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Tuesday 12 December 2017

D'Arcy may move to 13 - Wallace

Rugby: Gordon D'Arcy could prove Ireland boss Joe Schmidt's surprise choice to succeed Brian O'Driscoll at outside centre for Ireland, according to David Wallace.

Former Ireland flanker Wallace said: "It will be interesting to see how that pans out as there are a lot of guys sticking their hands up for the job.

"There are also serious thoughts of Gordon D'Arcy moving out there to 13 as well though.

"You look at him and Brian: they are actually very similar players, and Gordon's probably more suited to outside centre naturally anyway.

"It's just that Brian's been there so long that no one was going to move him. Maybe you could bring a bigger centre in there, and perhaps Gordon could move across."

Rory honoured

golf: Rory McIlroy has been honoured as the winner of the 2013-14 PGA of America Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average.

For the 25-year-old Northern Irishman, who has two major titles among his four wins worldwide this year, it marked the second time in three seasons that he has captured both awards.

McIlroy won consecutive majors at the British Open and PGA Championship, sandwiched around his win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, in the 2013-14 season and finished number one on the tour money list.

The world number one posted an adjusted average of 68.82 through 66 complete rounds, edging Sergio Garcia (68.95), who completed 61 rounds, for the Vardon Trophy.

Masters winner Bubba Watson was a distant second to McIlroy for Player of the Year, which is based on a points system. US Open winner Martin Kaymer was third followed by three-times tour event winner Jimmy Walker.

Ulissi suspended

Cycling: Diego Ulissi was provisionally suspended by his Lampre team yesterday for the second time after disciplinary proceedings were opened against the Italian rider who failed a dope test at the Giro d'Italia.

Ulissi had been provisionally suspended by Lampre in June after he tested positive for the bronchodilator salbutamol on the Tour of Italy, where he won two stages.

Ulissi, 25, could face a two-year ban if found guilty.

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