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Willett leads in Dubai as McIlroy makes late charge DUBAI: Briton Danny Willett shot a sparkling third-round 65 to lead the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday and Rory McIlroy stayed in contention to retain his title with a late surge.The world number two conjured up six birdies over the closing holes to finish on eight under par, eight strokes behind Willett and seven adrift of Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello.Briton Andy Sullivan was a shot back in third, one ahead of Dutchman Joost Luiten.Willett, runner-up to McIlroy in last season's Race to Dubai, fired a second successive 65 at Emirates Golf Club to move to 16 under par, sinking a superb 30-foot eagle putt at the 13th."I kept the ball under fantastic control with some crosswinds, did everything right really. A couple of hiccups in there today where it could have been a little different and kept the head on and kept moving forward," the 28-year-old told the European Tour website."I ...

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Enthusiasm is good but not enough, says France coach PARIS: France coach Guy Noves hailed his team's enthusiasm after a hard-fought 23-21 home win against Italy in their Six Nations opener on Saturday but said Les Bleus had a lot of work to do if they wanted to be fully competitive.France, who were knocked out of last year's World Cup with a record defeat against New Zealand in the quarter-finals, played some lively rugby but were often shaky in defence."Winning is always interesting," Noves, ...

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Torres nets 100th Atletico goal in 3-1 win over Eibar MADRID: Substitute Fernando Torres scored his 100th goal for Atletico Madrid as they came from a goal down to beat Eibar 3-1 at home on Saturday and go level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga.Two headed goals from corners seven minutes apart by central defenders Jose Maria Gimenez and Saul put Atletico on track after Keko had given Eibar the lead in the 46th.Coach Diego Simeone will be glad his team ended a ...

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Vonn chalks up World Cup win number 76 GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: American Lindsey Vonn continued her record-breaking spree with her 76th World Cup race win on Saturday, mastering a bumpy downhill course that bothered her rivals.Vonn, already the most successful woman in World Cup history, is now 10 victories behind the men's record set by Swedish technical specialist Ingemar Stenmark in the 1970s and 1980s."Every day is a new chance to break my own record which is kind of weird to say but it still ...

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England begin Jones era with victory in Scotland EDINBURGH: England got the Eddie Jones era off to a victorious, if not quite glorious, start on Saturday as tries by George Kruis and Jack Nowell earned them a 15-9 victory over Scotland in a nervy Six Nations clash at Murrayfield.Jones, who took over from Stuart Lancaster in the wake of England's World Cup pool-stage exit, had made it clear he wanted a win at any cost and will have enjoyed seeing his forwards gradually ...

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Kiwi Ko, South Korea's Jang share LPGA lead MIAMI: World number one Lydia Ko completed a bogey-free five-under par 67 Saturday morning to remain deadlocked with South Korea's Jang Ha-Na entering the final round of the LPGA Coates Championship.The third round was halted Friday by darkness with the partnered players both on 7-under par through six holes. They each played the final 12 holes at 4-under when play resumed to stand on 11-under 205 after 54 holes at Ocala, Florida.Canada's Brooke Henderson charged ...

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Olympic Club named host for 2021 US Women's Open NEW YORK: The Olympic Club, five times the host of the US Open, was named by the US Golf Association on Saturday as host of the 2021 US Women's Open.The 76th edition of the women's major championship will be played June 3-6 at the historic San Francisco layout, which opened in 1927.The course's first major came in 1955, when Jack Fleck upset Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff, and 11 years later Billy Casper outlasted ...