Three-time excursion winner Minjee Lee has completed with a excellent eagle putt to be among 4 leaders after day some of the LPGA Thailand.

The Australian sank a 45-foot putt at the 18th hollow at Siam Country Club to card a 6-under-par 66 for a shot lead with 2016 champion Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and native hope Moriya Jutanugarn.

“I just hit the collar. I didn’t know if I was going to have enough. Such a big break there. I’m glad it caught the hole,” Lee stated.

“It’s a second-shot golf course. Your approaches are really important and obviously being in the right spots with the undulation. And if you have a hot putter that’s going to help.”

Lee gained the Vic Open this month and opened her 2018 US LPGA Tour account closing week at the Women’s Australian Open, completing 5th.

Thompson, who gained the Thai match in 2016 by means of six photographs with a 20 beneath overall and tied for fourth closing 12 months, began her spherical in taste with an eagle adopted by means of a birdie simplest to bogey the 3rd hollow.

She shot 4 extra birdies.

“It definitely helps to get that kind of start but I was just trying to keep that momentum and not get ahead of myself,” Thompson stated.

Her compatriot Korda had a rollercoaster spherical which featured eagles at the first and 17th holes, 5 birdies, a double bogey at the 6th and two bogeys.

Moriya used to be the one participant among the 4 to finish the day with out a bogey.

“I had a good start today, it was better than I expected,” stated Moriya, who used to be 7th closing 12 months.

She’s looking to turn into the primary Thai winner of the event.

Two-time champion Amy Yang and international No. 2 Sung Hyun Park have been among six avid gamers at five beneath.

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Nathan Hughes is back at No.eight as England resume their Six Nations rugby name defence in opposition to Scotland at Murrayfield.

Hughes has recovered from knee ligament harm, suffered on membership responsibility in December for Wasps, and is thrust directly into the back row within the absence of Sam Simmonds, who had featured in opposition to Italy and Wales.

“Nathan Hughes has worked hard on his fitness. I’ve never seen him in better physical condition, so we are looking forward to him playing,” trainer Eddie Jones mentioned.

Simmonds, withdrawn at halftime of the 12-6 victory over Wales, is anticipated to leave out the rest of the Six Nations.

Billy Vunipola, first selection within the place, is unavailable on Saturday on account of a damaged arm, however the Fijian-born Hughes gives a identical ball-carrying danger in comparison to the lighter and more-mobile Simmonds.

“Nathan has a key role in defence and in us gaining momentum in attack,” Jones mentioned.

Jonathan Joseph has edged former NRL participant Ben Te’o to retain his beginning position at outdoor centre and, excluding Hughes’ go back, the pack is undamaged.

On the bench, Joe Marler replaces Alec Hepburn after serving a six-week ban for a deadly clear-out and can supply duvet for loosehead prop Mako Vunipola, however the replacements are differently unchanged.

James Haskell, additionally to be had after finishing a ban, has been not able to pressure his manner into the 23.

The 136th Calcutta Cup conflict – the sport’s oldest global fixture – will check in milestones for Joe Launchbury and captain Dylan Hartley.

Launchbury wins his 50th England cap, having debuted in 2012 in opposition to Fiji, whilst Hartley turns into the country’s second-most capped participant, surpassing the 91 appearances by way of Jonny Wilkinson.

“For any player to play 50 caps for their country is a wonderful achievement. Joe has worked really hard to improve and is such an important player for us,” Jones mentioned.


Mike Brown, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Jonny May, George Ford, Danny Care, Nathan Hughes, Chris Robshaw, Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley (capt), Mako Vunipola.

Res: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Harry Williams, George Kruis, Sam Underhill, Richard Wigglesworth, Ben Te’o, Jack Nowell.

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Flooding Forces Indiana Residents From Homes

Crews used boats to lend a hand citizens evacuate their houses in northern Indiana after rainstorms sweeping around the Midwest on Wednesday blended with melting snow to flood rivers, roads and different low-lying spaces. (Feb. 22)

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Walker has featured in the entire City’s League Cup fixtures to this point and is eager to renew his contention towards Arsenal however has warned his staff friends to be wary of Arsene Wenger’s bolstered squad.

“Spurs is a club which belongs to my heart and to get one over on their bitter rivals, and mine for a long time, would be a fantastic feeling. But it’s a game of football and anything can happen in 90 minutes,” Walker instructed Sky Sports.

“They’ve made some excellent signings in January which we need to be careful of, and we need to just say: ‘Let the best team win’.”

Walker GOT here shut to profitable the league two times with Tottenham however the membership faltered and defender mentioned his resolution to go away Mauricio Pochettino’s staff to sign up for City was once in part due to the loss of silverware.

“For me, I want to win stuff,” Walker mentioned.

“I hate losing, and to be with Tottenham for the number of years I was and not pick up anything was disappointing. We were very close for two seasons, with Leicester City and Chelsea, but we just fell short and I don’t want that to happen here at City.”

