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Roche on rise in Paris-Nice

CYCLING: Ireland's Nicolas Roche climbed to 22nd in the general classification after stage six of the Paris-Nice race as Britain's Bradley Wiggins retained the overall lead yesterday.

Spanish former champion Luis Leon Sanchez edged out Jens Voigt as the two broke on the stage's final hill to win the stage.

Team Sky favourite Wiggins still leads by six seconds over Holland's Lieuwe Westra, while American Levi Leipheimer is 10 seconds adrift in third.

Roche, however, is still four minutes 27 seconds behind.

Ennis 'gutted' to lose world title

ATHLETICS: Jessica Ennis admitted she was "gutted" to lose her second world title inside seven months -- especially after briefly thinking she had pulled off a remarkable victory in Turkey.

Ennis went into the final event of the pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships trailing Olympic heptathlon champion Nataliya Dobrynska by 93 points.

The 26-year-old took almost four-and-a-half seconds off her indoor PB in winning the 800m -- and then saw her name flash up in first place. But Dobrynska's score for the 800m had not been added at that point to her 5,013 total, a new world record.

Hamilton buoyed by Monaco move

MOTORSPORT: Lewis Hamilton believes his recent move to Monaco has helped increase his feel-good factor ahead of the new Formula One season.

Hamilton switched to the principality last week, revealing tax reasons also played a part.

"It was a bit boring where I was living before, so it was good to move," Hamilton said.