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Hong Kong Open: Live leaderboard

Hong Kong Open leaderboard: Keep up with the latest scores

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23:00 GMT, 14 November 2012

Rory McIlroy is at Fanling for the defence of his Hong Kong Open title.

You can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Star names: (l-r) Rory Mcilroy, Paul Lawrie and Matt Kuchar are in Hong Kong

Star names: (l-r) Rory Mcilroy, Paul Lawrie and Matt Kuchar are in Hong Kong

Portsmouth Supporters" Trust bid for club

Battle to save Portsmouth hots up as Supporters' Trust enters bidding

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 24 August 2012

The Pompey Supporters' Trust have made a revised offer for Portsmouth Football Club.

The news comes a day after former owner Balram Chainrai re-entered the running to buy back the club eight days after his company Portpin announced their interest was at an end.

That decision appeared to pave the way for fans' group PST, backed by a loan from the local council, to complete their rescue of the club who remain in administration and in danger of liquidation.

Bidding war: Balram Chainrai is also in the running to buy the club

Bidding war: Balram Chainrai is also in the running to buy the club

Yet Hong Kong businessman Chainrai remains Portsmouth's biggest creditor and, having expressed doubts about the viability of the PST's bid, he submitted a fresh offer to administrator Trevor Birch.

However, Birch announced PST have also made a fresh offer and said: 'We have received a revised offer from the Trust and will study the documents in detail over the next few days.

'There will be aspects that need further clarification and we will work with the Trust to achieve that clarity before deciding how best to proceed with the Trust and Portpin offers.'

Tough task: Portsmouth's young squad face a difficult season in League One

Tough task: Portsmouth's young squad face a difficult season in League One

Barry Hawkins sets up Peter Ebdon battle after reaching first ranking final

Hawkins sets up Ebdon battle after reaching first ranking final

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UPDATED:

20:15 GMT, 14 July 2012

Peter Ebdon and Barry Hawkins will battle it out for this year's Australian Open title.

Ebdon, the former world and UK
champion, advanced to the best-of-19 frame decider with an impressive
6-2 semi-final victory over Hong Kong's Marco Fu at the Bendigo Stadium
in Victoria.

Compatriot Barry Hawkins saw off Mark Davis 6-4 to seal a place in his first ranking final.

First final: Barry Hawkins in action

First final: Barry Hawkins in action

'I've waited a long time to be in a ranking final, now I want to do myself justice and win a tournament,' Hawkins said.

The eventual champion at the second ranking event of the season will take home 46,000, with the runner-up earning nearly 20,000.

Alan Curbishley and Phil Brown join shortlist for Birmingham City job

Curbishley and Brown join shortlist for vacant Birmingham post

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21:00 GMT, 13 June 2012

Alan Curbishley and Phil Brown are two of the names being considered by Birmingham City as replacement for Chris Hughton after acting chief executive Peter Pannu returned from the Far East.

Shortlisted: Curbishley left West Ham in 2008

Shortlisted: Curbishley left West Ham in 2008

The club’s main decision-maker flew in from Hong Kong and held a meeting with senior club officials over a successor to the newly-installed Norwich City boss.

Lee Clark’s name is also high on the list but of equal importance is the fact that the cash-strapped Championship club will approach a manager who is currently unemployed.

Birmingham delay in publishing accounts

Concerns raised over Birmingham's future after delay in publishing accounts

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19:58 GMT, 27 April 2012

Birmingham City have again postponed the publication of the club’s annual accounts.

A statement from the Hong Kong stock exchange has delayed the figures by another three months, giving rise to new rumours the club are in financial peril.

Trouble ahead Birmingham owner Carson Yeung (centre)

Trouble ahead Birmingham owner Carson Yeung (centre)

Rory McIlroy two off lead at Dubai World Championship

McIlroy in the mix at Dubai World Championship as money leader Donald makes slow start

The European Tour title race looks set to go right to the wire after Rory McIlroy produced a fabulous nine-hole stretch, just as Luke Donald was losing his way.

