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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Clarke and McIlroy lauded at Laureus

GOLF: Two of sport’s ‘Oscars’ winged their way to the North as golfers Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy were both honoured at the Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in London.

The two Ulstermen were saluted for their major-winning feats in 2011. McIlroy’s amazing runaway triumph at the US Open resulted in the 22 year-old |from Holywood being awarded the statuette for sporting breakthrough of the year.

Clarke, was given a stirring ovation from the stellar sporting cast in the audience at the Central Hall, Westminster, as he collected the Comeback of the Year award from Gary Player |for his emotional British Open triumph at Sandwich at the 20th attempt at the age of 42.

Novak going for Golden

TENNIS: Novak Djokovic insists |it’s not impossible to win the ‘Golden Slam’ this season after being named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year. Djokovic was crowned just a week after retaining his Australian Open title, his fourth major in five attempts.

Victory at the French Open would make him only the third man to hold all four grand slams at the same time but he is looking to become the first to win every major and the Olympics in a single year. “I think everything is possible,” Djokovic said.

A ‘fresh start’ for Williams

F1: Frank Williams today ushered in “a truly fresh start” for his team as their latest challenger for the new season was unveiled.

The FW34 was simply rolled out of the garage at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain for a few minutes as photographs were taken, before it was pushed back in again.

After their worst season in their history last year, Williams is keen to keep things understated.

He said: “One could say looking at the Williams F1 Team today we are off to a truly fresh start.”

Bell dropped by England

CRICKET: England dropped struggling batsman Ian Bell from their one-day and Twenty20 squads today while drafting in Danny Briggs and Jos Buttler for the limited over series against Pakistan.\[Shane Hegarty\]Bell struggled in the three-test series against Pakistan – 29 being his highest score in six innings – as England, the top ranked test team, suffered a rare whitewash.

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