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I"m desperate to finally end Major drought, insists Woods

I'm desperate to finally end Major drought, insists Woods

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UPDATED:

09:17 GMT, 8 August 2012

Tiger Woods has come a long way since this time last year – but not far enough, as far as he is concerned.

When the former world No 1 missed the cut by six shots at the US PGA Championship last August he looked a million miles away from the player who had won 14 majors.

He remains four behind Jack Nicklaus' record, but after finishes of 40th in the Masters, 21st in the US Open and third in the Open – plus three other tournament wins – things are certainly looking up again.

Getting ready: Tiger Woods hits a bunker shot during a practice round at Kiawah Island on Tuesday

Getting ready: Tiger Woods hits a bunker shot during a practice round at Kiawah Island on Tuesday

'I'm pleased at the way I was able to play at certain times and obviously disappointed that I did not win,' Woods said at Kiawah Island, where the 94th US PGA starts on Thursday.

'I've played in three major championships this year and I didn't win any of them. That's the goal.

'I was there at the US Open after two days [he was joint leader] and I was right there with a chance at the British Open.

'Things have progressed, but not winning a major championship doesn't feel very good.'

Not that the 36-year-old is fretting over a pursuit of Nicklaus that has stalled for four turbulent years in his life.

'I figure it's going to take a career – a long time,' he said. 'Jack didn't finish his until he was 46, so if you go by that timetable I've got 10 more years.
“Four more majors is a lot, but I've got plenty of time.'

Luke who's in contention: Donald in practice on Tuesday

Luke who's in contention: Donald in practice on Tuesday

Tom Watson nearly won the 2009 Open just short of his 60th birthday and the year before that Greg Norman was third at Birkdale aged 53.

'We can play late in our careers just because of our training and also just getting the right golf course,' he added.

Woods now finds himself on the longest course in major history – 7,676 yards if played from every back tee – and one made famous by its staging of the 'War on the Shore' Ryder Cup in 1991.

He also finds himself in the strongest field ever assembled for any event.
Barring any late withdrawals, it will be the first time since the rankings were launched in 1986 that the world's top 100 are all in the same place.

The last 16 majors have had 16 different winners. This season has seen Bubba Watson capture the Masters, Webb Simpson the US Open and then last month Ernie Els his second Open.

Lee Westwood

Rory McIlroy

Brit of all right: Lee Westwood (left) and Rory McIlroy (right) at Kiawah Island

It could easily become 17 – Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Woods are not on the list and nor, of course, is Adam Scott after he threw things away with four closing bogeys at Royal Lytham.

Watson is also celebrating something off the course this week – his adoption of a baby boy was finalised.

The American's victory at Augusta came just after he and wife Angie had welcomed month-old Caleb into their home, so perhaps the latest news will spur him onto more major glory.

'Monday was a great day for us, so that's the most important thing – and now we're on to trying to win this tournament,' he said.

Simpson, meanwhile, has become a father again since he triumphed in San Francisco, missing the Open while he waited for his wife Dowd to give birth.

Fabio Capello wanted for Russia job

Ex-England boss Capello tops wish-list to replace Advocaat in charge of Russia

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UPDATED:

14:39 GMT, 29 June 2012

Wanted: Former England manager Fabio Capello

Wanted: Former England manager Fabio Capello

Russia want Fabio Capello to take over from Dick Advocaat following their disappointing performance at Euro 2012.

The former England boss has already been sounded out about the job and is keen to open formal talks.

But he will wait until after the Russian FA have elected a new president, with Advocaat’s former assistant Aleksandr Borodyuk set to take over in the interim, according to Moscow newspaper Sport-Express.

Capello, who quit England in February after falling out with his bosses, would be wary of working under a president who did not endorse his appointment.

Many fans would like to see a Russian boss appointed after four years of failure under the highly paid Advocaat and Guus Hiddink.

Capello had previously been close to leading mega-rich Anzhi Makhachkala until a power struggle at the Dagestan club saw Hiddink appointed ahead of the Italian.

All change: Dick Advocaat was a disappointed for Russia at Euro 2012

All change: Dick Advocaat was a disappointed for Russia at Euro 2012

But the 66-year-old has scrapped earlier plans to retire and wants one more challenge, having only ruled out working in his own country.

On Wednesday, the Russian FA will decide a timetable for electing a new president, following Sergey Fursenko’s resignation in the wake of the team going out the European Championship group stage.

Advocaat was the highest-paid coach at Euro 2012, on a reported 5.7million a year.

Rangers hopes of survival rest with Paul Murray

On the brink: Rangers survival hopes rest with potential buyer Paul Murray

Rangers administrators will know within 48 hours if the stricken Ibrox club can be saved from liquidation.

The SPL champions moved closer to the brink on Wednesday when Duff & Phelps warned that the club were in a ‘perilous’ financial position and may be unable to fulfil their fixtures this season.

An away trip to Dundee United a week on Sunday is the next SPL game scheduled.

Unless talks with potential buyers — including Paul Murray and Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy — prove fruitful before the weekend, then the plug could be pulled on 140 years of history.

Right down to the wire: Talks with Paul Murray hold the key to any future at Ibrox

Right down to the wire: Talks with Paul Murray hold the key to any future at Ibrox

On a day when Rangers director Dave King claimed that liquidation was now ‘inevitable’, joint administrator David Whitehouse declared that he was stepping up the quest to sell the club as soon as possible.

