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Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of the US Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina while he continues to recover from back surgery.

Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of the US Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina while he continues to recover from back surgery.

Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of the US Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina while he continues to recover from back surgery.

Golf: Tiger Woods will make his comeback from injury in on the PGA tour this week but the former world No 1 admits he will be rusty after more than three months on the sidelines.

The 38-year-old has not played since March when he underwent surgery to correct a back problem. In a post on Facebook he wrote: “After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National.

“I’ve just started to hit full shots but it’s time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty but I want to play myself back into competitive shape.”

Woods missed the first two majors of the year but if everything goes to plan, he should be able to take part in the British Open at Hoylake next month.

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Athletics: The Irish team made a great start to the European Team Championships First League in Tallinn, Estonia yesterday. The first three teams gain promotion to the Elite Super League and although the Irish team lie in eighth place overnight, they are just 18 points behind the third-placed team.

Thomas Barr got the team off to a flying start with victory in the 400m hurdles in 49.20 seconds. That time is the second fastest the Waterford hurdler has recorded.

A finishing kick in the final 100m metres saw Paul Robinson cross the line in front in the 1500m. Brian Gregan gave the team a third victory with a battling success in the 400m.

In other action, Kevin Batt was making his debut for Ireland and placed third in the men’s 5,000m.
Anne Marie McGlynn (Lifford AC) and Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC) both placed fourth in the 3,000m and 3,000m steeplechase respectively.

Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) also finished fourth in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 3.95m.

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Rose-Ann Galligan (Newbridge AC) went with the fast early pace in the women’s 800m to finish fifth. Another athlete placing fifth was Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) in the 100m in a time of 11.59 (+2.5).

The final day of the two-day meeting takes place today.


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SOCCER: Former World Footballer of the Year, Kaka, is on the verge of joining new Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City. The club said they were in advanced discussions with the Brazilian star, who was left out of his country’s World Cup squad, and expected him to sign for their debut season in the MLS.

Kaka currently plays for AC Milan but their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League triggered a release clause in the midfielder’s contract.

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Macau police have uncovered an illegal gambling ring which allegedly raked in €474 million in World Cup bets in just one week, including a single bet of almost €4 million according to the South China Morning Post.

The police arrested 22 people in a hotel in the city on Thursday morning in what authorities are calling the biggest illicit football betting ring they have ever uncovered in the gambling haven.

A spokesman for Macau’s police said that the force seized 17 mobile phones, 10 computers and €190,000 in cash.

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Brazilian authorities will increase public and private security at all 12 stadiums after soccer fans without tickets managed to storm Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium before a World Cup game earlier in the week.

The incident before Chile’s match against defending champions Spain on June 18 was the second security breach at the stadium that will host the July 13 final.

Argentina also had fans break through a gate last week before the first of seven games to be staged at the venue.

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CAMOGIE: All-Ireland champions Galway’s 2014 senior championship campaign hasn’t gotten off to a good start, with old rivals Wexford inflicting a 2-12 to 1-11 defeat in a pulsating encounter at Kenny Park, Athenry.

Wexford led at the end of a lively first half thanks to the superiority of Shelly Kehoe and Josie Dwyer at midfield, and Ursula Jacob’s scoring prowess. They could also thank goalkeeper Mags D’Arcy, who deflected Niamh McGrath’s penalty over the crossbar.

Elsewhere, Clare put their disappointing league final effort behind them with a 3-11 to 1-8 win over Derry at Celtic Park, while Cork defeated Dublin 4-24 to 0-5 at O’Toole Park, with Jenny O’Leary helping herself to 209 for the Rebelettes in a confident display.

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Motorsport: Felipe Massa took a surprise pole positon in qualifying for the Austian Grand Prix. Today’s race will be the first time since Brazil in 2008 that Massa starts from the front of the grid. He will be joined by his team mate Valtteri Bottas in an all-Williams front-row.

A spin during the session cost Lewis Hamilton dearly and prevented him from setting a time in Q3. The championship leader will start from ninth position, six places behind his Mercedes team mate and closest rival for the title, Nico Rosberg.


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