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Rory McIlroy solid start in Texas Open 2013

He's not out of the woods yet! McIlroy fails to hit top form but posts solid start in Texas in his final preparation ahead of The Masters

, including a
second major at the US PGA Championship.

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

But with caddie JP Fitzgerald advising him that he needed more competitive rounds under his belt, McIlroy travelled to San Antonio and carded an opening level-par 72 to lie five shots behind Matt Bettencourt, who carded a 67 to overtake long-time clubhouse leaders Padraig Harrington and Billy Horschel.

Starting from the 10th on the difficult Oaks Course – the fourth most difficult on the PGA Tour last year – McIlroy opened with four pars before picking up a birdie on the par-five 14th and another on the short par-four 17th.

However, a bogey on the 18th after finding the water was the first of three in succession which dropped him back to one over par, not what the world No 2 was looking for after speaking of the need to cut out 'silly mistakes' in his rounds.

The 23-year-old stopped the rot with pars at the third and fourth and then birdied the next two holes after pitching to five feet each time, but carded his fourth bogey of the day on the ninth.

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

THE FULL LEADERBOARD

The PGA Tour is back in San Antonio this week for the Texas Open, where Rory McIlroy will be hoping to fine-tune his game ahead of the Masters.

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

Three-time major winner Harrington had
also bogeyed his final hole, the 18th; the only blemish on his card
caused by three putts from 35ft.

The 41-year-old won the Open Championship in 2007, successfully defended
it the following year and then won the US PGA Championship a few weeks
later, but has not tasted victory on one of the major tours since – his
last win came on the Asian Tour in 2010.

Harrington admitted he had enjoyed his fair share of good luck in cold
and blustery conditions, with his only bogey caused by three-putting the
18th.

'It was cold and that really does affect the ball,' the Dubliner told
reporters. 'I didn't have a great ball-striking round but my misses were
either in the right places or I got slightly fortunate and then got up
and down.

'I'm not walking away from this round thinking “wow, I hit a number of
pure golf shots”, or anything like that. It was more mental fortitude
than ball striking.

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

'This morning, early on, it was a battle of survival. Last week back in
Ireland it was snowing and I didn't feel this cold. There was a feeling
of “let's just hang in there and stay in the tournament”. Sometimes that
lets you play a little bit more within yourself.'

Anyone winning this week will have to defy the odds if they want to also claim a Green Jacket at the Masters, however.

Only two players have won the week prior to the Masters and then gone on
to win in Augusta; Sandy Lyle in the Greater Greensboro Open in 1988
and Phil Mickelson in the BellSouth Classic in 2006.

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

US F1 Grand Prix 2012 live

US Grand Prix live: Follow the F1 action as Vettel aims to win third world championship

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UPDATED:

04:00 GMT, 18 November 2012

With just two rounds to go, Formula 1 returns to the United States for the first time since 2007 at the brand new Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Sebastian Vettel will start from pole in a bid to secure a third straight championship with title rival Fernando Alonso down in eighth. Britain's Lewis Hamilton joins the German on the front row.

*Follow live coverage from 6.30pm*

Number one: Sebastian Vettel (centre) celebrates securing pole position ahead of the Grand Prix

Number one: Sebastian Vettel (centre) celebrates securing pole position ahead of the Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton using PS3 to practice for US grand prix

Hamilton reveals extra hours on the Playstation have got him ready for US grand prix

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UPDATED:

09:25 GMT, 14 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton has turned to his Playstation as he bids to end his final season with McLaren on a high and make history in the United States.

The Brit, who will begin next season at Mercedes, hopes to become the first person to win at the new 250million Circuit of the Americas when the F1 bandwagon rolls into Texas.

The 5.5km track in Austin has only recently been completed, meaning drivers are yet to test themselves against the 20 turns and handful of straights.

It's only a game: Lewis Hamilton has been getting some unusual practice ahead of the US grand prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas

It's only a game: Lewis Hamilton has been getting some unusual practice ahead of the US grand prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas

Hamilton, therefore, has been brushing up on his knowledge with the help of his computer games console.

The 27-year-old said in The Sun: 'I've only driven the track on the PS3 and simulator, but I think its going to be a track that drivers enjoy. I'm looking to be the first grand prix winner there.'

The race on November 18 is the first time a grand prix to be held in the United States for five years, when Hamilton won in Indianapolis.

Texas holds them: The world of F1 will descend on Austin this weekend

Texas holds them: The world of F1 will descend on Austin this weekend

And it is with those happy memories still fresh in his mind that the Briton hopes to end a miserable run of form that has seen him forced to retire with a fuel-pressure problem twice in the last five races.

