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Lennon sent to stands as Hibs slip up

Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon (by Terry Murden)

Football – Europa Cup

Hibs 0 Brondby 1
Europa Cup Second Qualifying Round First Leg

Hibs gave manager Neil Lennon a stuttering start, conceding a goal within 15 seconds of the kick-off after goalkeeper Otso Virtanen spilled the ball into the path of Kamil Wilczek who scored for the Danes from close range.

Despite their endeavour nothing seemed to go right for the home side. Jason Cummings saw a well worked goal chalked off for offside in the first half and Grant Holt was denied a penalty in the second.

Lennon’s protestations at the disallowed goal saw him sent to the stand for the rest of the match.

Hibernian: Virtanen, Gray, Hanlon, McGinn, Bartley (Fontaine 64’), Holt, McGeouch (Keatings 64’), Stevenson, Boyle (Harris 76’), McGregor, Cummings.  Substitutes not used: Laidlaw, Stanton, Handling, Crane.

Attendance: 13,454

Aberdeen 3 Ventspils 0
Europa Cup Second Qualifying Round First Leg

Goals from Jayden Stockley and Wes Burns either side of an Adam Rooney goal gave Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes more to smile about following their poor show in Luxembourg in the first round of the tournament.

The Latvians offered little resistance and the Dons will be confident of a safe passage into the next next round.

Birkirkara 0 Hearts 0
Europa Cup Second Qualifying Round First Leg

Hearts will be confident of progressing after a goalless first leg in the Maltese heat.

Captain Alim Ozturk saw a long-range effort crash off the crossbar while Conor Sammon had a goal ruled offside.

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Miss leaves Mickelson ‘heartbroken’

Golf – The Open: Phil Mickelson admitted he was “heartbroken” after a 15-yard putt skimmed the hole on the 18th to prevent him scoring a record 62 at Royal Troon.

Instead his first round 63 is the joint-lowest round in major history and puts him ahead on day one of the Open on eight under.

Mickelson, who is looking to repeat his 2013 triumph, said he played “one of the best rounds of his life” but “felt like crying” after the missed putt which denied him an outright place in golfing history. Nine other players have carded 63 in this event and 28 overall in the majors.

“That putt on 18 was a chance to do something historical,” he said. “I knew it and with a foot to go I thought I had done it. I saw that ball rolling right in the centre. I went to go get it. I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62 and then I had the heartbreak that I didn’t.”

Defending champion Zach Johnson was six under after 16 holes but bogeys on the final two holes saw him join five fellow Americans on four under.

Day One leader board: -8 P Mickelson (US); -5 P Reed (US), M Kaymer (Ger); -4 J Thomas (US), S Stricker (US), B Horschel (US), T Finau (US), S Kjeldsen (Den), A Sullivan (Eng), Z Johnson (US), K Bradley (US)

 

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