BETHESDA, Md. -- Rory McIlroy has the U.S. Open trophy. And if he needs any more affirmation, hes also got the seal of approval from Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus and McIlroy struck up a friendship over the last couple years when the Northern Irishman went to see The Golden Bear for tips on the game, notably, how to win at the majors. The Bear, who knows a little something about good golf swings, said the 22-year-old has the kind of swing that can hold up over time. It certainly held up Sunday, over a closing round 2-under 69 that helped McIlroy break the U.S. Open scoring record that Nicklaus shared with Woods and two others. "His rhythm is so beautiful, his tempo, it just stays the same all the time," Nicklaus said in an interview on NBC. "He doesnt try to kill it, doesnt try to do anything unusual with the golf ball. He hits it a little harder at times when he wants to put a little power in it and I think thats fine." Nicklaus was 22 when he won the first of his 18 majors in 1962 -- three months older than McIlroy is now. Their most recent discussion came last month, while McIlroy was still reeling from his collapse at the Masters, where he took a four-shot lead into the final round but shot 80 and finished 15th. Nicklaus said he didnt really give McIlroy advice, but instead asked if hed learned anything from his mistakes. "He said, Yeah, I think I did," Nicklaus said. "I said, Well, make sure you did, because the next time you get yourself in that position, youve got to remember what you did and what you didnt do and remember what you want to do and go do it. " As the week at Congressional progressed, McIlroy never shied away from talking about his mistakes at Augusta. In fact, he embraced the experience, used it as a learning experience. After getting a big lead going into the weekend, he didnt look back. "You sit down with the most successful player thats ever lived and for him to say that he expects big things from you, that you should embrace the pressure, those are great things to hear from someone like him," McIlroy said. "To be able to come out this week, and after what he said to me, and put a little bit of that into practice so early is a nice feeling." Even before he had closed out his win, McIlroy was answering questions about becoming a multiple major winner. Padraig Harrington was predicting he might someday eclipse Nicklaus record. McIlroy is the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923, and Nicklaus says theres some pressure taken off by winning the first one at such a young age. "I hope he understands he is a golfer first," Nicklaus said. "He will be and already is a celebrity, but he is a golfer first. 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The Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick in the surprising deal. Oklahoma City also sent centre Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston.LONDON - Andre Villas-Boas was hired as Chelsea manager on a three-year contract on Wednesday, and vowed to build on the stunning success he achieved at Porto that quickly established him as one of Europes most sought-after coaches. The 33-year-old Villas-Boas, who has just two seasons of topflight managerial experience behind him, became the seventh manager in eight years under Chelseas billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich -- a day after resigning as coach of the Portuguese champions. Fresh from guiding Porto to Portuguese and Europa League titles in an unbeaten season, the man often compared to his compatriot and former boss Jose Mourinho will bring some much-needed energy and dynamism to a club that failed to land any silverware last season. "There is no doubt that the challenge for me is to keep winning," Villas-Boas told Chelseas in-house TV channel. "I am an individual who has that hunger for success and I want to keep it that way." Since Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, the club has enjoyed a trophy-laden period that has harvested three English titles, three FA Cups and two League Cups. The Champions League -- a competition Abramovich is said to be obsessed with -- has eluded the Blues and it is success in Europes premier club competition where Villas-Boas will ultimately be judged. "Lets reflect on the success of the past six years at this club and what we have achieved, and now what we can achieve in the next six years again," he said. Villas-Boas returns to the London club where he worked as a scout between 2004-07 under Mourinho, who won five major domestic trophies in that time. However, Mourinho and his successors Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti always came up short in the Champions League. "His ambition, drive and determination matches that of Chelsea and we are confident Andres leadership of the team will result in greater successes in major domestic and European competitions," Chelsea said in a statement. Chelsea described Villas-Boas as "one of the most talented young managers in football today" but the man himself said he would just be a cog in the machine. "Dont expect something from one man," he said. "Expect us to create a group dynamic of eeverybody getting together, with the fans getting together, with people getting excited with the motivation that is in and around us.dddddddddddd "In the new way of communicating and the new leadership -- this is the most important thing," he said. "Its not about my arrival. Its about the continuous success of this club." Villas-Boas succeeds Ancelotti as manager at Stamford Bridge following the Italian coachs sacking on the final day of last season, despite having won the Premier League-FA Cup double the previous year. Villas-Boas will start work immediately on a reported contract of five million pounds (US$8 million) a year, with one of his first tasks to decide at what stage the team -- featuring a number of aging stars like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry -- needs to be dismantled and rebuilt. He will be familiar with many of the current Chelsea squad following his previous spell at the club. "Andre will bring his coaching experience back to a club he is already very familiar with, having previously worked here for three years," Chelsea said in the statement. "He has always been highly regarded at Chelsea and everyone here looks forward to welcoming him back and working with him." Villas-Boas contract with Porto was terminated Tuesday after the club received payment of 15 million euros (US$21.5 million) to trigger his release clause. With Villas-Boas having never managed in the Champions League, the appointment could be seen as a risk. However, Villas-Boas is so highly rated that he has been dubbed by many as the "Mini-Mourinho," after the current Real Madrid coach who has been one of the most successful managers in Europe in recent years. "Andre was the outstanding candidate for the job. He has already achieved much in a relatively short space of time," Chelsea said. Comparisons with Mourinho were reinforced last month when Villas-Boas emulated his mentor by winning the Europa League, the second-tier European competition which Mourinho lifted with Porto in 2003 in its UEFA Cup format. He was previously coach at Portuguese side Academica for a year. Chelsea came second in the league last season and was eliminated by Manchester United in the semifinals of the Champions League. ' ' '