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Chris Gayle hits fastest ever T20 hundred

VIDEO: Fuelled by eggs 'n' pancakes, Gayle smashes fastest ton EVER… in just 30 balls!

By
Andrew Magee and Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

12:05 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

18:49 GMT, 23 April 2013

Chris Gayle smashed his way into the record books on Tuesday as he hit the fastest-ever century in professional cricket.

The West Indian opener reached triple figures after just 30 balls and clubbed a brutal 175 not out, including 13 fours and 17 sixes, for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL — which is a new T20 record.

Gayle also propelled Bangalore to the highest-ever T20 score of 263 as they crushed the Pune Warriors by 130 runs. Gayle alone scored 42 more runs than the entire opposition.

Scroll down to watch Gayle's innings

World record: Gayle (right) took just 30 balls to reach his hundred

World record: Gayle (right) took just 30 balls to reach his hundred

Centre stage: Gayle hit 11 sixes on his way to his hundred

Centre stage: Gayle hit 11 sixes on his way to his hundred

Centre stage: Gayle hit 11 sixes on his way to his hundred

GAYLE IN NUMBERS

175* Gayle's innings for the Royal Challengers Bangalore is the new record individual score in T20 cricket.

30 Number of balls Gayle took to reach 100 — the fastest-ever century in cricket history.

17 Sixes hit by Gayle in his innings — a new T20 record. The West Indian also smashed 13 fours, just for good measure.

263 The total reached by Bangalore after 20 overs — another T20 record for most runs in an innings.

42 The runs by which Gayle outscored the opposition, the Pune Warriors.

The Jamaican has earned a reputation
as one of the most destructive players in the star-studded tournament
and he showed why with a sublime powerful hitting display on Tuesday.

Gayle said: 'I'm lost for words. It
was just one of those days when I was hitting it really well and the
ball was coming out of the middle of the bat.

'We got a pretty good total
and I'm really happy with the performance.

‘All I had for breakfast this morning was a plain omelette, two pancakes and a hot chocolate.’

India captain MS Dhoni tweeted: ‘Life
is all about taking the right decision. Seeing Gayle bat today, I think I
took the right decision being a wicketkeeper.’

Andrew Symonds previously held the
record for the fastest-ever century after hitting a 34-ball ton in an
English domestic match between Kent and Middlesex in 2004.

Previous best: Andrew Symonds took just 34 balls to score a hundred against Middlesex in 2004

Previous best: Andrew Symonds took just 34 balls to score a hundred against Middlesex in 2004

Gayle’s 17 sixes was also a new record, beating the 16 hit by Graham Napier for Essex against Sussex in 2008.

A boundary at the start of the 18th
over on Tuesday took Gayle onto 160, ahead of the previous highest T20
score of 158 set by Brendon McCullum in the first ever IPL match in
2008.

As if all those runs weren’t enough,
Gayle also chipped in with two late wickets. If only there was an
outstanding candidate for the man of the match award…

Gayle force: The West Indian is widely regarded as the best T20 batsman in the world

Gayle force: The West Indian is widely regarded as the best T20 batsman in the world

Gayle force: The West Indian is widely regarded as the best T20 batsman in the world

VIDEO: Watch Chris Gayle's record innings

Button can conjure the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

Button can capture the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says BBC's new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

By
Andy James

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15:36 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 12 March 2013

Suzi Perry, the new female face of the BBC’s Formula One coverage, believes Jenson Button can repeat the heroics of 2009 to land this season’s coveted crown.

Speaking to Top Gear magazine Perry – who spent 10 years covering MotoGP for the Beeb – expresses doubt over Lewis Hamilton’s chances of landing his second title in his first year after switching to Mercedes.

And she also reveals how James Hunt first attracted her to the sport.

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

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Suzi Perry

Driving seat: Perry (right) is the face of the BBC's F1 coverage after taking charge of the MotoGP for ten years

The season curtain raiser in Australia takes place in five days’ time and Perry believes the changes to the tyres this year could see Button land his second championship, but there are number of other, less-fancied, challengers in the frame.

She said: ‘They’re quite a young crop really, when you think that Jenson’s now the most experienced driver on the grid.

'Then you look at the changes in tyre tech, and you’d have to say it suits Jenson, with the softer compounds and wider window of opportunity.

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

'Isn’t this the best opportunity for him to go out there and singing ‘We Are the Champions’ like he did in 2009

Top Gear

‘I’ve met the Williams drivers, and it was fascinating looking at their body language. But, Bottas… hmm, there’s something about him.

