McIlroy closes in on Scott

first_imgRory McIlroy shot a second-round 65 to give himself a chance of winning the first trophy of a forgettable year at the Emirates Australian Open. The overall leaderboard was also affected by Scott failing to seriously follow up his course-record 62 from day one, but McIlroy will not worry about that. He may well kick himself about a 17th-hole bogey but the fact that he recovered to birdie the last suggests he is in good shape. “When you see someone like that (Scott) at the top of the leaderboard already with a low score, it’s tough not to think about it,” McIlroy told the tournament’s official website at the end of his round. “It’s tough not to sort of press the issue and try and make birdies to catch up with them right away but golf tournaments are long, they’re four days, 72 holes and there’s a lot of time to chip away at those leads.” McIlroy’s bad year has been well covered but he insists he has long felt back on track. “I feel like I’m playing well. I’m hitting the ball well off the tee and giving myself plenty of chances. It was good to see a few more putts go in today,” he added. “As I’ve said for the last few weeks, the game is feeling much better and I’m much more comfortable with it.” Scott was always unlikely to match his brilliant opening-day score, but he could have wished for a more consistent round. Gunning for the ‘Aussie treble’ of this tournament to go alongside his Australian PGA and Australian Masters titles, Scott signed for seven birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey on an up and down afternoon. In close attendance at the top of the leaderboard is Richard Green who rests on nine under par overall, with Friday’s round of 66 including a hole-in-one on the sixth. “That shot on the par-three sixth today was a flush golf shot. It’s nice to build a bit of confidence from hitting good shots again,” said Green. “I love coming to Royal Sydney. It’s my favourite course up here. I’ve done well here before. It fits my game, how far I hit the golf ball at least.” Matthew Jones trails by a shot in fourth, with four more players on six under, among them amateur Bradley Watt. The Northern Irishman will want to put 2013 to bed after an alarming loss of form cost him the world number one spot, but he could at least end it on a high. He trails home favourite Adam Scott by two shots at the midway point at the Royal Sydney Golf club after a fine round which contained nine birdies. Press Associationlast_img read more

St.Louis Will Be Like Zenica and Stadium Busch Like Bilino Polje

first_imgThe stadium Busch in St.Louis will be completely ready for the soccer spectacle between the national teams of B&H and Argentina, which will be played on the nights of Monday to Tuesday, according to our time.The baseball club St.Louis Cardinals, where the match will take place, made an effort so that the field and stands would be fully ready for the match.Football matches are not held often at this stadium, Thus, for this reason old grass from parts of the fields were replaced, after which new lines will be drawn on the field.Meanwhile, the euphoria of B&H fans who live in USA is growing with each passing hour. For a few days already in St. Louis, symbolic items representing our national team can be bought, and in houses, offices and shops the colors yellow and blue dominate.One of the organizations composed of B&H citizens organized “The Day of Dragons”.Stadium Busch is labeled these days as Bilino Polje by people from B&H living in the USA, and it will be completely full and the majority of stands will be occupied by B&H fans.Around 40.000 B&H fans who live in the USA are expected to attend the match.(Source: read more

Koeman disappointed by Southampton fans’ lack of respect for former boss Pochettino

first_imgSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman was left disappointed by supporters’ lack of respect for Mauricio Pochettino, as Saints were defeated 1-0 at Tottenham in their first reunion with their former boss.Pochettino quit St Mary’s for Spurs this summer, on the back of leading the south coast club to their highest ever Premier League finish.But instead of thanks, the Argentine was met with a series of mocking chants from visiting fans at White Hart Lane, and Koeman believes his counterpart deserved a kinder reception due to his achievements at the helm.“Yes, okay that is the reaction of the fans, but I don’t agree with that,” the Dutchman said.“I think everybody needs respect and normally the respect is high in the Premier League.“I respect Mauricio very much and he did a great job in Southampton. Now he is the manager of Tottenham and it is a great challenge for him.”Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen’s first-half goal separated the teams after 90 minutes, with the scoreline perhaps harsh on the spirited visitors.Summer signing Sadio Mane had Southampton’s best chance but was guilty of a miss-of-the-season contender, turning wide from six yards out in the closing stages.Meanwhile, Spurs skipper Younes Kaboul was perhaps fortunate not to be sent off after a last-man challenge on the winger, only to be handed just a yellow card.Koeman was coy when asked whether the centre-back should have been sent off and was pleased with his side’s overall display in north London.“I am disappointed about the final result, not disappointed about our performance,” the Dutchman said.“We knew it was difficult because in the first half they did great pressing. It was easy to create possibilities, opportunities.“It was a pity because they scored before half-time and we spoke then about keeping good organisation in the second half.“Little by little we had to push up a little bit more and I think we did that very good. We got maybe the best chance in the game with Mane. Okay, it was unlucky, but that is football.”last_img read more