Matt Kuchar: Regained the lead in Texas thanks to birdies at 11 and 16 Matt Kuchar moved into a one-shot lead after a see-saw third round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas.
The American carded a score of 69 to finish the day on 11 under, leaving him just ahead of Graham DeLaet, Matt Every, Chris Stroud and Boo Weekley.
Kuchar had led by the same margin after the delayed second round at Colonial was finally completed on Saturday, having returned to the course as one of 53 players with holes still to play.
He replicated his first-round effort of 65 but found himself knocked off top spot on the leaderboard by the time he reached the turn later on.
Dropped shots The Ryder Cup player dropped consecutive shots at the seventh and eighth, allowing DeLaet to move two shots clear of a six-strong pack.
However, the Canadian himself couldn’t remain clear, bogeying the 13th, 14th and 17th.
A birdie at the last moved him within one of Kuchar, who regained the outright lead with birdies of his own at the 11th and 16th.
Every shot a 66 that included five birdies and one bogey while a birdie at the last hoisted Stroud (67) alongside his fellow American.
Martin Flores and Tim Clark, who both hit six birdies and one bogey for rounds of 65 to finish on five under for the day, sit in a group on nine under.
They are joined in a four-way tie for sixth by John Rollins (67) and Steve Flesch (67), who paid the price for three bogeys in four holes around the turn.
Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinstiger: Bayern Munich pair had tasted the pain of defeat in the Champions League in recent years.
Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm could not hide his joy after he won the UEFA Champions League at the third attempt.
The Germany international had collected a loser’s medal in 2010 and 2012, but finally had his hands on the trophy following Bayern’s dramatic 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring on the hour, only to see Ilkay Gundogan equalise from the penalty spot a few minutes later, but Arjen Robben pounced late on to secure Bayern’s fifth European title.
“It’s incredible – a huge joy and huge relief, Lahm declared.
“The pressure was enormous after losing in the Champions League final twice.
“We knew if we lost a third Champions League final we didn’t know if we’d get another chance, even though the club is in good shape and we’re all in the prime of our careers.
“The pressure was big all day but it was really enormous when the match started, something I’ve never experienced before.
“We said that if we want to be the golden generation, then we have to win some international titles.
That’s what people remember.
Finally we succeeded in getting that.” Lahm was delighted that Bayern’s triumph also gave team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger a winner’s medal, and backed Bayern to go on to further glory.
“If you know the history of me and Sebastian, we’ve experienced a lot so it’s nice that we were able to celebrate this title together finally.
“The team is in the right age group and we’ve got rosy times in front of us.
We want to win the triple and as far as I’m concerned this can keep going next year too.” Schweinsteiger felt that Bayern’s progress to the final, which included wins over Arsenal, Juventus and Barcelona, had paved the way for their victory.
“We deserved it.
We beat great clubs.
When you beat Barcelona, you’re the true champions,” he said.
“I’m happy for the whole club.
In the Bundesliga and Champions League we had an incredible performance.
It’s nice that the trophy is coming to Munich and a lot of people in Munich are going to be really celebrating tonight.
“We lost in Munich last year against a London club and now we come to London and win it back.
It’s a dream come true.
We deserved it that the trophy will be coming home with us.”
Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Former United States footballer Robbie Rogers, who recently came out as gay and retired from the game, is to join MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy.
Rogers, who will become the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer, will be in Galaxy’s squad for Sunday’s home game against Seattle if his international clearance arrives in time.
The winger, who had spells in England with Leeds United and Stevenage after making his name in MLS with Columbus Crew, had been training with the Galaxy for the past three weeks.
“I was a little scared to put myself back in that situation but after the first few days I was like, ‘wow, I miss this, I love this,’ ” Rogers told USA Today.
“Once I got on the field, I felt really normal.
More normal than I ever did in the past.
“I just want to be able to compete.
Every day in training, make my team better and prove myself,” he added.
Juan Monaco celebrates Dusseldorf title Juan Monaco warmed up for the French Open with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Jarkko Nieminen in the final of the Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf.
Monaco’s form will be a concern to Roger Federer ahead of the French Open.
The Argentine, a clay court specialist, is in the Swiss maestro’s quarter in the Roland Garros draw, and is perhaps the main obstacle to Federer before the final.
It was his eighth ATP title and first of the year, which he clinched without dropping a set all week.
Monaco said: “It’s the best preparation.
I’ve had a great week here, playing a couple of good matches.
Especially today I played really well.
So I will look forward to keep playing this way in Paris.” Veteran Nieminen said: “We both played pretty well.
I felt I played my best match of the week, but it wasn’t enough today.
Unfortunately, he played really well today.” Britain’s Dom Inglot had to settle for the runners-up spot alongside Filipino partner Treat Huey in the doubles, going down 7-5 6-2 to all-German pair Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich.
Craig Sandercock: Called for an apology from video referee Steve Ganson Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock called for an apology from Steve Ganson after the official awarded bitter rivals Hull FC a match-winning try.
Rovers looked set for a point with just over two minutes left of the Magic Weekend clash when Chris Green gathered a Danny Houghton punt and scored under the posts.
Replays showed Green appeared offside when the ball was played but video referee Ganson, consulted by match referee Ben Thaler, awarded the decisive try.
