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  • Sweet Caroline interruption proves awkward for McIlroy

    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy, the world's number one golfer, experienced an awkward moment when he went to watch Ulster take on Connacht in a rugby match on Friday. The Ulster supporter was in the middle of a television interview with the BBC when the Neil Diamond song 'Sweet Caroline' was played over the public address system at halftime. McIlroy responded by smiling sheepishly, looking down at the ground and exclaiming "Oh dear". ...

  • Rooney gives Newcastle a Boxing Day lesson
    Rooney gives Newcastle a Boxing Day lesson

    Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United rewarded manager Louis van Gaal's decision to grant his players Christmas Day off by beating Newcastle United 3-1 on Friday. Rooney, relishing the deeper midfield role which he has been assigned recently, effectively decided the contest with two lethal finishes and set up a third goal for Robin van Persie in the second half. Rooney settled nerves with an excellently worked 23rd-minute opener, but United had lived dangerously up to that point, despite enjoying a glut of possession. The visitors looked dangerous on the counter-attack and United were fortunate to avoid conceding a penalty when Juan Mata appeared to clip the heels of Yoan Gouffran, sending the Newcastle man clattering to the ground.

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