Early Doors

The Morning Score: Friday

Rory’s on the march again, Michael Duignan says sorry and Conor Niland still on the brink of Wimbledon spot.

1. #US OPEN Masters? What Masters?

Rory McIlroy has well and truly moved on from his Augusta collapse – it seems – with a stunning first round at Congressional.

The Holywood man was back leading a major yesterday by three after a brilliant six-under-par 65. We’ll have a full report soon.

2. #APPEAL Donegal forward Michael Murphy last night won his appeal against the red card he received in the Ulster Football quarter-final meeting with Cavan last weekend.

GAA officials met at Croke Park last night and it was ultimately good news for the talismanic attacker.

Do you think it was the right decision? – watch the incident here.

3. #SORRY Michael Duignan yesterday apologised for ‘tarring all Offaly’s footballers with the same brush’.

The All-Ireland winner said during the week that the panel lacked discipline and drank too much.

4. #OLD FIRM People who cause “sectarian disruption” at football matches or on the internet could be jailed for up to five years under new legislation that the Scottish parliament intends to pass before the start of the new football season.

5. #SW19 Conor Niland was left frustrated at a rainy Roehampton yesterday.

The Limerick man’s dream of becoming the first Irish man to appear at SW19 since Sean Sorensen in 1977 has been put on hold until today after persistent rainfall prevented his third-round qualifier against Nikola Mektic from taking place as planned.

6.#FILM We featured this in our YouTube round-up yesterday – the first glimpse of Brad Pitt (swoon) as Oakland A’s coach in Moneyball.