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Hero World Challenge: Tiger Woods returns in style at Albany

Hero World Challenge: Tiger Woods returns in style at Albany

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Tiger Woods' return went about as well as he could have hoped. Playing in his first competitive tournament since the Dubai Desert Classic last February, Woods carded a 3-under-par 69 Thursday in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Course in The Bahamas. Woods had five birdies against two bogeys during the round. The former longtime world No. 1 and 14-time major champion shot a 1-under 35 on the front nine with a birdies at the par-5, 572-yard No. 3 and par-3, 216-yard No. 8 holes opposite a bogey at No. 9. Woods opened the back nine with a birdie at No. 10 and rolled in back-to-back birdies at Nos. 13-14 before bogeying No. 15. He finished with three straight pars, placing him three shots behind leader Tommy Fleetwood of England. "I didn't know what I could do," Wo...
'He did not believe, now he can' – Sterling extends Man City streak

'He did not believe, now he can' – Sterling extends Man City streak

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Raheem Sterling's new self-belief is behind his brilliant form after seeing him sink Southampton with a 96th-minute winner.Sterling's 13th goal of the season gave City a club-record 12th successive Premier League victory which restores their eight-point lead at the top of the table.Sterling had scored decisive late goals in City's previous two wins, over Feyenoord and Huddersfield, but his third strike of the week was his most dramatic of the lot, and sparked wild celebrations from City boss Pep Guardiola and his bench."Raheem is a match-winner, it was a fantastic goal, I am so happy for him," Guardiola said. "As I have said many times, he is making steps. Before he was a little bit more shy and he did not believe, but now he can do that."I think ...
Rooney wonder goal as Allardyce watches Everton thrash West Ham

Rooney wonder goal as Allardyce watches Everton thrash West Ham

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Wayne Rooney scored a stunning goal from his own half to complete a hat-trick as Everton thrashed West Ham in front of incoming manager Sam Allardyce.The Merseysiders moved up four places to 13th in the table as Allardyce watched from the Goodison directors' box alongside majority investor Farhad Moshiri.Hammers manager David Moyes, who saw midfielder Manuel Lanzini's penalty saved by Jordan Pickford, was left to rue a terrible first half from the Londoners at his former club.Rooney headed in the rebound after Joe Hart saved his penalty for the game's opener, and swept in his second 10 minutes later after good build-up from youngsters Jonjoe Kenny and Tom Davies.Defender Ashley Williams added the fourth late on, powering a header beyond Joe Hart from a corner.Everton had to withstand susta...
Brian Cushing: Houston Texans LB returns from suspension

Brian Cushing: Houston Texans LB returns from suspension

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HOUSTON -- Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing returned to NRG Stadium on Tuesday as his 10-game suspension for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy ended. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell officially reinstated Cushing from his suspension. The Texans were granted a one-week roster exemption that expires Dec. 4. He can be activated at any time. Whether he will return to play this week is still being determined. The former Pro-Bowl selection and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year is in outstanding shape and fully healthy, according to a league source. Cushing met with Texans head coach Bill O'Brien on Tuesday. O'Brien suggested that the Texans are in no rush to get Cushing back on the field and will evaluate his conditioning levels and readiness to play again. "He's bee...

England beat Kazakhstan to maintain perfect start to World Cup qualifying – highlights & report

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Media playback is not supported on this device A Fran Kirby-inspired England scored four goals in 12 minutes as they thrashed Kazakhstan to maintain their perfect start to World Cup qualifying.Mel Lawley scored from close range on her full international debut, and substitute Kirby added a second-half penalty with her first touch.The Chelsea forward was involved in both of Nikita Parris' goals, while Izzy Christiansen's tap-in capped an easy night for England in Colchester. England are second in Group 1.After what could be Mo Marley's last game in interim charge, England are one point behind Wales, who beat Bosnia Herzegovina 1-0 on Tuesday and have played one game more.The Lionesses are still yet to concede a goal in the qualifying camp...