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Clares Rocket theft shocks greyhound racing world

Greyhound racing has been rocked by the theft of one of its star animals. Credit: PA

Police are investigating the theft of leading Irish greyhound Clares Rocket from the kennels of trainer Graham Holland in County Tipperary.

The two-year-old greyhound, who has won over €50,000 in prize money, went missing from Holland's premises at some point between Sunday evening and Monday morning.

A police spokesman said: "Garda at Golden are investigating the theft of an animal from a premises in Athassel Abbey, Golden, County Tipperary.

"The theft occurred sometime between 6pm on December 4 and 10am on December 5 and Garda are appealing for information."


England to face West Indies in 2016 World T20 final

Lendl Simmons hits a monster during an impressive win for West Indies. Credit: Reuters

West Indies will face England in Sunday's ICC World Twenty20 final after beating India by seven wickets in their semi-final in Mumbai.

Last-minute injury replacement Lendl Simmons pounced on three hugely-fortunate reprieves to blast to victory over the hosts.

Simmons, who missed out on initial selection due to a back problem, only jetted into India on Tuesday to replace the hamstring injury victim Andre Fletcher.

The Mumbai Indians Indian Premier League star rode his luck when no-balls denied first Ravichandran Ashwin then Hardik Pandya his wicket, before racking up a match-winning 83, in West Indies' seven-wicket win.

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