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Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic
expected an improved Korean
side for the second test but he
probably did not expect them to
be this good.
After being hammered 102-69
in game one in Wellington on
Tuesday, the Koreans adjusted
well and upset the Tall Blacks
76-75 in Tauranga last night.
Korea, who were outmuscled
on Tuesday, were ready for New
Zealand ’s physical approach as
they brought better defence to
the contest tonight and produced
a much-improved shooting
Wellington Saints guard Corey
Webster was busy all night for
the Tall Blacks as he collected 20
points and it was his three-pointer
that saw New Zealand take a 40-
38 lead to half-time.
The Koreans, led by 21 points
from Tae-jong Moon, hung
around though and kept things
tight during the third quarter as
the Tall Blacks led 60-59.
When the scores were locked
up at 66-all with four minutes
remaining in the contest the game
was set for a tense finish but the
Koreans finished stronger.
Tall Blacks shooting guard
Kirk Penney hit a shot with only
seconds left in what he thought
was a game-tying three-pointer
was correctly ruled as a two as the
home side were forced to swallow
The series moves to Auckland
for game three in Auckland
The Breakers have signed point
guard Cedric Jackson on a two-
The 28-year-old went to Europe
on the back of winning ANBL
titles in 2012 and 2013 with the
Breakers but his time playing for
Union Olimpija was cut short by
Jackson has since been working
out in NBA camps in the United
Import Kerron Johnson filled
Jackson’s sneakers at the Breakers
last season but was not able to
assert himself on the game like
Breakers head coach Dean
Vickerman is in the US attending
NBA Summer League to scout for
players and said it was great to get
“ We have been talking to Cedric
for some time and I am delighted to
confirm that we have agreed terms
on a two-year deal that will bring
Ced back to the ANBL and to our
fans in New Zealand,” Vickerman
“ He is a perfect fit for the game
I want the team to play this season
and beyond and has the experience
in the vital point guard role to lead
Jackson will arrive in New
Zealand in early September and
will begin work with Vickerman
and the other players not with the
Tall Blacks at the World Cup.
During Jackson’s first stint at the
club, he became the first person in
the Breakers’ history to ever record
a triple-double with 28 points, 10
rebounds and 10 assists against the
The Breakers start the new
ANBL season in Perth against the
Wildcats on October 10 before
opening their home campaign
against Adelaide at Vector Arena a
Jackson’s signing means the
Breakers currently have the
following players contracted for the
new season: Cedric Jackson, Tom
Abercrombie, Mika Vukona, Alex
Pledger, Corey Webster, Reuben Te
Rangi, Duane Bailey.
Golfing gunslingers Rory McIlroy and
Tiger Woods sprayed Royal Liverpool
with a barrage of birdie bullets to steal
the show in a thrilling opening round
of the 143rd British Open today.
Northern Irishman McIlroy has
developed a penchant for making
fast starts and he did it yet again on a
blisteringly hot day at the third major
championship of the season, firing a
pacesetting six-under-par 66.
Matteo Manassero was in second
place on 67, one ahead of fellow Italians
Francesco and Edoardo Molinari. Also
on 68 were American pair Brooks
Koepka and Jim Furyk as well as Spain’s
Sergio Garcia, world number one
Adam Scott and Ireland’s Shane Lowry.
Woods, playing in only his third
competitive round since undergoing
back surgery in March, confounded
the critics who wrote off his chances by
shooting a 69.
The 14-times major winner made a
poor start by bogeying the first two
holes but it was almost vintage Tiger
on the back nine as he went storming
through the field with five birdies in six
holes from the 11th.
The former world No 1, sporting grey
slacks and a white shirt with blue-grey
flecks down the front, got his round
going when he holed out from off the
green at the 11th.
Woods then rattled in birdies at the
12th and 13th before dropping a stroke
at the 14th following a hook off the tee
into thick rough.
The 38-year-old American bounced
straight back by sinking a 3.65m at the
next hole. A delicate chip to 30cm from
the cup at the 16th gave him another
birdie before a long-range effort lipped
out on 17.
Interest in Woods ran high with
American television network ESPN
devoting the whole of its ESPN3
digital channel to coverage of him.
“I knew I could do it. I’m telling you
guys it was so important for me to play
at Congressional,” he told reporters,
referring to his two comeback rounds at
the Q uicken Loans National event in
Maryland last month.
“ It felt good to be back out there
competing again today. It wasn’t exactly
the greatest of starts, bogeying the first
two, and especially the second hole was
a sloppy three-putt.
“Coming back after that start I had
today, to fight myself back into the
championship. I feel pretty good about
Woods did not, however, feel
particularly good about some of
the distractions from the amateur
photographers among the 35,000 crowd
and the professional snappers.
“There were a lot of cameras out
there,” the world No 7 said.
“ We were backing off a lot of shots
and a lot of people were moving around
— that was tough.
“ Unfortunately people just don’t put
their phones on silent or some of the
professional guys were getting on the
trigger a little early. ”
It was McIlroy, though, who took
the tournament by the scruff of the
neck with some scintillating shot-
Taking advantage of benign scoring
conditions on a flat course with few
undulations, the twice major winner
peppered the flag on the front nine.
McIlroy almost holed out with his
second shot at the par-four second
before converting putts of 1.8m and
4.2m for further birdies at the fifth and
The 25-year-old made more inroads
on par at the 10th and 12th before
enjoying an outrageous moment of
good fortune at the 14th when he
avoided trouble in the rough with a
lucky bounce on to the fairway.
McIlroy did not drop a shot to par
all day and a sixth and final birdie at
the 16th took him to the top of the
“ We had perfect scoring conditions
out there this morning,” the world No
“There wasn’t much wind. It started
to pick up a little on the back nine but
there were plenty of opportunities to
make birdies and I was able to take a
few of them.”
Playing in the heart of Liverpool
Football Club country, it was perhaps
no surprise that Manchester United fan
McIlroy was on the receiving end of
some Merseyside humour.
“I got terrific support even though I
support United,” he laughed.
“I took my hat off on 16 or 17 walking
up the fairway and I heard someone say,
‘Get a haircut ’.
“Apart from that the support was
really great and hopefully I can give
them a lot more to cheer about in the
next few days.”
US Masters winner Bubba Watson
slumped to a 76 while defending
champion Phil Mickelson carded a 74.
World No 2 Henrik Stenson and
third-ranked Justin Rose had to settle
for 72s and US Open champion Martin
Kaymer signed for a 73 but the biggest
hard-luck story belonged to Ernie Els
who was playing alongside Watson and
The 44-year-old South African
suffered a nightmare seven on the
opening hole after driving his tee shot
into the face of a spectator who was left
covered in blood.
A shaken-up Els then missed two tiny
putts on the green from inside 45cm,
one with a back-handed effort.
“I think I put a jinx on the group,” the
2002 and 2012 British Open champion
said after ballooning to a 79.
Tall Black Everard Bartlett, right, tries to keep the ball from Korea’s
Jong Kyu Kim last night in Tauranga.
Korea bounces back to
pip Tall Blacks
Jackson returning to Breakers
McIlroy leads the way
PICTURE: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy hits from a bunker on the 16th hole today in the British Open
Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake.
Els shaken after golf ball hits spectator in face
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