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Wolves 1 Birmingham 0 match report:

Wolves 1 Birmingham 0: King scores at wrong end to hand derby win to Solbakken's men

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 8 December 2012

Marlon King's own goal handed Wolves the derby spoils as they saw off neighbours Birmingham at Molineux.

King has bagged 13 goals for City this season, but he found the net at the wrong end in the first half to hand Wanderers their first home win in seven attempts stretching back to late September.

The striker sliced past Jack Butland when attempting to clear Bakary Sako's drilled free-kick at the front post, with Nathan Redmond also guilty of turning his back on the ball as part of a one-man wall.

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal

MATCH FACTS

Wolves: Ikeme, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Foley, Henry, Sako, Doumbia (Davis 74), Ebanks-Blake (Pennant 84), Sigurdarson, Doyle

Subs not used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde, Nouble

Booked: Johnson

Goal: 34 (og)

Birmingham: Butland, Caldwell, Davies, Spector (Morrison 46), Caddis, Robinson, Mullins, Elliott, Redmond (Lovenkrands 72), King, Hall (Burke 80)

Subs not used: Doyle, Packwood, Hancox, Morrison, Diop

Booked: Robinson, Mullins

Referee: Taylor

Attendance: 21,339

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Wolves put in a much-improved
performance after the break and enjoyed several chances to extend their
advantage, but profligate finishing and some superb saves from Butland
ensured the result hung in the balance until the final whistle.

It was only the second time Wolves
have won back-to-back games this season after last weekend's 4-1 triumph
at Bristol City, a result which ended a nine-match winless streak.

Birmingham went into the clash also
underperforming this term and struggling at the wrong end of the npower
Championship table, although it was they who started the better, Paul
Caddis seeing his curling effort from 20 yards well parried away by Carl
Ikeme.

Bjorn Sigurdarson found the
side-netting for the hosts after good work down the left by Sako before
Ikeme had to be alert once again to tip over after Roger Johnson and
Jonathan Spector tussled to get on the end of Redmond's set-piece.

Blues were certainly posing the
greater attacking threat and looking the more lively, but Wolves were
steadily coming into the game more as the first half wore on.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake saw his appeals
for a penalty waved away before Kevin Doyle put the ball into the net
only to be denied by the assistant's flag.

But Wolves did get the breakthrough just minutes later.

Ebanks-Blake went down easily under a
soft challenge from Steven Caldwell right on the byline outside the
penalty area. Sako whipped in the resulting free-kick and King could
only divert the ball into his own net at the near post when trying to
clear.

It was a goal Wolves arguably did not
deserve on the overall balance of play in the first half, but that will
not have mattered much to under-pressure manager Stale Solbakken.

Wolves have been heavily criticised of late for lethargic second-half performances, but that was certainly not the case tonight.

Sigurdarson found himself clean
through almost immediately after the restart only to fire straight at
Butland, although the assistant's flag was raised.

Doyle's driving run ended with a shot
narrowly wayward of Butland's left-hand post before Sako finished
another mazy venture forward with an effort off target as Wanderers
dominated.

Stephen Ward brought a solid save out
of Butland at his near post, with Curtis Davies deflecting Doyle's shot
on to the top of the crossbar from the resulting corner.

Butland then produced a superb instinctive save to keep out Sigurdarson's header from Sako's corner, keeping Blues in the game.

But they could not force a late
leveller and Wolves were left celebrating only their third derby success
over their local rivals in 15 attempts.

US Open 2012: Roger Federer beats Bjorn Phau

Federer beats Phau at a canter to set up third-round Verdasco clash

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UPDATED:

05:46 GMT, 31 August 2012

Roger Federer breezed into the third round of the US Open with a straight-sets win over Germany's Bjorn Phau on Thursday night.

Top seed Federer needed exactly 90 minutes to beat Phau 6-2 6-3 6-2 at Flushing Meadows, finishing the match in style with an ace.

Easy does it: Roger Federer progressed comfortably

Easy does it: Roger Federer progressed comfortably

Phau battled to the end and produced the shot of the night in the final game with a reflex forehand winner from a Federer smash, but the gulf in class was evident throughout.

Federer will play Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the third round and said: 'He is a great player and an amazing shot-maker.

'He has had his fair share of big wins in the past so I am not looking any further than that match.'

Shake on it: Federer is congratulated by his opponent

Shake on it: Federer is congratulated by his opponent

European Masters leaderboard: Live leaderboard

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The European Tour is at Crans-sur-Sierre this week for the Omega European Masters.

Thomas Bjorn took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Stunning: The Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club

Stunning: The Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club

Johnnie Walker Championship: Live leaderboard

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The European Tour is at Gleneagles this week for the Johnnie Walker Championship.

