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McDowell ready to pounce in US Tiger says no to Paddy Power

Golf: Graeme McDowell can reach out for his first victory in the US this weekend after a three-under par 67 put him in a tie for fifth, three strokes behind leaders Camilo Villegas and Anthony Kim after yesterday's second round of The Honda Classic.

Even a cruel double-bogey at 18, where McDowell honourably called a two-stroke penalty on himself, could not overshadow a masterful performance by the Ryder Cup star from Portrush.

Rory McIlroy hit a one-under par 69 sending him into the weekend on level par, while Padraig Harrington shot 71 to see him through on two-over.

Tiger says no to Paddy Power

GOLF: Tiger Woods has turned down a $75 million sponsorship offer from Paddy Power, the Irish bookmaker said on Friday, adding it would make an improved offer to the golfer.

The Dublin-based company said its initial offer to Woods, covered a five-year period.

Cycling: Niko Eeckhout of the An Post/Sean Kelly team finished eighth on the first stage of the Three days of West Flanders in Belgium yesterday.

Belgian Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) made light work of the sprint and won convincingly. Ronan McLoughlin of the An Post Team trailed in over eight minutes behind.

hockey: Ireland's women got off to a perfect start -- despite appalling conditions -- when they beat France by 3-2 in their opening Celtic Cup game in Nice yesterday.

NBA: Charlotte 98 LA Lakers 83, Cleveland 99 Detroit 92, Philadelphia 86 Boston 96, Toronto 102 NY Knicks 96, Washington 74 Milwaukee 102,

Atlanta 127 Golden State 122, New Jersey 87 Orlando 97, Dallas 108 Sacramento 100, Denver 122 Indiana 114, San Antonio 102 New Orleans 91, LA Clippers 87 Oklahoma City 104.