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McGee toppled in Aussie Open

TENNIS: Dubliner James McGee's dream of being involved in the main draw at the Australian Open is over after he crashed out of the qualifiers today.

The former Belvedere College student lost his singles first round tie against Taiwanese player Jimmy Wang 7-6, 7-5.

McGee was defeated in a first set tie-break 7-2. He then rallied at 5-4 in the second, saving two match points to come back to break. However, Wang took the next two games to progress to the next round.

 

GLORY FOR JOHNSON

GOLF: A determined final-day push saw Zach Johnson burst through the leading pack to clinch the Hyundai Tournament of Champions title by a stroke from rising star Jordan Spieth in Hawaii.

The 2007 Masters winner carded 74 on Sunday to let his three-shot lead slip away, but a clinical round of 66 that included seven birdies saw him push 20-year-old Spieth, defending champion Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson aside when it mattered.

 

ADAMS' WHITEWASH

DARTS: Martin Adams' bid to lift the BDO World Championship title for a fourth time in eight years began in stunning fashion on yesterday as he sent three-time runner-up Tony O'Shea crashing to a 3-0 whitewash defeat.

Adams, champion in 2007, '10 and '11, could hardly have had a tougher first-round opponent but he brushed aside the challenge of third-seeded O'Shea in emphatic fashion as he needed just 23 minutes to win all nine legs. O'Shea had reached the final in the last two editions as well as five years ago – losing each time to Ted Hankey (2009), Christian Kist (2012) and Scott Waites (2013) – but he will not even be gracing the second round this time.


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