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Friday 15 December 2017

Swede victory a lift for Westwood

GOLF: Lee Westwood flew to San Francisco yesterday with high hopes of making it three European wins in a row at the US Open.

The Englishman warmed up for the tilt at following Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy by storming to a five-stroke victory at the Nordea Masters in Sweden. It was his third win in the event in three different decades, his 22nd on the European Tour and his 40th worldwide.

The 39-year-old world No3 will play the first two rounds at the Olympic Club with Luke Donald and McIlroy, the only two players who are ahead of him on the rankings.

Golden regatta for Irish

SAILING: Irish hopes for the Olympic Games received a double boost at the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth over the weekend.

Peter O’Leary (Royal Cork YC) and David Burrows (Malahide YC) won gold in the Star keelboat class, defeating a full-strength fleet that counted multiple Olympic medallists and world champions. Annalise Murphy (National YC) won the medal race in the Laser Radial class to take the bronze medal.

Pacquiao’s loss shock

BOXING: There has been fierce criticism of the decision to award Timothy Bradley a controversial split decision victory over hot favourite Manny Pacquiao at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.

The Filipino fighter appeared to have done enough to win, despite slowing down in the latter stages, but was left stunned by the decision which cost him his WBO welterweight belt. Two judges scored the bout 115-113 to the unbeaten Bradley and one handed the win to Pacquiao.

Five to walk in London

ATHLETICS: Ireland’s race-walking team has increased to five after Leitrim’s Laura Reynolds (23) hit the ‘A’ standard (1:33.30) with a lifetime best of 1:32.34 when 7th at the La Coruna Grand Prix.

Best record for last man

CRICKET: West Indies pace bowler Tino Best smashed 95 to record the highest score by a number 11 batsmen in the history of test cricket on the fourth day of the third test against England at Edgbaston. West Indies recorded a first innings of 426, with England on 221 for five at close of play.

Wiggins wins Dauphine

CYCLING: Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins (32) clinched his second successive Criterium du Dauphine title yesterday.

O’Brien joins Somerset

CRICKET: Kevin O’Brien has joined Somerset. The Ireland star will link up with the Sabres for their first five Twenty20 games, starting on Wednesday against Warwickshire.

MLB: NY Yankees 5 NY Mets 4, Miami 2 Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 5 Philadelphia 4 (10 innings), Boston 3 Washington 4, Atlanta 4 Toronto 12, Pittsburgh 3 Kansas City 2, Milwaukee 6 San Diego 5, Chi White Sox 9 Houston 11, Minnesota 2 Chi Cubs 8, St Louis 1 Cleveland 4.

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