Monday 20 November 2017

Mickelson bid falters at Pines

GOLF: Phil Mickelson is a big fan of Torrey Pines, where he has won three times, but he was totally perplexed after battling to a five-over-par 77 in the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open in California yesterday.

In near-perfect scoring conditions on the South Course laid out on bluffs above the Pacific coastline, Mickelson mixed seven bogeys with two birdies to end |a glorious day of sunshine a distant 15 strokes off the lead.

It’s advantage England

CRICKET: England spin duo Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann struck to reduce Pakistan to 125-4 in their second innings at the close of the third day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, leaving the hosts just 55 runs ahead.

Pakistan bagged England’s final two wickets after lunch, dismissing them for 327 - a lead of 70 - before openers Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar made a steady start to their second innings.

England then struck, Panesar taking Hafeez (22) lbw before Swann bowled Umar (7) in his first over. Panesar was not to be outshone, however, bowling Younus Khan and Misbah Ul-Haq before Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq led a revival with an unbroken partnership of 71.

India facing whitewash

CRICKET: Australia continued to march towards a 4-0 series whitewash of India on day four of the fourth Test at the Adelaide Oval as the tourists closed on 166-6.

Set a record fourth-innings run chase of 500 to conjure a miracle victory, India are still |333 runs in arrears with just |four wickets in hand after established pair VVS Laxman and Virat Kohli fell in the final |10 minutes.

Laxman was dropped by Ricky Ponting at a wide second slip on 25 when he played a loose drive against Ryan Harris, but his watchful vigil ended on 35 after he whipped a short Nathan Lyon offering right off the meat of the bat to Shaun Marsh, who snapped up the chance at short mid-wicket.

Dub schools lose finals

SCHOOLS BASKETBALL: It wasn’t a good day for Dublin schools at the National Basketball Arena |as both Coláiste Iosagáin and Malahide lost their respective All-Ireland Cup finals.

Iosagáin proved no match for Cork’s St Angela’s in the All-Ireland Schools U-19 ‘A’ decider, losing 48-29.

Malahide’s Lisa Murphy tried to rally her side against Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, but the tide was inexorably with the Cork team.

They took a 23-point lead into the final period and cruised to a 57-29 win.

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