Plans for Super League unveiled; Leona Maguire at home in golf’s upper echelon

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Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City team are into the FA Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City team are into the FA Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United and Liverpool are among 12 of Europe’s top football clubs who are launching a breakaway Super League in the face of widespread opposition from within the game and beyond. In his column this morning, Ken Early explains why the move is a naked power grab by greedy clubs: “In an age of division and rancour, hating this idea might be the one thing all the peoples of Europe can agree on.” Leicester edged Southampton in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final while Manchester United were 3-1 winners over Burnley in the Premier League.

Leona Maguire’s joint runner-up finish to Lydia Ko – the two-time Major champion and former world number one – in the Lotte Championship in Hawaii has affirmed the 26-year-old Co Cavan golfer’s upward trajectory into a new level of expectation and delivery. Maguire – who earned a career-best payday of $125,834 for her brilliant work in Hawaii, bringing her season’s prize money to $226,542 – seeks to maintain her strong run of form when teeing up in this week’s Hugel-Air Premia Los Angeles Open at Wilshire Country Club in California. She’s now moved to 10th on this season’s order of merit rankings and Malachy Clerkin writes this morning that Maguire is right at home in golf’s upper echelon.

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