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Woollaston run stuns Williams

SNOOKER: Ben Woollaston is hoping for a "life-changing" reward from the Players Tour Championship Finals in Galway after stunning former world champion Mark Williams to reach the last 16.

Williams looked to be in charge of their best-of-seven-frames tie when runs of 73 and 93 helped him build a 3-1 lead, but world number 35 Woollaston came storming back and breaks of 73 and 70 saw him over the winning line. After guaranteeing himself £5,000 by coming through one round, Woollaston can start to dream about the £100,000 winner's cheque.

 

Dockrell lifts spirits

CRICKET: Irish bowler George Dockrell struck twice in two balls to give Ireland some late cheer in Sharjah, but the United Arab Emirates will be confident of hanging on for a draw after a frustrating third day of the InterContinental Cup clash.

Ireland went wicketless for two sessions on a pitch that isn't so much dead as buried and, despite five wickets falling after tea, the home side reached stumps on 302-6, still trailing by 287 runs.

 

Thai crash in Avantha

GOLF: Thailand's Chinnarat Phadungsil today saw his five-shot lead wiped out in the second round of the Avantha Masters in India.

Phadungsil had an opening 61 at Jaypee Greens Golf Club in Greater Noida. But the 24-year-old found it was a different story less than 24 hours later and could only manage a second round of two over 74. At nine under par, Phadungsil was two behind Thai Chapchai Nirat, who carded a second successive 66 to set the new clubhouse target at 12 under par along with China's Weng-chong Liang.

Gareth Maybin shot another round of 71, while Peter Lawrie improved to two under as well after a 69 to go with his 73.

 

Rookie ruling Tampa

GOLF: PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani grabbed a two-shot lead after a tricky opening round of the Tampa Bay Championship.

On a difficult day for low scoring on the Copperhead layout at Innisbrook Resort, the American carded a bogey-free round of six-under-par 65. Last year's champion, Luke Donald, signed for a one-under 70 despite bogeys on three of his last four holes.

 

McGinley making hay

GOLF: Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley (46) fired a modestly-pleasing 70 in the first round of the Thailand Open. Defending champion Chris Wood and Pádraig Harrington both opened with five-under par 67s for a share of 11th, three shy of Japan's first-round leader Koumei Oda.

 

Barnes Czechs out

BOXING: Olympic hero Paddy Barnes crashed out of the Grand Prix in the Czech Republic with a nose injury. The Belfast fighter was retired by the doctor in the third round of his quarter-final against Kazakhstan's IIyas Sulimenov.


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