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Jason Dufner wins Bryon Nelson Challenge

Dufner's purple patch continues as American triumphs in Texas

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 20 May 2012

Jason Dufner's rich run of form continued in Texas as he saw off Dicky Pride to win the Bryon Nelson Challenge in in a gripping finale.

The 35-year-old, who recently won at New Orleans and was also married last weekend, landed a 25-yard putt on the 18th green after a stunning drive had seen him turn the pressure up on Pride.

He ended on 10-under par, seeing off Pride by a shot, and he told Sky Sports 1 afterwards: 'We got bunched up at the top and I had a nice chance on 18th the close it out.

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Coming so close: Dicky Pride had to settle for second place

Henry ended two shots behind Dufner, though, and one behind Pride, as one of four men on nine under, with the other three being Marc Leishmann, Joe Durant and Jonas Blixt.

There was then a three-shot buffer to the rest, with Phil Mickelson among them on six under.

He went around in four-under but had left himself with too much to do, as had Ken Duke who ended on the same score.

Fading: Vijay Singh fell out of contention

Fading: Vijay Singh fell out of contention

Vijay Singh, so impressive on Saturday, was one over for Sunday and ended up six shots shy of Dufner, while Padraig Harrington was seven behind despite a one-under 69.

The round of the day went to Germany`s Alex Cejka, although his five-under 65 could only take him to one under for the tournament.

Luke Donald is world No 1

Donald returns to world No 1 as Dufner wins maiden PGA Tour title in New Orleans

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00:16 GMT, 30 April 2012

Jason Dufner beat Ernie Els in a sudden death play-off to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, an event which saw Luke Donald regain top spot in the world rankings.

Donald needed a top-seven finish at Avondale to regain pole position from Rory McIlroy – and he got it – finishing third.

However, the winner of the tournament was American Dufner, who edged out Els on the second hole of the play-off to land his first PGA title.

Eyes on the prize: Jason Dufner celebrates his win in New Orleans

Eyes on the prize: Jason Dufner celebrates his win in New Orleans

Dufner had not won in his previous 163 starts on the US PGA Tour and until Sunday was best remembered for losing a play-off to Keegan Bradley in last year's US PGA Championship.

Els had been a man on the move on the final day in Louisiana as he moved into a share of the lead with overnight leader Dufner.

The South African picked up two birdies and an eagle as he turned in 32, while a birdie on the 11th saw him finish on 19 under par with a 67.

No 1: Luke Donald is back on top of the world rankings

No 1: Luke Donald is back on top of the world rankings

Dufner followed a bogey at the sixth with birdies on seven eight and 10 to card a 70 and take the contest to a play-off – the sixth on the tour this season.

Els had a putt of around six feet to win on the first hole of the play-off but failed to take it – and paid when Dufner rolled in from less than a couple of feet minutes later.

The 35-year-old, who marries fiancee Amanda Boyd next month, said afterwards: 'It was a tough day, I'd already put up a good number.

So close: Ernie Els missed out after a play-off with Dufner

So close: Ernie Els missed out after a play-off with Dufner

'It's been tough trying to get this first win, so this is a little bit of a monkey off my back.'

For Donald, a final round 67 followed efforts of 73, 65 and 66 to see him finish two shots behind Dufner and Els.

Birdies on the third, ninth, 11th, 13th and 18th ensured the Englishman finished on his own at 17 under par.

America's Ryan Palmer and Canada's Graeme DeLaet were tied for fourth on 16 under – Palmer firing a final round 69 and DeLaet finishing with a 71.

Off and running: Dufner celebrates winning his first PGA Tour title

Off and running: Dufner celebrates winning his first PGA Tour title

Steve Stricker was sixth on 15 under after a 70, with fellow Americans trio Ken Duke (70), Cameron Tringale (71) and John Rollins (72) a shot further back.

Compatriot Justin Rose finished tied for 10th on 13 under after a final round 68, while Greg Owen was four shots back after finishing with a 69.

Scotland's Russell Knox, in contention after a second round 64, finished alongside Owen on nine under after a final round 72, England's Brian Davis was one back after a 70, with Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell ending on five under after a 72.

Zurich Classic: Live leaderboard

Zurich Classic leaderboard: Keep up with the latest scores

The PGA Tour is in New Orleans this week for the Zurich Classic.

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

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Nice one Bubba: Watson with the Zurich Classic trophy in 2011

Nice one Bubba: Watson with the Zurich Classic trophy in 2011

Zurich Classic: Luke Donald shoots seven-under-par

Donald eyes world No 1 spot after stunning seven-under at Zurich Classic

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UPDATED:

07:56 GMT, 28 April 2012

Luke Donald's quest to regain the world No 1 spot was boosted by an impressive seven-under-par second round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The 34-year-old needs to finish in the top seven at Avondale to move back above Rory McIlroy and take the top ranking.

