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McCarron is sorry for Mickelson rant

Scott McCarron has apologised to fellow American Phil Mickelson for implying that the world number two had cheated by using a 20-year-old Ping-Eye '2' wedge at last week's San Diego Open.

The pair had a 10-minute conversation after PGA Tour players met with commissioner Tim Finchem at Riviera Country Club to discuss the lingering debate over the legality of U-shaped grooves.

"I would like to apologise to Phil Mickelson for the comments that I made," said McCarron in the build-up to this week's Northern Trust Open in California.



Byrne to face England after ban is overturned

RUGBY: Wales full-back Lee Byrne has been cleared to play in Saturday's Six Nations clash against England at Twickenham.

Byrne won an appeal against a two-week ban imposed after his brief appearance as a 16th player in the Ospreys' Heineken Cup victory over Leicester 10 days ago. An independent appeal committee decided Byrne's sanction should be altered to a $5,000 fine.



Taylor eyes title in first Elite Irish Senior event

boxing: Katie Taylor is looking to add a national title to her world and European crowns next month as she enters the Elite Irish Senior Championships for the first time.

Until this year, women were not admitted to the blue-riband event of Irish amateur boxing, which will be run at the National Stadium over three weekends from February 19.

Olympic medallists Ken Egan and Paddy Barnes will take part, as will world and European Youth champions Ray Moylette and Jason Quigley and last year's World Senior Championships bronze medallist, John Joe Nevin.



Roche kicks off season and targets Tour stage

cycling: Nicolas Roche kicked off his season today in the five-day l'Etoile de Bess├Ęges in France. The Irish Road Race champion has set a target of a Tour de France stage win this year.

RUGBY: St Gerard's qualified for the last eight of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup with a 13-11 victory over Terenure at Donnybrook. Jody Crosbie's converted try was the difference between the sides -- see the full report in tomorrow's School Sports section.

NBA: Cleveland 105 Memphis 89, Indiana 130 Toronto 115, Orlando 99 Milwaukee 82, Detroit 97 New Jersey 93, LA Clippers 90 Chicago 82, Oklahoma City 106 Atlanta 99, Houston 119 Golden State 97.


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