'He’s got this real-life Action Man thing going on, which is quite cool, something steely. Definitely a dark horse.

‘He also has a lot of fans already, and his girlfriend’s an Olympic swimmer – together they’re like Posh ’n’ Becks.

She added: ‘When I interviewed him the other day, he basically said they’re working towards a long-term goal. Put yourself in his shoes: you’ve come through McLaren since karting days, and that’s all you’ve known.

'It was purely that existence, with so many strong characters around him, so it’s no wonder he wanted to spread his wings. In his own words, he wanted to grow.

‘I think realistically there’s going to be a major shock if he challenges for the title this year, but there could be race wins. Why not’

She added: ‘As a kid, I remember always having F1 on the telly, going right back to James Hunt – I was six when he won the world championship.

'I remember it quite clearly – my dad was really into it, and my mum probably fancied Hunt.

‘Mind you, fair play, he was pretty handsome. When I was in my twenties, I took my bike licence and had a lot of friends who were bikers, so we used to ride together. Then I started covering MotoGP.'

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

The full interview appears in the latest issue of BBC Top Gear magazine, on sale now.

Tiger Woods leads by six at Torrey Pines but Farmers Insurance Open finish delayed by fog

Tiger hits top form to build six-shot lead at Torrey Pines but finish delayed by fog

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

02:15 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:15 GMT, 28 January 2013

Tiger Woods remained on course for victory as the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines went into a fifth day.

After fog remarkably wiped out all but five minutes of day three's play, the third round and a large chunk of the fourth was completed today before darkness fell.

When that moment came, Woods was 17 under par with 11 holes to play, six shots clear of nearest challengers Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney.

Can't see the Woods for the tree: Tiger hits out of the rough on the fourth hole at Torrey Pines

Can't see the Woods for the tree: Tiger hits out of the rough on the fourth hole at Torrey Pines

He's flying: Woods looks in fine form

He's flying: Woods looks in fine form

Woods was two shots clear at the start of play and extended his lead with a three-under-par third round of 69, bettered only by Australian Aaron Baddeley with 68.

The world number two began his final round four clear, having won on 39 of the 41 previous occasions he has led outright with 18 holes remaining – though the quick turnaround meant he had not changed into his trademark red shirt.

Nor did he start in typical fashion. He sent his first tee shot way left and needed a good recovery shot to set up a par, and then hit his second tee shot on to the fringe of the sixth fairway and was fortunate to have a clear shot in, though even then he needed an excellent 10-yard pitch to save par.
But he birdied the next two and gained another shot at the sixth before finishing with a par at the seventh.

Reigning champion Snedeker had spoken during Saturday's inactivity of the need to score low in today's extended play, and he certainly did so.

After also shooting 69 in the third round, Snedeker began his fourth with four birdies on the front nine and ended the day on 11 under par with five holes to play in the tournament.

Watney, the 2009 champion, could only manage 71 in his third round but was three under through eight to move in to contention on 11 under.

Head and shoulders above: World No 2 chips in for birdie on the fourth hole in San Diego

Head and shoulders above: The world No 2 chips in for birdie on the fourth hole in San Diego

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Canada's Brad Fritsch was nine under through seven but Woods' playing partner Casey Wittenberg dropped back from that mark after bogeying the seventh, failing to get up and down from a ridiculous position near the second tee.

Luke Guthrie, Josh Teater, Steve Marino and Erik Compton were also at eight under, with six players including Englishman Ross Fisher tied on seven under.

Steffen Freund says Tottenham are closing on Arsenal

We're closing the gap on Arsenal, insists Spurs assistant manager Freund

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19:52 GMT, 13 November 2012

Tottenham are close to ending Arsenal's 18-year domination of north London, Steffen Freund claims.

Spurs head to Arsenal on Saturday looking to extend the one-point gap that currently separates the two rivals, who sit in seventh and eighth respectively.

Freund in particular does not need reminding that the white half of north London has remained the unhappier of section of the bitter divide since the 1994-95 season when Gerry Francis was in charge.

North London battle: Steffen Freund (left) believes Spurs have closed the gap on Arsenal

North London battle: Steffen Freund (left) believes Spurs have closed the gap on Arsenal

During the German's playing career at White Hart Lane, Arsenal finished in the top two every season and Spurs could do no better than ninth.

But Freund, who returned to White Hart Lane this summer to take on the role of assistant manager, thinks things have improved drastically for Spurs since his playing days there.

