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Bowe bags player of the Six Nations Bay Hill form sees JB homing in on Masters Roche is still a top ten hit at Volta a Catalunya

RUGBY: Ireland winger Tommy Bowe has been named as the RBS 6 Nations player of the championship.

Bowe polled nearly 50pc of the votes cast and comfortably beat four of France's Grand Slam-winning team to the award.

The French number eight Imanol Harinordoquy was second with 20.9pc and scrum-half Morgan Parra third with 11.5pc of the vote.

Bowe scored three tries in what was an ultimately disappointing championship for Ireland.

Coltart continues with the mayhem in Malaga

GOLF: Former Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart resumed the Andalucian Open in Malaga today after seeing his two first-round playing partners both thrown out of the event.

Spaniard Borja Etchart was disqualified after Coltart and Norway's Eirik Tage Johansen questioned the way he replaced his ball after marking it on two greens. But Johansen was then given a red card too for signing Etchart's scorecard and allowing it to be handed in before raising the issue with officials.

Paul Lawrie returned from a six-week break to card an opening round five-under-par 65 and take a share of the lead in Malaga. Ireland's Paul McGinley, playing just his second tournament in five months since knee surgery last November, finished on two under.

Bay Hill form sees JB homing in on Masters

GOLF: JB Holmes gave his chances of securing a place at the Masters a boost by taking a share of the lead after the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Holmes needs a top-four finish in Florida if he is to have any chance of securing himself a place inside the world's top 50 and an invite to the first major of the year and he got off to the best possible start with a six-under-par round of 66.

He was joined at the top of the leaderboard by fellow American Davis Love III. Graeme McDowell was five shots behind the leaders.

Roche is still a top ten hit at Volta a Catalunya

CYCLING: Nicolas Roche maintained his place in the top 10 of the Volta a Catalunya yesterday, but dropped a place from fourth to fifth in the general classification. Rein Taaramae (Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne) broke clear and gained enough time to jump up to third overall.

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