The incident carried unfortunate shades of the first-ever Magic event at Cardiff in 2007 when Ganson awarded Leeds an illegal last-minute winner against Bradford, a decision for which he later apologised.
But Sandercock had no sympathy, saying: “We replayed it on our computer and I was giving instructions to go for a field goal (in the next set) as he (Green) was five metres offside.
“It’s a tragedy and I will be disappointed if he doesn’t come out and publicly apologise to our supporters and players.
I was yelling instructions to go for the field goal and everyone in this room could see that.
If they come out and say Greg Eden touched the ball…
He was a million miles away.
I expect the video referee to give an apology to our club.
“There are some very upset boys in our dressing room.
For the team we fielded today to go to within a whisker of beating a pretty good Hull FC side, that would have been a wonderful achievement.
I can can cop a forward pass, but I can’t cop a video referee getting something so easy so wrong.” Sandercock would not have expected to get any sympathy from opposite number Peter Gentle and would have been right.
The Australian complained about decisions that went against his men in the same fixture last season which Rovers won with a similarly-dramatic late show.
“It sort of squares it up for last year,” Gentle said.
“You would need to talk to the referees.
I’m not sure about the ruling, but we will take it.
“We played for about 10 minutes today and put our worst 80 together for some weeks.
We were a rabble.
“The occasion got the better of us but credit to our guys; we kept the scoreboard within reach and thought that if we got one try we could get two.
“I told the players they should enjoy the win but they have a lot of work to do on Monday.
We were a mile away from where we should be but the rugby league gods looked after us.” Wigan’s Man of Steel, Sam Tomkins, later passed comment on Twitter, calling Ganson’s decision “the worst I’ve ever seen”.
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Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow – key partnership for England Joe Root admits scoring his maiden Test century on his home ground of Headingley was “special.” Root (104) and fellow-Yorkshire star Jonny Bairstow (64) rescued England with stand of 124 as the hosts closed the second day of the second Test on 337-7.
Root scored his century off 156 balls after walking out to cries of “Yorkshire” from Headingley’s massed ranks.
“You get that when you come here.
It’s almost like coming and playing in a different country.
It was very special and I enjoyed every minute of it,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s pretty special.
I just enjoy playing my cricket and getting to play here for England is pretty special.” Root celebrated passing his century with a fist pump before being congratulated by Bairstow.
“The best way to get to three figures is nicking it through the slips.
I really enjoyed it, it was a fantastic moment,” he said.
“It’s a great atmosphere here, I really enjoyed it and just got lost in the moment.
I will always remember it.” Root also found time to congratulate Bairstow, adding: “He played fantastically well, it was a great knock.” He was dismissed for 104 when he became one of Trent Boult’s three victims with the new ball and he was furious with himself not to build on his score.
“It was disappointing to get out when I did.
I thought they played really well tonight but hopefully we can carry on tomorrow morning,” he said.
“It was a terrible shot and it was the first ball of the new ball.
It almost left them a chance to get back in the game.
“In cricket you don’t want to give them a sniff and I’m obviously disappointed that I did that.
I play to win and try to contribute as much as I can towards the team.”
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Brian O’Driscoll is tackled in Leinster’s win over Ulster Leinster gave coach Joe Schmidt the perfect farewell in his final game as they beat Ulster 24-18 to win the RaboDirect PRO12 title.
Jonathan Sexton, playing his final match for Leinster before moving to Racing Metro, scored 14 points as Leinster claimed the crown for the first time since 2008 and ending three successive final defeats.
Kiwi Schmidt, who will take over the Ireland job later this year, departs with a domestic and European double – eight days on from his side’s Amlin Challenge Cup success.
Ulster contributed fully to a tense final, Ruan Pienaar kicking all their point, but tries in each half from Shane Jennings and Jamie Heaslip – and rock solid defence – got Leinster over the finish line.
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Durham’s safety-first approach consigned their LV= County Championship Division One clash against Middlesex to a draw on a sunny final day at Chester-le-Street.
After setting Yorkshire what proved to be an over-generous target of 335 in their previous home match, Durham skipper Paul Collingwood was not going to make the same mistake again.
Resuming on 89-1 in the morning, 152 ahead, Scott Borthwick top-scored on 82 not out as the hosts eventually declared on 240-6, leaving Middlesex to score 304 in 51 overs.
After losing Sam Robson to the 12th ball for seven, the visitors then dug in, with Joe Denly untroubled in making an unbeaten 73 to see out the draw.
Ably assisted by Chris Rogers, the pair took the score to 41-1 at tea, after which Durham tried to keep the visitors interested by bringing on Borthwick’s leg spin.
He conceded 32 in his first four overs, but after edging Mark Wood through the slips for four to reach 50, Rogers fell lbw to the same bowler for 54.
The pacy Wood then knocked out Dawid Malan’s off stump and in a final throw of the dice Durham recalled Graham Onions with 22 overs left.
In his third over he had Neil Dexter caught behind and in his fourth he had John Simpson well taken low down at second slip by Borthwick.
There were 15.3 overs left when Gareth Berg joined Denly and he survived for 11 before Wood returned and had him brilliantly caught by Keaton Jennings, posted in the unusual position of leg gully.
But Jamie Harris helped Denly to see out the remaining overs as the visitors closed on 165-6.
The draw leaves Middlesex one point behind new leaders Sussex, with Durham in third place.