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Monday 11 December 2017

Westwood on top at Nordea

GOLF: Lee Westwood showed why Sweden is a happy hunting ground for him as he carded a 64 to move three shots clear of the field at the Nordea Masters in Stockholm.

Westwood followed up his first round score of 68 by registering eight birdies to move to 12 under par ahead of a chasing pack of three that contained Scotland's Lloyd Saltman, local favourite Peter Hanson and Spain's Carlos Del Moral at nine under.

"I've always enjoyed coming to Sweden, obviously winning here for the first time in 1996 gave me an affinity," said Westwood. "And then I won again in 2000 when I won the money list so I've had a lot of success in Sweden and it's somewhere I enjoy coming to.

Bolt hits out at new blocks

ATHLETICS: Jamaica's world record holder Usain Bolt blamed a new type of starting blocks after being made to work for victory in the 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo.

Bolt found himself in the unusual position of second, behind compatriot Asafa Powell with 10 metres to go, before edging ahead to win in a meeting record of 9.79 seconds.

"The blocks have changed from last season," the Olympic champion said. "For me, when I came on the blocks, the reaction was good but the execution -- because I was less comfortable -- execution from the blocks was not that good. I'm not very happy with my new blocks. I think I need to go back to the old blocks."

'Rocket won't pocket fees'

SNOOKER: Snooker's ruling body have warned Ronnie O'Sullivan he will not be paid appearance money as an incentive to stay on the professional tour.

World champion O'Sullivan declined to sign the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) players' contract ahead of the entry deadline for the first two ranking events of the season.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said in a statement that it was a "misconception" that players signing up to the contract were being "forced" to enter events, and said it was intended "to protect the players' income derived from the tour".

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