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McGinley gets Gallacher vote

GOLF: The leadership skills Paul McGinley displayed at the Seve Trophy last week have made the Irishman the leading candidate to captain Europe's Ryder Cup team in 2014, says former skipper Bernard Gallacher.

The 62-year-old Scot said he was highly impressed with the way McGinley's Britain and Ireland side overcame Jean van de Velde's Continental Europe team in Versailles.

"Paul looks like a natural choice as captain for Gleneagles in 2014," Gallacher said.

"We found from the Seve Trophy that Paul is a Ryder Cup captain in waiting."

Meanwhile, Padraig Harrington compiled a second-round 70 that ensured him of another valuable 36 holes bedding in his new swing this weekend at the Austrian Open.

After an impressive 68 yesterday, Kilkenny's Gary Murphy goes into the weekend in Austria in a tie for ninth place on four-under-par, just three off the lead shared by England's Robert Cole (65) and Dutchman Joost Luiten (70).

Walker Cup hero Paul Cutler's prospects of picking up a cheque on his professional debut expired as he missed the cut on seven-over after a second-round 74. Yet two of his GB&I team-mates at Royal Aberdeen last Sunday week, Tom Lewis and Andy Sullivan both made the weekend.

Munster stay top

Rugby: Munster produced a vintage 18-13 display against Cardiff to maintain their 100pc start to the PRO12 campaign.

One stat summed up the game. After 21 minutes Cardiff had enjoyed 91pc of possession, but Munster still led 6-3.

That's the way it remained throughout, although there was a nervous finish with Ian Keatley in the sin-bin and Munster frantically defending their lead.

Connacht hit back

Rugby: An excellent second-half display from Connacht earned them their third win of the season in the Sportsground last night.

Eoin Griffin and skipper Gavin Duffy crossed for Connacht tries to seal the 17-13 win as the Dragons' search for a first away win since February continues.

Scott takes lead

golf:Australian Adam Scott birdied the last two holes for a second consecutive day to break one stroke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard at the season-ending Tour Championship yesterday.

The 31-year-old calmly rolled in putts from seven and 10 feet respectively at the 17th and the last to cap a sparkling five-under-par 65 in the second round at East Lake Golf Club.