Manchester City striker CARLOS TÉVEZ's caddying cameo during the final round of the Open Championship last weekend has been labelled as "absolute madness" by golf governing body Royal & Ancient, according to Josh Burrows of the LONDON TIMES. The footballer spent Sunday on the fairways as he carried the bag of his fellow countryman ANDRES ROMERO at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's. Tévez admitted that he could not "offer much advice to Romero but enjoyed the experience nonetheless." R&A Championship Committee Chair JIM MCARTHUR was less impressed and said that "the issue needs to be investigated." McArthur: "He never put the bag down, even when he was standing on the green -- it's just absolute madness" (LONDON TIMES, 7/24). The London DAILY MAIL wrote R&A CEO PETER DAWSON "took a different view of the incident." Dawson said, "It was pretty interesting. I thought, because of the big crowd following the group, that golf fans and football fans may overlap a little more than I had realised. It's not a bad thing, perhaps" (DAILY MAIL, 7/24).
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Chinese Super League Shanghai Shenhua's "eccentric owner" ZHU JUN is set to appear on the pitch in Wednesday's friendly against ManU at Shanghai Stadium. A report in the Oriental Sports Daily revealed the 45-year-old will "line-up upfront alongside" DIDIER DROGBA and NICOLAS ANELKA to form a "somewhat unconventional strike force" to face a defense that features former England center-half RIO FERDINAND (WILDEASTFOOTBALL.net, 7/24). ... LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE "paid tribute to two prominent sports journalists" JOHN RODDA and STEVE PARRY for their contribution to the Olympic Movement. Rodda passed away in '09 after working for the Guardian for more than 50 years and serving on the IOC Press Commission. Parry was a sports editor for Reuters and worked as a media adviser to London's bid to host the London Games before passing in '08 (GULF NEWS, 7/24).