He added: 'It's crazy to think the last US grand prix was five years ago. It's a race I still remember like yesterday. I took my second grand prix win in the space of a week.

'Those were incredible times and I'm made up we're going back to the States.'

Lance Armstrong backed by mentor Jim Ochowicz

Armstrong's mentor Ochowicz insists cyclist has earned every single victory

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 25 August 2012

Lance Armstrong has earned every victory he has achieved over the course of his career despite his decision not to contest doping charges, according to long-time friend Jim Ochowicz.

Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France and one of the most high-profile athletes on the planet, on Friday opted not to challenge the US Anti-Doping Agency's charges against him, claiming to be 'finished with all this nonsense' after a long-running battle against allegations of cheating.

As a result, the USADA have stripped him of all his titles and imposed a lifetime ban, although that still has to be ratified by the sport's governing body, who could take the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Backed: Lance Armstrong has the support of his friend Jim Ochowicz

Backed: Lance Armstrong has the support of his friend Jim Ochowicz

Until then, though, questions remain over Armstrong's previously illustrious legacy, but Ochowicz, who has mentored Armstrong throughout his career and is the current manager of BMW Racing, is not buying in to that.

'I think Lance did a lot for the sport. We're all grateful to him for what he's done. I think he's earned every victory he's had,” he said in a statement.

'It's a tough day for cycling but we're going to carry on from here. I'm a friend of Lance's. I support his decision to call it. He's done so much for our sport over the years.

'I'm sad about what's transpired but at the same time, I wish him luck with his family. I love them, I love him.'

Stripped: Armstrong's titles have been taken

Stripped: Armstrong's titles have been taken

Armstrong, who was charged along with five associates in June, sought a temporary restraining order against the agency's legal action but that was dismissed in a federal court in Austin, Texas on Monday.

USADA claim once that action failed Armstrong had until midnight on Thursday to contest the evidence against him in an arbitrary hearing, and was fully aware of the consequences of not doing so.

The statement revealed that over a dozen witnesses, up to 10 of whom are believed to be former team-mates, had agreed to testify against Armstrong.

It also claimed the USADA received evidence Armstrong was doping in 1996, prior to his battle with testicular cancer, which set his Tour triumphs in the most heroic of contexts, and in 2009, after making his return to the sport following his initial retirement.

Runaway golf cart mows down American football coach

Runaway golf cart mows down celebrating coach after football championship win

An unmanned, electric golf cart ploughed into a crowd at an American football game, injuring the head coach and several supporters.

The incident happened during celebrations at the end of the high school championship football game after Spring Dekaney beat Cibolo Steele at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Spring Dekaney head coach Willie Amendola was in the middle of an interview when the cart knocked him and several bystanders to the ground.

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Unexpected: Spring Dekaney head coach Willie Amendola is mowed down by a runaway cart after his team beat Cibolo Steele at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas

Unexpected: Spring Dekaney head coach Willie Amendola is mowed down by a runaway cart after his team beat Cibolo Steele at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas

Collision course: Head coach Willie Amendola is interviewed in the path of the runaway cart

Collision course: Head coach Willie Amendola is interviewed in the path of the runaway cart

End zone: The cart took off when a field marker became stuck on the accelerator and crashed into a crowd at the stadium in Texas

End zone: The cart took off when a field marker became stuck on the accelerator and crashed into a crowd at the stadium in Texas

Emergency services said that one man was taken to hospital with a leg injury.

Several others were hit by the cart but released by medical staff after being checked out at the stadium.

Spring Dekaney, from Harris County, Texas, beat Cibolo Steele 34-14 during the Class 5A Divison II state championships.

TV cameras showed a stunned Amendola falling backwards into the passenger seat of the golf cart as he tried to gain control of the vehicle. A field worker managed to jump on board and turn the engine off.

Bowled over: The head coach and football supporters were caught unaware at the stadium in Arlington

Bowled over: The head coach and football supporters were caught unaware at the stadium in Arlington

On a roll: Willie Amendola struggles to roll free of the runaway cart as field workers chase it down

On a roll: Willie Amendola struggles to roll free of the runaway cart as field workers chase it down

Crowded: The cart got loose during the championship game between Spring Dekaney and Cibolo Steele

Crowded: The cart got loose during the championship game between Spring Dekaney and Cibolo Steele

One sports commentator said: “We have a disturbance down the field. Apparently one of the cartson the field got loose and I think there have been some folks injured in this.

“That”s like a runaway cart there. And it finally took someone to stop it. That”s a scary thing.”

It was unclear how the vehicle got loose. Stadium workers had been picking up fluorescent orange sideline yard markers and pylons after the game when the cart unexpectedly took off.

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