Walker is now at the verge of profitable two trophies in one season as City are favourites to win the cup ultimate and dangle a commanding 16-point lead atop the league desk.

Walker, who believes he has turn out to be wiser at City, in the past misplaced on the League Cup ultimate as Tottenham have been overwhelmed via Chelsea in 2015 and the defender is eager to steer clear of a repeat.

“Losing to Chelsea with Spurs in the League Cup in 2015 was horrible… It’d be emotional if we win. I’ll probably have a minute to myself before I go and find my family…,” Walker mentioned.

“After 27 years of working hard to try to lift this kind of thing, hopefully I can do it then.”

(Reporting via Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru)

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Skier Greta Small’s Winter Olympics have completed in unhappiness after now not finishing the downhill part of her alpine blended run.

The Australian ignored a gate to have her downhill run ended sooner than she may just transfer onto the slalom in PyeongChang on Thursday.

The 22-year-old was once a aggressive 20th within the downhill an afternoon in the past – the most efficient consequence by means of an Australian lady within the tournament on the Winter Olympics – and 31st within the super-G tournament closing week.

But Small stored her worst efficiency for closing within the hybrid tournament.

“On jump two I landed quite low and really pushed hard to get back on line,” she stated.

“But catching an edge after which rotating I had no probability.

“It was once about to tug me into the interior panel and I simply had to put it aside so as to not have a large crash.”

Fellow Australian alpine skier Dominic Demschar additionally had a forgettable day, failing to get previous the primary gate within the slalom.

Demschar was once passed a DNF inside seconds of his first run after now not going across the gate correctly.

“(One of my skis) hooked just a little extra aggressively than I used to be anticipating to,” he stated.

“The edge grabbed after which I went at the flawed aspect of the gate.

“It’s happened to plenty of people before and it will happen to plenty more people after.”

Sami Kennedy-Sim will race for Australia’s fourth medal in PyeongChang after qualifying 9th quickest for the ski pass finals.

Kennedy-Sim logged a time of 1 minute 14.97 seconds in her seeding run an afternoon sooner than Friday’s medal-deciding rounds.

She is 1.86 seconds adrift of best qualifier Marielle Thompson of Canada forward of the head-to-head racing, the place she’ll meet Austrian international No.14 Andrea Limbacher and 26th-ranked Lucrezia Fantelli of Italy.

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin gained the ladies’s mixed on the Pyeongchang Games on Thursday with American Mikaela Shiffrin taking silver whilst any other Swiss Wendy Holdener gained bronze.

Lindsey Vonn, who had led after the downhill segment, was once the closing skiier to compete however didn’t end her slalom run leaving the 24-year-old Gisin to take her first Olympic medal. The tournament was once most probably Vonn’s closing Olympics run. 

“It’s sad,” she mentioned on Tuesday after striking 3rd within the girls’s alpine downhill ultimate. “This is my last downhill. I wish I could keep going. I have so much fun. I love what I do. My body probably just can’t take another four years.”

Gisin’s victory, with a mixed time of 2 mins 20.90, just about a 2d forward of pre-race favourite Shiffrin, finished an extraordinary Olympic double for her circle of relatives.

Gisin’s elder sister Dominique gained gold within the downhill in Sochi 4 years in the past.

The consequence leaves Shiffrin with two medals from those Games after her gold in massive slalom.

Holdener produced the quickest slalom run of the day with 40.23 and held directly to bronze with Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel suffering within the technical component after which Vonn snowboarding out early in her effort.

(Reporting by way of Simon Evans and Rory Carroll; Editing by way of John O’Brien/Greg Stutchbury)

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Defender Matthew Dawson has been dominated out of the 18-man Kookaburras’ hockey staff for subsequent month’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia because of damage.

Dawson suffered a fractured eye socket on Wednesday morning in a coaching coincidence. He will probably be changed through Gold Coast defender Corey Weyer.

“It’s unfortunate for Matt. The group has been training at high intensity where there is always the risk of injury,” Kookaburras trainer Colin Batch mentioned.

“Matt is at all times 100 according to cent dedicated and sadly within the fallacious spot on the fallacious time.

“The maximum necessary factor is Matt’s well being and we wish to be sure there is no harm to his eye.

“He received positive news from initial scans on Wednesday but he’ll have further tests next week to get the all-clear.”

The 21-year-old Weyer has 8 caps and used to be added to the nationwide senior males’s squad this yr after debuting in November.

“Corey has had a good couple of weeks in training following the Netherlands series,” Batch mentioned.

“He’s played in Malaysia before, so he’ll be accustomed to the conditions and challenges that they bring.”

Australia will meet England, Malaysia, India, Ireland and Argentina in Ipoh, with the cup to run from March Three-10.

The Kookaburras are because of go away on Sunday morning for Malaysia.

The Azlan Shah Cup would be the Kookaburras’ ultimate match sooner than the April Four-15 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

The Kookaburras’ staff for the Games will probably be named in mid-March.

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