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Bob Hope event delayed by rain Morgan

Golf: The second round of the Bob Hope Classic was postponed until today because of unplayable conditions in La Quinta, California.

Organisers had initially pushed back the scheduled tee-off times by two hours due to heavy overnight rain before eventually abandoning play for the day. "It's a mess," said PGA Tour vice president for rules and competition, Slugger White.

Lowry nears Abu Dhabi lead as McIlroy sits close

GOLF: Shane Lowry moved into contention on the second day of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship as he sat at nine over after 11 holes at the National Course, one shot off the lead.

The Irish Open champion was five under for his second round with seven holes left to play.

He was joined on a total of nine under by world number 13 Sergio Garcia, who had three holes left to play, while Holywood native Rory McIlroy was one shot further back with three holes left to play in his round.

Morgan admits his Test form not good enough

CRICKET: Dubliner Eoin Morgan claims he isn't ready to play Test match cricket despite being the only England player to be offered a new deal in this week's Indian Premier League auction. Morgan has been overlooked for his adopted country's upcoming Test tour of Bangladesh, and the Irishman said: "My form in the longer game hasn't been anywhere near as good as my one-day form."

RALLYING: Ireland driver Kris Meeke has crashed out of the Monte Carlo Rally for the second year running.

Meeke, who was starting his defence of the IRC title in his Peugeot UK car, hit black ice, collided with a low bridge and dropped down a bank.

CRICKET: Ireland played to their strengths in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, yesterday by posting a satisfactory 324-7 on the first day of their InterContinental Cup clash with Afghanistan.

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