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New Zealand caddie Steven Williams has
revealed he is yet to "bury the hatchet" with
former boss and world No 1 golfer Tiger
Woods after the duo split in 2011.
In an interview to air on Australia s Fox
Sports Golf Show tonight, Williams, who
now caddies for Australian and world No 2
Adam Scott, said he needs to work through
the differences between him and Woods,
Sydney s Daily Telegraph reports.
"I haven t sorted anything out with him.
ere s been a lot of ... this, that and the
other ... but the hatchet hasn t been buried.
"It s just personal things and a difference of
opinions on how things went down ... and I
need to sort that out with him."
Williams caddied for his former boss for
13 years until he was dismissed in July 2011,
which sparked a public battle of words
between the two.
Woods and Williams were together for
250 tournaments which produced 72 wins,
13 majors and a friendship so strong that
each attended the other s wedding.
Williams maintained he "had no idea"
about Woods multiple extramarital affairs
which were revealed after he crashed his car
Woods has not won a major since the 2008
US Open and Williams said in the Fox
Sports Golf Show interview that the 14-
time major winner is no longer intimidating
to fellow golfers.
"Guys are coming along ... and they expect
to win (because Tiger) has no intimidation
factor any more," Williams said.
"I always felt that was a big thing that guys
were intimidated by him ... (but) there s
no intimidation factor any more and that
counts a lot."
At yesterday s World Golf
Woods started the day three off the lead and
in the penultimate pairing but struggled to
a six-over 78 --- the first time he has failed
to birdie a single hole in a final round ---
finishing at five-over in a tie for 25th.
Scott also finished in a share of 25th.
e Australian will look to defend his
Masters title at Augusta next month, a major
Woods has won four times, three of which
with Williams carrying his bag.
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e Action Cricket
draw for tomorrow
is.--- 5.30pm: VCS v e
Mixtures-Revies; e Rec
v Got the Runs.
e curtain falls on the
Australasian Hotel touch
competition this week
with grand finals in the
mixed and open grades on
Blaketown Bulldogs will
play Showerdome II on
the open final, and Solid
Gold versus Toto Weka in
the mixed final.
will take place at the
Australasian Hotel after
the mixed final.
Open: 6pm, Aussie
Kotukus v Showerdome
I; 6.30pm, Wolf Pack
v Dare Devils; 7pm,
Blaketown Bulldogs v
Showerdome II (final).
Mixed: 6pm, Vets v
Rams; 6.30pm, Overloads
v Sorpions; 7pm,
Power Rangers v Paroa
Playcentre; 7.30pm, Solid
Gold v Toto Weka.
Greymouth junior athletes
produced personal bests in the field
events, with a couple of records also
falling at their meeting on Saturday.
Daniella Sollitt (13yrs) broke her
age grade discus record by nearly
.2m, stretching the tape out to
27.26m and exceeding her own
distance of 25.42m set earlier this
Next up Alex Clark (10yrs)
sent the shot put out to 9.17m,
improving his own shot put record
by 5cm which was sitting at 9.12m,
while Liam Donaldson (7yrs) was
only 22cm off his age grade shot
put record with a put of 6.72m.
On the track, S Donaldson, H
Pugh and Y Perchig all came
within a second of a record, while
A Donaldson, C Donaldson and E
Phillips all performed well in both
track and field events.
60m.--- Girls, 6yrs: H Foster 1,
S Sullivan 2, 14.56s. Girls, 7yrs: S
Donaldson 1, C Sweney 2, H Kelsall
3, 10.60s. Boys, 7yrs: H Pugh 1, L
Donaldson 2, M Molloy 3, 10.41s.
Boys, 8yrs: Y Perchig 1, A Wilson
2, G omas 3, 10.03s. Boys, 9yrs:
P Sweney 1, 10.19s. Girls, 10yrs:
A Donaldson 1, 10.16s. Boys: C
Donaldson 1, B Rees 2, A Clark
3, 9.94s. Boys, 13yrs: E Phillips 1,
100m.--- Girls, 6yrs: H Foster
1, S Sullivan 2, 23.16s. Boys: M
Walklin 1, 21.94s. Girls, 7yrs: S
Donaldson 1, C Sweney 2, 17.25s.