Hopes remain that first-team players will finally agree to savage wage cuts of up to 75 per cent after a breakdown in talks yesterday morning. Admitting that the club were ‘burning cash’, however, Whitehouse indicated that something will have to give soon if Rangers are to survive in their existing form.

‘In the next 48 hours or so, we are approaching and meeting with those parties who have already expressed an interest in acquiring the club to understand their timetable and to try to accelerate what would be a normal timetable for this sort of transaction,’ he said.

‘We have a meeting this evening and we have a series of meetings tomorrow, and we will have to conclude our strategy in that regard during the course of Friday.

Dark days: The futures of Rangers is hanging in the balance

Dark days: The futures of Rangers is hanging in the balance

‘In light of the outcome of those discussions, we can then form a view as to whether we can continue to operate the club within its existing cost base.’

Desperate to save the club via a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) which would take Rangers out of administration, Blue Knights figurehead Paul Murray hopes to submit a conditional offer to administrators by the deadline of March 16.

Responding to a lengthy statement released by King on Wednesday morning, Murray disagreed with the liquidation claim being made by the Blue Knights backer.

Murray told Sportsmail: ‘I don’t regard liquidation as being inevitable at all. Dave’s statement has 14 points and I agree with a lot of what he has said.

‘He is obviously entitled to his view but, from my point of view — being here on the ground as it were — and having met the administrators on two occasions, and also looking at the bigger picture, then clearly a creditors’ voluntary agreement is the best thing for the club going forward.

Not hopeful: Rangers director Dave King said liquidation was inevitable

Not hopeful: Rangers director Dave King said liquidation was inevitable

‘I am focused on achieving that.’

Murray’s Blue Knights are front-runners to pursue a creditors’ agreement, with Sale Sharks owner Kennedy having also been contacted by the administrators. Last night, Kennedy refused to comment further on his plans.

Financial experts yesterday rated the chances of avoiding liquidation as low, but Murray — a former Rangers director who was dismissed by Craig Whyte following his takeover — insisted he will do all he can to avoid it.

‘You have to think of all the football implications (of liquidation). You are going to have to, effectively, start again,’ he said.

‘You are going to have to reapply to the Scottish Football Association, the Scottish Premier League and there will be financial and footballing penalties around that.

‘That would lead to the team probably being out of Europe for three seasons. So, financially, the impact on your revenue could be catastrophic.

In the dark: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist does not know what the future holds

In the dark: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist does not know what the future holds

‘The history of Rangers, acquired over many years, is the other thing.

‘Obviously liquidation is a possibility. But, to me, it’s an absolute last resort because the implications from every angle are pretty horrendous.

‘So, from my point of view, I am totally focused on talking to the administrators and trying to get a CVA. That is in the best interests of the club going forward.’

King, who is embroiled in a lengthy tax battle with the South African Revenue Service, said: ‘I do not believe that there is a reasonable prospect that the company can come out of administration. I believe that liquidation is inevitable.

‘It grieves me to state that it seems inevitable the footballing institution (Rangers) will survive but the company won’t.’

In his statement, he also announced plans to take former Rangers owner Sir David Murray to court over what he alleged was non-disclosure of the club’s full finances when he invested 20million in the Ibrox outfit 12 years ago.

The administrators, who took control of Rangers on February 14, announced last week that they are seeking savings of 1m a month.

Joint administrator Whitehouse admitted last night there was still some hope that a deal could be reached with the players over wage cuts.

‘We would hope we may be able to reach a resolution, but we can’t rely on that so we have to look at other options,’ he told Rangers TV.

Six Nations 2012: Stuart Lancater will discover England fate before end of tournament

Lancaster will learn England fate BEFORE end of Six Nations, says new RFU chief

The Rugby Football Union will decide on whether Stuart Lancaster is the right man to lead England on a full-time basis before the end of his RBS 6 Nations audition.

New RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie confirmed that Lancaster, who is currently in charge on an interim basis, will be interviewed for the permanent position before the end of the championship.

In the frame: Stuart Lancaster wants to secure the England job on a permanent basis

In the frame: Stuart Lancaster wants to secure the England job on a permanent basis

England play France in Paris a week on Sunday and finish their campaign at home to Ireland on March 17.

Ritchie wants to make an appointment within the next three weeks and he will play a lead role in the selection of the new head coach, taking advice from a panel that includes Sir Ian McGeechan, Conor O`Shea, Richard Hill and Rob Andrew.

Good to talk: New RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie fields questions from the meda

Good to talk: New RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie fields questions from the meda

Lancaster is the only candidate to confirm he has applied for the role of Martin Johnson's permanent successor, although Nick Mallett, Eddie O'Sullivan and John Kirwan have all been linked to the job.

Ritchie said: 'We are going to see Stuart while the Six Nations is under way. Stuart knows that.

Taking charge: Ritchie will be responsible for appointing a permanent coach at Twickenham

Taking charge: Ritchie will be responsible for appointing a permanent coach at Twickenham

'We have tried to do it at a time that is most convenient to Stuart.

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'I appreciate it puts more pressure on Stuart because he has the day job to getting on with. It is helpful to be able to do that so we can move the process on.

'Timetable-wise I would hope, believe, we should be in a situation to do it (make an appointment) by the end, towards the end, of the Six Nations.'