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Cricket: Moores gets second stint as England coach

Peter Moores has been given a second chance as England head coach, after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced his appointment on Saturday. Moores, the first man to twice be appointed England coach, replaced Andy Flower after the former Zimbabwe batsman stood down following the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia. In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series, starting with a 3-0 win over West Indies, after replacing Duncan Fletcher.

Cricket: Moores gets second stint as England coach

Peter Moores has been appointed as the new England head coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Saturday. Moores, now England coach for the second time, replaced Andy Flower after the former Zimbabwe batsman stood down following the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia. In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, Moores led England in seven Test series, starting with a 3-0 win over West Indies, after replacing Duncan Fletcher.

Snooker: World champion O'Sullivan in race against time

Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is concerned the years are against him as he bid to equal Stephen Hendry's modern-day record of seven global titles. The 38-year-old O'Sullivan, a five-time world champion, begins his quest on Saturday for a third straight triumph after winning the World Championship in 2012 and 2013. Since the tournament moved to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, northern England, in 1977 only Steve Davis and Hendry have won three successive world titles.

Golf: Spieth seeks to shake off Masters disappointment

Jordan Spieth will try to shake off the disappointment of his Sunday fade at the Masters when he tees it up on Thursday at the US PGA Tour's Heritage. The 20-year-old Texan had a two-stroke lead with 11 holes remaining at Augusta National on Sunday, but finished with a level-par 72 that left him tied for second with Jonas Blixt behind Bubba Watson in the year's first major. "It definitely left me stinging," Spieth said. "And it definitely left me hungry and ready to play golf again."

Snooker: Former world champions miss out in qualifying

Former world champions Mark Williams and Graeme Dott failed to reach this year's renewal as both lost in the final qualifying round on Tuesday. Welshman Williams, world champion in 2000 and 2003, lost to veteran Scot Alan McManus. The 43-year-old two-time world championship semi-finalist winning through to this year's championship 10 frames to eight.

Moore the merrier after American wins par-three event

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - American Ryan Moore won the event that no one wants to win on Wednesday when he triumphed in the annual eve-of-Masters par-three contest. In the 54 years the event has been staged since Sam Snead won the inaugural competition in 1960, no par-three winner has gone on to emerge victorious at the Masters in the same year. Raymond Floyd came within an eyelash of ending the jinx in 1990 but lost to Nick Faldo in a playoff.

Faldo likes Scott's chances of repeat Masters win

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Nick Faldo is one of only three players who have claimed back-to-back Masters victories and he rates Adam Scott's prospects of joining that illustrious group as "good" in this week's edition. Scott has enhanced his status as one of the game's leading players with a superb run of form over the past year, but needs to avoid "getting wound up about defending" if he is to retain his Masters crown, according to Faldo.

Golf: Masters matters more than football, says Fitzpatrick

Just making the cut would be a dream for this year's youngest player at the Masters, 19-year-old Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, but he could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Making it into the weekend would mean he would be sure of missing his football club, Sheffield United, play Hull City in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday. Languishing down in England's third tier, it is a rare look at glory for one of the oldest clubs in the world, who last won the famed trophy in 1925.

Masters golf advisory

The 78th edition of the Masters golf tournament starts at Augusta National in Georgia on Thursday, April 10, without the injury-hit world number one and four-time former winner Tiger Woods. AFP has prepared a package of advancer stories to file in the buildup to the first of the year's four majors. On Wednesday/Thursday we filed the first of these looking at the consequences of Woods' back injury and we followed on Friday with a general preview, a story on defending champion Adam Scott of Australia and a list of past winners.

Golf: Masters wide-open, says McIlroy

Rory McIlroy believes golf is at a crossroads as the top players fine-tune their preparations for next week's Masters and he is determined to be the one to show the way forward. The 24-year-old Irishman has two major titles under his belt -- the 2011 US Open and the 2012 PGA Championship -- but he endured a torrid 12 months last year when equipment changes, business wrangles and personal matters got in the way of his supreme natural talent.
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