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Scott Langley and Russell Henley share the lead at the Sony Open heading into the final round

Rookie pair Langley and Henley still setting the pace at the Sony Open in Honolulu

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

11:13 GMT, 13 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:18 GMT, 13 January 2013

Rookie duo Scott Langley and Russell Henley share the lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii with the pair on 17 under par heading into the final round.

After starting the day two shots behind, Langley managed to draw level after making his fifth birdie of the day on the par four tenth before pulling ahead on 13.

A bogey on the 14th brought Langley back level, before a birdie on the next hole once again gave Langley the lead.

Joint leader: Scott Langley follows his shot off the first fairway during the third round of the Sony Open.

On song: Scott Langley follows his shot off the first fairway during the third round of the Sony Open

Russell Henley, left, and Scott Langley are tied for first place at 17 under going into the final round Sunday.

Leaders: Russell Henley (left) and Scott Langley are tied for first place at 17 under going into the final round

In contrast, his 23-year-old rival had a unremarkable round with three birdies including a four on the par five last to become the first player to reach 17 under par after 54 holes, while he also maintained his record of not dropping a shot in the tournament.

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Langley could have moved to 18 under but could not putt his birdie attempt from 11 feet on the 18th and had to settle for a share of the honours.

South African Tim Clark is three back as he went four under in his third round, while Charles Howell III and rookie Scott Gardiner are a further shot back.

It’s Gardiner’s first tour start and the 36-year-old Australian, who is the oldest rookie on the circuit, was more than pleased with his performance over the first three days.

Rookie: Scott Gardiner of Australia

Rookie: Scott Gardiner is four off the lead after hitting -13 during his first PGA Tour start

“It’s amazing what happens when expectations are not there,” he said. “I only hit balls once in the two weeks before the tournament because we had snow at Christmas and a couple days after.”

He played 195 Web.com Tour events for the last eight years, winning once before graduating, thanks to a 15th-place finish on last year’s money list with 234,000.

“I’ve been trying to remember some of the times I’ve played well on the Web.com Tour and that’s helped me a little,” he added. “All the years on the Web.com Tour have been fantastic so this is not as unfamiliar as it might be for other rookies.”

Rory Sabbatini follows his shot off the 18th fairway during the third round

Looking on: Rory Sabbatini watches his shot off the 18th fairway during the third round in Hawaii

Leeds United v Bolton – match report

Leeds United 1 Bolton 0: Happy return for Becchio as he fires Leeds to victory

By
Wayne Gardiner, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:21 GMT, 1 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:38 GMT, 2 January 2013

Luciano Becchio returned to the Leeds
side and immediately got back in the scoring groove as the Whites
prevailed in a dire contest with Bolton.

The Argentinian striker was rested for
Saturday's 2-0 loss at Hull in which Leeds failed to register a shot on
target, but he showed his team-mates how it was done today as he scored
his 18th goal of the season from the spot after 65 minutes.

Bolton could stake a claim for an
undeserved defeat – they had the best of a torrid first half during
which they hit the post – but in the end Leeds just about edged it owing
to their second-half improvements.

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Luciano Becchio

Match winner: Becchio tucked away his second half penalty to give Leeds all three points

Becchio's goal after Tyrone Mears'
clumsy foul not only earned Neil Warnock's men a fifth straight home win
for the first time since 2009, it also booked him a spot in Leeds'
all-time top-10 leading goalscorers on 76.

MATCH FACTS

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Pearce, Tate, Peltier, Norris, Austin, Green, Diouf (Gray 90), Becchio, McCormack.

Subs: Ashdown, Drury, Lees, Brown, Somma, Hall.

Booked: Byram.

Goals: Becchio 66 pen.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ream, Alonso, Andrews, Spearing (Butterfield 79),Lee (Afobe 68), Pratley (Ngog 68), Eagles, Kevin Davies.

Subs: Lonergan, Petrov, Ricketts, Sordell.

Booked: Afobe,Andrews.

Att: 22,386

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

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It means United remain in touching
distance of the play-offs, but Warnock will surely still need new owners
GFH Capital to give him the backing he has asked for if they are to
mount a genuine push, as winning without playing well can only last for
so long.

With Rodolph Austin's deflected
12th-minute free-kick skipping wide Leeds had already improved on their
dismal display at Hull on Saturday where they did not register a shot,
and even though the Jamaica midfielder was also off target with the next
effort, they were at least showing some attacking intent.

In spite of their chances, Leeds were
well off the pace in the middle of the park and should have been behind
in the 20th minute.

Darren Pratley robbed Alan Tate of
possession in the centre circle and he and Kevin Davies worked the ball
to a clean-through Chris Eagles, but his shot clipped the post and went
behind.

 Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman

Defeated: Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman was left looking dejected after today's loss

The long strides of Pratley were
giving Bolton the edge and after more good work from him Eagles should
have done better from the edge of the box, before the tricky winger
brought about the best moment of an awful half when he forced Paddy
Kenny to tip his 35-yard shot around the post.

