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Otto in orbit with eagle at eighth BEIJING: South African journeyman Hennie Otto blasted a stunning nine-under-par 63 to lead the Volvo China Open after the first round on Thursday.Starting in the very first group on the 10th tee at the Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing, the world number 392 was only three under halfway through his round.But he shot two birdies in his first three holes on the front nine and an eagle at the eighth saw him back in just 30 strokes.Otto will be 40 in June and turned professional in 1998 but had to wait a decade for the first of only three European tour wins, the 2008 Italian Open."I played really well today," he said in comments posted on the organisers' website. "You have to hit it in the right places and that's the thing I did today. "I've always got a good frame of mind every week but it's just ...

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Golf: China Open scores BEIJING: Leading scores after the first round of the European Tour's Volvo China Open at the Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing on Thursday:63 - Hennie Otto (RSA)65 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT)66 - Roope Kakko (FIN), Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Peter Hanson (SWE), Gregory Bourdy (FRA)67 - Borja Virto Astudillo (ESP), Alex Noren (SWE), Joost Luiten (NED)68 - Joakim Lagergren (SWE), Dean Burmester (RSA), Marcel Siem (GER), Nathan Holman (AUS), Wolmer Murillo (VEN), Mikko Korhonen ...

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Federer signs up for Madrid Masters MADRID: Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will continue his preparation for the French Open next month by taking part in the Madrid Masters next week, tournament officials confirmed on Thursday."The Madrid Open can count upon the presence of Roger Federer," said a statement on the tournament's website."Federer is one of the best tennis players in history and Madrid is a special place for him," said tournament director Manolo Santana."We are delighted to be able ...

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Scarlets wing Robinson retires LONDON: Scarlets' Welsh wing Harry Robinson announced on Thursday a neck injury has forced his early retirement.The 23-year-old suffered a serious neck injury at the end of last season that required surgery.Although the operation was successful, three times-capped Robinson has now confirmed his retirement following a lengthy battle to resume playing regional rugby."I am utterly devastated, and it is a very, very bitter pill to have to swallow," said Robinson, in a statement released by ...

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Squash: Nicol David crashes out of world championship KUALA LUMPUR: Nicol David, the most dominant squash star in the past decade, crashed out of the world championship in Malaysia on Thursday, ending her shot at a ninth world title this year.The Malaysian ace was dispatched by fifth seed Nour El Sherbini of Egypt 14-12, 4-11, 11-3, 11-7 in the quarterfinals as a bumper crowd of Malaysian supporters were left disappointed. World number one Laura Massaro of England went through to the semi-finals after ...

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No Curry, no problem as Warriors rout Rockets LOS ANGELES: The Golden State Warriors brushed off the unsettling absence of injured star Stephen Curry on Wednesday to demolish the Houston Rockets and advance to the next round of the NBA playoffs.The Warriors' hopes of successfully defending their NBA crown received a blow on Sunday after Curry was sidelined for at least two weeks with a sprained knee ligament.But the Warriors did enough in a 114-81 rout of the Rockets to remind the pretenders ...

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Croatian Coric fights back in Estoril ESTORIL: Croatian hope Borna Coric had to go the two-hour distance to reach the quarter-finals of the Estoril Open on Wednesday as he held off a charge from Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.The sixth-seeded teenager duplicated his showing from a year ago on his debut when he moved into the last eight.Coric, 19, looked like winning in straight sets against a 101-ranked Brazilian opponent, but he lost his way as he dropped serve to ...