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Scott banned for life by RFU

RUGBY: Mike Scott, the former London Welsh team manager who received a police caution for fraudulently submitting false documents to the English Rugby Football Union, has been banned from the sport for life.

Scott forged a passport and supplied other "misleading information" as he tried to cover up the fact he had not secured the right visa for New Zealand-born scrum-half Tyson Keats.

London Welsh were deducted five Premiership points and fined £15,000 for fielding an ineligible player in 10 matches. The club, now bottom of the league by two points from Sale Sharks, have vowed to appeal the verdict, arguing they were "unknowingly the victim of one individual's fraudulent conduct".

Pádraig's specs appeal

GOLF: Despite Pádraig Harrington being able to read the tiny print at the bottom of an eye chart, the Dubliner is wearing glasses for the first time in tournament play at the Cadillac Championship in Miami.

By adjusting his eyesight to 20-10, they should help remove one of the biggest obstacles between him and victory on Tour in recent seasons. Harrington has trouble reading the line of his putts because of a stigmatism. He explained: "I've been struggling with that for a while, but with these glasses it's pretty close."

In the tournament, Graeme McDowell shot a second round of five under (67) to go 11 under in Florida to stay in contention.

Porte leads Paris-Nice

CYCLING: Australian rider Richie Porte of Team Sky counter-attacked in the penultimate kilometre to win the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race and take the yellow jersey from the USA's Andrew Talansky.

Porte completed the 176km trek from Chateauneuf-du-Pape to La Montagne de Lure in 4 hours, 50 minutes, 54 seconds. Russia's Denis Menchov finished second, 26 seconds behind Porte, with Talansky in third.

Talansky accelerated in the final climb, but the move backfired as Porte later dropped the American, who slipped to second place in the overall standings, 32 seconds off the pace. Nicolas Roche of Saxo Bank finshed 15th yesterday and is 14th in the overall standings.

Burns in Warren split

boxing: Ricky Burns' rescheduled world title bout against Miguel Vazquez could be called off again after his camp announced he had split from promoter Frank Warren.

WBO lightweight champion Burns saw a second world title date postponed in the space of three months when Warren announced earlier this week that the Vazquez unification bout had been moved from March 16 to April 20. But the Scot's manager, Alex Morrison, has since declared his next fight will take place in Glasgow and that the Warren partnership is over.


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