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Saturday 16 December 2017

Brady plans to give hero Butler truck

SUPERBOWL: Tom Brady said he plans to give the truck he won as the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player to rookie Malcolm Butler, whose last-minute goal-line interception clinched the New England Patriots' 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Brady, who threw four touchdown passes against Seattle, received the keys to a red pickup truck from Chevrolet after winning his record-tying third Super Bowl MVP two days ago.

Brady was the second-highest paid player on the Patriots' roster this season, making $14 million in salary and bonuses, and said on WEEI radio in Boston that he'd love to give the truck to Butler. An undrafted player out of the University of West Alabama, Butler was paid $510,000 this season after making his way through summer rookie minicamp and training camp to earn a spot on the Patriots' 53-man roster.

"I'm going to figure out how to make that work," Brady said.

R&A defend Sky TV deal

GOLF: The R&A has moved to allay fears that its decision to award live television rights of the Open Championship to Sky Sports will have a negative impact on golf participation.

The governing body announced yesterday that Sky had secured the exclusive rights in a five-year deal from 2017, taking over from the BBC, which has had a 60-year partnership with golf's oldest major.

High-profile players have voiced their disappointment about the move, with former world number one and 2010 Open runner-up Lee Westwood branding it an "absolute disgrace".

But in an open letter, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson has insisted "numerous factors" were taken into account "such as quality of coverage, household reach, innovations in the broadcast, commercial considerations and promotion of the Open and our sport throughout the year."

Fenninger to fore

SKIING: Olympic champion Anna Fenninger of Austria stole the limelight from American ski queen and pre-race favourite Lindsey Vonn by winning the women's Super-G yesterday at the Alpine ski world championships.

Fenninger, the 2014 big globe winner, sped down the plunging Raptor racecourse in one minute 10.29 seconds with Slovenia's Tina Maze, the world champion in 2013, finishing second and Vonn taking third, according to provisional results.

A group of PGA Tour caddies has filed a class-action lawsuit demanding that the tour compensate them for wearing bibs.

Some 80 caddies joined the federal suit filed Tuesday in Northern California. At issue is having to wear bibs that have the logo of the tournament sponsor. The caddies contend the PGA Tour is making $50 million off the sponsors while the caddies get nothing.

The lawsuit stems from a dispute that has been brewing for more than a year. It also says the tour has denied caddies access to health care and pension plans.

Named as the two class representatives were Mike Hicks, the caddie for Payne Stewart when he won his last U.S. Open, and Kenny Harms, who caddies for Kevin Na.

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