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Mo­tor rac­ing

Felipe Massa will re­tire from For­mula One for good at the end of this sea­son. The Wil­liams driver, who an­nounced his re­tire­ment last year only to re­turn for one more cam­paign, said: “I have now en­joyed four great years with the team, but my ca­reer in For­mula One will fi­nally come to an end this sea­son.” Massa, who as a Fer­rari driver fin­ished sec­ond by a sin­gle point to Lewis Hamilton in the 2008 World Cham­pi­onship, sits in 11th place in the cur­rent driv­ers’ stand­ings.


Ire­land’s Shane Lowry surged into con­tention for his first vic­tory in two years as Justin Rose closed in on his sec­ond in two weeks in the £5.3mil­lion Turk­ish Air­lines Open. Lowry carded a third-round 65 at the Reg­num Carya Golf & Spa Re­sort to join Thai­land’s Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat in the lead on 14 un­der par, with Rose, Padraig Har­ring­ton and half­way leader Ni­co­las Col­saerts two shots be­hind. Mean­while, in Abu Dhabi, Eng­land’s Ge­or­gia Hall lost by a sin­gle shot to In­dian teenager Aditi Ashok, who won her third Ladies Euro­pean Tour ti­tle in 12 months af­ter a tense fin­ish to the Fa­tima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.


Mark Allen stopped the Yan Bing­tao jug­ger­naut to reach the fi­nal of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship in China. The 17-year-old has crushed Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van and John Hig­gins this week, but Allen cracked in two cen­turies and cleared breaks of 50 on eight oc­ca­sions against his over­whelmed op­po­nent. Ul­ster­man Allen meets the world cham­pion, Mark Selby, in to­day’s best-of-19-frames fi­nal.


Rafael Nadal could be fit to fea­ture at the ATP World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don af­ter scans showed the world No1 has sus­tained no new dam­age to a long-stand­ing knee in­jury, his doc­tor has re­vealed. Mean­while, qual­i­fier Filip Kra­ji­novic reached the Paris Masters fi­nal af­ter an up­set 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 vic­tory against ninth-seeded John Is­ner, a de­feat that ended the Amer­i­can’s hopes of reach­ing the ATP fi­nals which start on Nov 12.


Jamie McDon­nell re­tained his WBA world ban­tamweight ti­tle on a tech­ni­cal draw af­ter a clash of heads with Li­bo­rio So­lis. The Bri­ton suf­fered a nasty cut to his eye and the re­match with So­lis was stopped in the third round in Monte Carlo. And as four rounds had not been com­pleted, the bout was de­clared a no-con­test. Venezue­lan So­lis lost on points to McDon­nell in Monte Carlo a year ago.

Rugby Union

The Wal­la­bies were dev­as­tat­ing in at­tack as they ran in nine tries to brush Ja­pan aside, 63-30, in Yokohama yes­ter­day and add mo­men­tum as they head to Europe to face stiffer op­po­si­tion in Wales, Eng­land and Scot­land this month. Aus­tralia scored five unan­swered tries in the first half and then notched four af­ter the break. Reece Hodge con­verted them all.

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