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Published: Wednesday | December 4, 2013 Comments 0

Sandals Negril inter-department football competition kicks off

The Sandals Negril inter-department football competition kicked off on Monday at the resort's playing field with Watersports going up against the Revenue department. It was a very competitive game, with the action swinging from one end to the other, but in the end the match ended nil-all.

The competition continues throughout the week and saw action yesterday evening, when Housekeeping, Front Office and Entertainment took on Accounts and Butlers.

Dining Room (Team A) will tackle Maintenance this afternoon, with Projects facing Supervisors tomorrow and Management set to challenge on Friday.

The competition will continue over several weeks, with matches being played at 4 p.m. daily.

Podolski set for return to training

LONDON (AP):Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will return to training this week after more than three months out with a left hamstring injury, handing the English Premier League leaders an alternative up front for the busy festive period. Olivier Giroud has been shouldering the attacking burden for Arsenal since Podolski was hurt during the Champions League play-off win over Fenerbahce at the end of August.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Podolski will be back in training after tomorrow's match against Hull, adding that "it will take at least a week with normal training to consider him fit for the squad".

The game against Hull is the first of eight matches in a 28-day span through to January 1 for Arsenal, who lead the league by four points after 13 games.

Frankel's foal fetches over 4 million

NEWMARKET, England (AP):A mare carrying the foal of British racing great Frankel has been bought at auction by Godolphin owner Sheik Mohammed for more than 4 million. John Ferguson, the bloodstock adviser for Sheik Mohammed, paid four million guineas (4.2 million; US$6.9 million) for five-year-old Dancing Rain at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale in Newmarket. Ferguson says "she is a jewel and you need jewels to breed champions".

Frankel, trained by the late Henry Cecil, retired last year after winning all 14 of his races and is rated by many as one of flat racing's greatest horses. He now covers mares for 125,000 (US$205,000) a time. Dancing Rain, who won the Epsom and German Oaks, is the first mare to be sold in Britain carrying a foal sired by Frankel.

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