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Tiger on the charge once again
Tiger Woods has again found himself high on a US PGA Tour leaderboard, this time at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Coming off a tie for second at last week’s Valspar Championship, Woods fired a four-under-par 68 during the opening round at Florida’s famed Bay Hill course.
A record eight-time winner of the Palmer event, Woods sits just one shot off clubhouse leader Jimmy Walker. Walker’s 67 has him topping the leaderboard at five under with play still underway.
The 14-time major winner Woods shares second alongside Patrick Reed (68) with two-time major winner Zach Johnson (69) headlining a tie for fifth one shot back.
‘No fluke’ Dragons win ugly Shire derby clash
It had a bit of everything including a heap of errors and penalties, but St George Illawarra have edged out Cronulla 20-14 in a scrappy local derby in the Sutherland Shire on Thursday night.
With a strong southerly wind behind their backs, the Sharks burst out of the blocks to take a 14-4 lead into the break.
But the Dragons showed it was very much a game of two halves as they fought back — and overcame the sin binning of Jason Nightingale — to win a forgettable game of football.
Mixed news for Blues young guns
Carlton forward Jarrod Pickett is set to miss the next three months after injuring his wrist at training.
Pickett fractured his scaphoid on Thursday afternoon and will undergo surgery today.
But in better news, top draft pick Paddy Dow has signed a contract extension before even playing an AFL game.
Horn camp calls Crawford soft after delay
Toughen up, princess.
That was the message to Terence Crawford from an angry Jeff Horn camp after the undefeated American postponed next month’s world title fight in the United States due to a hand injury.
Frustrated WBO welterweight world champion Horn suggested Crawford was foxing but believed the injury delay had given him a huge psychological edge. Crawford, 30, earned the ire of Horn’s camp after sensationally delaying their April 14 bout at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay casino due to what was described as a “slight hand injury” suffered in a recent sparring session.
AFL eyes return of the reserves
As many fans complain about the forward-looking ideas of the AFL, a move from the past could please many.
The AFL is reportedly bringing back the reserves competition, which would see all 18 clubs’ second sides play each other, including at times in curtain raisers.
England downplay Stokes injury as Black Caps Test looms
England have played down injury concerns surrounding Ben Stokes ahead of the first Test against New Zealand, saying he should be fit to play.
The star all-rounder picked up a back niggle in the recently completed one-day series win over the Black Caps and has reportedly not trained since.
He also missed England’s two-day warm-up against a New Zealand XI this week to prepare for the pink-ball Test in Auckland starting on March 22.
Aussies claim ODI series against India
A fine all-round performance from Ellyse Perry has helped Australia wrap-up their one day series against India in Vadodara.
The visitors took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after beating India by 60 runs at Reliance Stadium on Thursday.
Opener Nicole Bolton (84 from 88 balls) and Perry (70 from 70) were the fulcrum of the Australian innings as they amassed a strong 9-287.
Beth Mooney chipped in with a quickfire 56 off just 40 balls. India got off to a strong start and were 0-88 in the 18th over before left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen removed the dangerous Smriti Mandhana who’d rocketed to 67 off just 40 balls.
The ideal Arnie replacement
Former Socceroo Robbie Slater says long-time assistant coach Steve Corica would be an ideal replacement for Graham Arnold at Sydney FC.
Corica has served in a number of roles at the Sky Blues including as National Youth League coach and more recently as Arnold’s assistant.
Arnold is departing at the end of the A-League season to take over the Socceroos.
Peterson beats Andrew in Roxy Pro final
American Lakey Peterson has upstaged up-and-coming Australian surfer Keely Andrew for a commanding win in the Roxy Pro final.
Victory for Peterson never looked in doubt on Thursday as she produced two big scores early in the heat, leaving it all for Andrew to do at Kirra Point. The 23-year-old Peterson succumbed to Stephanie Gilmore in last year’s Roxy Pro decider but now has her World Surf League season off to the perfect start. Peterson scored 8.00 and 7.67 in her first two rides, and the best Mooloolaba young gun Andrew could do in response was 3.50 and 2.17.
Former ESPN president says he resigned over cocaine extortion plot
The former president of ESPN said he resigned from the sports network after an extortion plot by someone who sold him cocaine.
John Skipper told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Thursday that the drug seller, whom he did not name, tried to extort him in December. He said he hadn’t had dealings with the seller before, and previously had been “careful” about buying cocaine.
“They threatened me, and I understood immediately that threat put me and my family at risk, and this exposure would put my professional life at risk as well,” Skipper said.
He said he discussed the situation with Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger on Dec. 15, 2017, and they agreed Skipper “had placed the company in an untenable position.”
He resigned on Dec. 18 after leading ESPN since 2012, saying he was going to seek treatment for a substance abuse problem.
UEFA charges Roma for ballboy’s time-wasting late in game
UEFA says it charged Roma for time-wasting by a ball boy during its Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
The boy was pushed over an advertising board by Shakhtar Donetsk player Facundo Ferreira after delaying returning the ball late in Roma’s 1-0 win on Tuesday. Players from both teams clashed and Ferreira was shown a yellow card. He apologised on Wednesday on Shakhtar’s Twitter account.
Giteau makes his quiet Wallabies exit
One of Australia’s greatest rugby players, Matt Giteau, has all but confirmed his international retirement.
The now 35-year-old played his last Test for Australia in 2016 but has never publicly called time on a glittering 103-game career in Wallaby gold.
However he told Foxsports.com.au he has likely played his final test for the Wallabies.