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Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge equals course record with 62
Martin Flores and Angel Cabrera lead the way after two rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte after Rory McIlroy endured a difficult day to slip down the leaderboard.
The Northern Irishman's hopes of repeating his 2010 win receded after a nightmare round of 76 on Friday. After starting out three strokes off the lead, McIlroy suffered a back-to-back double bogeys at holes three and four, while further losses at two, six and 16 were only partially offset by three birdies to leave him at one over and spared the cut by a single stroke.Continue reading...
Bath will have to wait until the final day of the season to see whether they have made the play-offs after a rousing game ended in confusion with the referee, Matthew Carley, rounding off his evening with yet another reference to the television screen before making a brave decision not to make the scrum uncontested. In the end he ruled that the England lock Courtney Lawes had not taken out Bath's George Ford and a game which included two exceptional tries ended in deadlock and booing after it had been kept alive by Bath's choice to play a young loose-head prop at hooker for the final 24 minutes.
Bath lost last week's hooking hero, Rob Webber, in the 17th minute and when his replacement, Ross Batty, left with a damaged shoulder, the Bath coaching panel called up Nathan Catt, who has done "a bit of hooking" in the past. With the scrums being at the heart of an extremely fiery evening it could have gone horribly wrong but the 26-year-old won as many penalties as he conceded.Continue reading...
Three years after Frankel's runaway performance in the 2,000 Guineas racing purists will return to Newmarket for the colts' Classic today in the hope of seeing something comparably brilliant from another powerful bay colt carrying the same pink and green colours. Kingman's odds have drifted to an uneasy 7-4 this week as his followers have fretted over whether he would be risked on good to firm ground but little doubt remains on that score and he is likely to be popular in betting shops this afternoon.Continue reading...
40-year-old uncertain whether to play on or manage elsewhere
Ryan Giggs has admitted that Louis van Gaal, the favourite to become Manchester United's new manager, has a "fantastic pedigree" after winning the league in three different countries and that his own future may lie away from Old Trafford.
Giggs, who takes charge of a second match as interim manager for Saturday's visit of Sunderland, is aware that Van Gaal has been a success when managing Ajax and AZ Alkmaar in his homeland, Barcelona in Spain, and with Bayern Munich in Germany. The 62-year-old has claimed championships with all four clubs, plus the Champions League and Uefa Cup when at Ajax.Continue reading...
Hazard warned before speaking at media briefing
Chelsea will not entertain any offers for Eden Hazard this summer despite José Mourinho admitting frustration that the Belgium international is "not the kind of player ready to sacrifice himself 100% for the team".
Hazard was culpable in his failure to track the marauding full-back Juanfran in the buildup to Atlético Madrid's equalising goal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as the London club departed the Champions League. The 23-year-old, who has drawn considerable praise over a season in which he has scored 17 goals, has attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain but will remain an integral part of this side as Mourinho seeks further evolution.Continue reading...
When they stripped to their Guccis to mount the scales here on Friday, 10 of the 20 combatants parading before Saturday night's show hit the limit at or a little below welterweight. And nine of them watched Floyd Mayweather, the sport's undisputed 10st 7lb champion, as if he were not so much a pugilistic fellow-traveller as their rich uncle. As Amir Khan observed: "When you're talking with Floyd Mayweather, he's the boss. You have to listen to him."
Fighters of ambition rely on the unbeaten WBC king, the highest-paid athlete in the world, to leverage them some gilt from his cloak, because of his financial clout with the casino and television cheque-signers. All week, these welters expressed their gratitude. With wildly varying degrees of hope, not one of them would pass on the chance to rip off his 37-year-old head one day.Continue reading...
Rhinos throw down gauntlet with sparkling team display
Leeds made an emphatic point to Wigan and the rest of the Super League by outclassing the champions to climb back above St Helens at the top of the table. The Rhinos played some sparkling rugby but it was the physicality of their pack that was most impressive here, as they clearly relished the chance to take on Wigan in the area of the game that underpinned their 2013 double.
Facing the 2014 Rhinos on their favourite stage, a Friday night at Headingley, would have been a daunting prospect for a full-strength Wigan team, never mind one missing five injured senior players including their talismanic captain, Sean O'Loughlin.Continue reading...
Newcastle's last trophy was Fairs Cup in 1969
Alan Pardew has urged Newcastle United fans to resist the temptation to walk out of St James' Park in the 69th minute of Saturday's game against Cardiff City.
In the wake of the team's run of six straight defeats and dramatic post-Christmas decline, assorted groups of supporters are planning to protest against both Pardew's management and the owner, Mike Ashley's, running of the club. Having initially thought about upping sticks in the 60th minute, they now feel the 69th would be more evocative it was in 1969 that Newcastle won the Fairs Cup, their last trophy but the prospect horrifies Pardew.Continue reading...
Combining the words "Danny Cipriani" and "England" in one sentence still divides opinion. It is the same when any sportsperson queues up for redemption. Should they be judged on what they were, what they might have achieved without injuries and off-field distractions, or what they yearn to do next? "There won't be anyone more emotional than me if I play for England again," says Twickenham's prodigal son, his soulful brown eyes working overtime.
Through the window ahead of him, the Manchester sun is shining brightly. The sense of springtime renewal is palpable. There is even a permanent reminder of Cipriani's new sense of purpose tattooed on his left bicep. "The best way to make your dreams come true", reads the inky inscription, "is to wake up." Those who regard the 26-year-old as a talented waster, a profligate playboy in thrall to vapid celebrity, should perhaps look afresh at the determined, in-form, motivated individual desperate to feature in England's Rugby World Cup campaign next year.Continue reading...