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The Northern Irishman struck a 63 in the opening round to put him nine under par

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A pocket rocket of a player, he is now eyeing glory as a coach. He talks to Dave Hadfield

Norwich win sends Bolton back into relegation zone

Norwich 2 Bolton 0

Takudzwa Ngwenya dominated

Ngwenya hat-trick inspires Biarritz

Biarritz 36 Ospreys 5

Warren Gatland: Wales coach will take his squad back to Poland for cryotherapy sessions

Howley says Wales will benefit from big chill in Poland

The Wales assistant coach Rob Howley believes that the latest crop of youngsters to be included in the national squad can be the spark that lights a fire under the country's Six Nations challenge.

Leading article: English justice – the oligarchs' choice

For almost four months, London's brand new Commercial Court has offered the bizarre spectacle of two Russian oligarchs – one a pugnacious political fugitive, the other the taciturn owner of Chelsea Football Club – fighting over the, for them, paltry sum of a couple billion pounds. The fleets of limousines, the posses of bodyguards and the corridor chatter in Russian all contrasted with the very British surroundings. Finally, the seemingly interminable proceedings are at an end, and Mrs Justice Gloster has reserved her judgment for as long as it takes.

Toby Booth: The London Irish director of rugby wants a swift resolution to the Shingler row

Booth hopes to clear Shingler for Scotland

London Irish 15 Cardiff Blues 22

The defending champion, Louis Oosthuizen, won the Africa Open yesterday

Oosthuizen edges out compatriot Van der Walt to win Africa Open

The defending champion, Louis Oosthuizen, won the Africa Open yesterday, finishing two shots ahead of his fellow South African Tjaart van der Walt in East London.

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Scott Johnson to leave Ospreys

Ospreys coaching director Scott Johnson is to quit his post at the end of this season.

Dikgacoi has head for heights

Crystal Palace 1 Birmingham City 0

Burger king as Saracens stand firm in fierce battle

Ospreys 13 Saracens 16

Chris Wyles takes on the Ospreys

Farrell yellow card helps Ospreys to see defeat as a bonus

Saracens 31 Ospreys 26: Young England hopeful wobbles and Welsh side leave London well placed

Aston Villa take first away win of the season

Bolton 1 Aston Villa 2

Heineken Cup round-up: Munster march on with another O'Gara drop-goal

Ronan O'Gara's second last-second winning drop-goal in successive matches gave Munster a priceless Heineken Cup away victory against Castres yesterday. The Ireland fly-half, whose kick beat Northampton at Thomond Park in the first round of matches, gave Munster a 27-24 win that put them second in Pool One behind the Scarlets, whom they will face in their next two matches.

Chris Eagles celebrates a personal double and Bolton's fourth goal

Eagles arrives on wing and a prayer for Coyle

Bolton Wanderers 5 Stoke City 0

Fast-finishing Hoey adds to McIlroy's frustration

Just when Rory McIlroy believed he was finally following up his US Open win, a little-known countryman rose to snatch the Dunhill Links crown from his grasp. Michael Hoey kept Northern Ireland's incredible run going with an inspired finish at the Home of Golf.

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