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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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England and Wales set for Twickenham showdown

England and Wales will go head to head at Twickenham tonight in a sporting showdown that could influence which team will go through to the Rugby World Cup's knockout stages.

Chris Robshaw and Sam Warburton are preparing to lead their teams into tonight's Twickenham showdown Credit: David Davies/PA

The potentially crucial match will see the long time rivals playing to secure their places at the top of the group table ahead of other Pool A opponents Australia, Fiji and Uruguay, as they play their second games of this year's contest.

Ahead of tonight's 8pm kick-of England coach Graham Rowntree said he believed Wales would be coming into the match with "doubts in their minds" after losing the last two games they have played against England.

But Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has insisted Wales will arrive at Twickenham confident and ready for battle as they "are fully aware of what is at stake."

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