Luk at him go! Donald hits his tee shot on the 12th

Luk at him go! Donald hits his tee shot on the 12th

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That looked unlikely after Donald fired a
one-over-par 73 on Thursday which left him eight shots adrift of the
leaders at the Louisiana venue.

Swing away: Jason Dufner tees off on the eighth hole and leads after two rounds

Swing away: Jason Dufner tees off on the eighth hole and leads after two rounds

However, he stormed back into
contention in the second round, kicking off with a birdie at his opening
hole – the 10th – before adding four further birdies and an eagle two
at the par-four first.

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The effort moved Donald to six under par, six shots off the lead, held by Jason Dufner.

Dufner, beaten in a play-off in last year's USPGA Championship, also managed a round of seven under par.

The American capped a bogey-free
round with an eagle on the par-five 18th to reach 12 under and establish
a one shot lead over Russell Knox, John Rollins and Ken Duke.

In the hole: Steve Stricker putts for a birdie on the ninth

In the hole: Steve Stricker putts for a birdie on the ninth

Knox, a 26-year-old who was born in
Inverness but now lives in Florida, followed his opening round 69 with a
64 which contained an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey.

A further shot back on 10 under were Greg Chalmers, who also fired a 64, Steve Stricker and Ernie Els.

Defending champion Bubba Watson had
his second straight 71 to make the cut by a stroke in his first
tournament since his Masters win, with Northern Ireland's Graeme
McDowell joining him on two under after a disappointing second round 73.

Brian Davis was alongside Donald on six under, while fellow Englishmen Greg Owen and Justin Rose were a further shot back.

However, a second round 69 was not enough to see Carshalton-born, Alabama-based Gary Christian make the cut.

Sneaking through: Bubba Watson only just made the cut

Sneaking through: Bubba Watson only just made the cut

Bubba Watson will keep going for "miracle shots"

Masters champion Bubba promises to keep going for 'miracle shots'

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17:36 GMT, 25 April 2012

Bubba Watson has promised to keep on going for the 'miracle shot' like the one that won him the Masters.

'When it comes to creativity on the golf course, that's just who I am,' said Watson, who is back in action this week defending the Zurich Classic title in New Orleans.

The 33-year-old American was in the trees on the second extra hole against Louis Oosthuizen in the play-off at Augusta, but hooked the ball some 40 yards off pine straw and onto the green for a winning par.

Back in action: Bubba Watson will defend his Zurich Classic title this week

Back in action: Bubba Watson will defend his Zurich Classic title this week

'That's just what I've done, so that doesn't scare me,' he said. 'It thrills me because then I can pull off some shots. That's more exciting.

'I don't care if the fans were there or what. If I was just playing with my buddies I'd want to pull that shot off.

Celebrity: Bubba with Tim Tebow

Celebrity: Bubba with Tim Tebow

'I'm just Bubba from Bagdad, Florida. I play golf because I love the game of golf, because it's fun.

'Every day is different. Some days it's windy, some days it's not. Some days the ground is firm, some days it's wet.

'You always challenge yourself and set goals for yourself. I think it resonates with everybody because I'm from a small town, I played public golf courses growing up and I think that everybody can see that my swing is homegrown.

'That means everybody has a chance to do it. Hard work, dedication, practice and the drive to do it – and not worry about what other people say.

'Where I grew up with plastic golf balls I just learned to hit in the trees, through the trees, over the trees, under the trees.'

On the shot for which he is now most famous, Watson added: 'As a child I was used to seeing shots like that. To get that close was very special – when I saw it I go “Phew, I'm pretty good”.

How did he do it Watson hits his 'miracle' shot that led to a Masters win

How did he do it Watson hits his 'miracle' shot that led to a Masters win

'But I try to pull off the amazing shot, just like we've seen [Phil] Mickelson and Tiger [Woods] pull off shots – everybody that's won you've seen pull off shots like that.'

Watson suddenly finds himself the top attraction in a field that also includes England's Luke Donald and Justin Rose and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell.

With Rory McIlroy not having played since the Masters concluded on April 8 – he is back at next week's Wells Fargo Championship – Donald will go back to world No 1 with a top-seven finish.

Sean Payton banned over schemes to reward players for hurting opponents

Saint to sinner! New Orleans coach Payton banned after probe into schemes to reward players for hurting opponents

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UPDATED:

18:02 GMT, 21 March 2012

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for a year following an investigation into 'bounty' schemes which rewarded players for hurting opponents.

