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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Maguire defuses Rocket in China

SNOOKER: Stephen Maguire triumphed on a re-spotted black in the final frame to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals of the China Open in Beijing.

The 31-year-old Scot fluked a treble into the middle pocket to seal a 5-4 win in dramatic fashion, booking a semi-final place against Stephen Lee, who beat reigning champion Judd Trump 5-3.

With the match poised at 4-4, Maguire went on an early run to 29 before overstretching for a black. A 41 from O'Sullivan seemed to swing the tie his way.

Maguire could then not find a position from the final red to take on the black or pink, with a re-spot the best he could do, and, after clearing the colours, he rode his luck to see out the match.

Maguire said: "I thought I could have won a little bit more comfortably, but it's never easy against Ronnie."

Ding Junhui beat Ali Carter 5-2 to advance, while Peter Ebdon battled his way to a 5-3 win over Neil Robertson to book his own place in the semis.

GOLF: England's Brian Davis finished on top of the leaderboard in the delayed second round of the Shell Houston Open last night.

Torrential rain meant only 51 players completed their first rounds at Redstone Golf Club.

Davis moved into the lead on nine under par with five birdies in his first 11 holes, the former Spanish Open champion edging one ahead of Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen.

Mickelson completed an opening 65 in 11 holes of his second round to lie eight under.

Oosthuizen picked up three shots in his second round to join Mickelson on the same score.

RALLYING: Irish rally driver Craig Breen has been forced to pull out of the Rally Portugal.

The Waterford driver retired after stage five yesterday, when his Ford Fiesta suffered water damage following torrential rain in the Algarve.

Breen was in second place in the Super 2000 category and 13th place overall.

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