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Rose praises his fellow pro Roe

GOLF: Justin Rose paid tribute to former European Tour professional Mark Roe after claiming his third PGA Tour title at the BMW Championship in Illinois.

Rose started the final round with a four-shot lead but had to endure some nervous moments before edging out John Senden by two strokes. He admitted that Roe deserved some of the credit after passing on his short-game knowledge since April this year.

"(My chipping) is better for sure," Rose said. "Roey has given me a couple of simple keys and a simple understanding of doing, I guess, what I did as a kid again."

Rose climbed to third in the FedEx Cup play-off standings ahead of next week's Tour Championship.

Mayweather hits back

BOXING: Floyd Mayweather has defended his rant at broadcaster Larry Merchant which prompted the 80-year-old to claim on live television "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass".

Mayweather won the WBC welterweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz on Saturday evening in Las Vegas.

But he grew irritable at HBO commentator Merchant's repeated questions about the controversial nature of the win, which saw Mayweather catch Ortiz with two decisive blows when the champion believed referee Joe Cortez had called break.

Seanie the shock victor

racing: David Marnane snared a big prize as outsider Seanie swept to victory in the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes at Fairyhouse.

The Group One-placed Tough As Nails attempted to make most in the seven-furlong contest, and looked at one stage as though he might do just that.

But his stamina gave way approaching the final furlong as Seanie, once-raced and a 40-1 chance, fairly rocketed past under Colm O'Donoghue. The Kodiac gelding scored by a length and a half from Absolute Crackers. Azamata was third.

Hoey surprise winner

athletics: Meath runner Mark Hoey was the surprise winner of the National Lottery Dublin Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park on Saturday which attracted a record 8,500 competitiors.

The 24-year-old from the Star of the Sea club came home 39 seconds ahead of Sligo's Martin Conway in 68:50. Siobhan O'Doherty took the women's title in a personal best time of 76 minutes 27 seconds.

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