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Maguire comeback can't stop Ebdon in China Open

SNOOKER: Peter Ebdon (pictured) held off a thrilling comeback from Stephen Maguire in the afternoon session to win the China Open final 10-9.

A slow-paced and one-sided first session saw the players hauled off fully three frames early, despite Ebdon knocking in two centuries as he opened up a 5-1 lead.

The players traded blows early in a more watchable afternoon session as Maguire closed to 8-8 and took the match to a decider, only for Ebdon to finally prevail after eight hours play.

Ebdon, the 2002 world champion, came all the way from the qualifying tournament and ended the hopes of home favourite Ding Junhui in the last round.



Boonen bags third Flanders

CYCLING: Belgian Tom Boonen stormed to a record-equalling third career victory in the Tour of Flanders yesterday, while 2010 winner Fabian Cancellara fell and broke his collarbone.

The 31-year-old Omega Pharma -- Quick Step rider outsprinted Italians Filippo Pozzato and Alessandro Ballan to become the fifth rider to take three wins in the 99-year-old event, Belgium's top one-day classic.

The winner of the prestigious Belgian E-3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem classics last weekend and now the new leader of the UCI World Tour rankings, Boonen has seemed all but unstoppable in 2012 after a quiet 2011.



Trott supports skipper Strauss

CRICKET: Nobody within the England camp has any doubts about Andrew Strauss' future as captain, according to batsman Jonathan Trott.

Strauss is facing his hardest period in over three years as skipper following four straight defeats and a personal record that includes just one century in 48 innings. "Andrew is our captain and that's the way it is," said Trott, offering his support.

"I don't think anyone else could see Andrew not as England captain."


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