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Aust winners

THE HAGUE - The Orica-GreenEdge team won the second stage of the Eneco Tour of the Low Countries on Tuesday, an 18km team time-trial, as the Saxo Bank team of former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador slumped to ninth. The Australian team clocked 21min 09sec in the race around Sittard to finish one second ahead of Belgian outfit Omega Pharma-Quickstep, with Russia's Katusha third two seconds off the pace. Belgian Jens Keukelaire was the first Orica rider to cross the finish line, and he takes the overall leader's jersey from Germany's Marcel Kittel, of the Argos-Shimano team.

Suarez stays

LIVERPOOL, England - Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term contract with English soccer giants Liverpool. The 25-year-old Suarez told Liverpool's website Tuesday "to sign a new contract with Liverpool is unbelievable for me because I am so happy here at both the club and also in the city." He scored 12 league goals for Liverpool last season and was part of the team that won the League Cup.

Djokovic back

TORONTO - Novak Djokovic began the post-Olympic switch from Wimbledon grass to North American hardcourt on Tuesday, with the Serb top seed admitting he's unsure how well he will compete this week at the Toronto Masters. The world No.2, who left the London Games without a medal, will have had a day to acclimatise before starting his title defence in the second round against Australian Bernard Tomic after receiving a first round bye. The pair have played twice on the ATP, at Wimbledon and Rome, with the Serb winning both meetings.

Unphased

KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina - Bookies have given Australian golfer Marcus Fraser next to no chance at success in his first US PGA Championship but the man himself is happy to prove them wrong. With odds of 301-1 being touted for the two-time European Tour winner and world No.82, those with intimate knowledge of the New South Welshman just might be getting on. The 34-year-old is after all in the midst of an impressive European Tour season with four top six finishes, helping him to 23rd on their money list. And while it's his first time in this major, he has played three Open Championships and a US Open.





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