Boys: H Pugh 1, L Donaldson 2,
M Molloy 3, 17.10s. Boys, 8yrs: Y
Perchig 1, A Wilson 2, G omas
3, 16.34s. Boys, 9yrs: P Sweney 1,
16.56s. Girls, 10yrs: A Donaldson
1, 16.12s. Boys: C Donaldson 1,
A Clark 2, B Rees 3, 16.56s. Girls,
13yrs: D Sollitt 1, 16.25s. Boys: E
Phillips 1, H Pinnock 2, 14.91s.
200m.--- Girls, 6yrs: H Foster 1, S
Sullivan 2, 52.56s. Boys: M Walklin
1, 47.19s. Girls, 7yrs: S Donaldson
1, C Sweney 2, H Kelsall 3, 37.91s.
Boys: H Pugh 1, L Donaldson 2,
M Molloy 3, 37.32s. Boys, 8yrs: Y
Perchig 1, A Wilson 2, G omas
3, 36.03s. Boys, 9yrs: P Sweney 1,
34.72s. Girls, 10yrs: A Donaldson
1, 34.44s. Boys: C Donaldson 1,
B Rees 2, A Clark 3, 34.63s. Boys,
13yrs: E Phillips 1, 29.69s. Girls,
14yrs: A Hands-Fletcher 1, J
Dodemaide 2, 36.79s.
Shot put.--- Girls, 6yrs: H Foster
1, S Sullivan 2, 2.44m. Boys: M
Walklin 1, J Clark 2, 3.70m. Girls,
7yrs: C Sweney 1, S Donaldson
2, H Kelsall 3, 6.72m. Boys:
L Donaldson 1, H Pugh 2, C
Swinburn 3, 6.72m. Girls, 8yrs: M
Clark 1, 4.69m. Boys: A Wilson 1,
Y Perchig 2, G omas 3, 5.54m.
Boys, 9yrs: P Sweney 1, 8.87m.
Girls, 10yrs: A Donaldson 1, 4.91m.
Boys: A Clark 1, C Donaldson 2,
B Rees 3, 9.17m. Girls, 13yrs: D
Sollitt 1, 9.08m. Boys: E Phillips 1,
H Pinnock 2, 7.69m. Girls, 14yrs: J
Dodemaide 1, 6.98m.
Discus.--- Girls, 6yrs: H Foster 1,
5.25m. Boys: M Walklin 1, J Clark
2, 6.29m. Girls, 7yrs: S Donaldson
1, C Sweney 2, H Kelsall 3,
12.23m. Boys: L Donaldson 1,
H Pugh 2, M Molloy 3, 16.19m.
Girls, 8yrs: M Clark 1, 9.70m.
Boys: A Wilson 1, G omas 2,
Y Perchig 3, 12.73m. Boys, 9yrs:
P Sweney 1, 17.10m. Girls, 10yrs:
A Donaldson 1, 15.75m. Boys: A
Clark 1, C Donaldson 2, B Rees
3, 24.23m. Girls, 13yrs: D Sollitt
1, 27.26m. Boys: H Pinnock 1, E
Phillips 2, 23.80m. Girls, 14yrs: J
Dodemaide 1, A Hands-Fletcher
e New Zealand women s football side
fell to their heaviest defeat in three years
this morning when they were beaten 4-0 by
South Korea in the Cyprus Cup tournament.
It continued a poor run of results for the
Football Ferns, who have failed to win any of
their six games in 2014. eir best result was
a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland, who
are ranked 33 in the world.
e New Zealand side seemed to be
showing good progression last year, when
they beat Brazil (ranked fourth) and Italy
(12th) and drew with the US (1st), Australia
(9th) and Japan (3rd).
It showed they could compete with any
nation in women s football and saw them
jump to 16 in the world rankings.
