The Sport Matrix: Saturday 14 March 2015


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Clyburn one shot off World title lead

England’s Holly Clyburn carded a second-round 65 to move within a shot of the lead in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in Hainan, China.

Clyburn hit nine birdies and a bogey to finish eight under par, one behind the defending champion In-bee Park of South Korea, who had a second successive 69.

“I got a fast start with two birdies on the first two and then settled in and made a nice birdie on four and then played nicely for the last six holes on the front nine,” Clyburn said.

Becky Morgan of Wales shared the overnight lead, but could only manage a one-over-par 74 to drop back into a three-way share of fourth place.

Amir returns from spot-fixing ban

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who was banned for spot-fixing, took three wickets on his return to competitive domestic cricket yesterday. The left-armer returned figures of 3 for 23 as his team Omar Associates shot out Capital Development Authority for 268 runs on the first day of a three-day match in the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Patrons Trophy in Rawalpindi.

Sky pair in hunt  for Paris-Nice title

Team Sky’s Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas remain in contention for the Paris-Nice title after yesterday’s fifth stage was won by Davide Cimolai (Lampre) in a bunch sprint. Poland’s Michal Kwiatkoswki (Etixx-QuickStep) retained the race leader’s yellow jersey after the 192.5km stage from St Etienne to Rasteau. Porte and Thomas are one and three seconds behind respectively.

Jose hits back at critic Souness

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has come out fighting following his side’s Champions League elimination and turned his anger on pundit Graeme Souness, who had condemned the players surrounding the referee in the build-up to the red card for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the draw with PSG. Mourinho described him as an inferior manager and “a frustrated man”.

Woods pulls out of Arnold Palmer

Tiger Woods is still hopeful of competing in the Masters in April after announcing he will miss next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational event. The 14-time major winner, who has been out of action through injury since the beginning of February, insisted his back was not an issue and he wanted to concentrate on getting his game “tournament ready”.