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Rose tries to lower burden

GOLF: Newly-crowned US Open champion Justin Rose's self-belief helped him make his breakthrough into golf's elite but he admits he is unsure just how he will perform this week.

The 32-year-old tees off today in the Travelers Championship, a regulation PGA Tour event, just four days after holding four-time major champion Phil Mickelson at bay during a tense final round at Merion.

"This week is going to be 'Let's wait and see how I play'. I have to be lenient on myself. I think adrenaline can get you through, especially if you get off to a good start."



GOLF: Tiger Woods' left elbow injury will keep him out of competition until the British Open.

Woods said that doctors found a strain to his left elbow and advised him to take a few weeks off for rest and treatment.

He will not be playing the AT&T National next week at Congressional, which benefits his foundation. Woods is the defending champion at that tournament. The British Open runs from July 18-21 at Muirfield.



RUGBY: New Zealand have recalled fit-again flyhalf Daniel Carter and scrumhalf Piri Weepu for the third and final test against France on Saturday.

With the series in the bag after victories in Auckland and Christchurch, All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has also brought in Rene Ranger on the wing, while giving blindside flanker Victor Vito his first start of the year at Yarrow Stadium.



SNOOKER: Joe Perry rose above the pressure of a partisan Chinese crowd to knock home favourite Ding Junhui out of the Wuxi Classic.

The 38-year-old made light work of former UK and Masters champion Ding on his way to a 5-1 win, quickly building a 2-0 lead with a top break of 69 only for Ding to take the third frame with a 79 clearance. But the potter, from Cambridgeshire, England dominated the next two frames with scores of 71 and 80 and recovered from 54-0 down in the sixth to book his place in the last 16.