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Laura Robson sails through in China

Easy does it, Laura… Britain's Robson sails through in China

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 30 December 2012

Laura Robson took only an hour to move into the second round of the Shenzhen Open as she overpowered Edina Gallovits-Hill 6-2 6-1.

Given the Briton came into the match ranked 54 places higher than her opponent at 53, she was the clear favourite to win.

Looking good: Laura Robson claimed a comfortable win

Looking good: Laura Robson claimed a comfortable win

The 17-year-old was far more ruthless on serve, winning 80 per cent of her first service points.

The Romanian also contributed to her own downfall with eight double faults and she was dominated in all aspects of the game.

Robson will meet Gallovits-Hall's compatriot Monica Niculescu in the second round in what promises to be a closer match given the British No 2 is ranked just five places higher.

Elsewhere, fourth seed Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan also advanced easily, beating Hungary's Melina Czhink 6-3, 6-2. Hsieh broke her opponent twice in the first set and four times in the second to win in 1 hour, 15 minutes.

In Sunday's other matches, Annika Beck of Germany beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4, and Monica Niculescu of Romania ousted Chinese wild-card entry Saisai Zheng 6-4, 7-5.

Darcy Ward to miss Elite League decider after being attacked

Speedway ace Ward to miss Elite League title decider after being beaten up

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 21 October 2012

Poole speedway star Darcy Ward will miss Monday's Elite League title decider after being beaten up.

Ward, last week handed a wild-card for next year's Grand Prix series, was still in hospital on Sunday awaiting results of a brain scan.

Missing out: Darcy Ward will miss the Elite League title decider on Monday after being attacked outside his local pub on Friday

Missing out: Darcy Ward will miss the Elite League title decider on Monday after being attacked outside his local pub on Friday

He was attacked and hit his head on the pavement outside his local village pub in Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, on Friday night.

Pirates' boss Neil Middleditch said: 'I'd been with Darcy and some friends, but had gone home when I had a call to tell me he'd been attacked and was in hospital with bleeding in his brain.'

Ward, 20, will miss both tonight's second leg against Swindon and the Pirates' Knock Out Cup semi-final against Peterborough later this week.

Ryder Cup 2012: Sportsmail compare captains Davis Love and Jose Maria Olazabal

Love is all around… but Olazabal gets it right in the end in the clash of the captains

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23:45 GMT, 30 September 2012

Dominated on the course for two days by the resurgent home team, Europe were beaten outside the ropes as well.

Jose Maria Olazabal redeemed himself in the end, or rather his players did. At times he looked like a rabbit caught in headlights and some of his partnerships were plainly guesswork.

But it all turned round for him thanks the incredible singles performance, and a massive error made by his counterpart, Davis Love.Here's our verdict on Olazabal and Love on their areas of influence.

Got there in the end: Jose Maria Olazabal picked some peculiar pairings

Got there in the end: Jose Maria Olazabal picked some peculiar pairings

RYDER CUP

Read the full report here

Wild Cards

Only those with Padraig Harrington blinkers on felt Ollie had any other choice but to pick Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts, and both men came up trumps.

Poulter's stunning performance was the principal reason Europe pulled off their improbable success.

Colsaerts might have had just one win to his name but what a point.

He gave perhaps the best fourballs display in Ryder Cup history on Friday afternoon in beating Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker singlehandedly.

It was going well for Love's four picks for two days but it changed completely on the final day. Only Dustin Johnson of the four won.

Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker choked horribly. Love had gone with experience and it backfired massively.

Verdict: Olazabal one up.

Wild card: Ian Poulter (above) and Nicolas Colsaerts dazzled in Medinah

Wild card: Ian Poulter (above) and Nicolas Colsaerts dazzled in Medinah

Strategy

American Davis Love had a plan in place and wasn't going to change from it.

No player was going to compete in more than four matches and only once did it seem incongruous, with the ridiculous decision not to play Keegan Bradley on Saturday afternoon, after his foursomes match had finished at 10-15am.

Another horrendous mistake came on Sunday in trying to fight fire with fire in the singles.

He knew Europe would topload their singles order with their best players. Trailing by four points, they had no choice.

But why would you put your best alongside them. It shouldn't have been the struggling Stricker in 11th spot it should have been someone like Bradley.

We're told Olazabal had a strategy for two days but it remained unclear. When you end up with an obvious foursomes player like Francesco Molinari picked instead for the fourballs it becomes unfathomable.

Blind panic is the best guess, but he got away with it in the end.

Verdict: Olazabal one up.

Love is all around: Davis Love greeted Dustin Johnson

Love is all around: Davis Love greeted Dustin Johnson

Pairings

Love drew on all his vast experience and went with pairings that made common sense.

Men with similar unflashy games playing in the foursomes like Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, with the flair players reserved largely for the fourballs, like Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley was also a blindingly obvious pairing given they're mates and the younger man grew up idolising his elder, but let's credit Love with not trying to swim against the tide.

After all, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia was also an obvious fourballs pairing that both men wanted to happen but it never materialised, despite them practising together.

Some of Olazabal's pairings made no sense. Why play Lee Westwood in the foursomes on Saturday morning when clearly his confidence was shattered

Why lumber Justin Rose with two partners in the fourballs with whom he had no chemistry

Verdict: All Square.

