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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