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Monday 24 September 2018

Day knocks on door of top 10

GOLF: Australian Jason Day's drought-breaking win at the World Cup of Golf on Sunday has him knocking on the door of the world's top 10 and revived his goal of one day climbing to top spot.

The 26-year-old's triumph at Royal Melbourne saw him jump to 11th from 18th in the world rankings and gave him a much-needed dose of self-belief after three years of near-misses since his maiden title at the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship.

Having outplayed compatriot and world number two Adam Scott and seventh-ranked American Matt Kuchar to take individual honours at the World Cup, Day will have another chance to measure himself this week when he clashes with Scott and world number six Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open in Sydney.

 

HENSHAW EXTENDS DEAL

RUGBY: Connacht have extended the contract of 20-year-old back Robbie Henshaw.

Henshaw joins Kieran Marmion, Willie Faloon, Craig Ronaldson and Matt Healy, who all recently penned two-year deals that will see them play at the Sportsground until at least 2016.

The former Westmeath minor footballer earned his third Ireland cap this month, coming on as a replacement against the Wallabies. Henshaw said: "It's been an unbelievable 15 months and I'm so happy that I can now continue to improve under Pat (Lam) and the coaching team."

 

TAXI FOR TOPPLED JONES!

SNOOKER: Jamie Jones suffered a shock 6-0 first-round defeat by taxi driver Gary Wilson as the UK Championship got under way with a series of upsets in York.

Wilson barely gave the Welshman a sniff as he charged to a 6-0 win. Teenager Sean O'Sullivan amazingly came from 4-0 down to beat two-time ranking event finalist Anthony Hamilton 6-4.

Australian Vinnie Calabrese claimed a notable scalp, edging out Dominic Dale in the final frame.

Tom Ford was beaten 6-2 by Thailand's world number 110 Noppon Saengkham in the other game of the afternoon session.

 

CUTHBERT BOOSTS WALES

RUGBY: Wales have seen their hopes of claiming a first major southern hemisphere scalp since 2008 boosted by big-game try poacher Alex Cuthbert's rapid return from injury.

The British and Irish Lions winger suffered a hairline fracture of his ankle less than six weeks ago. But Cuthbert, 23, who has scored nine tries in 18 Tests for Wales and claimed winning touchdowns in Six Nations title-clinching victories over France and England during the past two seasons, will line up against Australia on Saturday.

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