Wednesday 13 December 2017

Davies reveals abuse over BOD

RUGBY: Welshman Jonathan Davies has revealed he was subjected to threats after being selected ahead of Brian O'Driscoll for the deciding Lions Test against Australia.

The Scarlets and Wales centre was one of the standout performers during the 2-1 series success against the Wallabies and was given the vote to play alongside countryman Jamie Roberts in Sydney. The opposition to coach Warren Gatland's decision became inflamed on Twitter, where a handful of supporters posted threatening messages.

Davies said: "There was a lot of stuff on Twitter but I tried not to take too much notice of it. People wanting to break my legs and stuff. I did feel like public enemy No1 and there was a lot of pressure."

Watson's superb knock puts Aussies in control

CRICKET: Shane Watson's magnificent 176 put Australia in command at 307 for four on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes test against England at The Oval.

The powerful right-hander started out all guns blazing and, after being struck on the head by a Stuart Broad bouncer, dug in to post his highest test score and shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 145 with Steve Smith.

England, seeking to win a home Ashes series 4-0 for the first time, endured a gruelling day in the field after handing debuts to all-rounder Chris Woakes and left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan.

Dufner keeps feet on ground after Major win

GOLF: Jason Dufner was determined he would not change after winning the US PGA Championship – and the American looks to have got his wish as he returns to action in The Barclays this week.

Dufner claimed his first major title at Oak Hill earlier this month but the 36-year-old's feet have been kept firmly on the ground ever since. "I still had to take the trash out on Tuesday morning and we've just got a new puppy so I've been up at 3am taking him to the bathroom," Dufner said ahead of the first FedEx Cup play-off event at Liberty National in New Jersey.

Hamilton: I'm proving my doubters wrong

F1: Lewis Hamilton must keep the pressure on Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix to maintain his slim title chances when the Formula One season resumes this weekend. Mercedes are adding consistency to speed to give Hamilton an outside shot at closing the gap on Vettel.

Hamilton is fourth overall and has nine races left and 48 points to make up on the three-time defending champion. "The team and I have proved everyone wrong, race by race," he said.

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