Carrzone: Spieth determination shows Rory how it's done
Behind the headlines with Eamon Carr
Jordan Spieth has thrown down the gauntlet to Rory McIlroy and the rest. "This year had been unreal," he says. "But we're going to try to improve on it."
Even before Spieth claimed the FedEx Cup title with his Tour Championship win on Sunday, McIlroy knew the game was up.
"I judge myself on the biggest tournaments but I didn't win," he said. "It's a lost year…because I didn't win a major." While Spieth brought his year's prize money to a record-breaking $22 million with his fifth title win of 2015, Rory tied 16th with America's Kevin Na. Currently third in the rankings, McIlroy will have a tough job on his hands to overtake Spieth who has shown a remarkable competitive attitude and fighting spirt this year. Having missed the cut in the first two play-offs, Speith could have gone off and played football with his mates. He didn't. "We put in a lot of hard work," he says.
"We approached it as if it was a major and mentally stayed on it. I was watching Jason Day dominating golf, I got frustrated so I got to work."
The race for FIFA top job has a long way to go yet
Could Chung Mong-Joon be the one to sort out FIFA? UEFA boss Michel Platini had endorsed Prince Ali bin al-Hussein's bid to replace Sepp Blatter in the FIFA leadership election in May. Blatter won.
Following the arrest of FIFA officials by US and Swiss police investigating corruption, he announced his imminent retirement. When Platini looked set to be his likely replacement, the Jordanian prince declared him an unsuitable candidate, insisting there was need for "an overall change in leadership." With Platini now embroiled in the criminal investigation, Prince Ali, who wants to job, says: "The need for new leadership that can restore the credibility of FIFA has never been more apparent." However, describing FIFA as in "total meltdown", leadership contender Chung Mong-Joon (63), a Korean business tycoon and former FIFA vice-president, suggests setting up "an emergency taskforce" to run the association. "The most urgent task at hand is to root out corruption from within FIFA," he declares.
Olympic organisers squash hopes of millions worldwide
The World Squash Federation proposed squash for inclusion as an Olympic sport saying it's "youthful, athletic and competitive and enjoyed in 185 countries.
It has been voted the world's healthiest sport. It is gladiatorial. Squash is the sport for tomorrow." It was believed the sport had an excellent chance of being included in the 2020 Tokyo Games. Alex Gough, Chief Executive of the Professional Squash Association, said inclusion would be "a defining moment for squash."
But the sport has failed to even make it to a shortlist of five that will be considered by the Tokyo Olympics organising committee. On learning that squash had been ignored in favour of surfing, sport climbing, skateboarding, karate and baseball/softball, a shocked head of the WSF said: "Millions of squash players around the world will, like me, be heartbroken."
The state of Meath football
The retirement of Stephen Bray (33) from intercounty football is a further illustration of the gulf that currently exists between Meath and Dublin. Bray, who joined the Meath senior panel in 2000, is the county's only All-Star. Meath failed to gain promotion to Division 1. They suffered a first ever Championship defeat by Westmeath. Manager Mick O'Dowd is confirmed to continue in job until 2016.