GOLF

Hoping for a Tiger flourish

US PGA Tour commissioner not ruling out Woods for the FedEx Cup play-offs

FANS' FAVOURITE: Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods (above) is a huge draw among fans wherever he plays.
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Pressure still on us: Pellegrini

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EPL

Rodgers: Pool will not fail like Spurs

Liverpool boss confident new arrivals will improve depth

NEW RECRUIT: Emre Can (above in black), signed from Bayer Leverkusen, is one of six players Liverpool have purchased during the off-season.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has rejected suggestions that his club are following in the footsteps of Tottenham.

Spurs made a rash of summer signings last year after Gareth Bale left for Real Madrid, but they failed to improve their position in the English Premier League table, slipping one spot from fifth to sixth last season.

The Reds have spent around 80 million ($169m) on six players in the past few months, with Luis Suarez leaving for Barcelona for a reported fee of 75m.

But Rodgers, speaking ahead of Liverpool’s International Champions Cup game against Manchester City this morning (Singapore time), said that there was no point in making comparisons between their recruitment policy and that of Tottenham.

Rodgers told Sky Sports News: “We are a different club and have a different vision here. At Liverpool, there’s a strategy behind what we are doing.

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Simeone interested in United's Hernandez

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Ancelotti won't rush Ronaldo back

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'Three months for United to adapt'

Van Gaal warns fans not 
to expect instant success

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EPL

United must improve defence or forget about top four

Van Gaal can forget about even top-four finish if he doesn't bring in defensive reinforcements

SHORT-HANDED: Phil Jones (above), Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are the only senior defenders on United's books.
SHORT-HANDED: Phil Jones, Chris Smalling (above) and Jonny Evans are the only senior defenders on United's books.
SHORT-HANDED: Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans (above) are the only senior defenders on United's books.

Manchester United kept their second clean sheet of their tour of the United States yesterday morning (Singapore time), but Louis van Gaal knows that pre-season friendlies can be deceiving.
 
The Premier League will present a far greater test of his defence and, right now, it’s a test his team will fail. 

Put simply, they must strengthen the backline or, never mind a title challenge, they will struggle to retake their place in the top four. 

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All looks right with Alfonso

MORE EXPERIENCED: Alfonso (in yellow) beatingIznate on June 22.
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Walker's pair to resume 'sibling rivalry'

INSEPARABLE: Smileswithhiseyes winning on May 9 (above) and Riedel winning on May 23.
INSEPARABLE: Smileswithhiseyes winning on May 9 and Riedel winning on May 23 (above).
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Tiger Balm backs Dipna for SEA Games 2015

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