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Sunday 22 October 2017

UCI appeal Kreuziger clearance

CYCLING: The International Cycling Union has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after Roman Kreuziger was cleared of a doping violation by the Czech Olympic Committee.

"CAS has initiated a procedure following the appeal filed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) against the Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger, the Czech Cycling Federation and the Czech Olympic Committee," CAS said in a statement, adding that the UCI was requesting a ban of up to four years.

Last month, the Czech Olympic Committee cleared the Tinkoff-Saxo rider of any wrongdoing after Kreuziger had been provisionally suspended by his team because of possible irregularities in his biological passport.

Murray sets Paris target

Tennis: A resurgent Andy Murray will play for a sixth straight week when he competes at the Paris Masters in an effort to finish the season in the top four and gain a better draw at the 2015 majors.

Murray has played 20 matches in five weeks, winning three titles to climb to fifth in the ATP Race.

The two-time Grand Slam champion also seeks to qualify for next month's ATP World Tour Finals.

Murray said: "I always wanted to qualify for it, but also I want to get back into the top eight players in the world and it makes a huge difference for seedings in the major events.

"I still have a chance of getting maybe to four between now and the end of the year."

Rocket fires in Chengdu

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan made short work of Anthony McGill as the five-time world champion raced to a 6-1 success in their second-round clash at the International Championship in Chengdu.

O'Sullivan made breaks of 116, 101 and 112, and two more of more than 50, as he proved far too strong for his opponent. Victory set up a meeting in round three with China's Li Hang.

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