Tony Readings side will now play Finland
tomorrow night in a play-off for 11th and
12th at the Cyprus Cup. ey finished third
at the 12-team tournament last year and
had targeted another good finish this time
Today s defeat was the biggest since New
Zealand were beaten 5-0 by Mexico at the
2011 Cyprus Cup.
e game was played in windy conditions,
with the Football Ferns trailing 2-0 at half-
time despite playing with the wind in the first
Readings is missing a handful of regulars,
with Ali Riley the most notable absentee, and
opted to give a number of youngsters more
experience in the tournament. e coach
has put a big accent on a passing game ---
not New Zealand s traditional approach
--- and possession as they look ahead to
the 2015 World Cup in Canada and 2016
Olympic Games in Brazil but they are clearly
struggling for cohesion and results.
"It s difficult to accept losing 4-0 but what
we ve succumbed to is a little bit of indecision
at the back and that stems back to a lack of
cohesion from having new players in there,"
"What we ve been able to do in this
tournament is give a lot more game time
to younger players. While last year we got
some really great results, we did that without
building too much depth in the squad.
"What we ve got to do when we get the
World Cup and Olympics is have a squad
where you ve got two quality players in each
position so you can deal with injuries and rest
players and rotate them."
"Individually players are performing well
but it does take a while for the players to
gel when they first come into the team and
that s cost us a little bit in this tournament."
Blues hooker Keven Mealamu will return
home to New Zealand after failing to
overcome a calf injury.
e veteran Blues and All Blacks centurion
was forced to withdraw from last week s match
against the Bulls in Pretoria after suffering a
low-grade calf strain late in the week and the
injury failed to respond quickly enough for
him to be in the frame for Saturday s game
against the Lions at Ellis Park.
e Blues opted to send him home to
prepare for next week s game against the
Cheetahs at Eden Park and he will have a
scan on his troublesome left calf on Friday.
"I m pretty disappointed and really gutted
that I m not able to stay on with the team,"
Mealamu said. "It s just one of those things. I
really want to help the team out but I can t do
that unless I m 100% so I m looking to head
home tomorrow afternoon and get it right so
that I can get back and get stuck into it again
"I m hoping to be back for the Cheetahs
game so I m close to being back out there, I
just want to make sure it s right so I can give
100% for the team."
Blues coach Sir John Kir wan conceded
Mealamu was a big loss to the side ahead of
this weekend s clash with the Lions.
"It s a real blow for us," Kir wan said.
"Kevvie is our matai, our leader, and he s
great to have around the place. Even when
he s not playing he really contributes so we ll
miss him but we ve just got to make sure we
cover his position by bringing in a reserve
and I would have loved to have kept him but
we can t.
"He just got a little strain in his calf and
when you re a front rower that s like a
sprinter having a hamstring problem so we re
just erring on the side of caution because we
want to make sure Kevvie is with us for most
of the season. We ve decided to protect him
a wee bit, send him home and not take the
risk because if he blows it he ll be out for 12
or so weeks."
Auckland ITM Cup and Blues development
hooker Gafatasi Su a has been called up to
replace Mealamu and will board a flight to
Johannesburg tomorrow. --- APNZ
Cronulla are resigned to almost
certainly losing NSW prop
Andrew Fifita to Canterbury next
season, with the test star set set to
announce he HAs signed a four-
year deal worth $3 million with
the Bulldogs from the start of the
2015 NRL season.
Fifita refused to discuss his
future after the Sharks loss to
the Gold Coast last night, but
skipper Paul Gallen, who left the
ground on crutches after suffering
an ankle syndesmosis injury
remained hopeful the club can
make a late play to keep him.
"It s up to him --- it s part of the
game, it s a business, you ve got
to look after your family," Gallen
said of Fifita, who is expected to
make an announcement today.
"I don t know if it s for sure yet.
I am sure the club will come very
close to their offer, it won t be
chalk and cheese. It s just going to
be up to Andrew as to where he
wants to play next year."
Fifita arrived at the club in 2012
as talented but raw front-rower
who was struggling to get in the
Wests Tigers side and developed
into one of the most talented and
dangerous front-rowers in the
game at the Sharks.
Gallen is hopeful Fifita will repay
the loyalty the club have shown
him since his arrival, but said he
would be disappointed if he moved
to Belmore next year.
"It s a business, he s got a young
family and you have to look after
yourself," he said.
"I d be upset of course if he left.
