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    Coventry clash with Rotherham in HUGE doubt over pitch safety fears after Commonwealth Games rugby sevens matches

    COVENTRY’S Championship clash with Rotherham on Sunday is in HUGE doubt due to concerns over the safety of the pitch.It comes after the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens matches were played at the Ricoh Arena.
    The Ricoh has been hosting rugby sevens matches at the Commonwealth Games
    The Ricoh Arena pitch has been impacted by hosting the Commonwealth GamesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    A pitch inspection is due to take place on Sunday to see if the match can go ahead.
    But Coventry manager Mark Robins has been left furious and insists there is no way they can play.
    He said: “We’ve been badly let down, professional players cannot play on that.
    “Hopefully we can do something to bring it up to standard.”
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    All of the rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games was held at Coventry’s home ground.
    It took place between July 29 and July 31.

    South Africa claimed the gold medal in the men’s, with Australia triumphing in the women’s.
    But this is not the first time an unrelated event has handed another some issues.
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    In 1970, the FA Cup final was played days after the Horse of the Year show at Wembley.
    Meanwhile, Coventry kicked off their Championship campaign last weekend away at Sunderland.
    And Viktor Gyokeres’ 84th-minute equaliser was enough to hand them a well-earned point as they held The Black Cats to a 1-1 draw.
    Meanwhile, Rotherham also began the season with a draw as they shared the spoils at home to Swansea.
    Chiedozie Ogbene’s opener was cancelled out by Harry Darling seven minutes before half-time. More

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    First Dates star Fred Sirieix fights back tears as daughter Andrea WINS diving gold at Commonwealth Games

    FIRST DATES star Fred Sirieix beamed with pride as his daughter Andrea won a gold medal in diving at the Commonwealth Games.Andrea won the 10m Platform diving gold medal with a staggering 357.50 points.
    Andrea won the gold medal in front of her gushing dadCredit: Getty
    First Dates star Sirieix was seen cheering his daughter onCredit: PA
    Sirieix fought back the tears as his daughter was presented with the gold medalCredit: AFP
    Andrea competed at the Tokyo OlympicsCredit: Getty
    Andrea alongside fellow England diver Toulson (left), who picked up silver, and Canada’s McKayCredit: PA
    Dad Sirieix jumped for joy while his 17-year-old daughter was seen wiping tears from her eyes and hugging her coach.
    The First Dates star, who calls Andrea “mon caneton”, meaning “my duckling”, said on Instagram: “Gold! #commonwealthgames2022 #diving #10m #platform Well done mon [duck emoji] @andreassirieix04.”
    Sirieix also took to Twitter, saying: “That last dive! To pull it off like that! Wow!!!! What a performance!”
    Andrea was closely followed by England team-mate Lois Mae Toulson in second with 337.30 points.
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    Canadian Caeli Sierra McKay won the bronze medal.
    The family were flooded with messages of congratulations, which the 50-year-old has described as “very warming”.
    He said: “Thank you so much for all the messages congratulating Andrea. It’s really nice. Really warming. Thanks.
    “I just want to apologise as I can’t respond to all. It’s very kind.”
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    For Andrea, it’s another milestone in her career having competed at the Tokyo Olympics.
    Andrea with her coach after her final diveCredit: Getty
    Andrea performed a reverse two-and-a-half somersaults in tuckCredit: Getty
    Andrea has never competed at a international competition on home soil before the Commonwealth GamesCredit: AFP
    Andrea finished in seventh place in the women’s 10m platform diving final at the 2020 Tokyo GamesCredit: AFP
    Sirieix alongside his daughter on the red carpetCredit: Getty More

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    Watch incredible scrap between England and Canada in Commonwealth Games hockey as Panesar SENT OFF for ‘choking’ rival

    ENGLAND’S Commonwealth Games hockey match against Canada was marred by a vicious scrap.And one player was sent off after “CHOKING” a rival during a fit of rage.

