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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". ...
- Van Gaal hasn't given up on title
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists that winning the Premier League title remains a goal for him and the players despite being 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea heading into Friday's fixtures. The 63-year-old Dutchman -- who originally said when he took over after the World Cup this year that he foresaw a three year rebuilding process -- has overseen a revival in the club's fortunes in recent months after a poor start to his reign which was Manchester United's worst since the 1986/87 season. It is always to be first," Van Gaal said. Van Gaal, who earlier this year guided the Dutch to the World Cup semi-finals where they lost on penalties to Argentina, has spent 150 million pounds on new players and says that United can do better than the target set by the board at the outset of the season.
- Soccer-Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after dismal run
* Warnock fired after dismal run * Palace have one win in 12 * Millen takes temporary charge (Adds club confirmation) LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace ended manager Neil Warnock's brief second spell in charge on Saturday following a dismal run of one win in 12 games, the club said in a statement. A 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on Friday left Palace in the relegation zone, third from bottom on 15 points from 18 games. Warnock, appointed in August, is the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season. ...