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Tiger Woods within striking distance of first win since 2013 FLoRIdA AgencieS

Mushfiqur leads Bangladesh to record chase in t20 tri-series CoLoMBo

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USHFIqUR Rahim hit a blazing half-century to help Bangladesh chase down a record 215 and beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in a thrilling Twenty20 international of the triseries in Colombo on Saturday. Rahim smashed an unbeaten 72 off 35 balls as the visitors achieved their target with two balls to spare at the R Premadasa Stadium. Rahim, who hit 5 fours and 4 sixes, broke into a dance after giving Bangladesh their highest-ever run chase in the shortest format, and the fourth biggest overall in international T20s. The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman built crucial partnerships after openers Tamim Iqbal, who hit 47, and Liton Das, who made 43 off 19 balls, set up the chase with a brisk start. "To be honest, from the beginning we thought we could win. Tamim and Liton gave us a good start. Then Mushy was outstanding," Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah said after the win. "It was amazing to see and good inspiration for us." Paceman Nuwan Pradeep struck two crucial blows including Liton´s

wicket but Sri Lankan bowlers failed to stop the flow of runs from Mushfiqur, who was named man of the match. Earlier Sri Lanka opener Kusal Mendis, who made 57, and Kusal Perera, who top-scored with 74, put together 85 runs for the second wicket to guide the hosts to 214-6, after being put into bat first. Mahmudullah got Mendis out with his off-spin as he struck twice in his very first over to check Sri Lanka´s surge. But Perera continued to pulverise the Bangladesh attack to hit his second successive fifty. He smashed 8 fours and 2 sixes during his 48-ball blitz. Upul Tharanga also played a useful cameo during his unbeaten 15-ball 32. Bangladesh paceman Mustafizur Rahman claimed three wickets. "It was a really good game of cricket and credit to the batsmen," Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal said. "It was a really good wicket but as a bowling unit we did not execute well. I am sure they will come back in the next game." The tournament, timed to commemorate the host island´s 70 years of independence, stays alive with all three teams having won a game each. India take on Sri Lanka next on Monday.

Tiger Woods moved within one stroke of leader Corey Conners at the Valspar Championship in Florida on Saturday as his comeback gathered more steam ahead of next month’s US Masters. In just his fourth official start since spinal fusion surgery last April, the 14-times major champion carded an assured four-underpar 67 in front of a huge gallery in the third round at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. Woods ended the round equal second with fellow American Brandt Snedeker (67) and Englishman Justin Rose (66), with Canadian surprise package Conners continuing to lead,

the PGA Tour rookie posting a 68 for a nine-under 204 total. Woods has won 79 times on the PGA Tour and victory on Sunday would bring him within two of all-time leader Sam Snead. “It feels good to be up here,” Woods, who has not won since 2013, told reporters. “I’ve been in this position many times. I’ve won my share of events here and overseas and so I like to be one back or near the lead. I just need to execute. “I feel like I’m playing a bit better and cleaner. I made a few tweaks overnight which I didn’t like about yesterday.” After finishing equal 12th at the Honda Classic two weeks ago, the 42year-old looks destined to compete for more titles as long as his body holds up.

He is already one of the betting favourites for the Masters. While his driving accuracy was lacking at times on Saturday, Woods’ short game was particularly sharp, as evidenced by a chip-in birdie from the rough from 30 feet at the par-four ninth that tied him for the lead. “That was sweet,” Woods said. He added that while there was a host of players in with a chance of victory on Sunday, he was happy to be in the mix. “I know it’s packed up there but at least I got a shot,” said Woods. “I need to play a good, solid round, clean card again and we’ll see what happens.” England’s Rose shot into contention after holing out for eagle from 120 yards at the par-five 11th.

Angry Lille fans invade pitch, try to attack players Angry Lille supporters invaded the pitch and tried to attack players at the end of their struggling side s 11 draw with Montpellier in France s Ligue 1 on Saturday. Some of the fans who swarmed onto the pitch managed to shout insults and even aim kicks at players, including Nicolas Pepe, the Ivory Coast forward whose goal had earned Lille a draw in the game at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. The supporters -around a hundred in total -- then gathered by the entrance to the tunnel, below where incredulous directors were watching on, but were held back by stewards. The result left Lille in the relegation zone -champions as recently as 2011, the northern side are at serious risk of going down to the second tier, a level they have not been at since 2000. President Gerard Lopez, the Luxembourg-born businessman who bought the club last year, was in the stands and television cameras caught him shaking his head in disbelief at the scenes that marred the end of the game. He had hoped the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa ahead of this season would help the club compete towards the top end of the table but the enigmatic Argentine was sacked late last year due to the team s poor form. Bielsa has contested his sacking, seeking as much as 18 million euros ($22.2m) for wrongful dismissal. Meanwhile, the club s financial situation was deemed so unhealthy that French football authorities recently inflicted a transfer embargo. SportS DeSk