    The brutal scenes occurred in Thursday’s battle between England and Canada.
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    Watch touching moment England’s Commonwealth champ Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker hugs crying brother after winning 100m gold

    THESE were the emotional scenes after English star Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker raced to Commonwealth gold.The 20-year-old romped to a career best of 10.94 as he took home the gold medal in the T33/34 men’s 100m at Birmingham.
    Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker raced to gold in the Men’s T45-47 100m final last nightCredit: Getty
    The star was met by a hug from his crying brother as he celebrated his triumphCredit: Getty

    He enjoyed a fast start to the race and held an advantage early on from compatriot Ola Abidogun, who finished with bronze.
    Jaydon Page came through for silver in 11.10, but the Aussie was no match for the fantastic Oyinbo-Coker.
    And he instantly raced to celebrate his triumph with his family in the crowd at the finish.
    The ace was spotted hugging his loved ones, before a touching moment saw him cuddling his younger brother, who was unable to stop his tears of joy.
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    And scenes were perfectly described by the BBC commentators.
    They said: “Look at the family celebrations. 
    “Tears of joy. It’s really wonderful to see.”
    The Home Nations para athletes dominated the first evening of the track and field programme at the Commonwealth Games yesterday.
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    In addition to Oyinbo-Coker, Olivia Breen and Hannah Cockroft also secured gold.
    England won eight medals on the night, while Wales won their first athletics gold of the Games so far.
    Cockroft, a seven-time Paralympic champion, headed an English 1-2-3 with a time of 16.84 in the women’s T33-34 100m with Kare Adenegan and Fabienne Andre joining her on the podium.
    Olivia Breen also earned Wales their first track and field medal of the Commonwealth Games in the women’s T37-38 100m as she ran a PB of 12.83.
    Oyinbo-Coker celebrates with his gold medal in Birmingham last nightCredit: PA More

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    Commonwealth Games boxer Billy McAllister suffers horror cut from clash of heads that sees bout halted in final round

    AUSTRALIAN boxer Billy McAllister suffered a horror 3cm cut over his left eye following a clash of heads with Jamaica’s Jerone Ellis in their Commonwealth Games scrap.Monday night’s last-16 bout between the two light-heavyweights had to be halted in the last round following the gruesome blow to the Aussie’s face.
    Boxer Billy McAllister suffered a horror 3cm cut above his left eye in his last-16 bout against Jamaica’s Jerone ElliseCredit: PA
    The light-heavyweight bout had to halted in the third round following the injuryCredit: PA
    Australian ace Ellis lost on the judges scorecards on a split decisionCredit: PA
    And the cut ended McAllister’s chance for a Commonwealth medal in Birmingham with the fight going to the judges scorecards.
    Ellis was deemed to be the victor with a tight 3-2 split decision verdict, with all five judges giving the second round to McAllister.
    The premature ending will likely see calls for headguards to be reintroduced after the IBA scrapped them in competition after the London 2012 Olympic Games.
    Following the removal of headguards, boxers are more prone to cuts as their eyebrow area is now not protected during clinches.
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    Though elite amateur female boxers are still required to fight wearing headguards.
    Despite McAllister left a bloody mess, he did not need to attend the hospital after having his wound stitched up by doctors.
    McAllister’s defeat hasn’t been boxing’s only talking point from the Commonwealth Games so far.
    A female referee showed her granite chin after she was accidentally PUNCHED during a men’s super-heavyweight showdown.
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    The official was conducting a fight between Cameroon’s Maxime Yegnong Njieyo and India’s Sagar Ahlawat when she got a little closer to the action than she’d have liked.
    Yegnong Njieyo loaded up a huge left hook, only to get it badly wrong.
    After missing Ahlawat his momentum saw him swing right into the referee’s face.
    Incredibly, she hardly even blinked, taking the blow with remarkable poise before continuing the fight.
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    Beth Tweddle takes front and centre of BBC’S Commonwealth Games coverage and viewers are all saying the same thing

