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Saturday 23 September 2017

McGrane leads in South Africa

GOLF: Ireland's Damien McGrane and England's Jamie Elson share the clubhouse lead after a weather-interrupted first round of the Joburg Open in South Africa.

Elson made a flying start to the year with an eight-under-par 63 on Royal Johannesburg and Kensington's west course.

That matched the earlier effort of McGrane, who managed to reach the clubhouse before thunderstorms halted play.

McGrane carded five birdies in a flawless front nine of 31 and collected two more on the back nine before chipping in for an eagle on the 15th. The only blemish on his scorecard came at the 18th with a bogey five.

"For the last three or four years, Irish golf has been quite incredible and I think we feed off each other," said McGrane.

"I stacked up a few birdies during the round, but that eagle really turned my round. I hit plenty of fairways and holed a few nice putts for birdie, it was just the bogey at the last which was disappointing. Apart from that, it was a perfect round of golf."



Pacquiao: Fight's on

BOXING: Manny Pacquiao has confirmed he is keen to face Floyd Mayweather as their long-awaited bout moves closer to a reality.

The Filipino continues to attach conditions to a deal, though, and has urged Mayweather to come up with the right money. The Pacquiao camp want a date later in May, at a specially constructed 45,000-seat arena in Las Vegas rather than the 17,000-capacity MGM Grand.

"This is the fight the world wants," said 33-year-old Pacquiao.

"(But) Mayweather wants a guaranteed purse so what he has to do is get a promoter who can give him the guarantee."



Shingler tug of war

RUGBY UNION: Scotland are refusing to admit defeat in their efforts to include Steven Shingler in their Six Nations squad, despite the International Rugby Board advising that he is only eligible to play for Wales.

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