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Clarke and Daly in Singapore mix

GOLF: Former British Open winners Darren Clarke and John Daly have signed up to compete in next month’s $6million (¤4.6m) Singapore Open, organisers said today.

AMERICAN Daly, who won the Open at St Andrews in 1995, and Portrush man Clarke, who picked up the Claret Jug at Royal St George’s last year, will join a field headlined by world number one Rory McIlroy.

The co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour event will take place at the Sentosa Golf Club from November 5-8 with Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano defending the title.

The flamboyantly dressed, big hitting Daly and cigar-chomping Clarke have struggled for form of late and could find the going tough with a strong field signed up.

Three-time winner Adam Scott of Australia and Major winners Phil Mickelson, South African Louis Oosthuizen and South Korean YE Yang have all signed up to compete in the event.

Vettel eyeing India win

F1: Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull has cause for optimism in this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix, as the title fight comes down to the final four races.

Vettel’s victory in the previous race in Korea made it three straight grand prix wins, and saw him snatch the drivers’ championship lead from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

The Indian track - the Buddh International circuit - has similar characteristics to that of Korea and fast, sweeping corners, which usually suit the Red Bulls more than their rivals.

“I loved the track layout last year, but not just because I won the race,” Vettel said. “The course is the second quickest of the year after Monza. There is a lot of elevation change around the lap which adds to the fun. It’s like a roller-coaster.”

Kvitova hit by Pole-axe

TENNIS: Holder Petra Kvitova was stunned at the WTA Championships yesterday in Istanbul after a defeat that reduced her to tears while Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova began their campaigns in top form at the end-of-season competition.

Sixth seed Kvitova was toppled 6-3 6-2 by Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in a contest that saw the Czech commit a whopping 41 unforced errors to only five from her opponent. Williams eased to a 6-4 6-1 victory against Germany’s Angelique Kerber, while French Open champion Sharapova beat Italy’s Sara Errani 6-3 6-2.

Meredith named coach

HOCKEY: Andrew Meredith has been appointed coach of the Irish men’s team, after being confirmed as the successor to Paul Revington.

The Aussie was assistant coach to the German side which picked up gold medals at the Beijing and London Olympics.

His first job in his new role will be to take the Irish to next month’s Champions Challenge in Argentina.


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