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Lewis: I'm not making return

BOXING: Lennox Lewis has dismissed reports that he is preparing to make a comeback to fight one of the Klitschkos.

Lewis took to Twitter to insist he has no intention of stepping back in the ring at the age of 48.

He tweeted: "A hypothetical answer to a hypothetical question does NOT equal reality #NoComeback," before adding: "I'm not stepping back in the ring but I AM looking for the next crop of new talent!"

Lewis's former promoter Frank Maloney has decided to retire from all pro boxing after more than 30 years. Maloney managed Lewis during the peak of his career when he held the world heavyweight champion belt.


Federer woes worsen

TENNIS: Roger Federer is targeting good performances in Basle and Paris after his hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals were dealt a blow at the Shanghai Masters.

The Swiss suffered his latest disappointing defeat in a difficult season as Gael Monfils triumphed 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

Federer is still in a decent position to make the World Tour Finals, especially given Andy Murray's withdrawal on Wednesday, but it could well go down to the Paris Masters next month.


Lowry off the pace

GOLF: Seven players enjoyed a share of the lead after the first round of the Portugal Masters as a total of 68 players broke par on the Oceanico Victoria Course.

Defending champion Shane Lowry was not among the leaders as the Offaly man had to settle for a one-under-par 70.

Jamie Donaldson and David Lynn were among those to card six-under-par 65s, along with England's Graeme Storm, Ireland's Simon Thornton, Spain's Alvaro Quiros, Chile's Felipe Aguilar and German Max Kieffer.