players, both in their rookie seasons with the Super Rugby club, alerted the Rebels after the alleged victim’s sister posted about the altercation on Facebook. “I can confirm that an internal investigation has been …

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Tiger Woods Finds Open Return A Pain In The Neck

Tiger Woods’ much-anticipated return to the British Open after a two-year hiatus sparkled early on before ending in a level-par 71 at Carnoustie on Thursday. The 42-year-old three-time Open champion — who due to back issues had missed the last two editions — admitted afterwards he was suffering from a sore neck but insisted it had not affected his round …

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Four Key Holes That Could Decide This Year’s Open Championship

We analyse four key holes at Carnoustie where the third major of the golf season, The British Open, tees off on Thursday. The following four should have a major (pun intended) bearing on the outcome of this year’s championship. _____ Hole: No. 6 Distance:580 Yards Par: Five Known as “Hogan’s Alley” after the legendary American Ben Hogan who won the 1953 …

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The Open: Tee Times For The Irish Challengers On Day 1

The Irish contingent has descended on Carnoustie ahead of the most eagerly anticipated golf tournament this side of the Atlantic, The Open Championship. The Open kicks off on Thursday at the site of one of Padraig Harrington’s greatest triumphs. Harrington will be looking to add a third Claret Jug to his illustrious list of achievements but has found form difficult …

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Open Debutant Motivated By Emotional Memories Of Late Father

Luke List will be more emotional than most of the golfers teeing off at The Open on Thursday recalling how his late father first introduced him to links golf. The 33-year-old American, who came agonisingly close to his first win on the PGA Tour earlier this year at the Honda Classic, will be experiencing the unique atmosphere of the only …

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Looking Back At Carnoustie’s Top Three Open Championships

Carnoustie or “Car-Nasty” as it is referred to by some stellar golfers who have suffered on the course hosts The Open for the eighth time this week. Such are the unique challenges thrown up by the Scottish links golf course that in the wake of the 1999 Open it inspired a phrase “The Carnoustie effect.” Its definition is: “That degree …

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