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China specialist Levy leads in wet Shanghai SHANGHAI: Frenchman Alexander Levy continued his love affair with China's golf courses by kicking off the European Tour's Final Series with a seven-under-par 65 to lead after the first round of the BMW Masters.Levy, who won the Tour's China Open in April, fired seven birdies in a bogey-free round to lead by one at Lake Malaran from Argentine Emiliano Grillo, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and another Frenchman, Romain Wattel.Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell also went bogey free, firing a five-under 67 to sit in fifth at the first event of the European Tour's lucrative final four of the season which offer more than $30 million in combined prize money.But they were all short of the 24-year-old Levy, who showed some hot form on a cool, damp morning in China.Starting on the 10th, Levy opened with four birdies before getting to five-under by sending a pinpoint iron at the 200 yard par ...

Pakistan lose opener Ahmed Shehzad in second Test ABU DHABI: Pakistan lost opener Ahmed Shehzad before reaching 82-1 at lunch on the opening day of the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.Mohammad Hafeez was unbeaten on 36 at the break and with him Azhar Ali, who was batting on 11.Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch which is expected to turn in later stages.Shehzad was shaping well during his 64-ball knock, hitting ...

Flush Australia 'never in better health' SYDNEY: Cricket Australia on Thursday reported a strong financial position ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand early next year.Revenue of almost Aus$300 million (US$262 million) is expected to grow to Aus$360 million (US$315 million) by the end of this southern summer season, CA said.Over CA's four-year reporting cycle that spans from 2013-14 to 2016-17, revenue will climb to a projected Aus$1.22 billion ($1.07 billion), up from Aus$736 million in ...

Cheika goes back to the future with first Wallabies team LONDON: Michael Cheika's first team as Australia coach has a decidedly retro feel to it, with halfbacks Quade Cooper and Will Genia restored for the European tour opener against the invitational Barbarians on Saturday.Flyhalf Cooper and scrumhalf Genia were a fixture of former coach Ewen McKenzie's tourists last year, but injuries put the pair out of the June series against France and they were overlooked for the latter part of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship ...

Pakistan win toss, bat in second Australia Test ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and chose to bat in the second and final Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.Pakistan, 1-0 ahead after their big 221-run win in the first Test in Dubai, remained unchanged. Australia, seeking to avoid their first series defeat against Pakistan in 20 years, made two changes with paceman Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell in for Steve O'Keefe and Alex Doolan. Teams: Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq ...

Canadian pair eye Grand Prix gold MONTREAL: Canadian pairs team Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel have their sights set on a first Grand Prix gold at Skate Canada this week in Kelowna, British Columbia.A week after Russians Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov won the Skate America pairs crown with an impressive quadruple throw Salchow, Radford and Duhamel hope a similar quadruple will propel them to the title in the second Grand Prix of the season."We have several goals for this season," ...

Giants close out Royals to win World Series KANSAS: The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday behind a stunning performance by Madison Bumgarner to win their third World Series title in five Major League Baseball seasons.With the win, the Giants completed a 4-3 series win over the Royals in the best-of-seven championship, adding a third title to their brilliant every-other-year pattern of post-season success dating back to 2010.Michael Morse drove in a pair of runs and ace Bumgarner, ...


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