Thomas Bjorn took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Great Dane: Thomas Bjorn won the Johnnie Walker Championship in 2011

Great Dane: Thomas Bjorn won the Johnnie Walker Championship in 2011

Wolves agree Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson deal

Wolves boss Solbakken begins recruitment drive with capture of striker Sigurdarson

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UPDATED:

11:24 GMT, 19 June 2012

Wolves have agreed a deal to sign
Iceland international striker Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson subject to the player
agreeing terms and coming through a medical.

Sigurdarson is expected to pen a four-year contract at Molineux after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Lillestrom.

On his way: Bjorn Sigurdarson (right)

On his way: Bjorn Sigurdarson (right)

The 21-year-old is committed to playing in the Norwegian Premier League outfit's next three games before arriving in Wolverhampton on July 13 to become boss Stale Solbakken's first signing.

'I am very pleased that an agreement has been reached for us to sign Bjvrn,' said Solbakken in a club statement.

'He is an exciting young prospect who has the quality to help us achieve our aims both in the short and long term.

'We look forward to the deal being completed next month after which Bjvrn will be able to join us as we prepare for the new season.'

Wolves CEO Jez Moxey added: 'Negotiations have been slightly more complex than usual due to the Norwegian League being halfway through the season, but as a result of extensive discussions we now have an agreement.'

Sigurdarson, the half-brother of former Wolves midfielder Joey Gudjonsson, has been in impressive form for Lillestrom this term, netting seven goals in 11 appearances.

Everton target Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson

Everton boss Moyes moots move for 4m Wolves target Sigurdarson

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UPDATED:

09:45 GMT, 21 May 2012

Everton are set to rival Wolves for 4 million-rated Icelandic international striker Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson.

New Molineux boss Stale Solbakken knows all about 21-year-old Sigurdarson, who has scored 11 goals in just 10 games for Norwegian club Lillestrom this season.

Hijack: David Moyes might swoop in and beat Stale Solbakken to his man

Hijack: David Moyes might swoop in and beat Stale Solbakken to his man

Solbakken wants Sigurdarson to spearhead Wolves’ bid to win promotion back to the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking.

But Everton, along with Ipswich and Belgian club Anderlecht, saw him score the only goal in the last minute of Lillestrom’s home clash with Sogndal on Sunday.

Justin Rose lies second in WGC-Cadillac Championship

Rose puts McIlroy and Woods in the shade to storm up leaderboard in Florida

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23:17 GMT, 9 March 2012

Justin Rose led at the halfway stage of the Honda Classic last week, only to get flattened over the weekend by the remorseless brilliance of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

Now the gifted Englishman has another chance to emerge from the shadows after a sublime 64 at Doral on Friday left him right where he needed to be at the halfway stage of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

On another blustery afternoon in Miami, Rose pieced together an eight birdie round that left him in second place on 11 under, trailing his playing partner Bubba Watson by a stroke.

On fire: Justin Rose impressed as he moved to within one shot of the lead

On fire: Justin Rose impressed as he moved to within one shot of the lead

First round leader Adam Scott finished birdie, birdie for a 68 that left him two off the lead with Swede Peter Hanson on nine under and veteran Dane Thomas Bjorn and USPGA Champion Keegan Bradley on eight under.

It is a testament to the strength of the UK game in this golden era that Rose gets frequently overlooked, a harsh fate indeed given he’s become a fixture in the world’s top 25.

He is coached by Sean Foley, who has seen two of his other clients, Hunter Mahan and Woods, finish first and second in America these past two weeks. ‘Your short game is unbelievable right now and it is time you put everything together and shot a low number,’ he said to Rose before the start, words that read like a prophecy after the round.

Only one place separates Rose from Watson in the rankings and there was little to choose between them here as they traded birdies and eagles in an extraordinary exhibition of scoring. Their better ball score, would you believe, was 59.

Main man: Bubba Watson leads by one shot at the halfway stage

Main man: Bubba Watson leads by one shot at the halfway stage

Part of the joy of watching them was the different manner in which they compiled their gains. There was Rose, a golfer’s golfer, with excellent technique and expert course management. And there was the self-taught Watson, who struck the ball as far as he could and then hit it close from wherever he found it.

Some of Watson’s drives with his pink-shafted, pink-headed driver provoked gasps of open-mouthed astonishment from the crowd. At the downwind 418 yard second hole his tee shot finished 20 yards short of the green. At the fourth, Rose nailed a drive into a crosswind 283 yards, only to see Watson’s howitzer finish 38 yards closer to the hole.

For most of the day it was Rose who held the upper hand. Beginning at the tenth, the 31 year old had five birdies in his first eight holes to move from tied fifth overnight to first. Back came Watson with the pair clearly feeding off one another.

Appropriately, Watson won the honours on this day with a marvellous blow, a five iron from 225 yards that finished just 6ft from the hole at the long 8th to set up an eagle three. Another three at the 9th, and he had fashioned a fabulous 62 to set the pace.

