ST ANDREWS, Scotland - Peter Uihlein came within one shot of breaking 60 as he produced a superb round in the European Tour's Dunhill Links event yesterday. The pro-am tournament which is played across three course including the British Open Championship venues of St Andrews and Carnoustie, saw the United States' Uihlein post a 60 at nearby Kingsbarns.
PARIS - Ukraine will have to play their next home World Cup qualifier behind closed doors after fans were accused of making monkey chants and performing Nazi salutes. FIFA's disciplinary committee also banned the Lviv stadium from hosting all qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup after the incidents in the match against San Marino on September 6.
HAVANA - Athletes in Cuba for the first time will be allowed to keep most of their overseas prizemoney, Havana announced yesterday, in a major policy shift intended to encourage would-be defectors to stay. The government announced that athletes — who in the past were allowed to keep only about 15 per cent of their overseas prize winnings — as of next year will be allowed to keep 80 per cent.
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BANGKOK - World number six Tomas Berdych battled his way into the semi-finals of the Thailand Open Friday, slamming 20 aces in a hard-fought victory over Lu Yen-Hsun. The top seed was made to sweat for his 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 win against his Taiwanese rival, who has lost all 10 of his career quarter-finals.
PARIS - Reigning French champions Paris Saint-Germain have been dealt a new defensive blow after Alex was ruled out of their match against Toulouse at the Parc des Princes. The Brazilian has not recovered from a thigh injury that forced him off in the 1-0 win at Valenciennes on Thursday but coach Laurent Blanc hopes he will be available for the clash with Benfica.
SEIGNOSSE, France - Australian surfers Matt Wilkinson, Adam Melling and Bede Durbidge were among the casualties on an abbreviated second day of action at the Quiksilver Pro France. Organisers completed the remaining seven heats of the second round with the only Aussie to progress being Kai Otton with 17.57 points over Melling's 14.83.
MADRID - Championship leader Marc Marquez posted the quickest time in yesterday's combined free practice ahead of Sunday's Aragon MotoGP. The 20-year-old MotoGP rookie took the free practice honours on his Honda, clocking a best lap of 1min 48.987sec.
LONDON - Former golf No.1 Rory McIlroy confirmed yesterday he has left Horizon Sports Management to create his own management company. McIlroy denied speculation in May he was going to go it alone only for Ryder Cup partner Graeme McDowell to say a few days later the two-time major-winner had in fact decided on his second management change since October 2011.