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Shane Lowry expects to be without regular caddie for next two majors and may stay in US until The Open

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Shane Lowry expecting to be without his caddie and support team until he defends his Open title in July due to coronavirus restrictions that could jeopardise the Irish Open.

Last Updated: 11/04/21 11:04pm

Shane Lowry is unlikely to return to Europe until The Open

Shane Lowry doubts he will return to Europe until he defends his Open title in July and feels his home Irish Open “could be in trouble” due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Lowry closed out the Masters with a 72 to finish on level par for the week at Augusta National, but he is now looking for a replacement caddie with Bo Martin heading home to Ireland along with other members of Lowry’s support team.

The Open champion now resides in Florida and plans to remain on the PGA Tour until heading to Royal St George’s in July, appearing resigned to the Irish Open being in doubt due to quarantine regulations.

Lowry fears the Irish Open could be 'in trouble'

Lowry fears the Irish Open could be ‘in trouble’

“I’m playing at Hilton Head next week, but I have no idea what I’m going to do after that,” said Lowry. “My caddie has to go home, and he can’t work next week because of this new quarantine they’ve brought in in Ireland from the States. Who knows when I’ll be able to go home to Ireland, and if I’ll be able to go home to Ireland?

“So I have no idea what my schedule is going to be leading up to The Open, but it’s definitely going to be mostly over here. I don’t know if I’ll get back to play in Europe at all.

“If you look at what the Irish government are out there doing, I think the Irish Open is going to be in trouble because they are out there putting France, Germany, and the US on a quarantine for two weeks. So I don’t know what’s going to happen there.”

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Lowry is now in the market for a temporary caddie until he can reunite with Martin at The Open, insisting he would not want his long-time bagman to spend two weeks in quarantine if he returned to the US ahead of the PGA Championship.

“I know things are tough for everybody at the minute, but my coach and my team are going home, and I probably won’t see them until The Open,” he added. “It’s not great, because I want them over here for the big tournaments, the PGA and the US Open. We’ll see what happens. I don’t know.

“Maybe there will be exemptions or something. We are an Olympic sport now. Maybe we should get an exemption. I have no idea.

Lowry is resigned to being without regular caddie for the next two majors

Lowry is resigned to being without regular caddie for the next two majors

“Bo is waiting on his second dose of vaccine back home, I think, and he needs to go home and get everything sorted. I don’t expect anyone to spend two weeks in a hotel for me in quarantine. I’m not going to do it, so I don’t expect anyone else to do it.

“There’s a couple of guys who aren’t playing next week and they’re out there looking for a job. So I’ll find a caddie out there somewhere.”


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Westbrook ties Robertson for most NBA triple-doubles all-time

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Russell Westbrook of the Washington Wizards  (Getty Images via AFP)

LOS ANGELES – Washington’s Russell Westbrook notched the 181st triple-double of his career on Saturday, tying Oscar Robertson for the most in NBA history.

Westbrook  matched Robertson with his 10th assist of the night in the third quarter of the Wizards’ game against the Indiana pacers in Indianapolis.

Through three quarters Westbrook had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, but the Wizards trailed 101-92.

It’s not the first time Westbrook has etched his name alongside that of Robertson, who played in the NBA from 1960-74.

Westbrook was playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017 when he broke Robertson’s single-season record with 42 triple-doubles — recording double digits in three major statistical categories in a feat that has become a measuring stick of all-around excellence.

Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson is third on the NBA’s all-time triple-double list with 138 and Jason Kidd is fourth on 107.

Current Lakers superstar LeBron James is the only other active player in the top five with 99 career triple-doubles.

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Raptors cannot wait to get out of Tampa?

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The Toronto Raptors have not exactly gotten the warmest welcome in their temporary home this season. Now it sounds like they are itching to get the heck out of Dodge.

Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reported this week that there are Raptors players and other members of the organization who cannot wait to leave Tampa, Fla. They are said to be counting down the days until they can pack their bags, take their families and leave on May 17.

The Raptors have their last regular-season contest on May 16. They are four games out of the play-in tournament zone with five games left, meaning they are all but certain to miss the playoffs and see an early end to their season.

Tampa has played home to the Raptors this year with Toronto unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions. The partnership has been frosty at best with the Raptors even recently getting booed by the local fans. It is probably safe to say that there will not be any NBA basketball in Tampa after this season.

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Manchester United planning £70m double sale to fund Erling Haaland move – Reports

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Manchester United are hoping to raise funds from player sales to help finance a move for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

According to We All Follow United via Express, the Red Devils are planning to sell Jesse Lingard and either David de Gea or Dean Henderson, to raise £70m in the summer. The money will then be invested in bringing the Norwegian striker to Old Trafford.

Manchester United have reportedly made Haaland their number one target ahead of the summer, but Dortmund have slapped an astronomical fee on the player. The Norwegian has been on a brilliant run of form since his move to the Bundesliga side. Haaland has scored 47 goals in 48 games since joining Dortmund from RB Leipzig in January of 2020.

Haaland is the target-man Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desires at Old Trafford, even though the player has already rejected Manchester United on two occasions in the past.

However, the Black and Yellows want a fee of over £100m for the Norwegian, which could be a problem for the Red Devils. Interestingly, Haaland’s £70m release clause will only come into effect in the summer of 2022.

Solskjaer has already revealed that Manchester United will not be able to spend freely in the transfer market due to the financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the Red Devils are planning to raise funds from the sales of Jesse Lingard and one of their goalkeepers.

The Englishman has impressed while on loan with West Ham United and could be allowed to leave for around £20m. The Hammers are reportedly desperate to sign the player on a permanent deal, which will work in Manchester United’s favor.

The Red Devils could also sell one of De Gea and Henderson in the summer, with the Englishman currently valued at £50m. Paul Pogba could also be allowed to leave unless he signs a contract extension at the end of the season. Manchester United, however, are eager to retain the Frenchman.

Funds raised from player sales will help the Red Devils compete with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, who are also monitoring Haaland.

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Erling Haaland

Manchester United are currently second in the Premier League and are also in the final of the UEFA Europa League final, where they will face Villarreal on 26 May. The Red Devils have five games remaining in the Premier League and will want to end the season on a high nite despite their congested fixture list.

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