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Villegas takes Phoenix lead Tendulkar modest Verdasco shocked

GOLF: Camilo Villegas fired a fine nine-under 62 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Phoenix Open in Arizona.

The Colombian notched nine birdies in a bogey-free round to finish a stroke above American Matt Every and equal the event's first-round record.

"Obviously it was a pretty fun day. I love this place, we only have one event like this all year," Villegas said of the tournament known for its raucous crowds and festive atmosphere.

"I obviously played well today and we'll continue that good attitude and see what happens."

Villegas started on the back nine and posted three birdies in his first four holes. He hit three in a row from the 15th and scored three more on the front nine.

Defending champion Kenny Perry and two-time winner Phil Mickelson shot 68s to trail by six.



Derval goes Nordic

ATHLETICS: Derval O'Rourke was due to fly to Norway today in a bid to get race-sharp for the World Indoor Championships.

Worries were raised about her readiness for Doha next month when she pulled out of Saturday's Birmingham Grand Prix.

David Gillick's blistering form in Birmingham indicated he's in medal form for Qatar and our other 400m talent, Brian Gregan, says he's going to Doha.

Dunleer AC's 41st Coca-Cola Ras na hEireann takes place in Oldbridge, Drogheda, on Sunday and features senior international teams from Poland, USA and Finland, and home runners Alan O'Brien and Thomas Chamney.

Juvenile races start at noon, senior internationals at 2.20 and a 2km Fit4Life fun-run at 3.30.

The Ulster qualifiers for the All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country Championships, to be hosted by Cork IT on March 13, have been refixed for Wednesday, while Munster's finals were at CIT today.



Tendulkar modest

Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar has dismissed talk of launching an assault on Brian Lara's Test cricket scoring record after breaking the one-day individual scoring mark on Wednesday.

Tendulkar finished 200 not out against South Africa, the first double-century in the one-day game and highest individual score, but the 36-year-old brushed aside suggestions that he might go after Lara's world Test record of 400 not out.

"No, not right now," Tendulkar said. "I don't play for records."



Verdasco shocked

TENNIS: Juan Monaco claimed a straight sets win (7-5 6-3) over top seed Fernando Verdasco to reach the semis of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel event in Mexico.

NBA: Indiana 110 Milwaukee 112, Boston 88 Cleveland 108, Golden State 112 Denver 127.


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