In brief: Armitage given eight-week ban
England will be without London Irish full-back Delon Armitage for most of the Six Nations after he was banned for eight weeks for pushing an official.
Armitage appeared before a disciplinary hearing yesterday for allegedly pushing an anti-doping officer. The 27-year-old was alleged to have used threatening and/or abusive and obscene language during a test after the Exiles' game against Bath.
He will now only be eligible to play against Ireland on March 19.
Michael Matthews won the sprint finish to claim the third stage of the Tour Down Under, while fellow Australian Matthew Goss reclaimed the overall leader's orange jersey yesterday.
The 20-year-old Matthews finished ahead of last year's champion Andre Greipel and Goss after a 129km ride from Unley to Stirling, south of Adelaide. Retirement-bound American Lance Armstrong came home more than three minutes behind the winner.
Carlos Sastre and Denis Menchov will not ride in this year's Tour de France after organisers said yesterday that their team Geox-TMC had missed out on selection.
In compliance with International Cycling Union (UCI) rules, the 18 ProTeams automatically qualified for the race to leave just four spots for Pro Continental teams (second division).
American Derek Lamely carded a nine-under-par 63 to claim a one-shot lead after the first round of the Bob Hope Classic.
Lamely fired an eagle, nine birdies and two bogeys on the Palmer Course at PGA West, one of four courses used for the 90-hole event.
A nominee for Rookie of the Year in 2010 after winning the Puerto Rico Open, Lamely came home in just 29 shots to overtake former Ryder Cup player JJ Henry at the top of the leaderboard.
Henry carded a round of 64 on the Nicklaus Course at PGA West and was joined on eight-under by Jhonattan Vegas from Venezuela.
- Lee Westwood will not play in the Players Championship at Sawgrass in May. The world No 1 said the lucrative PGA Tour event in Florida, with a £1m prize for the winner, does not fit in with his schedule for 2011.
IRELAND'S Amy Bowtell was celebrating yesterday after pulling off a shock victory in the ITF Women's Circuit event in Wrexham.
Playing her fourth match in the north Wales tournament, unseeded Bowtell dumped out the No 5 seed, Spain's Isabel Rapisarda-Calvo, ranked 599 in the world, on a 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-4 scoreline in an epic second-round contest.
Earlier in the day, the Greystones 17-year-old had seen off the challenge of Britain's 967-ranked Amanda Elliott on a 7-5 6-3 margin in the opening round. Bowtell has now clinched a place in the quarters and is likely to face the No 3 seed, Britain's Anna Fitzpatrick, who is placed at 391 in the rankings.