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Thursday 23 November 2017

Olazabal joins HSBC battle

GOLF: Jose Maria Olazabal has found himself one of the beneficiaries of a decision to increase the field for this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship from 126 to 129.

Europe's Ryder Cup captain was already heading there for a press conference tomorrow to talk about September's match, but will now compete against Tiger Woods and Europe's world top four Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer.

He was listed as second reserve, but then received the news that he, German Alex Cejka and Swede Niclas Fasth were all in.

Aussie duo plunder India

CRICKET: Undefeated centuries from Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting helped Australia into a commanding position at stumps on day one of the fourth Test against India at the Adelaide Oval.

Captain Clarke (140 not out) and his predecessor Ricky Ponting (137 not out) came together with the score at 84 for three shortly before lunch, and went on to share a record-breaking unbeaten 252-run stand for the fourth-wicket to guide Australia to 335 for three at close of play in scorching conditions.

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