No chemistry: Justin Rose often struggled with those who Olazabal paired him with

No chemistry: Justin Rose often struggled with those who Olazabal paired him with

Public Relations

From his interviews in the press room to his remarks at the opening ceremony, Love played a blinder.

He always wanted the crowd involved but made it clear there was a boundary that ought not to be crossed.

On the eve of the Ryder Cup, he told the crowd: 'Let's remember we're about to witness a golf event. Nobody should confuse the battle that follows with anything other than an athletic one.'

Olazabal also scored well in this regard. Few remained unmoved with the obvious emotional strain he was feeling at the absence of Seve.

For two days however, he was hardly ever seen on the course. It has passed into legend that Seve, when he was captain, appeared to be in five places at the same time.

Nobody would expect Ollie to be so hands-on but it was puzzling he was so hands-off.

There's nothing wrong with being a low-profile figure but for two days he played the part of the invisible man.

Verdict: All Square.

London 2012 Olympics: Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to reach final against Roger Federer

Murray blitzes Djokovic to book gold medal showdown against Federer

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 3 August 2012

British No 1 Andy Murray beat Serbia's Novak Djokovic 7-5 7-5 at Wimbledon to book a final showdown against world No 1 Roger Federer on Sunday.

More to follow

Wild man: Murray lets out a roar of delight

Wild man: Murray lets out a roar of delight

AEGON Classic 2012: Melanie Oudin beats Jelena Jankovic in final

Oudin sees off Jankovic to win AEGON Classic in perfect warm-up for Wimbledon

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14:30 GMT, 18 June 2012

American Melanie Oudin claimed her first WTA Tour title by winning the AEGON Classic in Birmingham on Monday.

Oudin comfortably saw off Jelena Jankovic 6-4 6-2 in a final which was held over from Sunday as tournament organisers battled with a disrupted schedule due to inclement weather.

Both women had to win two matches on
Sunday to reach the title match, and 20-year-old Oudin emerged the
fresher against the 27-year-old former world No 1 from Serbia.

First of many Melanie Oudin won her first WTA title in Birmingham

First of many Melanie Oudin won her first WTA title in Birmingham

Easy does it: Oudin won with ease against Jelena Jankovic

Easy does it: Oudin won with ease against Jelena Jankovic

Although Jankovic cancelled out an
early break, a sloppy game handed the initiative back to Oudin and she
closed out the opening set before taking a 2-0 lead in the second.

Jankovic
rarely threatened a comeback as Oudin, who has received a wild card for
Wimbledon after dropping to 208th in the world rankings from a high of
31st, eased over the line in one hour and 35 minutes.

Winning the AEGON Classic topped off a perfect weekend, as Oudin received a wildcard for Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.

Oudin had navigated qualifying just
to take her place in the Edgbaston field, and eight matches later she
had the Maud Watson trophy in her grasp.

She said: 'This was a really great tournament for me and I'm definitely looking forward to coming back.

Defeated: Jelena Jankovic was well beaten by Oudin

Defeated: Jelena Jankovic was well beaten by Oudin

'I think it really helped me playing qualifying here, I played better and better each match. I love playing on grass.

'It was a great, great week for me and I definitely feel like I got better and better with each match.'

Oudin reached the fourth round at Wimbledon three years ago and looked a player poised to break through to the world's top 20, however her form dipped drastically.

She said after a win which pushes her close to a double-figure ranking: 'I think I'm a lot more mature now and a lot smarter.

'I've learned a lot about the game of tennis, about my game and how I want to play, what I'm capable of. I've learned to play within myself, not try to do more than I can.'

Beaten Jankovic said: 'To be in the final is always great. Obviously I'm disappointed to lose in the final but at the same time it's a good result for me right now. It's just the beginning and it's good for my confidence.'

Eli Manning wins MVP Super Bowl

Manning revels in Super Bowl triumph as Giants quarterback wins MVP award

Eli Manning won his second Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award as he led the New York Giants to a thrilling 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots.

‘It was a wild game,’ said the quarterback after a rare finish in Indianapolis when the Patriots allowed the Giants to score a last-minute touchdown in a bid to have time to score one themselves.

Main man: Eli Manning was named MVP as the Giants won the Super Bowl

Main man: Eli Manning was named MVP as the Giants won the Super Bowl

The desperate throw by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the final five seconds was tipped away.

‘You come down to one play at the end,’ Brady said. ‘If we make it, we’re world champs. If we don’t, we’re wishing we were.’

Sydney-Hobart scandal: Winner Investec Loyal accused of "spying"

Sailing scandal: Sydney-Hobart race winner accused of using ABC helicopter to “spy” on rival

Investec Loyal”s thrilling win in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart yacht race is under threat after a protest was lodged after Wednesday”s event.

The Australian supermaxi crossed the line more than three minutes ahead of rival Wild Oats XI in one of the most exciting finishes in decade.

But the result was declared provisional after the race committee lodged a protest against Investec Loyal – alleging outside assistance.

Sailing to victory: Investec Loyal crosses the line at the Sydney-Hobert yacht race

Sailing to victory: Investec Loyal crosses the line at the Sydney-Hobert yacht race

Theprotest notice says a member of the winning crew requested information from an ABC news helicopter about whether Wild Oats XI was using a tri-sail.

This is said to have happened as the two boats sailed down the Australian east coast off the fishing town of Merimbula on day one of the 680 nautical mile race.

Under yacht racing rules such a request could be viewed as outside assistance and can be effectively considered “spying” on the opposition.