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Lowry tied for fourth in Volvo

GOLF: World number six Louis Oosthuizen ended his second round with a real flourish to complete a bogey-free 64 and seize a one-stroke lead in the Volvo Golf Champions yesterday.

Britain's Scott Jamieson, who also recorded a 64, was one behind on 11-under alongside overnight leader Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand (68).

Six shots adrift in a share of fourth place on five under were Ireland's Shane Lowry, British pair Paul Lawrie and Danny Willett, Frenchman Julien Quesne, Dane Thomas Bjorn and Jeev Milkha Singh of India.

Padraig Harrington could have joined compatriot Lowry in a tie for fourth but a disappointing double-bogey on the 18th saw him finish his round on three under.



Cook hails win

CRICKET: Captain Alastair Cook admitted his pride after leading England to their first one-day international win over India on their travels for the first time in 13 games in Rajkot.

England posted 325 for four -- after openers Cook (75) and Ian Bell (85) put on 158 -- before withstanding a strong India chase to bowl them out nine runs short.

James Tredwell took the man-of-the-match honours after grabbing four for 44 but there were plenty of other contributions that proved crucial -- most notably Samit Patel and Craig Kieswetter crunching 64 from the final five overs.



Official Lanced

CYCLING: THE head of a drug-testing laboratory in Switzerland has denied giving banned cyclist Lance Armstrong "the key" to avoiding detection for the blood-boosting agent EPO.

Martial Saugy, director of the laboratory in Lausanne, was responding to claims made by the head of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that he met Armstrong in 2002 and showed him how to circumvent tests.

Saugy has previously admitted meeting Armstrong and his US Postal team manager Johan Bruyneel but called a news conference today where he insisted he did so at the request of the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Saugy said: "The answer to the question of whether I gave Lance Armstrong the key to circumvent EPO tests is clearly no."



Dakar mourns

RALLY: The Dakar Rally has been marred by a third fatality inside two days after French motorcycle rider Thomas Bourgin was killed in an accident ahead of yesterday's seventh stage from Calama to Salta.