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Cullen fends off Scott to win Australian Masters MELBOURNE: Nick Cullen held firm in a tense finish to win the Australian Masters by a stroke in Melbourne on Sunday and frustrate Adam Scott's bid for a hat-trick of titles.Starting three strokes adrift at Metropolitan Golf Club, the 30-year-old South Australian carded a three-under-par 69 for a nine-under total of 279, one ahead of world number two Scott (68) and two other compatriots in James Nitties (70) and Josh Younger (69).Scott was four off the pace at the first tee, and though he pushed hard on the back nine, his hopes of a record third successive win at the A$1 million ($867,000) tournament were thwarted on the last hole, when a monster birdie putt lipped out to the groans of a packed gallery."Today was definitely the best I've swung my club, putted and chipped and did everything well today," Scott told reporters."It's just hard. Some of the pins were ...

Pacquiao scores six knockdowns in title defence MACAU: Manny Pacquiao knocked down American challenger Chris Algieri six times to retain his WBO welterweight championship in Macau on Sunday morning.The first knockdown, in the second round, was a combination of a Pacquiao punch and Algieri slipping on the canvas but in the sixth round Algieri tumbled head over heels after a Pacquiao barrage and went down again in the same round from a right hook.A fierce left cross in the ninth sent Algieri ...
Coach Meyer draws positives from Boks' scrappy win in Italy PADOVA: With just five games scheduled before their opening match of the World Cup next year, South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer would have hoped for a more accomplished all-round display against Italy in Padova on Saturday.The Springboks laboured to a 22-6 victory in a game in which the home side were in contention going into the final 10 minutes before the Boks pulled away with a late try from Bryan Habana.The positives for Meyer were ...
Scott says in good shape for McIlroy showdown in Sydney MELBOURNE: Adam Scott's bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of titles at his home Australian Masters fell agonisingly short on Sunday, but the world number two declared himself in good shape ahead of his re-match with Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open this week.Scott bogeyed his last hole in Sydney last year to lose the Australian Open title to McIlroy, which also cost the Australian a rare sweep of his nation's three marquee events.The loss to ...
Singapore backtracks on plan to limit players over 30 SINGAPORE: Organisers of Singapore's domestic soccer league have completed an embarrassing U-turn on plans to limit the number of players aged over 30 from competing for clubs in the S.League after several complaints of ageism.S.League bosses announced earlier this month that the 10 clubs competing in next year's campaign would only be allowed to register five players aged 30 and above with at least three required to be 25 or under in their 22-man squads.That ...
Champions Brisbane axe coach after poor A-League start SYDNEY: Brisbane Roar sacked coach Mike Mulvey on Sunday after five defeats in the first six games of the new season left the A-League champions languishing in the lower reaches of the table.Just six months after he was named A-League coach of the season for leading Brisbane to their third title in four years in May, Mulvey was handed his notice in the wake of a 1-0 defeat to Melbourne Victory."Head coach Mike Mulvey met ...
Smile firmly back on record-man Messi's face BARCELONA: Lionel Messi seemed to have lost some of his infectious joy in playing football in recent times but the smile was firmly back on his face on Saturday after he broke the six decades-old La Liga scoring record.The Barcelona and Argentina forward has had a torrid couple of years when he was hampered by injuries, suffered a painful defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and endured off-field problems such as an ...


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