Chris Canty and Claire Burke at the Crikey sports desk

Ogilvy holds own in the “zoo”. US Open winner Australian Geoff Ogilvy lost
no respect overnight when he teed off alongside Tiger
Woods and Phil Mickelson in the first round of the
US PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club. While much of the pre-event
hype focused on Woods and Mickelson, Ogilvy was far from outclassed in the
trio, finishing level with Woods and Mickelson on a comfortable 69, three shots
behind leader Lucas Glover who shot a six-under 66.Despite
predicting the on-course
attention his group would receive would be like a “zoo”, Ogilvy held
his nerve.
Starting on the back nine, he started strongly with birdies on the
and 12th, yet conceded shots to finish the first half on par, two
strokes behind his Woods and Mickelson. He then recorded birdies on
first, fourth, fifth, and seventh. Meanwhile Australian Robert Allenby
also finished the day in a
strong position, tied for fourth on 68, two behind Glover, while Peter
Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby are all within touch at two under par
70. Rod
Pampling, Nathan Green, and Adam Scott are a stroke behind on 71. The
leaderboard is here.

good news for
AFL fans. In a week that has
been characterised by bickering between commentators and the broader AFL community about the
way the Australian football is being played and commented on, yesterday came as
a welcome relief for fans. In a genuinely good day for AFL, James Hird, Glenn
Archer, and Anthony Koutoufides all announced they would play on next year,
keeping three of the game’s greats on the park. Essendon, the Kangaroos, and Carlton need all
the leadership and experience they can get to improve their competitiveness,
and that’s what Hird and his fellow veterans offer. If this season is any
indication, all three players will suffer injuries next year, but Sheedy has already said he won’t cut Hird any slack,
and Koutoufides has reportedly taken a $700,000 pay cut.
And given the acres of coverage given to the so-called “problems” with the
modern game, fans can take some joy from the fact that three of the players who
embody what’s good about AFL will be putting it on show for another season.

England collapse in final Test. In yesterday’s Crikey we
pointed out that you can judge a cricket team’s ruthlessness by the way they
perform in a dead rubber, with a special mention of England’s final Test match
against Pakistan which began overnight. Well, it was a hurdle, and they tripped over
it. In what could be perceived as ominous signs for the English team, they
crumbled to be all out for 173 in their first innings, with media describing it
as “their worst batting performance of the year”
– and this after the reasonably steady start of one for 54. The star of
the day
was Pakistani bowler Mohammad Asif who, despite missing the first three
of the series, took 4-56, leaving pundits wondering what the outcome of
series would have been if he managed to play all matches. In reply,
Pakistan were one for 96, with England dropping crucial catches.