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Tiger: I got no Garcia 'sorry'

GOLF: Tiger Woods yesterday said that Sergio Garcia did not apologise in person when the pair met on the practice range ahead of the US Open at Merion.

Garcia escaped punishment for what could be construed as a racist remark about Woods after offering an unreserved apology for his "stupid and out of place" comments at the European Tour's annual awards ceremony last month.

During a Q&A session involving the full Ryder Cup team, the 33-year-old was asked if he would invite Woods to dinner one night at Merion to end the feud between them. "We will have him round every night," Garcia said. "We will serve fried chicken."

Garcia was asked by Woods' agent to wait until the US Open to speak to Woods in person. That occurred on the practice range on Monday, with Woods accepting Garcia's handshake, but the world number one said a direct apology was not made.

"We have not had time for that," Woods said. "We did not discuss anything. He came up and said 'Hi', and that was it. It's already done. It's time for the US Open."

 

Vettel's Red Bull deal

FORMULA 1: Triple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has agreed a new contract extension with Red Bull through to the end of 2015.

Vettel has been a part of the team since 2009, claiming 29 victories, 39 pole positions and winning three successive titles since 2010. In March 2011, Vettel agreed a new three-year deal up to and including 2014, with the latest extension adding one more year.

The latest move from Red Bull represents a statement of intent and a further warning to Ferrari that the 25-year-old is not available under any circumstances.

 

Demare edges stage win

CYCLING: Frenchman Arnaud Demare won the stage four sprint at the Tour de Suisse.

The FDJ rider narrowly beat Australian Matt Goss of Orica-GreenEdge to the finish line in the closing moments of the 161km race from Innertkirchen to Buochs. There was no alteration to the top 10 of the overall classification, with Switzerland's Matthias Frank remaining in top spot for BMC Racing with a safe mid-ranking finish.

 

Dunne into the semis

GOLF: East of Ireland champion Paul Dunne (Greystones) booked his place in today's semi-finals of the AIG-sponsored Irish Close Championship after seeing off Kieran Lynch and Simon Bryan at Connemara.

Having easily disposed of Skibbereen's Lynch yesterday morning with a five-hole winning margin, Delgany's Simon Bryan proved to be a much sterner test in the afternoon's quarter final.

Dunne levelled the match on the 12th, and a birdie on the penultimate hole was enough for the 20-year-old to seal the win.


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