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In the hunt: Rory McIlroy is two shots off the lead at the Earth Course in Dubai

Dubai World Championship

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But England”s world No 1, paired with McIlroy, fell back to joint 26th when three successive bogeys from the 14th left him with a level-par 72.

The first two dropped shots came when he drove into bushes and he had to take penalty drops, the third when he could not recover from finding a fairway bunker off the next tee.

“I felt very much in control and then I lost it,” Donald said as a race he seemed a near-certainty to win a month ago hotted up even more.

He has only to think back two months, however, to realise there is still a long way to go.

Until tomorrow: McIlroy shakes hands with Luke Donald after round one in Dubai

Until tomorrow: McIlroy shakes hands with Luke Donald after round one in Dubai

Donald became the first European to capture the PGA Tour money list title in America when he played the last nine holes of the final event in 30 to overtake Webb Simpson.

He also recalled his last trip to the Earth course 13 months ago.

“This is two shots better than the first round last year and I still finished ninth,” he added. “You”ve got to find the positives.”

However, McIlroy won the Hong Kong Open last Sunday with a closing 65 and feeling run down is not affecting his golf yet.

“To be honest, I”m sort of using it to my advantage in a way,” Northern Ireland”s US Open champion said.

Level par: Donald was a bit wayward off the tee during his round of 72

Level par: Donald was a bit wayward off the tee during his round of 72

“It”s sort of taken the pressure off me. I”m not 100 per cent and if it doesn”t happen it doesn”t happen and there”s nothing I can do about it.

“You can just go about your game and try and play as well as you can.

“I definitely don”t feel invincible, but I feel like every time I tee it up I”ve got a good chance of shooting a good score.

“I don”t think I”ve finished outside the top four since the US PGA (eight events ago) and everything seems sort of stress-free.

“It”s not going to last forever, I”m sure. I”m sure there”s going to be a point where I struggle, but right now it”s nice to have that feeling.”

Not even losing a ball with his fifth shot of the day and taking a double bogey bothered McIlroy as he birdied two of the next three.

But it was after the turn when the fireworks really began.

Nicely done: Sweden

Nicely done: Sweden”s Peter Hanson is out in front on his own after a 64

He holed from 12 feet on 10, 25 feet on 13, 12 feet at the next, 40 feet on 16 and from 18 and 20 feet on the final two greens.

He still reckons Donald has a better short game than him, but it was Donald who came into the event saying that McIlroy had the most talent of anyone he had ever played with.

That sparked some heated debate given that Tiger Woods has won 14 majors and 93 titles as a pro, and Donald”s eve-of-tournament preparations included going on his Twitter site to praise Woods.

“A few people aren”t understanding what I meant,” he said. “The word talent and Rory to me means a free-flowing swing who makes everything look so easy.

Flawless: Scotland

Flawless: Scotland”s Paul Lawrie had no dropped shots in his round of 65

“Tiger has always been the best at getting the ball in the hole when it mattered the most. That”s not just talent, that”s something else too.

“Talent can only take you so far, you need the right attitude (mindset) and application to perform at the highest level.

“I”d never try to disrespect Tiger in any way. He is still the greatest player I have played with.”

McIlroy, no stranger to Twitter controversies himself, was asked for his opinion on the matter.

“It”s one thing to have talent, but another to actually have the capability of turning that talent into something productive,” he said.

On a hat-trick: Spaniard Sergio Garcia is aiming for a third straight victory

On a hat-trick: Spaniard Sergio Garcia is aiming for a third straight victory

“I think what Luke was saying was maybe golf comes as easy to me as it does Tiger – I”ll never know – but Tiger”s won 90-whatever tournaments and 14 majors and that”s definitely more of a talent than (my) five wins.

“There”s different type of talent. I think what he said was maybe taken a little bit out of context.”

Meanwhile, it was Hanson who actually played the best golf of the day.

He also came home in 30 to equal the course record set by Lee Westwood in winning the 2009 title and matched by Ross Fisher last year.

Without a victory since making his Ryder Cup debut 15 months ago, he leads by a stroke from 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, whose win in Spain in March was his first success for nine years.

Sergio Garcia is fourth after a 67 and so still has hopes of a third successive Tour victory.