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Final flourish for Clarke in Africa

GOLF: Irishman Darren Clarke had an impressive final day in the Africa Open -- ending with a 68 for a tournament total of eight-under 284 and a share of 26th place.

Rising English star Chris Wood narrowly missed out on a maiden professional victory after Open champion Louis Oosthuizen won a three-man play-off to clinch the title in East London.

Oosthuizen holed from 15 feet for birdie on the first extra hole, the par-four 18th, to clinch a third European Tour win.

Wood and Spain's Manuel Quiros could only manage pars after the trio had finished regulation play tied on 18 under par.

Sweeney secures 10th

ATHLETICS: Joe Sweeney (DSD) finished a very respectable 10th place in the high quality IAAF Cross-Country Challenge over the hilly, snow-covered Hollyrood course in Edinburgh at the weekend.

The Dubliner finished ahead of some reputable international runners in the three-way team challenge event between Europe, Britain and Asia, clocking 26:29 behind the impressive winner Mo Farah, the African-born British runner who came away in the second half of the 8.2km course to win comfortably in 25:41.

Royal reward for Europe

GOLF: Europe staged an amazing comeback to win the Royal Trophy for the fourth time in five editions of the team competition.

Colin Montgomerie's side trailed Asia 6-2 going into the final day's eight singles matches, but won six of them and halved the other two to complete a remarkable 9-7 triumph.

Montgomerie, who also led Europe to a memorable Ryder Cup triumph at Celtic Manor in October, proved he could still play as well as captain, beating Kim Kyung-tae 3&1.

Killester shocked again

BASKETBALL: Killester may have had a perfect 2010, but the new year has been a nightmare for the Dubliners who slipped to their second shock defeat in a row at home to Belfast Star in the SuperLeague.

The champions had been unbeaten in 10 consecutive matches before going down to DCU Saints last weekend, and they went down 75-67.

Adams has to 'dig deep'

DARTS: Martin Adams came through a thrilling duel with BDO World Championship debutant Dean Winstanley to pick up his third title in last night's final at Frimley Green. The 54-year-old Londoner looked in danger on a number of occasions before running out a 7-5 winner.

"I had to dig deep," said Adams. "Deano had me in all sorts of problems."