Press Association Bill Haas saw his three-stroke lead cut to one by Charl Schwartzel as the delayed second round was finally completed at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio on Saturday morning. McIlroy still had to get up and down for par on the 18th after bogeys on both 16 and 17. “Happy to be in on the weekend and a couple of rounds to work on things,” McIlroy told the PGA Tour website. “But I need to commit more to my shots and not guide the ball as much, I guess, just let it go.” Schwartzel, who opened with a 65, returned to complete a second round with birdies on 17 and 18 to move to eight under, one behind Haas. Kyle Stanley is alone in third at seven under after returning to the 14th and sinking a three-foot putt to make birdie. He parred the next four holes to card a 70 as he bids to add to two top-10 finishes in his last four starts. Bubba Watson had four pars to finish with a 67 and reach six under alongside Matt Kuchar. Defending champion Tiger Woods is one over after two rounds and with a lot of ground to make up. Haas had completed his second round of 67 on Friday when rain brought an end to play, which left Rory McIlroy just two shots clear of the cut after shooting four under for his incomplete round following a first-day 78. McIlroy had completed 14 holes but was one of 42 players who faced an early start to finish off their second rounds. In the end the Northern Irishman survived the cut which was made at three over, one of 73 to make it into the third round – but with thunderstorms threatening there was a chance of further disruption.
Fellow Carrick man Sean Kelly won the race a record 7 times.Ireland’s Dan Martin remains ninth on general classification, 23-seconds off leader Arnaud Demare. The Bora Hansgrohe rider finished over a length clear of many of the sports best sprinters to claim the 190 kilometres 3rd stage of Paris Nice.Among those left in his wake were Grand Tour stage winners Alexander Kristoff, John Degenkolb, Marcel Kittel and André Greipel.This was the 26 year olds first World Tour triumph – he is the first Irish rider to win a stage of Paris-Nice since Stephen Roche won the Col d’Eze time trial in 1989.
DEFENSIVE FRAILTIES LONDON (AP): By reeling off a sixth successive English Premier League victory on Saturday, Manchester City underlined just how formidable they are under Pep Guardiola. But Jose Mourinho might finally have found the way to stop Manchester United being eclipsed by City this season – drop Wayne Rooney. Having fended off mounting criticism of his captain, Mourinho left Rooney on the bench, and the reward was a 4-1 victory over champions Leicester. It ensured City, with a 3-1 victory at Swansea, couldn’t pull further away from United, who are six points behind their neighbours. The most impressive performance of the day came from Arsenal, who marked the 20th anniversary of Arsene Wenger’s appointment by ruthlessly beating Chelsea 3-0. The day’s biggest scorers were Liverpool, who routed Hull 5-1, while Tottenham are second after winning 2-1 at Middlesbrough. Man United’s goals all came in a sparkling first-half display. Juan Mata – Rooney’s replacement in the No. 10 role – Marcus Rashford, and Paul Pogba scored in a rampant five-minute spell. United took the lead through Chris Smalling, the captain in place of Rooney. United ended a run of two straight league defeats, but Leicester have lost three of its opening six games, as many as in their 38-game title-winning campaign last season. Back from suspension and immediately back in the goals, Sergio Aguero scored twice to take his tally to 11 in six games. Raheem Sterling grabbed the other goal for City and the only blot was the sight of playmaker Kevin De Bruyne limping off late on with an apparent hamstring injury. Chelsea’s defensive frailties were exposed as Antonio Conte’s team was left with one point from three league games in September. Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil provided the goals in the first half that gave the Gunners their first win over Chelsea in five years. Chelsea hadn’t even conceded a league goal to Arsenal since January 2013 before this capitulation. Results: Manchester United 4 Leicester 1; Swansea 1 Manchester City 3; Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0; Liverpool 5 Hull 1; Middlesbrough 1 Tottenham 2; Bournemouth 1 Everton 0; Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 3; Stoke 1 West Brom 1.