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Falcons win Sevens epic.

Rugby union: a sudden death extra-time try from 18-year-old Micky Young saw Newcastle Falcons retain their Hawick Sevens title for the third successive season. The Durham School scrum half's 70-metre solo effort earned a 24-19 victory over hosts Hawick in a keenly-contested final. Adam Dehaty scored two early tries and Cameron Johnston also went over for the Falcons.

Jacquelin's title

GOLF: Raphael Jacquelin claimed his second European Tour title with a two-stroke victory in the BMW Asian Open at the Tomson Shanghai club. Jacquelin, who had lead the field from start to finish, shot a final round of 73 to finish on 278, two shots ahead of Dane Soren Kjeldsen, with Scotland's Simon Yates finishing a further stroke behind in a tie for third.

Tykes stutter

RUGBY UNION: Leeds Tykes director of rugby Stuart Lancaster refused to allow a disappointing 32-29 home defeat against rivals Rotherham to overshadow his side's stunning renaissance. The below-par Tykes' promotion celebrations were dampened by a Rotherham side inspired by fly-half Gareth Steenson, who kicked 22 points with the boot to gain a modicum of revenge for losing out on promotion to Leeds. "Rotherham had plenty of motivation to spoil the party but it's important to remember where we've come from," said Lancaster.

Saints alive

RUGBY LEAGUE: St Helens coach Daniel Anderson remains confident in the ability of the champions to defend successfully their engage Super League crown despite suffering their heaviest defeat for two years. Saints lost 38-19 at Leeds on Saturday, their worst League result since crashing 44-6 at Hull in 2005, and have picked up more injuries. "We knew it would be hard this year," said Anderson. "I'm still encouraged. Leeds basically just outplayed us. I certainly haven't lost any faith in our ability."

Federer loses

TENNIS: Rafael Nadal continues to prove the clay court nemesis of the world's top player Roger Federer as he clinched victory in yesterday's final of the Monte Carlo Masters. Spain's Nadal was too good for Federer in the principality, wrapping up a 6-4 6-4 win.

Stoner on a roll

MOTORSPORT: Casey Stoner claimed his second MotoGP win of the season to grab the lead in the championship with victory in Turkey to move 10 points clear in the championship as previous leader Valentino Rossi could only finish 10th.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2007
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