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McQuaid set to give UCI's response to Lance report

CYCLING: International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid will on Monday reveal the world governing body's response to the United States Anti-doping Agency's scathing Lance Armstrong report.

Armstrong (right) refused to co-operate with USADA, who last week published a 1,000-page report which concluded the Texan and his United States Postal Service team ran "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

In accordance with the World Anti-doping Code, the UCI had 21 days to respond, until October 31, but now McQuaid will address the issue in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday.

"UCI President Mr Pat McQuaid will inform on the UCI position concerning the USADA decision on the Armstrong case," said a UCI statement to announce the media conference.



Grillo grabs lead at Perth

GOLF: Argentinian youngster Emiliano Grillo is the surprise halfway leader of the ISPS HANDA Perth International after a second-round 67.

The 20-year-old went into the week just focused on securing his European Tour card for next season, lying 112th in the Race to Dubai standings with the top 115 earning another year on tour.

But he leads by four shots after rounds of 66 and 67 at Lake Karrinyup and is now able to aim higher.

"I think I hit it better yesterday than today but a couple of eagles and a hole-out from the bunker helped a lot," he said.

Ireland's Gareth Maybin carded a second round 71 to lie on four over par.



Hirvonen soars in Sardinia

RALLY: THE second day of the Rally of Italy proved to be a graveyard for a number of leading contenders to leave Mikko Hirvonen in charge of his own destiny.

Hirvonen, without a victory in the World Rally Championship for just over 13 months since triumphing in Australia last September, holds a comfortable lead of almost 70 seconds to Russian Evgeny Novikov.

The six stages on the island of Sardinia accounted for nine-times champion Sebastien Loeb, fellow Frenchman Thierry Neuville and factory Ford duo Petter Solberg and Jari-Matti Latvala.

With the rally now Hirvonen's to lose, the works Citroen DS3 driver said: "They are dropping like flies."



Wozniacki kicks at Kremlin

TENNIS: FORMER world number one Caroline Wozniacki showed glimpses of her past form to beat last year's champion Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-7 6-1 in the Kremlin Cup quarter-finals yesterday.

The third seed from Denmark, looking for her second WTA title in a month after winning the Korea Open, will now take on unseeded Swede Sofia Arvidsson in today's semi-finals.

"It was a very good match today as both of us played very well," Wozniacki, 22, told reporters.

"The difference at the end was that I could just keep my highest level up and I managed to win the most important points, especially at the beginning of the third set."


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