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Donald closes in on the summit

GOLF: Luke Donald's quest to regain the world number one spot was boosted by an impressive seven-under-par second round 65 at the Classic of New Orleans.

The 34-year-old needs to finish in the top seven to move back to the top ranking, and that looked unlikely after a one-over-par 73 on Thursday left him eight adrift of the leaders, now he is two shots better off.

However, he stormed back into contention, kicking off with a birdie at his opening hole -- the 10th -- before adding four further birdies and an eagle two at the par-four first to claim a share of 12th place.

American journeyman Jason Dufner rolled in a 30-foot eagle putt on his final hole to grab an early one-shot lead in Louisiana.

Seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour after twice losing out in playoffs last season, Dufner carded a flawless seven-under-par 65 at the TPC Louisiana to post a 12-under total of 132.

Britain's Russell Knox, a rookie on the US circuit this year who has made only two cuts in eight starts, was alone in second after firing a superb 64 to tie the course record.



Leona leads at Troon

golf: Leona Maguire made a remarkable start in her bid to regain the Scottish Ladies Open Strokeplay title at Troon Portland yesterday.

The 16-year-old Curtis Cup player from Slieve Russell, Co Cavan, who won the crown in 2009 and was runner-up last spring, fired a seven-under-par 68 to share the first-round lead with England's Rachael Goodall.

The pair are two strokes clear of Welsh star Amy Boulden and France's Perrinne Delacour in their bid for the Helen Holm Trophy.



Wiggins keeps yellow

CYCLING: Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins holds a one-second advantage with two stages to go of the Tour de Romandie after Luis Leon Sanchez won the third stage.

The Rabobank rider won the 157km stage from La Neuveville to Charmey to move into second place overall.


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