Golf-Moving ball rule changed in wake of Johnson controversy

LONDON, Dec 8 Golf's governing bodies have introduced a new local rule to eliminate the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the green, the scenario that overshadowed Dustin Johnson's maiden major victory at this year's U.S. Open.

Golf-European Tour Hong Kong Open scores

Dec 8 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Hong Kong Open at the par-70 course on Thursday in Hong Kong -6 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 64 -5 Sebastien Gros (France) 65 -4 Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 66 Peter Uihlein (U.S.) 66 Benjamin Hebert (France) 66 Sam Brazel (Australia) 66 Paul Peterson (U.S.) 66 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 66 Ignacio Elvira (Spain)

UPDATE 2-Golf-World number one Ko parts ways with coach Leadbetter

* Slump could be attributed to burnout (Adds fresh quotes, details)

Golf-LPGA player Thompson set to compete with men at Shark Shootout

Dec 7 Women's world number five Lexi Thompson will be following in the footsteps of golfing great Annika Sorenstam when she competes with the men, off the men's tees, at this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Florida.

Golf-World number one Ko parts ways with coach Leadbetter

Dec 8 World number one Lydia Ko has split from her coach David Leadbetter after three years working together.

Golf-Tiger's next chapter a hot topic for players and fans

Dec 7 With the opening PGA Tour event of 2017 just a month away, golf fans and players are bracing for the next chapter from Tiger Woods as the former world number one prepares for his first start on the U.S. circuit since August 2015.

Golf-Play stopped at Ladies European Tour event after caddie dies

Dec 7 The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament was suspended on Wednesday 7after the death of a caddie on the course, the Ladies European Tour said in a statement.

INTERVIEW-Golf-Tiger must prove he is over chipping yips - Jacklin

LONDON, Dec 7 Former world number one Tiger Woods must prove he has overcome the "chipping yips" in order to fully challenge golf's elite again, according to double major champion Tony Jacklin.

INTERVIEW-Golf-Jacklin backs Bjorn but worries about Paris venue

LONDON, Dec 6 Tony Jacklin has welcomed Thomas Bjorn's appointment as 2018 European Ryder Cup captain but the former skipper is concerned about the Paris venue and the qualification criteria for the 12-man team.

Trump scales back plans for 'huge' wall - at Irish seaside golf course

DUBLIN, Dec 6 A golf course owned by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to scale back a wall designed to protect its greens from coastal erosion after opposition from local residents, the local council said on Tuesday.

Dhoni: the legacy of a cricket champion

When Dhoni finally hangs up his boots for good in all forms of cricket, he'll be best remembered as a handsome and charismatic leader who inspired India to scale cricket's greatest heights.