    COMMONWEALTH GAMES viewers were all saying the same thing after seeing Beth Tweddle take centre stage of the BBC’s coverage.The retired gymnast returned to our screens on Tuesday for Day Five of the Games, which are taking place in Birmingham.
    Beth Tweddle was one of the BBC’s pundits for Day Five of the Commonwealth GamesCredit: BBC
    Tweddle was part of a four-person team during the gymnastics eventCredit: BBC
    BBC fans were full of praise for Tweddle’s punditryCredit: GETTY
    And the 37-year-old’s stellar punditry drew high praise from Tuesday’s watchers of the Games.
    One BBC viewer tweeted: “Great games coverage, superb punditry from many, Becky Adlington, Mark Foster but Beth Tweddle is outstanding.
    “Clear, concise, insightful, knowledgeable. Absolutely superb.”
    Another said: “Beth Tweddle is providing amazing punditry.”
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    The South African-born Brit claimed a solitary Commonwealth Games gold twenty years ago as a 17-year-old.
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    But she did claim a bronze medal at London 2012 in front of her loved ones.
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    Sprinter Ayanda Malaza wheelchaired out in tears after going down injured during 100m heat at Commonwealth Games

    SPRINT star Ayanda Malaza suffered a heartbreaking injury during his bid for glory at the Commonwealth Games.The 19-year-old broke down in tears as he was removed from the track in a wheelchair after pulling up in his 100m heat on Tuesday.
    Ayanda Malaza was left in tears after suffering an injury at the Commonwealth GamesCredit: PA
    The sprinter needed a wheelchair to leave the track after collapsing during his 100m heatCredit: PA
    Malaza, from Eswatini, looked to be in discomfort as he set off from the blocks.
    The race had already suffered a false start when Nigeria’s Godson Oke Oghenebrume began too early.
    And Malaza unfortunately tweaked something the second time around.
    He collapsed to the ground as his rivals continued their surge towards the finish line.
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    Malaza could be seen clutching his hamstring as he waved his arm for attention.
    And medics quickly rushed to the scene as Malaza began crying.
    There was no chance of the star being able to walk off the track.
    And so a wheelchair was brought out to transport Malaza away for further treatment.
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    The ace clutched his hamstring in pain while his opponents charged onCredit: PA
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    ‘I’d have been KOd’ – Watch female ref shrug off being punched in face by super heavyweight boxer at Commonwealth Games

    A REFEREE sensationally shrugged off being punched in the face by a super heavyweight boxer at the Commonwealth Games.The official was conducting a fight between Cameroon’s Maxime Yegnong Njieyo and India’s Sagar Ahlawat when she got a little closer to the action than she’d have liked.
    Maxime Yegnong Njieyo tried to punch his opponent SagarCredit: Commonwealth Games via YouTube
    After missing his opponent he inadvertently struck the refereeCredit: Commonwealth Games via YouTube
    The official amazingly shrugged off the incidentCredit: Commonwealth Games via YouTube
    Yegnong Njieyo loaded up a huge left hook, only to get it badly wrong.
    After missing Ahlawat his momentum saw him swing right into the referee’s face.
    Incredibly, she hardly even blinked, taking the blow with remarkable poise before continuing the fight.
    Yegnong Njieyo couldn’t seem to land as many tough shots on his actual opponent, going on to lose comfortably.
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    Ahlawat, making his debut for India aged 20, claimed a 5-0 win via decision.
    Some fans may remember the bout most, however, for Yegnong Njieyo’s ref gaffe.
    One wrote on social media: “I would’ve been OUT like a light.”
    After the bout, Ahlawat shared a round-up to his Instagram account.
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    It read: “SAGAR THROUGH TO QUARTERS!
    “Sagar Ahlawat in full beast mode as he uses his jabs, crosses and hooks to perfection against Cameron’s Maxime Yegnong in the men’s 92kg+ bout. Unanimous Decision victory!
    “More power to you going ahead, Sagar!”
    He will face Keddy Agnes of the Seychelles in the quarter-finals.
    Sagar overcame his opponent in BirminghamCredit: Getty More