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Schwartzel pulls out of UAE event O'Connor claims Basel title and top rider gong Irish on course for Plate after heavy Aussie loss Killester out to avenge Demons after UCD rout

GOLF: Seve Ballesteros is the last player to win three consecutive European Tour events -- and this will remain as Charl Schwartzel has decided to pull out of the Abu Dhabi Championship.

The 25-year-old South African feels the need to rest for a week after a memorable Africa Open and Jo'burg Open double in his home country.

His next tournament will now be next week's Qatar Masters -- and there he will be trying to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2006 to win on three successive starts.

Schwartzel romped to a six-stroke win over compatriot Keith Horne and Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington.



Allenby stays positive despite Sony setback

GOLF: Australian Robert Allenby chose to focus on the positives after falling short of winning his first PGA Tour title in nine years at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The 38-year-old had to settle for second place, a shot behind American playing partner Ryan Palmer, after narrowly missing a 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole. Allenby nursed a painful foot all week to post 14-under.



O'Connor claims Basel title and top rider gong

EQUESTRIAN: Cian O'Connor won the four-star Basel Grand Prix with Aileen Bryan's gelding Rancorrado, and also took the show's Leading Rider award. One of just four riders through to the jump-off from a starting field of 45, O'Connor left all the fences standing but incurred one time fault, though this was enough to take the €37,000 first prize.



Irish on course for Plate after heavy Aussie loss

CRICKET: Ireland are heading for the Plate competition of the U19 World Cup after a crushing defeat against Australia. The margin of 209 runs was a shade harsh, but there was no escaping the gulf in class as Ireland were skittled for a dismal 65 in just 24.2 overs in New Zealand.



Killester out to avenge Demons after UCD rout

BASKETBALL: Killester coach Mark Keenan heaped praise on his defence as they overcame UCD/Marian 72-53 to reach the final of the Men's SuperLeague National Cup Final. The Dublin giants suffered the agony of a National Cup final loss last season to Demons but they now have a chance to atone for that disappointment after comfortably disposing of UCD/Marian.

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