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McDowell off to slow start

GOLF: Scotland's Richie Ramsay claimed the clubhouse lead at the Andalucia Masters after a six-under-par 65 at Valderrama.

The 28-year-old from Aberdeen made a blistering start and stormed to six under through 11 holes, before another birdie at the 15th was offset by his only bogey at the par-five 17th.

Ross Fisher is second, two shots back.

Gregory Havret, Stephen Gallacher and Shane Lowry are a further shot behind. Havret and Gallacher have finished their rounds while Lowry has played 11 holes.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell limped to a two over 73.

Meanwhile, America's Ryan Palmer was the biggest mover on the second morning of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic.

With overnight leader Robert Allenby still warming up on the driving range, Palmer, the 35-year-old Texan shaved five shots off the par of 71 during his front nine to move from even par to three behind Allenby.

F1: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in today's opening practice for the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix.

Hamilton's time of one minute, 26.836 seconds around the Buddh International circuit was half a second quicker than world champion Sebastian Vettel, with Mark Webber in third.

Fernando Alonso suffered a power-drive failure in his Ferrari and was the major casualty of the opening session, although many drivers ran off the track as they struggled for grip on the dusty circuit.

BASEBALL: David Freese smashed a home run in the 11th inning to cap an incredible comeback that lifted the St Louis Cardinals to a 10-9 win yesterday, and forced a decisive seventh game in the World Series.

The Cardinals, who trailed the best-of-seven series 3-2, scored two runs in the ninth to send the elimination game to extra innings and two more in the 10th, before Freese led off the 11th with a 429-foot blast to end the titanic battle.

Boxing: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye insists pulling out of July's defeat by Wladimir Klitschko due to his now-infamous toe injury was "never an option".

"I had to go through with it," he said. "Certain fights you can pull out of and certain fights you can't."

TENNIS: Conor Niland tamely exited the ITF Men's Futures event in Rodez, France, losing 6-1 6-4 to Romain Jouan.

James Cluskey and partner, South African Jean Andersen, lost the doubles final 6-4 6-3 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Albano Olivetti.

RUGBY: The Fiji Rugby Union has sacked its national selectors following the poor performance of the Fijian team at the World Cup.