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Fisher Jr top at halfway in Africa Al-Attiyah wins but Sainz still leads Dakar

GOLF: Trevor Fisher Jr held the lead at the halfway stage of the Africa Open after matching his opening-day effort with another 66 in East London to head into the weekend on 14-under-par.

His closest challenge came from fellow overnight leader Patrik Sjoland as the Swede mixed an impressive eight birdies and an eagle with one double bogey and two bogeys, while another home favourite, Thomas Aiken, dropped no shots on his way to a 67, to sit 12 under overall.

Ireland's Darren Clarke was on seven under after following up his 69 yesterday with a 70 today, with compatriot Michael Hoey one shot back again on six under par.

The cut fell at five-under, one outside the all-time European Tour low. Gary Murphy (75, 73, +2), Simon Thornton (74, 75, +3) and Niall Kearney (73, 77, +4) all missed out.



Philips sets up BDO semi with Adams

DARTS: Martin Phillips and Martin Adams will clash in the BDO World Championship semi-finals after winning their last-eight clashes last night.

Phillips sprung a major surprise by ousting second seed Scott Waites 5-4 in a thriller at Frimley Green.

Veteran Welshman Phillips -- a 125/1 outsider at the start of the week -- took 76 minutes to see off his Yorkshire opponent in a superb performance.

The left-hander produced 10 180s and a 12 darter en route to victory, with six finishes of 80-plus. Fellow old-timer Adams, meanwhile, had little trouble beating Garry Thompson 5-2 in less than an hour.

The 53-year-old third seed -- in his 17th world championship -- was in control throughout the contest before the Yorkshireman mounted a late -- but ultimately futile -- fightback.



Al-Attiyah wins but Sainz still leads Dakar

AUTO: Nasser Al-Attiyah held on for victory on stage seven of the Dakar Rally. The win was Al-Attiyah's sixth stage victory in the Dakar Rally but his first this year, as he finished three minutes and 29 seconds ahead of French rival Stephane Peterhansel of BMW and a full four mins 21 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz, who leads the overall standings.

By finishing 8:40 ahead of American team-mate Mark Miller, however, Al-Attiyah has a firm grip on second place in the overall table.

NBA: Toronto 108 Philadelphia 106, Washington 104 Orlando 97, Atlanta 93 Boston 85, Memphis 91 Utah 89, Minnesota 116 Indiana 109, New Orleans 103 New Jersey 99, Milwaukee 96 Chicago 93, Dallas 112 San Antonio 103, Miami 109 Phoenix 105, Portland 107 LA Lakers 98, Denver 99 Cleveland 97, Golden State 108 Sacramento 101.


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