The quality of play scarcely improved
after the break, Eagles dribbling one wide and Marcus Alonso thumping
over from distance, and even when a goal did arrive it was an ugly one.

Leeds built an attack with Austin
going down the right and, after his cross was not cleared, David Norris'
mishit pass rolled into McCormack who was ungainly bundled over by
Mears, allowing Becchio to send Adam Bogdan the wrong way for the second
time this season.

All of a sudden there was some energy
inside Elland Road and El-Hadji Diouf sent McCormack clear but he rushed
his shot and found the stand, before Becchio headed a Diouf corner
over.

Bolton had to raise their own game and
David N'gog shouted in vain for a penalty when he was tackled by Tate,
but they had no way of getting a clear sight of Kenny's goal and were
left to rue Eagles' first-half near miss.

Leeds 2 Ipswich 0: Perfect preparation for Chelsea Cup tie as Warnock"s men return to winning ways

Leeds 2 Ipswich 0: Perfect preparation for Chelsea cup tie as Warnock's men return to winning ways

By
Wayne Gardiner, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:26 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:30 GMT, 15 December 2012

Leeds warmed up for their midweek cup date with Chelsea by getting back to winning ways in the npower Championship and ending Ipswich's three-match victory streak.

United host the Champions League winners, with whom they have a rivalry dating back decades, in the Capital One Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, and anticipation is high around Elland Road.

The gloss would have been taken off that occasion were Neil Warnock's men to have suffered a second straight defeat today, but thanks to on-loan winger Jerome Thomas they made sure they will go into their big week on a high.

Loan star: Jerome Thomas (right, pictured against Huddersfield last week) set Leeds on their way to a 2-0 win over Ipswich at Elland Road

Loan star: Jerome Thomas (right, pictured against Huddersfield last week) set Leeds on their way to a 2-0 win over Ipswich at Elland Road

Match Facts

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Lees, Tate, Peltier, Green, Norris, Tonge, Thomas (Brown 84), Becchio (Varney 90), Diouf (McCormack 81).
Subs not nsed: Ashdown, Pearce, White, Hall.

Booked: Norris.

Goals: Thomas 19, Green 68.

Ipswich: Henderson, Orr (Hewitt 85), Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury, Martin, Campbell (Chopra 62), Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 73). Subs not used: Loach, Higginbotham, Mohsni, Reo-Coker.

Attendance: 19,185.

Referee: Oliver Langford.

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Thomas, borrowed from West Brom, missed last week's loss at Derby but has now won all four of the games he has played for the Whites and had a starring role today, scoring one and setting up another for Paul Green.

The end scoreline was perhaps harsh on Ipswich, who had lots of the ball and could have done more had they been able to pick a pass in the final third, but their lack of a cutting edge cost them dearly.

Warnock had warned his players that a poor showing today would see them on the bench come Wednesday night, and although their start was not an exhilarating one, it was better than their opponents and they never looked back.

El-Hadji Diouf, fresh from signing a new 18-month deal yesterday, had United's first chance, getting on the end of Green's chipped pass to get through on Stephen Henderson's goal but the stopper spread himself well to close things down.

Diouf had the next opportunity too, although it was only a half one, rising to try and make something out of Sam Byram's punt forward but only finding the palms of Henderson.

There was nothing Henderson could do as Leeds took a 19th-minute lead, though, with Thomas obscuring his view of Tom Lees' header from Diouf's corner and touching it past him at the last second, giving him no chance instead of what was going to be a routine save.

The sheer number of balls Leeds were putting in the box were causing all sorts of problems for Henderson and shortly after he was indebted to the scampering of team-mate Aaron Cresswell, who got back to hack David Norris' header off the line after he had failed to properly deal with Michael Tonge's cut-back.

Goal grabber: Paul Green sealed the win for Leeds by scoring the second goal

Goal grabber: Paul Green sealed the win for Leeds by scoring the second goal

Short of the odd burst of pace from DJ Campbell Ipswich were offering little, and as they sat back they were fortunate not to be 2-0 down just before the break as Luciano Becchio – when all he had to do was find any inch of the goal – inexplicably skied a free six-yard header from Byram's cross.

The Argentinian was indebted to goalkeeper Paddy Kenny not long after as he tipped away Carlos Edwards' cross-shot, but he had his head in his hands again just after the interval as, when he managed to direct another Byram cross on target, he drew a brilliant save from Henderson.

Ipswich had found a way to stifle Leeds by this point, however, and started to dominate possession, if without any end product, and it was cruel on them when Green doubled the home side's advantage with 21 minutes remaining.

The Leeds crowd were moaning as Alan Tate hoofed a ball clear but, as Bradley Orr failed to mop it up, Diouf released Norris, he played in Thomas and in the blink of an eye his cross had been slammed into the roof of the net by Green.

