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Harrington rues his misses in first-round

GOLF: Torn tendons on the top of his left foot was not the only pain for Padraig Harrington on the opening day of the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura as the Dubliner left the course feeling a few shots had got away.

Harrington signed for a five-under-par 67 to be trailing three strokes behind South African James Kingston.

Six players, including Ballyclare's Gareth Maybin and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, who has won three times this year, are tied in second place at seven-under.

Harrington's round featured eight birdies and three bogeys.

The triple major champion had injured his foot in the gym on Tuesday and had further treatment yesterday before taking to the course.

However, bogeys at his third, 11th and 13th proved uncomfortable.

"If I was not thinking of 20-under then I would have shot better than I did," he said. "I struggled to stay patient given the ideal conditions, and that cost me."

Maybin's effort matches a similar 65 on the first day of April's China Open -- it was an equal second best of the season.

Gary Murphy made the most of his invitation to join Harrington and Peter Lawrie by shooting a 67.

Shane Lowry and Damien McGrane recorded 69s, while Paul McGinley was the only Irishman to struggle with a 74.

Alfred Dunhill Links champion Michael Hoey will return to competition at Castellon after being hit by illness last weekend that forced him to withdraw from this week's event in Portugal.



Retired Haye plotting Hollywood acting career

BOXING: David Haye hopes a future Hollywood acting career will help him avoid going off the rails in his retirement from boxing.

Haye, a former heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, called time on his glittering career yesterday, ending months of speculation that he was set to return to the ring to fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title.

"Once you don't have any drive, focus or desire that's when I assume you start spiralling downhill, so the acting will be something new for me. I want to go into action films," Haye said.



Stoner heads Australian MotoGP practice sessions

MOTORSPORT: Casey Stoner dominated both practice sessions for the Australian GP as he chases his fifth straight win at his home race and a chance to clinch this year's MotoGP world championship.

The Australian recorded a best time of 1 minute, 30.475 seconds around the Philip Island track ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo in 1:30.744.

Stoner can seal the title if he scores 10 points more than Lorenzo.