Tuesday 21 November 2017

Woeful Clarke fires his caddie

GOLF: Darren Clarke has sacked caddie John Mulrooney six months after they marched to victory at the British Open.

Clarke's form has plummeted since lifting the Claret Jug last July and he parted company with Mulrooney after last Friday's 81 - the Ulsterman's worst round on tour in five years -- left him seven shots shy of the cut in Abu Dhabi.

These two Irishmen linked up by chance at last May's Mallorca Open and were immediately successful as Clarke secured his first triumph in three years.

However, their pairing has not been without incident after bust-ups at the Scottish Open and the Grand Slam Championship in Bermuda.

Flower: Pride is at stake in Dubai

CRICKET: Andy Flower's England will fight to the last in the Middle East, and beyond, even if they are playing only for pride and damage limitation next week.

Their collapse to 72 all out, a record Test low against Pakistan, means England are not only in danger of a 3-0 series whitewash in Dubai but could also therefore lose their number one status by the time they next return to five-day cricket in Sri Lanka in March.

Flower said: "We're proud of representing our country. We take our job seriously and we all feel responsible for this result."

Kuerten best of Irish at Worlds

EQUESTRIAN: Jessica Kuerten was the best of the Irish when she finished 12th on Vincente in yesterday's Rolex FEI World Cup competition in Zurich, Switzerland.

Billy Twomey and Tinka's Serenade were one of six horse-and-rider combinations to retire in the opening round.

Niall Talbot went out with four fences down, while Denis Lynch was hindered by three on the deck for Abbervail van het Dingeshof.

Hawkins secures Shoot Out glory

SNOOKER: Barry Hawkins lifted the Snooker Shoot Out trophy after beating Graeme Dott in yesterday's final in Blackpool.

The 32-year-old received a cheque for £32,000 for coming out on top in the 10-minute battle, with his opening break of 46 enough to give him a lead he would not surrender.

BASKETBALL: LeBron James scored 35 points as the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 97-93 in a thrilling clash between the top two astern Conference teams.

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