'Spurs are really close to Arsenal,' said Freund, who played for Tottenham from 1998 to 2003.

'We are definitely in a better position.

'In my time they used to be involved in the title race every year and we finished ninth or 10th.

'That has changed now. We are really close to our biggest rival.'

This is arguably the first season in a while that neither team can consider themselves genuine title challengers.

That does not seem to have quashed Freund's passion surrounding Saturday's meeting at the Emirates Stadium, and the overall rivalry between the two sides though.

'It would be great to finish above Arsenal,' said Freund, who played 120 times for Tottenham.

Special game: Tottenham face Arsenal on Saturday at the Emirates

Special game: Tottenham face Arsenal on Saturday at the Emirates

'It would be a great experience for me too because it has never happened for me in the past.

'I can't wait for that game. It's a special game.

'There are only two of these games every season.'

Despite his desire to get one over on Tottenham's neighbours on Saturday, Freund does not subscribe to the theory that Arsene Wenger's star is fading.

The Gunners have endured another miserable start to the season, but Freund still admires the Arsenal boss.

'He is doing a fantastic job,' the German said.

'Arsenal have played Champions League every year and that is a lot of money for the club. That makes it a lot easier for them to buy players.'

Tranmere extend lead at top – League One round-up

League One round-up: McGurk keeps high-flying Tranmere sitting pretty

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18:27 GMT, 10 November 2012

Tranmere moved five points clear at the top of npower League One after a 1-0 win at Oldham while closest challengers Sheffield United and Stevenage both lost.

Adam McGurk volleyed home Jake Jervis's cross for the only goal at Boundary Park as Ronnie Moore's men registered their 11th win of an increasingly impressive season.

The Blades saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end at MK Dons for whom Shaun Williams scored a last-minute penalty and Stevenage were thrashed 4-1 at home by Preston.

Slim win: Adam McGurk scored the only goal of the game as Tranmere won

Slim win: Adam McGurk scored the only goal of the game as Tranmere won

Stuart Beavon and Greg Tansey traded early goals before Jack King gave the visitors the lead just after the half-hour mark.

Jeffrey Monakana and Nicky Wroe then completed the scoring in the second half as North End moved to within three points of the play-off spots.

Crawley, in fourth, were held to a 1-1 draw at fifth-placed Notts County.

Former York duo Andre Boucaud and Neal Bishop combined for the latter to put County ahead after 12 minutes but Jonathan Forte's tap-in on the stroke of half-time earned his side a share of the spoils.

Swindon climbed into the top six after a 2-0 win at Walsall.

Paolo Di Canio's side took a first-minute lead through Simon Ferry and Matt Ritchie made the points safe in the second half.

Brentford moved up to eighth but had goalkeeper Simon Moore to thank as they beat Carlisle 2-1.

Moore saved Joe Garner's late spot-kick to maintain his side's five-game unbeaten run.

Jonathan Douglas hammered home a far-post volley to put Brentford ahead but Carlisle levelled when Garner cleverly made space for himself to fire past Moore.

Paul Hayes grabbed the winner shortly after the hour mark.

Bournemouth made it seven games without defeat as Harry Arter scored in their 1-0 win at Doncaster while on-loan Joe Edwards netted the winner as Yeovil beat rock-bottom Hartlepool by the same score.

Pools remain six points adrift of second-bottom Shrewsbury, who were beaten 2-1 at Leyton Orient.

Jon Taylor cancelled out Kevin Lisbie's 33rd-minute penalty but former Charlton striker Lisbie headed in an 88th-minute winner.

Adam Lockwood and Steven Schumacher scored as Bury beat managerless Portsmouth 2-0 at Gigg Lane and Scunthorpe's resurgence under returning boss Brian Laws continued at Coventry.

Fresh from their stunning 4-1 win at Walsall in midweek in Laws' first match back in his third spell in charge, the Iron won 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena.

Carl Baker put the home side ahead in the 36th minute but two Leon Clarke goals, the first from the penalty spot, won it for Scunthorpe, who are now just a point behind the 20th-placed Sky Blues.

Colchester squandered a 2-0 lead to go down 3-2 at Crewe.

Freddie Sears and Ian Henderson put the visitors in command, but Crewe struck six minutes into the second half through Lauri Dalla Valle.

Luke Murphy converted a 64th-minute penalty and Mathias Pogba headed home the winner 10 minutes later.

