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Scott in lead Down Under

GOLF: US Masters champion Adam Scott claimed the lead at the Australian PGA Championship today after carding a four-under 67 at Royal Pines.

The home favourite took a two-shot advantage at 10-under overall on the Gold Coast, with countryman David McKenzie his closest rival at eight under at the midway point of the joint PGA Tour of Australasia/OneAsia Tour tournament.

Main attraction Scott went bogey-free for his second round, birdying the fourth and 11th holes, with an eagle at 12. McKenzie mixed four birdies with two bogeys to card a two-under 69 to remain in the hunt for the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

American Rickie Fowler remains the best hope of the internationals, but lost the lead today as he battled his way to a one-over 72.

Fowler remains tied for third with New Zealand's Gareth Paddison and Australian Nathan Green on seven under.


Utrecht starts 2015 tour

CYCLING: Utrecht will host the start of the 2015 Tour de France, making it the sixth city in cycling-mad Netherlands to stage the "Grand Depart" of the sports marquee race.

The city said in a statement today it was "extremely happy with this enormous economic, cultural and tourism impulse".

Details of the opening stage of the race will be revealed on November 28.

Amsterdam was the first Dutch city to host the Tour's opening, in 1954. Since then, the race also has started in Scheveningen (1973), Leiden (1978), 's-Hertogenbosch (1996) and Rotterdam (2010).

Cycling is a popular sport and means of transport in the Netherlands, but only two Dutch riders have won the Tour: Jan Janssen in 1968 and Joop Zoetemelk in 1980.


Athlete's robbery anger

ATHLETICS: British Olympic athlete Andy Turner has appealed for help on Twitter after his family home was burgled as he attended his mother's funeral.

The 33-year-old athlete took to his Twitter page @andyturner110h last night to vent his anger over the break-in on the day of his mother Yvonne's funeral.