Contrasting fortunes: Luke Donald (left) enjoyed a successful second round but Rory McIlroy looked off form

Contrasting fortunes: Luke Donald (left) enjoyed a successful second round but Rory McIlroy looked off form

What would Watson have to say about that What we didn’t expect was to hear him say derogatory things about the course he had just ripped apart, and claim it ‘doesn’t fit my eye.’

He certainly fooled everyone watching. ‘I think if you’re hitting the ball well, it doesn’t matter if you like the course or not, you can score well on it,’ he argued.

Before going out, Rose had talked of his intent to post a low number as it was his wife Kate’s birthday and here he ensured it was a happy one.

‘It was nice to be part of such a hot pairing,’ said Rose. ‘He has shots in his locker I don’t have but I kept my focus and holed some good putts.’

Work to be done: Tiger Woods lies seven shots off the lead at the halfway stage

Work to be done: Tiger Woods lies seven shots off the lead at the halfway stage

Pity the third member of the group, American Mark Wilson, who shot 70 and must have felt like he had been trampled by a steamroller. ‘I said to him, dude, you must be a bit black and blue!’ said Rose, laughing.

What about the UK players at the top of the world rankings, and the two Americans Woods and Phil Mickelson who commanded the biggest galleries On this day, all were upstaged.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy looked in the mood for a low one when he began with a tap-in eagle and followed it with a tap-in birdie. It was more prosaic thereafter, however, and a three-putt bogey at the last meant a 69 that left him a distant ten shots behind Watson. ‘I need to go very low at the weekend if I am to post a high finish,’ said the 22 year old, who has only finished outside the top five once in his last 12 events.

Back on track: Lee Westwood recovered after a disappointing opening round

Back on track: Lee Westwood recovered after a disappointing opening round

Luke Donald needs a minimum top four finish to have a chance of replacing McIlroy at the top on Sunday and kept that target within reach with a 68 for a six under par total that saw him creep into the top ten. After a slow start to the season, Donald is showing signs of getting back to his best.

After his terrible opening 76 it was more like business as usual for Lee Westwood, the third member of this stellar group, as he shot a 67

Mickelson shot 71 to be buried in the pack. As for Tiger Woods, he gave another tidy exhibition of ball striking but didn’t hole many putts in a 67 that was merely a pedestrian score on this day. It left him seven shots behind but by no means out of it as he seeks his first U.S Tour victory since 2009.

Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn lead Dubai Desert Classic

McIlroy and Bjorn lead the way as world's best dazzle in Dubai

One of the highlights of Thomas Bjorn's career was playing with Tiger Woods for all four days of the 2001 Dubai Desert Classic and beating him.

Looking at the men around him on the leaderboard this weekend, winning again might represent an even bigger feat.

Alongside him on 13 under par, for example, is world No 2 Rory McIlroy after both players followed up their opening scores of 66 with glorious rounds of 65 to set the halfway pace.

Easy: Rory McIlroy fired a flawless 65 to reach 13 under at the halfway stage

Easy: Rory McIlroy fired a flawless 65 to reach 13 under at the halfway stage

Just two behind is world No 4 Martin Kaymer, who had the first hole-in-one of his career during the course of a 67.

If that wasn't competition enough, world No 3 Lee Westwood is just three behind after a superb 65 of his own.

If Thursday was quiet at the classic, then Friday more than made up for it.

Some wondered if it was too easy but
what's to complain about when the leading stars of the modern game are
pulling out all the stops

McIlroy was at his irresistible best during the morning.

'Stress-free
and straightforward,' were words he used to describe his round and if
that sounds ridiculous when shooting 65 the only thing to say is that
was exactly how it looked.

Great Dane: Thomas Bjorn also had no dropped shots as he matched McIlroy

Great Dane: Thomas Bjorn also had no dropped shots as he matched McIlroy

Never once was he in any trouble; never once did he look like dropping a shot.

Virtually every hole produced a birdie opportunity and he accepted seven of them.

McIlroy versus Kaymer is a friendly
rivalry that seems destined to be a long-running feature of the European
game in the years to come. Who knows, perhaps we will see the fourth
instalment come Sunday.

If
so, McIlroy would welcome the development. So far he trails 3-0 in
head-to-heads between the pair, which is perhaps to be expected given
that Kaymer is five years older.

But Rory certainly looks in the mood to end all that.

Fan club: McIlroy's dad Gerry watches with Caroline Wozniacki - Rory's girlfriend

Fan club: McIlroy's dad Gerry watches with Caroline Wozniacki – Rory's girlfriend

'It should be a good weekend,' said the 22-year-old, with a hint of understatement.

'Martin is a great player who has
shown time and again that when he gets a sniff of a win he usually gets
the job done. So far I've been on a wrong side when we've both been in
contention.