Rory McIlroy stopped as thunderstorm suspends Singapore Open

McIlroy stopped in his tracks after thunderstorm suspends Singapore Open

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12:03 GMT, 8 November 2012

Singapore's weather could have a big part to play in whether Rory McIlroy clinches the European Tour money list title this weekend.

The world No 1 was restricted to just eight holes on the first day of the Barclays Singapore Open, a thunderstorm suspending play in mid-afternoon with him level par and five behind leader Thomas Bjorn.

Last year's tournament was cut to three rounds because of torrential rain and the shorter the event the harder it will be for McIlroy to climb from his current 38th position into the top three he needs for the Order of Merit crown.

Halted: Rory McIlroy was unable to complete his round after thunderstorms suspended play

Halted: Rory McIlroy was unable to complete his round after thunderstorms suspended play

Already the PGA Tour's leading money-winner this season, the 23-year-old Northern Irishman is trying to achieve what was an unprecedented double until Luke Donald did it last season.

Even missing the halfway cut at Sentosa would still leave him a massive favourite, however.

None of his main challengers is in the field, nor will they be in Hong Kong when he defends the title there next week and after that there is only the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to come.

McIlroy controversially skipped last week's world championship in China to watch girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki play tennis in Bulgaria, but the roles are reversed now.

After an opening bogey she saw him hit back with birdies on the fourth and fifth, but then came another dropped stroke at the short eighth just before the sirens sounded because of the approaching dark clouds.

Leader: Thomas Bjorn sits at the top of the leaderboard following close of play on Thursday

Leader: Thomas Bjorn sits at the top of the leaderboard following close of play on Thursday

Wozniacki's fellow Dane Bjorn had long finished his day's work by then, a five under par 66 putting him one in front of England's Simon Khan, Spaniard Pablo Martin and Thai Chinnarat Phadungsil.

Former world number three Paul Casey, back to form after crashing out of the game's top 100 following his snowboarding accident last Christmas, is only two behind, but three-time winner Adam Scott is alongside McIlroy after a 71, Phil Mickelson was two worse than that and Padraig Harrington ran up a seven in his 74.

Now 41, players' committee chairman Bjorn won three times last season, but has gone 14 months without tasting more success.

He birdied three of his last six holes in the oppressive morning heat and humidity and said: “We get quite used to it, but you've just got to pace yourself a little bit and not use too much energy.

Revival: Paul Casey is in contention following his return from an injury lay-off

Revival: Paul Casey is in contention following his return from an injury lay-off

'It's quite nice for the body to be feeling warm and nice out there – no cold for the old joints to get you into trouble!'

Five years ago Martin became the first amateur to win on the European Tour and he has triumphed twice more since then, but at 166th on the money list he needs a top eight finish to save himself from a return to the qualifying school.

'I haven't been able to put together four decent rounds in a row, but hopefully my luck will turn,' said Martin, who also has the Hong Kong Open to fight for his future.

After two months out with a dislocated shoulder Casey made only one halfway cut from March to mid-August, but his last three finishes have been third, fifth and sixth.

'The golf has been really nice lately and I'd love to sneak a win in before my season finishes,” he commented.

'It's the first time I've played in this kind of humidity in a long time. Just hanging on to the club with sweaty hands is the biggest problem.'

Lionel Messi tops 300 as Barcelona hit five again to move clear at top of La Liga

Messi tops 300 as Barcelona hit five again to move clear at top

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22:52 GMT, 27 October 2012

Barcelona moved clear at the top of the Primera Division table for 24 hours at least with a thumping 5-0 win at Rayo Vallecano.

David Villa scored the only goal of
the first half before Lionel Messi gave Barca a clear advantage three
minutes after the break.

Goal machine: Lionel Messi scores his 300th goal

Goal machine: Lionel Messi scores his 300th goal

That was how it stayed until the final 10 minutes when the floodgates suddenly opened as Xavi and Cesc Fabregas found the target before Messi grabbed his second and his 300th career goal a minute from the end.

The late goal rush put the focus squarely back on closest challengers Atletico Madrid, who will attempt to draw level with Barca again when they host bottom-placed Osasuna on Sunday.

Real Betis moved up to fourth with a 1-0 home win over Valencia.

Salva Sevilla scored his first goal of the season on nine minutes after Juan Carlos' cross was not properly cleared by Adil Rami.

Adrian ensured the win, and his third consecutive clean sheet since taking over as the first-choice goalkeeper, when he kept out Roberto Soldado's late effort with his legs.