West Ham face FA probe after fans mar Burnley loss London AgencieS

West Ham face a Football Association probe after the troubled club's owners David Gold and David Sullivan were forced to flee their seats when furious fans ran riot at the London Stadium. Several West Ham supporters invaded the pitch during Saturday's 3-0 Premier League defeat against Burnley, while hundreds of fans gathered beneath the directors' box to protest against Gold and Sullivan. Fans made throat-slitting gestures while missiles were seen to be thrown in the direction of the executive seats amid chants of "sack the board" and "you killed our club". On the pitch, the toxic atmosphere boiled over after West Ham captain

Mark Noble grappled one fan to the floor and team-mate James Collins marched two others away. Burnley's coaching staff let children shelter in their dug-out to avoid being caught in the chaos that left police investigating two allegations of assault. West Ham said an emergency meeting had been called with all London Stadium stakeholders, which includes Gold and Sullivan, whose decision to uproot the club from Upton Park to Stratford has caused resentment. The FA is also set to launch a probe, with a spokesman saying: "The FA strongly condemns the crowd disturbances seen today at West Ham United versus Burnley and will be seeking observations from West Ham as well as awaiting the match referee's report."

'I don’t care', Mourinho tells his critics

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Jose Mourinho slammed criticism of Manchester United’s cautious approach in their 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool on Saturday, while West Ham fans

rebelled in ugly scenes during their 3-0 defeat against Burnley. Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 25 minutes at Old Trafford as United held off a Liverpool fightback to move five points clear of their visitors in second place in the Premier League. United also closed to within 13 points of Manchester City, but barring a late-season collapse by the runaway league leaders, that gap looks unbridgeable. “If people don’t think we deserved it, I don’t care,” said Mourinho. “I am a bit tired, we have a match on Tuesday. I don’t care what people say. The boys are happy, I’m happy.” Just a second defeat in 21 Premier League games means Liverpool are still favourites to finish within the top four but defeat against United is always hard to swallow at Merseyside. “Second half we had to continue chasing the game, then we scored the

goal and should have been a penalty around Fellaini situation on Sadio,” lamented Klopp. At the London Stadium, West Ham could face a heavy fine or possibly even a temporary ground closure as a result of their fans’ shameful behaviour. Ashley Barnes blasted Burnley in front from 18 yards in the 66th minute, prompting an angry West Ham supporter to run onto the pitch, where he was tackled to the ground by Hammers star Mark Noble. The mood among the home fans turned even more toxic when Burnley’s Chris Wood doubled the visitors’ lead in the 70th minute. Supporters flocked towards the directors box chanting “sack the board” at co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, while another ran onto the field to grab the corner flag. Wood added insult to injury in the

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81st minute when he tapped in after a mistake by Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart. Gold and Sullivan were asked to leave the stadium for their own safety before the final whistle as the West Ham fans continued to turn their anger on the directors. Burnley’s coaching staff allowed children caught up in the chaos to shelter in their dug-out and Hammers boss David Moyes, whose side are only three points clear of the relegation zone, admitted he could understand why tensions boiled over. “The players understand. We want to do well, just like the fans do,” said Moyes. “We want the supporters behind us. They can’t cross the line and come onto the pitch. I haven’t seen that before in my time in football.” West Ham vowed to take “decisive and appropriate action” after completing

a “full and thorough investigation”, while the Football Association “strongly condemned” the disturbances. Meanwhile, Chelsea got back on track with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Beaten in their previous two matches, Chelsea took the lead through Willian’s deflected effort in the 25th minute. Martin Kelly’s own goal seven minutes later doubled Chelsea’s lead and Patrick van Aanholt’s 90th-minute goal came too late to rescue third-bottom Palace. Antonio Conte’s fifth-placed side closed to within two points of Tottenham in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “We deserved to win,” Conte said. “For sure when you have so many chances it is important to be clinical, but we must be pleased with the performance and prepare for Barcelona.”

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