The Saints, who won the Super Bowl under Payton in 2009, have been fined $500,000 (315,500) while former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended without pay for the first eight games of the upcoming regular season while assistant head coach Joe Vitt was suspended for six games.

Banned: New Orleans head coach Sean Payton after winning the Super Bowl and with Gregg Williams (below) who has also been suspended by the NFL

Banned: New Orleans head coach Sean Payton after winning the Super Bowl and with Gregg Williams (below) who has also been suspended by the NFL

The league said they had yet to decide on punishments for players involved in the scheme.

Up to 27 players were also included
in the scandal, and although the Players' Association are holding their
own investigation the NFL decided not to punish them or withold their
own punishments any longer.

According to the league's probe,
Williams collected money from players throughout the season, to be paid
out as a reward for 'big hits' and plays which took opponents out of the
game.

The cash pool reached $50,000
(31,500) or more during the 2009 playoffs, and players were paid $1,500
(950) for a 'knockout' and $1,000 (630) for a 'cart-off' with payouts
doubling or tripling during the playoffs.

Sean Payton and Gregg Williams

Sean Payton and Gregg Williams

Money was provided primarily by
players but no details have been revealed as to which players were
injured as part of the scheme.

Williams, now with the St. Louis Rams, was the central figure in the bounty system, according to the NFL's investigation.

The team will forfeit their selections in the second round of the NFL drafts in 2012 and 2013.

Peyton Manning leaves Indianapolis Colts

NFL legend Peyton Manning let go by Colts… and misses out on near 18m bonus

The Indianapolis Colts have released four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning after 14 years with the club, the team announced at an emotional news conference on Wednesday.

Manning, 35, missed the entire 2011 season after neck surgery last September and was due a 17.8million bonus if the club had decided to keep him.

Emotional goodbye: Peyton Manning has said farewell to Indianapolis Colts

Emotional goodbye: Peyton Manning has said farewell to Indianapolis Colts

On top of the world: Manning lifts the SuperBowl in 2007

On top of the world: Manning lifts the SuperBowl in 2007

Perfect Peyton

* Born March 24, 1976, in New Orleans.
* Selected first overall at the 1998 NFL Draft by the Colts out of the University of Tennessee.
* After 3-13 rookie season, posts 138-54 record over the next 12 seasons with the club.
* Four-time NFL Most Valuable Player, was named to 11 Pro Bowls.
* Won Super Bowl MVP award in 2007 after leading Colts to 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFL title game.
* Took Colts to a second Super Bowl, losing 31-17 in 2010 to the New Orleans Saints.
* Leaves as Colts' all-time leader in touchdown passes (399), and yards passing (54,828).
* Threw for more than 4,000 yards in a season an NFL record 11 times.

'It'll always be a Colt,' Manning said. 'That'll never change.'

He forever will be remembered as the No 18 quarterback who led the Colts to an NFL championship.

He'll be remembered, too, for his record four MVP awards, his 50,000 yards passing and his 200 consecutive starts.

But he is also the guy in the horseshoe helmet who turned around a franchise and transformed a basketball-loving city into a football hotbed that hosted the Super Bowl a month ago.

Arizona, Miami, Tennessee, Washington and the New York Jets all have been rumoured as possible destinations. Indeed, Manning's former offensive coordinator in Indianapolis, Tom Moore, worked for the Jets as a consultant last season.

Manning has said his goal was to play his entire career with the Colts, but a damaged nerve that forced him to have neck surgery kept him out of action for all of 2011, when his team's record plummeted to 2-14.

Sports pictures of the day: January 4, 2012

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

Enjoy today's selection right here…

Slovenia's Jernej Damjan jumps during the training session of the third stage of the Four Hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, Austria

Slovenia's Jernej Damjan jumps during the training session of the third stage of the Four Hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, Austria

Michigan Wolverines celebrate after winning the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA game against Virginia Tech Hokies in New Orleans, Louisiana

Michigan Wolverines celebrate after winning the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA game against Virginia Tech Hokies in New Orleans, Louisiana

Daniela Hantuchova serves during her second round match against Vania King at the Brisbane International tournament

Daniela Hantuchova serves during her second round match against Vania King at the Brisbane International tournament

England's cricketers warm up during a practice session at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai's Sports City

England's cricketers warm up during a practice session at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai's Sports City

South Africa's Vos Ducan and co-pilot Robert Howie drive their Toyota during the stage of the South American edition of the Dakar Rally from San Rafael to San Juan

South Africa's Vos Ducan and co-pilot Robert Howie drive their Toyota during the stage of the South American edition of the Dakar Rally from San Rafael to San Juan