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Six, six, six proves devilishly frustrating for McIlroy AUGUSTA: Three sixes proved devilishly irritating for Rory McIlroy in the second round as the world number nine survived the halfway cut at the Masters on Friday by the skin of his teeth.The 24-year-old Northern Irishman had sixes at the second, 10th and 13th holes and needed to roll in a par-saving six-foot putt at the last for a five-over 77 and a four-under total of 148, qualifying for the weekend by one solitary stroke."That was very frustrating," McIlroy told reporters at Augusta National. "I really couldn't get anything to go my way."I didn't know if it was going to be a 10-shot rule that was going to come into play," he added after winding up 11 strokes adrift of tournament leader Bubba Watson of the United States."It is a bit of a sigh of relief that I'm here for the weekend."Twice major winner McIlroy had to contend with a ...

Watson leads Masters at halfway stage AUGUSTA: Bubba Watson made five birdies in a row to snatch the halfway lead at the 78th Masters on Friday as Augusta National turned on some of its favourite sons.The roars that normally echo through the Georgian pines were replaced by groans and sighs as some of golf's biggest names, including Phil Mickelson, failed to make it past the second round.While most of the world's best golfers struggled to make par in the brutally tough ...

Young contender Spieth minding his mentor at Masters AUGUSTA: Precocious Jordan Spieth is minding his mentor Ben Crenshaw, keeping his emotions under control and staying patient in the thick of the hunt at the midway point of the Masters.Playing his first Masters, the 20-year-old Spieth shot 71 in Thursday's opening round then went one better on Friday when the wind howled across the Augusta National pines, to tie for third place at three-under 141, four shots behind leader Bubba Watson."Mr. Crenshaw says it ...

Waratahs coach Cheika slams ARU for pulling Folau MELBOURNE: New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has slammed the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) for its extraordinary 11th hour decision to pull fullback Israel Folau out of Saturday's Super Rugby match against Western Force due to player safety concerns.Sidelined for two weeks with a throat injury, Folau had been picked for the Perth clash after being deemed fit to play by Waratahs medical staff.However, the ARU's chief medical officer Warren McDonald overruled his selection ...

Red Bull appeal is first test of F1's new era LONDON: The first big technical controversy of Formula One's new engine era has its day in court on Monday with champions Red Bull confident they have a strong case in appealing Daniel Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix exclusion.Ricciardo finished second in his home race last month, his debut for Red Bull, but was disqualified hours later when stewards ruled his car had breached the new fuel flow regulations.In what is seen as a critical test of ...

Verdasco powers into Houston semi-finals HOUSTON: Fernando Verdasco booked his first ATP semi-final of 2014 on Friday, powering home to beat Donald Young 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 in the US Men's Clay Court Championship.The fourth-seeded Spanish veteran admitted Young's solid play had him feeling "uncomfortable" in the opening set, but once he'd pocketed the tiebreaker he was on his way."He played great tennis in the first set," Verdasco said. "I kept fighting and he didn't serve well in the game I ...

Rodgers warns Man City of Liverpool's home record According to the Daily Mirror Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claims his side has no pressure ahead of Sunday’s highly anticipated clash against Manchester City.Liverpool have won 14 out of 16 games at home this Premier League season. They were defeated only in one home game against Southampton in September and in the other they had a draw against Aston Villa in January. After securing a victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, City moved top of ...


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