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McDowell plays down his injury

GOLF: Graeme McDowell has played down fears his season could be over after catching his hand in a hotel door -- the freak accident leaving him with severe bruising.

Manager Conor Ridge said McDowell got his right hand caught in the door just before leaving his hotel for the second round at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China.

McDowell did play through the pain to complete his round at the Mission Hills course, and later tweeted that he should be "okay for 2moro", but looked to be in pain during his round of 75, which left him tied for 56th.

He has three events left on this year's schedule: the World Tour Championship in Dubai, the Australian Masters and the World Challenge in California.



Alonso eyes perfection

F1: Fernando Alonso knows nothing less than perfection will guarantee him this season's world title.

After the two practice sessions ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it is apparent Alonso requires some help from somewhere given Sebastian Vettel again took the honours. In the three races at the Yas Marina circuit, Vettel has never been off the front row, claiming two poles, going on to clinch two wins.

A repeat of that scenario tomorrow, and barring any further mishap for Vettel, the title race could be all over bar the shouting going into the final two rounds in the United States and Brazil.

"We've tried to prepare for this race better than ever," said Alonso. "We need to find perfection."



WADA back Lance axe

CYCLING: The World Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed they will not appeal against the United States Anti-Doping Agency's sanctions against Lance Armstrong.

USADA recommend that all Armstrong's results from August 1, 1998 be expunged from the record books, including his seven Tour de France 'wins' from 1999 to 2005, as well as handing the 41-year-old a life ban from cycling. The International Cycling Union (UCI) last week ratified the sanctions.



Students win World Cup

SAILING: Ten Irish students from UCD have won the the Student Yachting World Cup in La Rochelle, France.

The Irish crew claimed victory by the largest margin ever recorded by an Irish team in the 32-year history of the event, dominating the regatta to finish on a total of 25 points, while their closest rivals Team Canada finished on 37 points.



Trump takes top spot

SNOOKER: Judd Trump has reached the top rung in the sport and another major final.

The 23-year-old from Bristol stands on the brink of another major trophy, having swatted aside Peter Ebdon 9-1 in the International Championship in Chengdu, China, to set up a showdown tomorrow with Neil Robertson or Shaun Murphy, who contest the second semi-final tomorrow.

Trump leapfrogs Mark Selby to become world number one.


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