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Colsaerts 'in the zone' and leading Shanghai

Golf: Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts took the halfway lead at the BMW Masters in Shanghai, shooting an eight-under-par 64.

Colsaerts, who has not won a Tour event in over two years, made nine birdies and a lone bogey to end the second round at 14-under-par after his first round 66 at Lake Malaran.

That left him with a one-shot advantage over Frenchman Alex Levy, who carded a 66 after leading the $7million event overnight.

Levy's countryman Romain Wattel was two shots further back on 11-under after a 67, with Germany's Marcel Siem (66), South Africa's Branden Grace (66) and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (68) all at 10 under.

Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell were both six shots behind Colsaerts on eight under after a six-under-par 66 and a 69 respectively. Michael Hoey moved up to six under with a 68, while Paul McGinley slipped back to level par with a topsy turvy 73.

Colsaerts said: "I felt like I've been in the zone a couple of times lately and it doesn't really happen in such a short period of time like this. So it's pretty nice when you can get it going like this and I've been playing quite well for the last couple of months."

Gallagher new Donegal boss

GAA: Rory Gallagher was ratified as Jim Donegal's new senior football manager at a County Board meeting last night.

The former Fermanagh star (pictured) was his predoccesor Jim McGuinness' right-hand man until they surprisingly parted ways at the end of 2013.

Anthony Harkin, Cathal Corey and Paddy Carr were all nominated, but Gallagher was always the front-runner, despite his late entry into the race.

He has big shoes to fill as McGuinness led Donegal to unprecedented success during his four years as senior manager, winning the All-Ireland in 2012 as well as landing three Ulster titles.

Hamilton fastest in US practice

Motor Sport: Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton and his title rival team-mate Nico Rosberg were separated by mere fumes in a familiar Mercedes one-two in U.S. Grand Prix practice.

Just three thousandths of a second separated the two at the end of the day, even if Hamilton ended up top of the timesheets in both sessions despite an apparent gearbox problem that sidelined him towards the end of the second.

McLaren's Jenson Button had been third fastest in the opening session with just 18 cars on track after Caterham and Marussia went into administration and failed to make the journey to Texas.

Djokovic gets better of Murray

Tennis: Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in straight sets, 7-5 6-2, to book his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paris Masters.

Djokovic triumphed in one hour and 41 minutes to line up a last four meeting with David Ferrer or Kei Nishikori, and the Serb said: "He was a break up in the second but then some double faults allowed me to come back and get back to the second set and after that I just started swinging through it much better."


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