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Schwartzel takes Malaysian lead

GOLF: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa shot an 8-under 64 to take the |first-round clubhouse lead today at the Malaysian Open.

Starting from the tenth tee he produced nine birdies at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club against one bogey.

Schwartzel led by one shot from India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, with South African Louis Oosthuizen and American Jason Knutzon a stroke further back.

Schwartzel and Oosthuizen were battling the lingering effects of jetlag after a 30-hour flight to Malaysia early in the week from Augusta where they had both competed in the Masters. Oosthuizen lost to Bubba Watson in a play-off at Augusta.

Davis knocked out

Snooker: Six-time champion Steve Davis failed to qualify for the World Championships in Sheffield.

Davis, 54, whose last triumph came in 1989, lost 10-7 to world number 48 Ben Woollaston in the fourth round of qualifying to miss out on a return to the Crucible Theatre.

Woollaston will now face Welshman Dominic Dale in the fifth and final round of qualifying, the stage when ex-champions Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty enter the event.

Oz win in Windies

CRICKET: Australia sealed a dramatic comeback win by three wickets in fading light on the final day of the opening Test against West Indies in Bridgetown.

Chasing a teasing |victory target of 192 over the final two sessions, the tourists snuck home following a slightly nervy chase that was led by Shane Watson’s 52.

Johnston to coach

CRICKET: Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston will make his first foray into coaching as the new head coach of YMCA. Johnston, 37, will take the reins at the Sandymount club next week. “I was offered the position and I jumped at the chance,” said Johnston