Ipswich then had two glorious chances to make a game of it, with first Lee Martin and then Michael Chopra failing to beat Kenny from six yards, and that summed up their afternoon as Leeds eased it out.

Leeds 1 Watford 6: match report

Leeds 1 Watford 6: Nine men gunned down by six-shooting loan rangers

By
Wayne Gardiner

PUBLISHED:

17:42 GMT, 10 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:42 GMT, 10 November 2012

Watford's army of loan rangers combined deliver a fourth away win of the season as they ran riot at Elland Road on what proved to be another depressing afternoon for Leeds.

Frustrated: Leeds manager Neil Warnock

Frustrated: Leeds manager Neil Warnock

Hornets manager Gianfranco Zola has assembled a side largely made up of players borrowed from Udinese but, regardless of their origin, they clearly have more than enough ability to make an impression in the Championship.

The caveat to this win was that the
goals they scored from Matej Vydra, Almen Abdi, Mark Yeates, Sean Murray
and Troy Deeney all came after Leeds had been reduced to nine men, but
prior to that they had still looked the better side, having gone ahead
through Vydra.

Leeds did score a penalty through
Michael Tonge but having lost Jason Pearce to a first-half red card and
Rodolph Austin to injury after all their substitutions had been made,
were made to suffer for the best part of an hour.

Now without a league win in six,
they and manager Neil Warnock remain at the mercy of the takeover of the
club by GFH Capital which is close to entering its seventh month.

Match facts

LEEDS: Kenny, Austin, Peltier, Pearce, Byram, Green (Lees 45), Norris, Tonge, White (Brown 46), Diouf (Hall 46), Varney. Subs not used: Ashdown, Kisnorbo, Becchio, Dawson.

Goals: Tonge (80, pen)

Sent off: Pearce

Booked: Peltier, Byram, Norris, Varney

WATFORD: Almunia, Doyley, Hoban, Ekstrand, Anya, Abdi (Hogg 68), Cassetti, Smith (Murray 81), Yeates, Geijo (Deeney 80), Vydra. Subs not used: Bond, Thompson, Chalobah, Forestieri.

Goals: Vydra 28, 83, Deeney 90+9, Abdi 61, Yeates 75, Murray 90+5

Booked: Ekstrand, Yeates

Referee: T Kettle

Att: 19,104

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With an already-thin squad at his disposal, Warnock cut a forlorn figure throughout.

Well-placed sources on both sides of
deal insist it remains on track but regardless of whether it does or
not, it will not be as smooth a transaction as the one which saw Watford
bought out in the summer, allowing them to embark on their recruitment
drive.

They are now back in amongst the
play-off contenders and, having weathered an early storm which saw David
Norris hit the post following a six-man move, were too quick and
ultimately too good for their hosts.

Goalkeeper
Manuel Almunia was only tested once – when Luke Varney spurned a
one-on-one chance – and with Leeds keeping a high line in order to
attempt to exert pressure, they were easy pickings Watford's nippy front
three of Vydra, Anya and Abdi.

They demonstrated that in the 27th
minute when they opened the scoring, with Alex Geijo collecting the ball
on the break just inside the Leeds half and promptly sending a pass
ahead for Vydra to chase.

There was only one winner in his
footrace with Lee Peltier but his chance still needed finishing,
something he did with a clinical edge-of-the-box drive.

One could quite easily have been two
after that, with Abdi first shooting at Paddy Kenny after a ball came
loose, before the same player turned Pearce inside out and dragged a
shot across Kenny's bows and wide.

The home side were simply unable to
handle the speed with which Watford were attacking them and on the
stroke of half-time, they again paid the price.

El-Hadji Diouf's pass sold Pearce
shot and as Abdi nipped in to rob possession, the former Portsmouth
defender poleaxed him and was duly dismissed by referee Trevor Kettle.

Warnock's response was to make three
changes by the time the second half had started, but his cavalier
approach came back to haunt him two minutes after it when Austin went
down in a heap and had to be carried off, leaving United to carry on
with nine men.

It was open practice for Watford
after that and after a couple of sighters they doubled their lead on the
hour when Abdi dragged a 20-yard shot beyond Kenny and into the bottom
corner.

Against slim numbers it was hard to
gauge how good Watford were playing but there was no doubting the
quality of their third – a brilliant 25-yard free-kick from Yeates which
again gave Kenny no chance.

Somehow, Leeds got on the scoresheet
themselves in the 79th minute when Varney was upended by Joel Ekstrand,
allowing Tonge to score his fourth of the season, but it was a mere blip
for Watford.

With eight minutes left Vydra coolly
chipped a counter-attack second after an excellent ball from Anya and
then, deep into the 10 minutes of added time, Murray placed a 25-yard
drive beyond Kenny.

That appeared to have rounded things
off but there was still more time for Watford to score again, Deeney
replicating Murray's effort.