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Sergio will sit out Shanghai

GOLF: Sergio Garcia has decided to rest rather than go looking for a third successive victory at this week's world championship in Shanghai.

The 31-year-old's victory in the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama on Sunday qualified him for the WGC-HSBC Champions event he won in 2008, but his place goes instead to American Jim Furyk.

Garcia is back into the world's top 20 after taking his home Castello Masters by a runaway 11-shot margin and then beating fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez by one.

The China tournament is also without world number one Luke Donald - his wife Diane is expecting their second child - twice winner Phil Mickelson and a host of other eligible players.

Rory McIlroy will be there, though, after grabbing golf's richest prize of $2million in the Shanghai Masters and the other world top 10 players in the 78-man field are Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Adam Scott.



Button: Indian signs are good

F1: Jenson Button believes the Indian Grand Prix will become one of the all-time great Formula One events.

The first race on the subcontinent in the sport's history proved to be a resounding hit with teams and drivers on Sunday. There were also 95,000 who voiced their support for F1 by attending.

McLaren star Button, second on Sunday, feels a seed has been sown. "There was pretty good advertising for the place, so I think the word is going to get out," Button said.

"Even though it was the first race there was a pretty good crowd, and the Indian people seem to love motor racing."



La Russa quits while on top

Baseball: St Louis' World Series-winning manager Tony La Russa has announced his retirement.

The 67-year-old has decided to quit after 33 seasons as a big-league skipper, the last 16 of which he has spent with the Cardinals. St Louis claimed the World Series crown last week after edging out the Texas Rangers 4-3. "There isn't one (factor) that dominates (my decision)," said La Russa. "They all just come together telling you your time is over."

NFL: Kansas City 23 San Diego 20 (OT).


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