'Twice I played alongside him when he won in Abu Dhabi and I was also right there when he won the US PGA at Whistling Straits.

'But my goal is to get one or two wins under my belt before the Masters and obviously I've got a chance to claim one here.'

Ace in the pack: Martin Kaymer waves to the crowd after a hole in one at seven

Ace in the pack: Martin Kaymer waves to the crowd after a hole in one at seven

Kaymer trailed McIlroy by four shots by the time he came to his 16th hole, the par-three seventh on the card.

Two weeks ago he had played with Sergio Garcia in Abu Dhabi when he had a hole-in-one.

'I asked him how many aces he had made and he said eight or nine,' said Kaymer.

'Then Miguel [Angel Jimenez] told me he had lost count of how many he'd
made. And there was me, still waiting for my first.'

One laser-like eight iron changed all that, as the ball hopped twice before finding the back of the hole.

It won him a handsome Omega watch, which must have delighted his sponsor, Rolex.

'It was a great feeling to finally manage one and it came at exactly the right time,' said Kaymer.

The future's bright: Lee Westwood is just three off the lead after a 65

The future's bright: Lee Westwood is just three off the lead after a 65

'You don't want to be too far behind the leaders and particularly someone like Rory.'

Watched by his dad Gerry, his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and assorted friends, this was one of those days when McIlroy had the ball on a string.

Playing partner Robert Rock was so impressed he described him as the best driver of a ball that he had seen and it was that aspect of his game that particularly pleased the Ulsterman.

Alongside Tiger in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago McIlroy was all over the place off the tee but here his balance looked much better, and he was in control throughout.

For the second day running he struck two perfect shots to the par-five 18th and, as on Thursday, was unlucky not to walk off with an eagle.

Nicely done: Robert Rock was impressed by McIlroy's performance

Nicely done: Robert Rock was impressed by McIlroy's performance

No matter. There were a couple of nice bonuses on his back nine, the outward half on the course.

The sixth and eight holes are two of the toughest par fours but McIlroy walked off with a pair of splendid threes.

Bjorn and Westwood were out in the afternoon and the two veteran campaigners were equally good.

Westwood has struggled to hole putts of any decent length but came up with the answer over the last three holes, where he knocked his approach shots all but stone dead on each occasion.

'I've holed nothing over the first two days and I'm just three behind, so I've got to be happy with that,' he said.

'I hit a lot of good shots today. I think I gave myself a look at a birdie on practically every hole.'

Was he fired up before going out by the sight of his world ranking rivals McIlroy and Kaymer at the top of the leaderboard

'I think it is more a reflection of the fact the course is in magnificent condition and rewards good play, and we are three of the best players around right now,' he said.

Don't rule out Bjorn, however. One of the great shot-makers of the European game over the past decade, he won three times last year and has shown time and again he loves playing in the desert.

There's some finish in prospect this weekend, isn't there

Qatar Masters: Live leaderboard

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The European Tour is at the Doha Golf Club this week for the Qatar Masters.

Thomas Bjorn took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Great Dane: Thomas Bjorn won the Qatar Masters in 2011

Great Dane: Thomas Bjorn won the Qatar Masters in 2011

Robert Rock wins in Abu Dhabi

Rock and Roll! Englishman holds off McIlroy and Woods to win in Abu Dhabi

England's Robert Rock beat Tiger Woods head-to-head to become the shock winner of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday.

With only one win in his previous 226 European Tour events and ranked 117th in the world, the 34-year-old overcame a last-hole drama to defeat Rory McIlroy by one and Woods, Graeme McDowell and Thomas Bjorn by two.

First win of the season: Robert Rock held off a strong field to win the Abu Dhabi Championship

First win of the season: Robert Rock held off a strong field to win the Abu Dhabi Championship

Leader of the pack: Rock held off Tiger Woods to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Leader of the pack: Rock held off Tiger Woods to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Rock was two ahead on the tee at the
par five 18th, but pushed his drive into the hazard on the right in
amongst rocks and plants.

He chose to take a penalty drop
knowing that a six would be good enough unless Woods eagled and, with
the American failing to pitch in after going in the rough, a two-putt
bogey did indeed complete the greatest day of his 14-year professional
career.

Close but not close enough: Tiger Woods saw his challenge halted by a double bogey

Close but not close enough: Tiger Woods saw his challenge halted by a double bogey

McIlroy birdied the last for a 69 to
be runner-up for the second year in a year, but after three impressive
rounds Woods was all over the show on the final day. Somehow he managed a
72.

One shot behind: Rory McIlroy was second

One shot behind: Rory McIlroy was second

More to follow….

Going close: Graeme McDowell was two shots behind Rock

Going close: Graeme McDowell was two shots behind Rock

More to follow….