The Bouras Bulletin

Graeme McDowell missed a 25ft birdie putt to force a playoff in the US Open in the early hours of Monday morning, allowing Webb Simspon to win his first win in a major.

2010 champion McDowell shared the lead with Jim Furyk going into the final round of the championship at the Olympic Club in California, four shots ahead of Simpson, but carded a three-over-par 75 to slip back.

Lee Westwood started the round three shots off the lead but finished four behind Simpson on five over. Defending champion Rory McIlroy and world number one Luke Donald both failed to make the cut.

The Netherlands’ Euro 2012 nightmare came to an end last night after they were put out of their misery by Portugal. A Cristiano Ronaldo brace condemned the Dutch to a third loss in the group stage after Rafael van der Vaart had given them the lead with a strike from distance.

Portugal qualified behind Germany, who beat Denmark thanks to a late winner from right-back Lars Bender.

Greece qualified from Group A against the odds with a 1-0 win over group- leaders Russia to put their opponents out. The Czech Republic beat co-hosts Poland 1-0 to join Greece in the quarter-finals and will play Portugal in the next round. Greece will come up against the in-form Germans.

The Aegon Championship at Queen’s club finished in unusual circumstances after David Nalbandian was disqualified for kicking an advertising hoarding and injuring a line judge, causing his leg to bleed.

Nalbandian was one set up in the traditional curtain-raiser to Wimbledon before the disqualification, gifting the win to his opponent Marin Cilic.

The southern hemisphere completed a near whitewash against their northern counterparts in the weekend’s test matches. England lost against South Africa for a second time 36-27.

The visitors mounted a spirited second-half fightback after a poor first half which saw South Africa run up a 15-point lead with Ben Youngs going over twice in the second half. Scrum half Youngs will be forced to sit out the rest of the tour after injuring a shoulder in Saturday’s test.

Wales threw away a slender lead to lose out 25-23 against Australia. Mike Harris scored a last-gasp penalty to rescue the result for the home side despite tries from George North and Jonathan Davies.

Scotland were the only European side to register a win at the weekend, beating Fiji 37-25. Argentina beat France 23-20.

England’s rugby league side beat the Exiles 18-10 at Langtree Park in a reverse of last year’s result. Sam Tomkins’ second-half try secured the win for the home side despite Daryl Millard’s late score.

England’s cricketers comfortably beat the West Indies in the first one-day international at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday. Ian Bell’s century but England in the driving seat and Tim Bresnan took four wickets to wrap up the 114-run Duckworth-Lewis victory.