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McDowell buoyed by return to Sea Island

GOLF: Graeme McDowell had a historic previous visit to Georgia on his mind as he touched down in Sea Island for this week's McGladery Classic, the penultimate event in the PGA Tour's angst-ridden 'Fall Series'.

Not that McDowell is the least bit troubled about his playing credentials for next season or several to come after his victory at the 2010 US Open.

Indeed, the Ulsterman is in good humour following his best finish of the season in a tie for third at the recent Dunhill Links, not to mention his return to Sea Island, the scene of one of the greatest achievements of his career.

McDowell was a member of the GB&I team which made history 10 years ago by winning the Walker Cup for the first time on American soil at Ocean Forest, which shares the same stretch of Atlantic coast as this week's tournament venue, The Seaside Course.

"It's nice to return here," he enthused. "We'd a great team, including fellow Northern Irishman Michael Hoey and world No 1 Luke Donald, who is the Iron Man of golf right now."

McDowell, 32, is fit, fresh and ready to win for the first time in 2012 in an ocean shore setting reminiscent of former glories and home.

Boxing: Irish heavyweight Ken Egan (left) is being courted by the Leipzig Leopards ahead of the start of World Series of Boxing (WSB) season on November 11.

The German side are also understood to be interested in capturing Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan. Egan was signed to a three-year deal with Miami Gallos in the WSB, but is now a free agent after the American side went bust. The Leopards, Astana Arlans of Kazakhstan and the Mumbai Fighters of India are the three sides expressing an interest in the Irish duo.

However, Egan appears to be leaning toward Germany and could ink a deal this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Astana Arlans and the Mumbai Fighters are chasing Ireland's European champions Joe Ward and Ray Moylette.

TENNIS: Andy Roddick (left) rolled into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Nicolas Almagro today.

The 10th-seeded American hit 11 aces and 23 winners against the seventh-seeded Spaniard, who has won three titles this year to Roddick's one.

Almagro needed to win to boost his chances of making the ATP Tour World Finals in London.

He's currently in ninth place in the standings, one spot below the last qualifying position. Roddick is in 20th place.