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Snedeker ties lead with Choi

GOLF: Defending champion Brandt Snedeker shared the lead with KJ Choi after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Both players carded 65 at Torrey Pines to lead the rest of the field by one stroke.

England's Ross Fisher was in a large group at six under along with Charles Howell III and Canadian veteran Mike Weir in La Jolla, California.

Ryder Cup player Snedeker sank seven birdies in a flawless round of 65 on the north course to set a pace which was eventually matched by Choi after a blistering finish.

Fisher, playing two groups behind Snedeker, bogeyed his second hole of the day but surged back with seven birdies to put himself among eight players a shot off the lead.

Howell's fellow Americans Josh Teater, Luke List, Billy Horschel and Scott Stallings and Weir's compatriot Adam Hadwin complete the group.

Tiger Woods was a further shot back after two bogeys in the last four holes, having earlier produced an excellent eagle at the sixth hole as he looked to improve on last week's showing at the Abu Dhabi Championship, where he missed the cut.



Ethiopia dominant

ATHLETICS: The Ethiopians maintained their dominance of the Dubai Marathon today, as Lelisa Desisa overtook countryman Berhanu Shiferaw in the final kilometre to win in 2 hours, four minutes, 45 seconds.

The 23-year-old Desisa, making his marathon debut, was 22 seconds off last year's record time on the relatively flat course in cool and foggy conditions.

The Ethiopians have won the race which has $1million in prize money five of the last six years and collected the top four spots this year with Kenyan Bernard Kiprop finishing fifth.



'Last chance saloon'

CYCLING: Dave Brailsford, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are all looking towards a bright, drug-free future as cycling attempts to recover from the damage done by Lance Armstrong.

All Armstrong's results from August 1, 1998 onwards have been stripped as a result and cycling now needs to move on from its dark past, according to Team Sky principal Brailsford.

"This is the last chance saloon for the credibility of cycling," he said. "There is enough information now coming out to really allow the authorities to take that information and make absolute concrete, clear preventive interventions.

"That will mean the sport is never allowed to go back to the place it was in the past."