Sharp shooter: Cesc Fabregas, right, celebrates his goal

Sharp shooter: Cesc Fabregas, right, celebrates his goal

Celta Vigo claimed a 1-1 draw in their Galician derby with Deportivo La Coruna despite playing with 10 men for 40 minutes.

Mario Bermejo gave Celta an eighth-minute lead only for Juan Dominguez to equalise 21 minutes later.

Celta then had Gustavo Cabral dismissed for a second caution on 52 minutes but the visitors failed to make the extra man count.

Third-placed Malaga failed to close on the leaders as they were held to a goalless draw against struggling Espanyol at the Cornella El-Prat.

Ryder Cup 2012: Martin Samuel – Tiger Woods on a Medinah mission

Woods on a Medinah mission after admitting he has let down the US in the past

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22:12 GMT, 25 September 2012

There is a moment in the supernatural western High Plains Drifter, when a townswoman rounds on Clint Eastwood’s mysterious stranger.

‘You’re a man who makes people afraid and that’s dangerous,’ she says.

The Stranger eyes her coolly. ‘It’s what people know about themselves inside that makes them afraid,’ he says.

So is Tiger scared of Rory, as has been suggested Hell, no. Tiger’s scared of Tiger. He’s scared of Tiger now, of Tiger back then.

Looking for the Midas touch: Love (left) and Woods get their hands on the trophy on Tuesday

Looking for the Midas touch: Love (left) and Woods get their hands on the trophy on Tuesday

And it is this fear that he must overcome when the 39th Ryder Cup tees off at Medinah Country Club, to the north of Chicago, on Friday.

From 1997 to 2008, Tiger Woods was the greatest golfer in the world. He won 14 major tournaments and earned more than 50million in prize money alone. And won a single Ryder Cup.

The USA have claimed just two of the past eight editions and Woods was missing for one of those wins, through injury in 2008. His points average per game is 0.48, making him marginally better than David Toms, but not quite up there with Steve Stricker.

And now we are here, in the Mid-West, with the last great gunslinger of American golf trying to relive past glories. It is not the young men of Europe stepping up to the former world No 1 that unnerves him. Challengers have come and gone before. But Woods is older now and vulnerable.

Gearing up: Woods takes in a practice round at Medinah on Tuesday

Gearing up: Woods takes in a practice round at Medinah on Tuesday

He is in his best form since returning to the game after what amounted to a breakdown, but it has still not brought him that 15th major. And Woods, like every other member of the American team barring rookies, has a losing Ryder Cup record.

If he could not do it when his supremacy was undisputed, why now For he wants it, without doubt, more than ever. Davis Love III, the USA captain, sees almost neediness in Woods, a desire to make up for lost years as a team player.

‘If we have had 50 conversations in the last year, 48 have been about the Ryder Cup,’ said Love.
At Medinah on Tuesday, Woods met the issue of his previous failure head on. Did he feel personally responsible for Europe’s domination, at a time when he was the best by a street Indeed, he did.

‘Certainly I am responsible for that, because I didn’t earn the points that I was put out there for,’ replied Woods. ‘I was out there, what, in five sessions each time, and I didn’t go 5‑0 on our side.

All smiles: But Woods has only enjoyed success in the Ryder Cup once previously

All smiles: But Woods has only enjoyed success in the Ryder Cup once previously

‘So I’m part of that because that’s part of being a team. I needed to go get points and I didn’t. I hope I can do that this week and we can get this thing going.

‘Brookline in 1999 (his only win), I’ve just never been part of anything like that. It was an experience I will never, ever, forget. The way we did it on that Sunday, to come back like that, no-one’s ever seen anything quite like it. To be part of that, of the early rush, was quite something. I was fourth or fifth match out and it was like those matches were being, not just won, but won by such huge margins.

‘We were blowing those matches out, not squeaking them, which added to the atmosphere. There was birdie after birdie after birdie and we were just rolling.’

To hear Woods needing to hark back to a previous century to locate his precious Ryder Cup memories, however, only brought home the extent of recent European domination. Behind the podium, a board charted the results of the previous 38 tournaments, the way American supremacy had been so complete that Britain was forced to summon help, first from Ireland in 1973, then the rest of Europe in 1979.

Eye of the Tiger: Woods plays a bunker shot on Tuesday

Eye of the Tiger: Woods plays a bunker shot on Tuesday

Even then, it made little difference initially. Between 1935 and 1983 only once – at Lindrick, Yorkshire, in 1957 – did USA lose.

And then European golf began to be defined by team play, even those, like Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood, who could not secure majors as individuals.

