Title Race

FC Isle of Man’s title rivals West Didsbury & Chorlton won one of their two games in hand last night to return to the summit of NWCFL First Division South. West Dids dispatched of Rocester 5-1 to overtake the Ravens who are now second and face third place Abbey Hey on Saturday. Before that, the Ravens are playing tonight in a cup tie away at Cheadle Town.

Ramsey

Ramsey Town Commissioners has announced that work has now started on the third shelter on Mooragh Promenade as part of its Shelter Art project. Artists Karolina Pawlowska and Kate Summerville started work at the shelter on Friday. The art in this shelter has been sponsored by Town Commissioner Juan McGuinness and Ramsey resident Chris Glaister.

The first two shelters were completed in 2021 by artists Beth Louella and Adam Berry with support from the Isle of Man Arts Council and have received coverage in the international media.

Mr McGuinness said: ‘Whenever I have had the opportunity to travel the world, one of the things I am always drawn to in a new city is a vibrant street art culture, for years I thought that Ramsey had great potential to become a destination for that same reason rather than be filled with blank walls and I am lucky enough to be in a position to be able to contribute to making that a reality. When Chris approached me about how he could help keep the project going after the first two shelters were completed it was a no brainer for me to put 50% in alongside him. Karolina’s work across the island has always impressed me and her collaboration with Kate at Baie Mooar Guesthouse in Ramsey was incredibly eye-catching so I can’t wait to see their work given a prime location for residents and visitors to enjoy.’

Mr Glaister added: ‘Having taken up running recently I’ve enjoyed seeing the addition of art to the North Prom brightening up a regular route of mine. When I saw that the Commission was looking for sponsorship to carry on with the project I wanted to contribute to the town and, having worked with Juan and the Commission on SprintFest and Ramsey Rocks over the past couple of years, reached out to see how I could help. I’m looking forward to being able to jog past the shelter in the coming weeks and see the progress and it will keep my motivation to exercise up when the weather is putting me off.’

Boxing Scores Reported to Police

The controversial scoring of Josh Taylor’s win against Jack Catterall has been referred to the police by the Speaker of the House of Commons. Taylor’s split decision win in his undisputed super-lightweight title defence was widely criticised.

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Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Catterall’s MP in Chorley, told Sportsmail: ‘Everyone is disgusted by what’s happened – it brings the sport into disrepute. I have to question why the judges got it so wrong? I have already sent a letter to the police.

‘I have spoken to Nadine Dorries, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Minister for Sport, Nigel Huddleston – they are both looking into this. I also believe that something seriously went on here – whether it was undue influence, one must question why?’

McClosure

McDonald’s has said it is temporarily closing all of its 850 restaurants in Russia in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The fast food giant had been widely criticised for refusing to close its stored but, alongside Coca Cola, has now bowed to customer pressure. McDonald’s says it will continue to pay staff in Russia during the closures. McDonald’s has also temporarily closed 108 restaurants in Ukraine and continues to pay those employees.