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Other sport in brief: Title win sees Crane relieved

GOLF: Ben Crane was pleased to put a difficult couple of months behind him by claiming a long-awaited third PGA Tour victory of his career at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

The American picked up his first title since the 2005 US Bank Championship with a one-stroke win in San Diego, California.

In December, Crane had been horrified to find his name linked to a quote he never made relating to the Tiger Woods scandal.

"Obviously being in the news a month ago was bizarre," Crane said. "Now to be in the news again ... it's obviously good to be on a good note."

Meanwhile, Sweden's Robert Karlsson won his first individual trophy for 16 months when he captured the Qatar Masters title on fifteen under to finish three ahead of holder Alvaro Quiros. Peter Lawrie was best of the Irish finishing joint ninth on six under par.



Magee claims belt

BOXING: Former Irish Olympian Brian Magee claimed one of the biggest belts of his career -- and a cool €155,000 purse -- after stopping Dane Mads Larsen to land the vacant European super-middleweight title in Denmark.

The Lisburn fighter floored Larsen once in the fifth and twice in the sixth before the fight was stopped after the Dane hit the canvas in the seventh.

Meanwhile, the Irish squad for the AIBA World Youth Championships edged a step closer toward completion after Saturday's finals of the IABA Open Youth Competition at the National Stadium in Dublin.

World junior champion Joe Ward staked his claim for a place after he stopped middleweight Dan O'Brien in of one of 10 finals.



Louk faces Russian

TENNIS: Australian Open hero Louk Sorensen and Conor Niland have been drawn against Russian opponents in the first round of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Kasan, Russia tomorrow.

Sorensen faces sixth seed Evgeny Donskoy while Niland plays wildcard Anton Manegin.



Duo win in Raheny

Athletics: Linda Byrne (DSD) and Sean Connolly (Tallaght) took top honours in the Raheny 5, with the former leaving Fionnuala Britton (Slil Cualann) and Maria McCambridge (Letterkenny) for dust to win by 14 seconds in a time of 26:31.

Connolly won the men's race in 24:13, 10 seconds clear of Mick Clohisey (24:23).



Higgins triumphs

snooker: John Higgins beat the defending champion Ali Carter 9-4 to claim the Welsh Open title last night.


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