Waring in tie for lead
Paul Waring shot an eight-under 63 on Friday to sit in a tie for the lead with fellow Englishman David Lynn and South Africa’s Hennie Otto after the second round of the Portugal Masters. Otto shot a 64 and Lynn carded 65 for a 12-under total of 130. Bernd Wiesberger and Chris Doak were one stroke behind. Lynn was one of seven golfers tied for the lead after the first round on the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course and he had a bogey-free round including an eagle to stay atop the crowded leaderboard. Waring made eight birdies with no bogeys, while Otto finished with six birdies and an eagle to go with one bogey. Defending champion Shane Lowry, Matteo Manassero and home favorite Ricardo Santos all missed the cut.
Socceroos sack coach
Australia coach Holger Osieck has been sacked after the Socceroos were thrashed 6-0 by France in an international friendly, reports said yesterday. Despite guiding them to the World Cup finals, the German’s position was on the line ahead of Friday’s match in Paris after the team was hit for six by Brazil a month ago. The Sydney Morning Herald said he has now paid the price. “The most embarrassing pair of results in Socceroos’ history has ended the reign of coach Holger Osieck, who was dramatically sacked this morning,” the newspaper reported. It said Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop delivered the news to Osieck, although there was no immediate official confirmation. Calls have been growing for Osieck’s head in recent weeks, with former coach Guus Hiddink, who led the Socceroos to the 2006 World Cup, seen as a candidate to replace him.
Ma’a Nonu gets lifeline
Sonny Bill Williams’ decision on his playing future this week could provide a lifeline for unwanted All Black Ma’a Nonu at defending Super 15 champions Waikato Chiefs. Nonu has been unable to pick up a Super 15 contract with any of the five New Zealand franchises for next year and is believed to be negotiating a move to France. The Chiefs had pinned their hopes on code-jumping star Williams returning to their rugby union ranks after helping the Sydney Roosters win the National Rugby League crown in Australia last weekend. However, Williams’ decision this week to stay with the Roosters has left a gaping hole in the Chiefs’ playing roster and Nonu is the only high-profile center still looking for a job. Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, who first won the Super 15 crown last year with Williams in his side, confirmed to Radio Sport yesterday that Nonu was now an option. The Auckland Blues are also reported to be having a rethink about the blockbusting Nonu after earlier writing him off when he walked out on a handshake agreement to play with the side this year.
Viking Peterson’s son dies
Police in Sioux Falls said on Friday that a two-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson died from injuries sustained in an alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child’s mother, multiple media outlets reported. Peterson returned to practice on Friday, but did not directly address reports regarding his son. Peterson said he would definitely play in today’s game against the visiting Carolina Panthers. Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, was being held on bail set at US$750,000 in cash at the Minnehaha County Jail. He was charged with aggravated assault and battery of an infant.