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Doherty breezes past 'Whirlwind'

SNOOKER: Jimmy White will not take part in this year's World Championship after a crushing 10-3 defeat by Ken Doherty in qualifying in Sheffield.

The six-time Crucible finalist was always up against it after falling 5-1 behind to world 44 Doherty, the 1997 world champion. White, aka The Whirlwind, went into last night's session 6-3 down but lost the next four frames to lose to the Dubliner.

Doherty, who lost in last year's qualifiers to end a 15-year run at Sheffield, faces Northern Ireland's Joe Swail in the final qualifying round on Monday for a place at the Crucible Theatre event.

Hamilton eager to tackle Schumacher

F1: Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to pitting his wits against Michael Schumacher in this year's world championship. After three years in retirement, the 41-year-old German is looking forward to competing again, this time for Mercedes.

And Hamilton is keen to line up against seven-time champion Schumacher in the first race of this season in Bahrain next Sunday. The 2008 world champion said: "It's great for the sport and for the fans, and it certainly will be a great experience to have such a legend on the track."

Hansen shares lead in Malaysian Open

GOLF: Consistent Danishman Soren Hansen joined Angelo Que in a share of the clubhouse lead midway through the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Hansen, who last missed a cut at last year's Masters, and Que joined overnight leaders Ignacio Garrido and Rhys Davies at seven under par after posting second rounds of five-under-par 67s in the energy-sapping humidity. Peter Lawrie was seven shots off the pace after having a disaster on the par-five fifth, taking 10 shots on the hole -- which was offset by five birdies in his second round.

O'Rourke ruled out of World Indoors

ATHLETICS: Irish sprint hurdler Derval O'Rourke has been forced to withdrawn from the World Indoor Championships which will take place in Qatar next week, due to a hamstring injury, hitting hopes of an Irish medal.

RUGBY: UCD took the bragging rights from a tussle that doubled up as AIL Division 2 fare and the 58th annual 'Colours Match' at Donnybrook last night as they defeated Trinity 28-8.

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