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Iraqi runner wins Games gold despite finishing fourth

Almntfage celebrates his 800m gold at the Asian Games. Credit: Reuters

Iraqi 800m runner Adnan Almntfage has won gold at the Asian Games in bizarre circumstances despite crossing the line in fourth place.

Saudi Arabian Mohammed Abdulaziz finished first, but was disqualified for obstruction.

Qatar's Abdulrahman Musaeb Balla and Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich of Bahrain, who finished second and third, were also disqualified for lane infractions.

China's Teng Haining won silver with Qatar's Jamal Hairane taking bronze. Credit: Reuters

The errors allowed Almntfage to claim Iraq's first gold medal of the games, after which he declared:

“I am truly thankful for the medal I won today.

“I would like to say that the Bahraini, Qatari and Saudi opponents were very worthy opponents, however they made mistakes at the 200m mark.

“And these mistakes were against the rule of the competition, I hope these mistakes won’t happen again in such a competition.”


McIlroy crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year

McIlroy enjoys Sunday's Ryder Cup victory. Credit: Reuters

World number one Rory McIlroy has been voted PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three seasons.

McIlroy won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship in consecutive appearances and did not finish outside the top 25 in any of his 17 PGA Tour events in 2014.

The 25-year-old had already claimed the Arnold Palmer Award as the tour's leading official money winner (£5.1million) and won the Byron Nelson Award for adjusted scoring average (68.83).

McIlroy clinched the Open Championship in July 2014. Credit: PA

"It means a lot to win it for the second time in three years," McIlroy said. "Being voted player of the year by your peers is something that's very important.

"They are the guys you are trying to beat week in, week out and if they appreciate what you have done over the year, see the hard work that you've put in and the golf that you've played and think that's been the best of the season that means a lot to me.

"I would like to win a lot more in my career and even though the last year wasn't what I wanted, the last three or four years have been very, very good and it gives me even more motivation to go on and work harder and try to win more tournaments, more majors and be involved in more Ryder Cups like last week."

Hulk subjected to racist taunts by Spartak Moscow fans

Hulk, 28, moved to Russia in 2012. Credit: PA

Brazilian international Hulk was subjected to racist taunts by Spartak Moscow supporters on Saturday, the Russian football federation has confirmed.

Commission chief, Artur Grigoryant, explained to Russian newspaper Sport Express that an investigation is underway after a match delegate noted two separate incidents of monkey chants aimed at the striker during the 0-0 draw.

After the match, Hulk told reporters he heard monkey chants from a large group of Spartak supporters, which he took as a personal insult.

On Saturday, the Russian federation banned Congolese defender Christopher Samba for two games after he made an obscene gesture to Torpedo Moscow fans who, he claims, racially abused him.

Totti thanks Manchester City for helping him score against them

Totti cancelled out City's opener with a clever chip. Credit: PA

Roma captain Francesco Totti has thanked Manchester City for giving him extra motivation to score on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old striker was reminded through City's official twitter account hours before his team's Champions League encounter at the Etihad Stadium that he had never scored in England.

So Totti made sure to put things right when he cancelled out Sergio Aguero's opener to earn Roma a 1-1 draw.

"City's tweet? It really brought me luck," Totti told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "It was a beautiful goal and a good performance.

"I really wanted to score as soon as possible as I had not found the back of the net this season.

"But above all, I am thrilled for my team because we have shown a lot of strength, which was not easy."


Demand high for Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets

England will fight for the World Cup on home soil. Credit: PA

Demand for next year's Rugby World Cup has been so high that ballots will take place for some seats for every match to determine who gets tickets.

At least 20 of the 48 matches will see a ballot held for all price categories with the demand also ensuring almost all of the lower price categories will be sold out even for the less high-profile games.

The sales window closed on Monday and the outcome of the ballots will be revealed in October, with any unsold tickets going on general sale in November.

Over 1,000 people took part in the world's biggest ever scrum to launch ticket sales in September. Credit: PA

England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans said: "We are very pleased with the demand for tickets and the number of applications.

"It is clear that, for many matches or price categories, demand has exceeded supply and every one of the 48 matches will go to ballot in at least one of the four price categories - and it is likely that at least 20 matches will be balloted at every price category.

"We will be running ballots in the next few weeks to ensure tickets are allocated fairly and will let all customers know the results of their applications by the end of October and before we take payments."

David Beckham watches PSG match with Jay-Z and Beyonce

David Beckham was joined by Jay-Z and Beyonce in Paris on Tuesday evening, as he watched former club Paris Saint-Germain take on Barcelona in the Champions League.

The trio went home with smiles on their faces after watching the Parisian side record an impressive 3-2 victory.

PSG welcomed the A-list stars for the visit of Barcelona. Credit: PA
Beckham was joined by Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce, in Paris. Credit: PA
Jay-Z and Becks were all smiles. Credit: PA
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