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Flowers and feelings for Ben

Perth: Brightly coloured flowers were laid at a cross marking the spot where Australian-born English cricketer Ben Hollioake died just over a year ago.

The 24-year-old Hollioake was killed when his Porsche slammed into a brick wall after exiting from a freeway off-ramp at south Perth on March 23 last year.

His 22-year-old girlfriend Janaya Scholten is still undergoing rehabilitation for severe injuries. A white cross at the crash site was covered on Monday with flowers, which had been placed around a small tribute written on cloth and held to the ground by rocks.

“Ben, you are a true hero, there aren’t many like you. With such talent and promise, it is devastating that your life has been cut short. You are sadly missed by so many,” the tribute read.

United we stand, not swapped

London: England captain David Beckham has slammed rumours that a player rift might be splitting Manchester United.

An off-field love triangle which saw United winger Ryan Giggs and Dave Gardner, who is Beckham’s best friend, swap ex-girlfriends threatened the friendship of all three. It was alleged Beckham and Phil Neville had snubbed the welsh winger. But Beckham says the United players do not take notice of rumours.

“What happens outside the game doesn’t affect what we think of each other,” he told the Sun newspaper. What people have to try to remember is that most of us have been together for 10 years.

“We know each other inside out. Rumours never upset us. People try to upset the bond we have, but that won’t happen. Whatever people think, we all get on very well with each other. No one has a problem with anyone else.”

Bindra wins in Germany

New Delhi: Abhinav Bindra secured 704 points to win the air rifle gold in the Sportland NRW Cup ISAS-2003 shooting competition held in Dortmund on Sunday. The high score by Bindra also helped him lift the prestigious Sportland NRW Cup, according to information received here.

Bindra shot a brilliant score of 599/600 in the preliminary round and then led the field with a spectacular score of 105 for a top-place finish among 98 shooters. Vitali Bubnovich of Germany claimed silver while the bronze medal was won by Dick Boschman of The Netherlands.

Gold for Rathore

New Delhi: Putting behind the disappointment of the failure to qualify for the Athens Olympics, India’s Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore came up with a fine performance to clinch the gold medal in the double trap event of the Asian clay shooting championship here on Monday.

Rathore shot a total of 180 points (139+41) to finish ahead of Taipei shooters Shih Wei Chen and Wei Tin Shih, who claimed the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Rathore, however, missed out on a berth for the next year’s Olympics finishing third in the double trap event of the world ISSF shot gun World Cup here last week.

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