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Team player: Woods and Mickelson (left) share a joke

They were most certainly not in it together. Mickelson had left Tiger in it, most certainly, but alone.
Now, later in his career, his private life a late-night punchline, his reputation a question mark, Woods feels the need to be at the heart of Team America in the Ryder Cup.

‘Team golf is very similar to what we did in college or university,’ he said.

‘Yet this is for the United States of America, so when it gets to a certain point, either Friday afternoon, late in the evening, or Saturday late in the evening, and all the teams are gathered and there’s one group out there – if you happen to be in that group, it’s so much heat. It’s very different because playing for your team-mates adds another element.

‘We all get to know each other and then it comes down to one moment.’

Raring to go: Woods has returned to form this year

Raring to go: Woods has returned to form this year

And yet, one senses, Woods still felt most comfortable when he was a man apart and winning: his singles record at the Ryder Cup is far superior to his pairs play.

‘This is a God fearing town; these are God fearing people,’ the sheriff tells Eastwood’s enigmatic cowboy.

‘You like ’em, you save ’em,’ replies The Stranger.

Woods once exuded a similarly uncompromising aura. Without that post-sabbatical major, however, the air of icy intimidation has gone. He remains America’s best shot at this 39th Ryder Cup but if, as Greg Norman suggested, there is now fear of Rory McIlroy, it will be what Woods knows about himself that has changed.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke clinches Tour of Britain title as Mark Cavendish wins final stage

Tiernan-Locke clinches Tour of Britain title as Cavendish wins final stage

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16:08 GMT, 16 September 2012

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke held off his nearest challengers to become the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years.

The 27-year-old Devonian had led Austrian Nathan Haas by 18 seconds and Italian Damiano Caruso by 23 seconds heading into Sunday's final stage in Surrey.

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Tiernan-Locke was able to finish in the
main bunch to clinch victory as Mark Cavendish sprinted home in
Guildford to win his third stage of this year's race.

Fellow Brits Peter Williams and Kristian House won the sprint and king of the mountains jerseys respectively.

Williams, won the stage's three intermediate sprints to pick up nine points and finish on 45, almost double the amount of the second-placed rider, his Node 4 Giordana team-mate Marcin Bialoblocki.

Manx missile: Cavendish is cheered on by the locals as he sprints home

Manx missile: Cavendish is cheered on by the locals as he sprints home

Manx missile: Cavendish is cheered on by the locals as he sprints home

Warwickshire win County Championship

Just champion! Warwickshire claim first County Championship crown since 2004

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13:00 GMT, 6 September 2012

The Bears eased to victory by an innings and 202 runs to finish top of the table for the first time since 2004.

Having bowled out Division One's bottom club for just 60 on the opening day, Warwickshire declared at 471 for eight before Worcestershire reached stumps on Wednesday night on 100 for two in their second innings.

The demolition job continued on
Thursday with Warwickshire claiming the eight wickets required to wrap
up the one-sided win shortly after lunch.

Job done: Warwickshire beat rivals Worcestershire to claim the LV County Championship crown

Job done: Warwickshire beat rivals Worcestershire to claim the LV County Championship crown

Only Moeen Ali's unbeaten 72 provided
any resistance to Warwickshire's march towards the title, but when he
ran out of partners his spirited defence was brought to an end.

Chris Wright finished as the pick of
the Warwickshire attack in the second innings, finishing with figures of
four for 65, including all three wickets after lunch.

Warwickshire's nearest challengers Sussex endured a difficult morning at the crease as they lost six wickets before lunch against Somerset at Hove.

Got him: Chris Wright was one to help tidy up the tail for the Bears

Got him: Chris Wright was one to help tidy up the tail for the Bears

Resuming on 186 for two, Sussex lost
centurion Chris Nash (126) with their score on 230, before losing five
more wickets for the addition of just 40 runs to reach the interval on
270 for eight.

Alfonso Thomas did the damage for the
home side, claiming five wickets at the cost of just 64 runs this
morning, including those of Nash and Murray Goodwin (77).

Relegation-battling Lancashire
continued to make inroads into Middlesex's lead at Lord's but victory
appears an unlikely prospect for the Red Rose with just five sessions
left in the match.

At lunch the visitors were on 327 for five in reply to Middlesex's 446, with Ashwell Prince removed on 71.

More to follow…

Resistance: Moeen Ali offered some hope for Worcestershire before he was caught by Richard Johnson

Resistance: Moeen Ali offered some hope for Worcestershire before he was caught by Richard Johnson