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By Sports Desk September 21, 2018

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    There was little time to stop and take stock on a glorious day at Royal Portrush as The Open Championship cranked up a notch in round three.

    Bright skies and low winds were the order of the day in Northern Ireland, a stark contrast to the heavy rain that is forecast to provide a huge challenge for the leaders on Sunday.

    On a moving day when Shane Lowry took Portrush apart to establish a four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood, our Omnisport team were out and about on the ground once again.

    Here, we bring you stories you may have missed from Portrush.


    COVERING THE OPEN IS A GIANT TASK

    An Open Championship is an absolute privilege to cover for a journalist, but it's also hard work!

    The days start early, finish late and are filled with any number of tasks from writing stories, interviewing, shooting video, talking on the radio and television...

    If you're struggling to feel any sympathy for the lot of the many journalists at Royal Portrush this week, the revelation that one of Omnisport's reporters found time for a spot of sightseeing will certainly not change your mind.

    Early on Saturday, said reporter headed for the Giant's Causeway to take in the stunning views around this world-famous tourist attraction that sits just a few miles from the golf course.

    The tens of thousands of interlocking basalt columns form a spectacle so grand and beautiful that it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    BLACK CAPS CWC LOSS STILL RANKLES WITH FOX FAN

    When roving the course, you get the opportunity to talk to people from all walks of life.

    One of the Omnisport team was involved in a three-way chat with an Indian man and New Zealand woman, who were there mainly supporting Shubhankar Sharma and Ryan Fox.

    The conversation briefly turned to cricket, where the Black Caps supporter was adamant the Kiwis should not have lost the World Cup, which incredibly was less than a week ago.

    "Our own countryman stole it!" she said, in reference to New Zealand-born Ben Stokes dramatically and accidentally deflecting the ball for four additional runs at a crucial juncture.

    Sport hurts, kids...

    PORTRUSH LOCAL SHOWS THE WAY

    Often after the cut at a major championship, the field is left with an odd number of players, meaning one poor soul is scheduled to tee off alone.

    But usually the said player - on this occasion Paul Waring - will play with a marker, and Royal Portrush head professional Gary McNeill had that honour on Saturday.

    And he enjoyed a moment to savour at the 17th hole when he drained a monster putt in front of an appreciative local crowd.

    SHANE LOVES LOVE ISLAND...

    One of the more popular TV shows in the United Kingdom right now is Love Island, a show where young, single males and females spend time in a villa looking for love... and it's not to everyone's taste.

    But for the Open Championship leader it's the ideal way to unwind after a round on the course.

    "I'd be lying if I said Love Island wasn't on [in the house]," Lowry said, to laughter among the press pack. "I do the same things as any other person [to relax], I lay back and watch on TV. "

    Each to their own, Shane...

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    Atletico Madrid won 3-0 at Numancia in their first game since Antoine Griezmann's controversial move to Barcelona, but the striker's replacement Joao Felix was substituted due to injury.

    Diego Simeone started with five debutants, including the teenage forward, for Saturday's trip to Estadio Municipal de Burgo de Osma.

    But, after taking an early blow on his right hip, the €126million signing limped off the pitch in the 26th minute and went straight down the tunnel.

    New signings Kieran Trippier, Mario Hermoso, Renan Lodi and Marcos Llorente also started while Joao Felix's replacement Angel Correa hit the post shortly before half-time.

    Having made wholesale changes at the break, including sending on another new defender, Felipe, Atletico took the lead in the 69th minute.

    Substitute Rodrigo Riquelme delivered a deep cross from the right wing that Vitolo tried to meet with a diving header, the ball appearing to bounce in off his left arm.

    Ivan Saponjic, who like the club's record signing Joao Felix has joined from Benfica ahead of the 2019-20 season, then made it 2-0 to the visitors.

    Neat build-up play led to Toni Moya freeing Manuel Sanchez on the left wing, with his centre coolly converted by Serbian striker Saponjic for his first Atletico goal.

    Atletico had finally found their rhythm and they scored a third goal with six minutes to go, Felipe celebrating another debut goal for the Rojiblancos with impressive acrobatics.

  • Nurnberg 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Tuchel's side struggle without Neymar Nurnberg 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Tuchel's side struggle without Neymar

    A below-par Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Nurnberg at the Max-Morlock-Stadion on Saturday.

    There was no place in the squad for Neymar, who continues to be linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions, with the club stating he was "training".

    Thomas Tuchel's side failed to hit the heights of their 6-1 win against Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday and looked particularly frail at the back, although Kylian Mbappe did look typically threatening in attack.

    Pablo Sarabia scored his first goal for the club following his move from Sevilla earlier this month to put them ahead but Enrico Valentini equalised from the spot 19 minutes from time.

    Nurnberg were denied an opener inside the first minute after Alphonse Areola raced off his line to block Mikael Ishak's effort.

    The visitors grew into the game and twice came close shortly before the midway point of the first half. First, Mbappe's low shot was diverted onto the post by goalkeeper Christian Mathenia and then Jese dragged wide after a pull-back from the marauding Thomas Meunier.

    Mbappe went close again 10 minutes before the interval, latching onto Marco Verratti's chipped free-kick and clipping the outside of Mathenia's right-hand upright.

    The France international was the creator for Sarabia's opener two minutes before half-time, playing the ball through Lukas Muhl's legs and picking out the Spaniard, who sent a header past Mathenia.

    The hosts should have drawn level a minute after the restart but half-time substitute Federico Palacios fired well over after powering through a sloppy PSG backline.

    Following a raft of substitutions for both sides, Nurnberg equalised in the 71st minute when Valentini stroked home from the spot after new signing Abdou Diallo had handled in the area.

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