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Europe top on Cup's last day

GOLF: Europe will take a 7-3 lead into the final day of the inaugural EurAsia Cup today despite a spirited fightback from Asia in Kuala Lumpur.

After being whitewashed 5-0 in Thursday's fourballs, Thongchai Jaidee's side hit back to take three points from yesterday's foursomes, at one point even leading in four of the matches and being level in the other.

In the end they had to settle for Prayad Marksaeng and Kim Hyung-sung beating Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen 4&3 and Anirban Lahiri and Siddikur Rahman defeating Joost Luiten and Victor Dubuisson on the 18th, with two matches finishing all square.

Europe's only winners were Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson, who came from behind for the second match in succession to beat Gaganjeet Bhullar and Nicholas Fung 2&1.

Captain Miguel Angel Jimenez helped deny Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat victory in the opening contest, the 50-year-old making two eagles at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the second day running before a superb approach to the 18th set up Pablo Larrazabal for a birdie.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Stephen Gallacher also halved their match with Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara, thanks to a birdie on the 17th, although the European pair missed another birdie chance on the last to win having let slip a three-hole lead.

DJOKOVIC GETS BYE INTO FINAL

TENNIS: World number two Novak Djokovic is through to the final of the Sony Open in Miami after his semi-final opponent Kei Nishikori withdrew due to injury.

The 24-year-old Japanese player needed three sets to defeat both Roger Federer and David Ferrer on consecutive days to progress to the final four, but was unable to recover from a groin problem in order to face Djokovic yesterday.

It means the Serb will now face either world number one Rafael Nadal or Tomas Berdych in tomorrow's final.

Nishikori announced his withdrawal on his Facebook page.

CYCLING: Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from one-day race Gent-Wevelgem due to a viral infection, his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team have announced. The 28-year-old from the Isle of Man began feeling unwell on Wednesday, just a few days after placing fifth in the Milan-San Remo classic he won in 2009.


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