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McIlroy breaks title drought but learns from frustrations SYDNEY: Rory McIlroy buried his 2013 title drought in the most dramatic fashion at the Australian Open on Sunday and said he thought a largely frustrating season might just make him a more complete player. The Northern Irishman had a brilliant 2012 but a change of equipment and some off-course legal distractions coincided with a slump in form that saw him slide from number one in the world down to number six. On Sunday, though, the 24-year-old re-entered the winners' circle when he birdied the 18th hole to snatch the title away from US Masters champion and home favourite Adam Scott with the final stroke of the tournament. "I think I'm more experienced, more patient," he said when asked what he had learnt this year. "Not getting as down on myself or not being as hard on myself because golf is a long career and you can't have too many ...

Gutted Scott loses Midas touch and 'triple crown' SYDNEY: World number two Adam Scott was left "gutted" on Sunday after the Midas touch deserted him and he blew a chance to cap the best year of his career with a rare Australian "triple crown" at Royal Sydney. Everything Scott touched had turned to gold since he arrived back home last month for a four-tournament swing that quickly turned into a triumphant celebration of his becoming the first Australian to win the US Masters. ...
Matsuyama is first rookie to win Japan money list TOKYO: Hideki Matsuyama became the first rookie to win the Japan Golf Tour money list Sunday when the 21-year-old clinched his fourth victory of the season at the Casio World Open.Matsuyama only turned professional in April but capped a brilliant debut season by pipping Yuta Ikeda at the Kochi Kuroshio Country Club course in southern Japan.He held on to his overnight lead to defeat Ikeda by just one stroke with a final round 70 for ...
Schalke hand teenage star Meyer five-year deal GELSENKIRCHEN: Bundesliga side Schalke 04 have given 18-year-old rising star Max Meyer a five-year extension to keep the attacking midfielder at the Royal Blues until 2018.The Germany Under-19 talent, who reached the European Under-17 championships final with his country in 2012, has scored three goals in 10 Bundesliga games this season and is tipped as a future star.He came on for the final 15 minutes of Schalke's 3-0 win at home to VfB Stuttgart on ...
Stevenson stops Bellew to retain WBC title QUEBEC CITY: Canadian southpaw Adonis Stevenson retained his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight world title Saturday with a sixth-round technical knockout of Britain's Tony Bellew.Stevenson dropped Bellew in the sixth with a heavy left to the jaw. Bellew beat the count, but Stevenson landed another left that sent the challenger staggering into a corner. The champion was unloading again on the defenseless Bellew when referee Michael Griffin called a halt at 1:50 of the round.Haitian-born Stevenson ...
Nets nab needed win in Memphis MEMPHIS: The struggling Brooklyn Nets seized a much-needed NBA victory Saturday with a 97-88 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies.Brook Lopez, in his second game back from an ankle injury, took charge in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of his 20 points in the final period to help the Nets seal the win.Lopez, who was sidelined for seven games, added nine rebounds, Joe Johnson scored 27 points and Andray Blatche chipped in 21 for the Nets, ...
McIlroy shocks Scott to win Australian Open SYDNEY: Double Major-winner Rory McIlroy won the Australian Open on Sunday with a birdie at the final hole, pipping home favourite Adam Scott, to secure his first tournament victory of 2013.Scott was leading by a stroke with one hole to play and looked certain to become only the second player ever to capture the Australian "Triple Crown".However, the world number two bogeyed the last and McIlroy holed a birdie putt to win by a shot ...


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