We ve put a lot of effort into him
and he s a great player who s
played his best football here. But
in saying that, everyone thought
the world was going to end
when Luke Douglas and Kade
Snowden left. I wouldn t say
those boys have kicked on since
they left here.
"We ll just pick up some more
Fifita could also find himself in
hot water with the match review
committee after being put on
report for a shoulder charge on
Gold Coast winger David Mead.
e Sharks were upset with
the decision to penalise Fifita
but not to send Mead to the
sidelines for the now mandatory
"I was a bit confused, because
they were going to let play go on
but the bloke stayed down," five-
eighth Wade Graham said.
"Obviously they ve checked
upstairs and they ve come back
that there was contact with the
head. I am not a doctor, but if you
stay down then you are hurt.
"I am not too sure what the new
five-point plan is, but over the
weekend I saw a lot of blokes go
off as a precaution. It s common
sense isn t it?" --- AAP
Williams and Tiger
yet to bury the
Barry Bonds, branded a drugs
cheat and shunned by Major
League Baseball because of his
links to BALCO, has returned
to the San Francisco Giants as a
spring training hitting coach.
e face of MLB s notorious
steroid era, Bonds appeared
much slimmer as he entered
the Scottsdale Stadium field in
Arizona where the Giants are
holding their pre-season training
Giants manager Bruce Bochy
said they "welcome" Bonds
back to the team but did not go
into details about what Bonds
specific role would be during his
one week stint.
"We would always have a
welcome mat out there for him,"
said Bochy on Monday.
Asked about his controversial
career and the use of
American baseball s home run
king refused to respond directly,
saying "I have already been to
Bonds said he hopes to work
with some of the club s younger
"I only have seven days, but
I welcome younger guys and
veterans to pick my brain," he
e 49-year-old Bonds is the
central figure in baseball s steroid
He was convicted in 2011 of
obstruction of justice charges in
connection with his testimony
before the grand jury looking
into BALCO, the San Francisco
lab that distributed performance-
enhancing drugs to US athletes
across a range of different sports.
Bonds new role with the Giants
follows a return to baseball by a
number of former drugs cheats,
including Jason Giambi and
Giambi, an admitted steroid
user according to leaked grand
jury documents, is in his second
season with the Cleveland
Indians. McGwire, who also
admitted to using performance-
enhancing drugs, now works
as a hitting coach with the Los
Bonds spent his last 15 seasons
with San Francisco, finishing in
2007 with 762 home runs.
He apparently signed a 10-year
services deal with the Giants that
included spring training visits.
Bonds back with Giants
Steve Williams, left, amnd Tiger Woods
Britain s Andy Murray was
forced to dig deep before beating
rising Czech star Jiri Vesely in the
third round of the BNP Paribas
Open at Indian Wells today.
e Wimbledon champion
won 6-7, (2-7), 6-4, 6-4 but only
after clawing back from the brink
of defeat against the 20-year-old
Murray lost the opening set
despite going up an early break
but began to struggle on his own
serve against the left-handed
Vesely, ranked 77th in the world.
e Scotsman was broken six
times in the match and trailed in
both the second and third sets but
fought back each time, reeling off
four consecutive games to seal
Murray will play either Canada s
Milos Raonic or Colombia s
Alejandro Falla in the next round
North American hardcourt titles
to have eluded him.
Switzerland s former world No
1 Roger Federer also advanced
after a tough workout today.
Federer, the four-time
champion, was pushed all the
way by Russia s Dmitry Tursunov
but won two tiebreaks to triumph
7-6, (9-7), 7-6, (7-2).
China s Li Na, the top seed
in the women s draw, had no
problems booking her place in
the fourth round, easily beating
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech
Republic 6-3, 6-4.
Despite having her own service
broken twice, Li was far too
strong and streetwise for Pliskova,
wrapping up win with an ace.
Li is looking to win her first
Indian Wells title and continue
her great start to the year after
capturing the Australian Open.
Her next opponent is Canada s
Aleksandra Wozniak, who
defeated Russia s Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-7, (3-7),
Murray, Federer advance
Injured Mealamu on way home
Records continue to fall
Fifita tipped to sign with Bulldogs
Football Ferns go down again
Football Ferns Katie Hoyle looks to pass.
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