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Curtis leads

SAN ANTONIO - Former British Open champion Ben Curtis, trying to find his way back to top form, completed a bogey-free 67 before a two-hour storm delay yesterday to take the second-round lead at the PGA Texas Open.

Curtis posted his second-straight five-under round without a bogey for a 10-under total of 134. He was two shots in front of David Mathis, whose 67 put him at 136. Greg Chalmers carded 72 to be the best placed Australian - eight shots behind Mathis. Cameron Tringale was in the clubhouse on seven-under 137 after a second-round 65, while Matt Every was seven-under through 16 holes when play was halted by darkness. Every had a golden chance to move up the leaderboard when the round resumed on Saturday morning, facing an 11-foot birdie putt at 17. Blake Adams (69), Ryan Palmer (69) and Hunter Haas (74) were tied for fifth on 140.

Origin fight

MUDGEE, NSW - City halfback Mitchell Pearce admits he's still "dirty" about last year's 18-12 defeat by the Country Origin side and is desperate to finish up on the winning team in Mudgee this afternoon.

Laurie Daley's side claimed the AAMI Shield in Albury in 2011 thanks to a last-minute try by Akuila Uate, and the NSW incumbent wants to prevent a third successive win for the Country outfit. "We lost the game last year late on and also missed all of our goals so it was very disappointing," Pearce told AAP.

"I was real dirty about the way we conceded late on last year and want to put things right this year."

A crowd of over 8,000 will pack into the new $10million Glen Willows Sports Complex, which only opened last month, with grandstand tickets selling at $130 a pop in the central-western NSW town.

Mason back

SYDNEY - Newcastle NSW Cup coach Rip Taylor has been given strict instructions from Wayne Bennett on how to use Willie Mason in his return to rugby league today.

Mason hasn't played the 13-man game since his stint at Hull Kingston Rovers was cut short at six games early in 2011, and has trained on his own since gaining a release from French rugby union club Toulon in January.

Taylor said he would start Mason at prop against the Illawarra Cutters at Cronulla's Toyota Stadium, but how much game time he gives the former Australia and NSW Origin star will be guided by Bennett. "Wayne's given me a bit of an idea of what he wants to get out of him, so that's where it will start and end obviously," Taylor told AAP.

"I wasn't at the session where they (Knights training staff) put him through some stuff, but from all reports he's presented himself in good nick, so well done to him really. He's certainly brought a buzz to the joint."

Source: AAP and AFP

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