Monday 20 November 2017

Rock roars to Joburg lead

GOLF: Englishman Robert Rock beat the weather to take the lead at the midway point of the Joburg Open in South Africa.

The 34-year-old, chasing a second career victory, shot a second-round 67 to hit the front just moments before a thunderstorm forced play to be abandoned for the day.

He signed his card a shot clear of home duo Jbe Kruger and Branden Grace, who both went round the west course in 66, adding to their 67s yesterday.

Another South African, Michiel Bothma, is a shot further back on nine under, as is another in George Coetzee.

Ireland's Damien McGrane, who shared the first-round lead with Jamie Elson, was one over after three holes today, dropping down to seven under.

Brady yields to Tebow

GRIDIRON: The Denver Broncos will try to bring a little Mile High magic to Foxboro when they face the New England Patriots in a fascinating National Football League (NFL) divisional showdown tonight featuring two of the game's most intriguing figures.

With three Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVPs and one supermodel wife, Tom Brady (pictured) has been the player fans have gravitated to much of the past decade, but the seven-time Pro Bowler will tonight concede the limelight to Tim Tebow, the gridiron miracle worker.

England claim victory

CRICKET: Chris Tremlett overcame the discomfort of an eye infection to help England to their second successive warm-up win -- and keep himself in contention for a place in next week's first Test line-up.

Tremlett went into the three-day match against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI having last played for his country almost six months ago when he was struck down by a back injury.

But the 6ft 7in seamer proved his well-being with a match haul of 4-62 in a 100-run victory for the tourists in Dubai.

Basso bids for third Giro

CYCLING: Italy's Ivan Basso has confirmed he will bid for a third Giro d'Italia title this year.

The Liquigas-Cannondale cyclist won the Giro in 2006 and 2010 but did not compete last year, preferring to focus on the Tour de France. At the team's presentation on Thursday, Basso said: "I will return to the Giro, that's the big aim for the first part of the season."

Basso's team-mate Vincenzo Nibali will concentrate on the Tour de France but he could also ride the Giro to help support his Italian team-mate.

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