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G-Mac's switch to Srixon clubs Henin claims another victory on comeback

GOLF: World number five Graeme McDowell, who enjoyed the best season of his career in 2010, will use new clubs this year.

The 31-year-old Irishman, who won the US Open last season and also claimed the winning point for Europe in the Ryder Cup, has decided to switch manufacturer from Callaway to Srixon.

"I am really excited about my decision," he said.

"There is a great energy among the team ... regarding my signing with them and I am looking forward to feeding off this energy going into 2011."

According to media reports, the US Open champion has signed a multi-year deal with his new suppliers worth about $3million a year.

McDowell, who won three times on the European Tour last year and beat Tiger Woods in a playoff at the Chevron World Challenge in California in December, is to use his new equipment for the first time in this week's Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

The Portrush native will be paired with American Hunter Mahan, the player he beat in the last-day singles at the Ryder Cup, in the US PGA Tour's season opener at Kapalua.

Dublin duo get Great Euro call for Edinburgh

ATHLETICS: Dubliners Joe Sweeney and Mark Kenneally have received a massive New Year boost by being called up to run for Europe in next Saturday's Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross-Country.

The big IAAF Scottish race is including an inaugural three-team international challenge -- Europe against USA and Great Britain and Northern Ireland -- this year.

Sweeney (DSD) was the first Irishman home, in 21st place, in the senior race at the recent European Cross-Country Championships, where Kenneally was 35th, but the Clonliffe man was eighth in the same event a year ago and also has strong cross-country pedigree.

Henin claims another victory on comeback

TENNIS: Former world number one Justine Henin continued her comeback from a six-month injury absence as she inspired Belgium to victory over Kazakhstan at the Hopman Cup mixed team event in Perth today.

Henin saw off stand-in Sesil Karatantcheva 6-4 6-3 to put Belgium ahead and then watched as Ruben Bemelmans upset the much higher-ranked Andrey Golubev 6-4 6-4 to give them an unassailable lead going into the mixed doubles.

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