GOLF: Tiger Woods put himself in position to end a forgettable year on a triumphant note by charging one shot clear in the Chevron World Challenge first round.
Seeking his first victory of 2010 after becoming engulfed in a torrid sex scandal at the end of last season, tournament host Woods fired a sparkling seven-under-par 65 at Sherwood Country Club.
Although he recorded his only bogey at the par-four last after pushing his tee shot behind a tree, he matched his lowest score of the year to finish one shot ahead of Irish pair Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.
"To get the lead here, you've got to play the par-fives well and today I played them well," said Woods after recording birdies on each of the five par-fives.
England on song in second Ashes test
CRICKET: Graeme Swann hailed a "dream start" as England firmly took the upper hand in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide.
Australia won the toss - so often all but decisive on a batsman's paradise at the Adelaide Oval - but were bowled out for 245 despite the in-form Michael Hussey's 93.
It could have been even worse for the hosts after they slipped to two for three inside the first three overs - Simon Katich run out without facing before James Anderson removed Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke on his way to figures of four for 51.
Another run-out later accounted for tail-ender Xavier Doherty in a strong fielding display from England. Swann took two wickets himself, including top-scorer and former Northamptonshire team-mate Hussey, but was forced into a largely defensive task as he bowled unchanged through the second session.
Johnson can't wait for the Six Nations
RUGBY: Martin Johnson is delighted with England's progress this autumn and is excited by their potential if they continue to develop so rapidly.
England won just two of their four matches last month but the manner of their 35-18 victory over Australia was, according to Johnson, hugely encouraging.
"I'm looking forward to the Six Nations. That will be a heck of a series as it always is," he said.
"Seeing how quickly this team has developed in the last year, it can develop equally quickly in the next year.
"Whether that is enough for the World Cup, we'll see when we get there."
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