The Week in Review

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FIRST there was Gazza, then Agassi, now Nick Faldo. High-profile sporting tears continue to flow, Faldo's ducts draining in exultation after he wins his third Open Championship in dramatic fashion at Muirfield.

A final round of 73 just pipped the American John Cook, who will forever be haunted by the three putts he took on the 17th and the wayward approach at the 18th that handed the solid Briton his fifth triumph in a major.

Graham Gooch may be getting on a bit and his hands no longer so sure at first slip but there is no doubting the England captain can still bat a bit. A century in each innings for Essex against Sussex enables the champions to open a 51-point lead at the top of the County Championship.

Up the motorway at Headingley, Gooch's England make a bright start against Pakistan in the fourth Test, Neil Mallender, of Somerset, taking three wickets on the opening day of his debut. Gooch continued his run of good form as England headed towards a first-innings lead.

It might be summer, it might finally be action stations at the Olympic Games but football continues to force its way into the spotlight. With big-money rumours following big-time players all over Europe, Leeds United divest one of their premier Premier League rivals, Arsenal, of their England international midfielder David Rocastle - pounds 2 million finding its way into the Highbury coffers as a result.

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