Fans prepare for ‘Rory and Jordan’ show at PGA

The return from injury by world number one McIlroy to defend his PGA Championship crown this week and Spieth's bid to win a third grand slam title this year have marked out the season's final major as extra special.McIlroy and Spieth have between them won four of the last five majors played and, aged just 26 and 22 respectively, they are likely to dominate the game at the highest level for some time to come.Traditionally, the winners of the season's first three majors have always been drawn together and McIlroy, Spieth and British Open champion Zach Johnson are set to start the opening round on the first tee at 2:20 p.m. ET (1820 GMT)."I'm excited to just share a couple days with Rory and Zach," said Masters and U.S. Open…
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Cooper selection a gamble for Wallabies’ World Cup belief

Cheika sprung a surprise on Thursday with six changes to the Wallabies side that inflicted a rare and emphatic defeat of the All Blacks in Sydney last week.But it was New Zealand-born Cooper's reinstatement that caused the biggest waves on social media.Branded "Public Enemy Number One" during the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand as part of a media-driven campaign to upset the flyhalf, Cooper was jeered relentlessly throughout the country in every match he played.He appeared shell-shocked at Eden Park in the semi-final demolition by the All Blacks, enduring a poor game to the delight of the sell-out crowd.Days later, he suffered a sickening knee injury in the bronze medal playoff against Wales at the same ground.Cooper has struggled against the All Blacks since and last month revealed his…
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Australia considers joining air strikes against IS in Syria

Labor says the government must offer the opposition a briefing on any possible change of strategy."But more importantly they should explain to the Australian people throughthe parliament why they've changed their view," deputy opposition leaderTanya Plibersek told reporters in Canberra.The government should also outline its strategic objective for the conflict."Who is it we are fighting beside, what is the government they would expectto see if IS is defeated," Ms Plibersek said.An influential Liberal MP says Australian strike fighters should be used against Islamic State targets in Syria.In a sign the government is considering escalating the role of Australian forces in the Middle East conflict, Liberal MP Dan Tehan says Syria is a growing threat to global security.The backbencher reiterated his view that ground troops in a coalition-led force would "probably…
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Wales release Lions trio from World Cup training squad

Scrum half Phillips capped 94 times, and hooker Hibbard, who has 38 Wales caps, were part of the British and Irish Lions' successful tour of Australia in 2013.Flyhalf Hook, who has played 78 tests, will also not get the chance to battle it out for a place in Gatland's final 31-man squad.Less-experienced players Nicky Smith, Rory Thornton, Dan Baker, Rhys Patchell and Jack Dixon have all failed to make the cut."It's been a difficult task reducing the squad down and deciding who will meet up with us again on Monday," Gatland told the Welsh Rugby Union website (杭州桑拿,wru.co.uk)."There will be disappointment from the players but its important to stress that the door is not closed."We name our final Rugby World Cup squad on Aug. 31 and a lot can happen…
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Greece migrant crisis: Warning of bloodshed as migrants clash with police in Kos

Greece has bolstered security at a holiday island struggling to process up to 2,500 Syrian and Afghan refugees following scuffles with police.Many of the refugees have been locked inside a sports stadium on the island of Kos for 18 to 24 hours. Aid workers said many have little or no access to water or shade, causing various refugees to faint and at least one to suffer an epilectic seizure.Kos mayor Giorgos Kiritsis warned of "bloodshed" if the situation on the island worsened. Greek Minister Alekos Flabouraris said a ship with a capacity for at least 2,500 people would be dispatched to the island to be converted into a reception centre to process arrivals.Two riot police units have been dispatched to Kos from Athens and police reinforcements from nearby islands have also been brought in."Two units, or 40…
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Unrepentant Gatlin in hot form for Bolt showdown

There will be dozens of convicted former dopers in the world championships -- with the top end of the 100 metres riddled with them -- but Gatlin has a special place in the Hall of Shame by dint of being the man who has been banned twice.In normal circumstances that second positive test -- in 2006 -- would have earned him a lifetime ban but after he agreed to co-operate with the anti-doping authorities that was cut to eight, and then four years.People were certainly unimpressed when he returned to the track with sluggish performances but as his times fell, the opprobrium grew.Now he will arrive in Beijing on the back of an astonishingly dominant run, all the more astonishing for the fact that he is 33 and running faster…
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Crocked Koeman wrestles with Southampton injury list

"I'm not available for the weekend," the Dutchman laughed as he spoke to reporters at Southampton's Staplewood training complex on the fringes of the New Forest.Saints' injury woes are no laughing matter, though, and the south coast side would love nothing more than to have a talismanic defender in the mould of their manager as they wrestle with knocks and niggles ahead of Saturday's visit by Everton."We have some difficulties with the injuries," Koeman said with characteristic understatement.Latest is Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie. The summer signing from Feyenoord picked up a hamstring injury in the Europa League win over Vitesse, and exacerbated matters in a low-key Under-21 game midweek which had been intended to prove his fitness."Clasie was back with the hamstring, he had to play," Koeman said. "But now…
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Team Bolt confident sprint king will be alright on the night

The 28-year-old returns to the Bird's Nest stadium where he first stunned the world at the 2008 Olympics for the Aug 22-30 championships, bidding to retain his 100 and 200 metres titles.Bolt is certainly short of competitive races and struggled for times this season until he twice clocked 9.87 seconds in the 100 metres in London late last month.His coach Glen Mills, though, believes the Olympic champion and world record holder in both sprints will be able to hit his straps when it matters."The last two years have been very challenging for both Usain and myself," Mills told Reuters."Unfortunately, he has had a number of different injuries to overcome which have affected his training and the number of competitions he has been able to compete in."But Bolt is a champion…
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Man United to continue without De Gea – Van Gaal

The Spaniard missed last weekend's season-opening 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur after Van Gaal felt the 24-year-old might not be focussed amid persistent media reports linking the goalkeeper with a move to Real Madrid."There's no difference. The transfer period is still open and he (De Gea) has still the same problem," Van Gaal told a news conference.Sergio Romero, who signed for United last month on a free transfer from Sampdoria, is expected to continue in goal when Van Gaal's side travel to Villa Park on Friday.Van Gaal also responded to comments from Hristo Stoichkov, who played under the Dutchman at Barcelona, after the former Bulgaria international said the United boss "destroys" clubs and urged Barcelona's Pedro not to move to Old Trafford."I always want to consider who is saying such…
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Yuan slide ‘could cool Australian housing market’

China's massive devaluation of its currency could take some of the heat out of Australia's property market and hurt exports.China aggressively cut the yuan's value for a third day in a row on Thursday, taking it to a four-year low.Tim Harcourt, the JW Nevile Fellow in Economics at the UNSW Business School, says the action is an attempt to boost the country's struggling export sector by making prices more competitive, and it will have ramifications at home.China is Australia's biggest trading partner and a weaker yuan means 33 per cent of Australia's total exports have just become a little more expensive, he said.That makes Australian goods less attractive to producers and consumers in the world's most populous nation.But on the other side of the balance sheet, it will bring costs…
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