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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

First victory

LEEDS, England - Halfback Michael Dobson's 16-point haul helped Hull KR to a comprehensive 44-18 victory over Widnes Vikings on Sunday for their first win of the Super League season. The 26-year-old, who began his career with the Canberra Raiders, got his side off and running with an eighth-minute try and went on to kick six goals. Also on the scoresheet for Rovers were Omari Caro, Dale Ferguson, Kris Welham, Graeme Horne, Greg Eden, Chris Heil and Craig Hall - with Gareth Hock, Rhys Hanbury and Alex Gerrard tries merely consolation for Vikings.

Meanwhile London Broncos are still searching for their first win of the campaign after a 28-0 humbling at home to Wakefield Wildcats.

Two shots win

EAST LONDON, South Africa - Darren Fichardt survived making three bogeys over the closing holes to win the Africa Open golf championship by two shots Sunday from compatriot Jaco van Zyl and Gregory Bourdy of France. The 37-year-old from Pretoria closed with a one-under-par 71 - including four birdies and three bogeys - for a four-round total of 272 over the East London Golf Club course. It was the fourth European Tour triumph for Fichardt after the Sao Paulo Open in 2001, the Qatar Masters two years later and the Saint-Omer Open in France last season.

City survives

MANCHESTER, England - A Sergio Aguero brace was the highlight of Manchester City's comfortable 4-0 FA Cup fifth round victory over Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium, a win that will lift, at least temporarily, speculation about the future of manager Roberto Mancini. With City 12 points behind league leaders Manchester United, the FA Cup remains Mancini's most realistic hope of winning silverware this season and Aguero's efforts, together with goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez, carried his team through to the last eight with the minimum of fuss. City wasted no time in taking out recent league frustrations on their Championship visitors and, even before their fifth minute opening goal, Leeds 'keeper Jamie Ashdown had been forced to race from his area to beat Aguero to an under-hit back-pass.

Nadal returns

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Rafael Nadal clinched his first tournament title since ending a seven-month knee injury layoff in winning the ATP Brazil Open on Sunday. The Spanish former world No.1, who has been complaining of nagging knee pain, beat Argentine David Nalbandian in straight sets 6-2 6-3. Nadal was the top seed in the tournament, his second comeback event after a seven-month absence. He competed in the Vina del Mar Open in Chile earlier this month, losing the singles and doubles finals last Sunday.

Second spot

SOCHI, Russia - Australian aerial skier Laura Peel finished runner-up at the Sochi World Cup event on Friday night but it was the sport itself that was starting to look second best with its new finals format hardly encouraging excellence. Peel performed a simple but well-executed double somersault with a single twist to take silver in the 'super final', a new addition to the freestyle skiing discipline's format. China's Xu Mengtao was clearly the best jumper on the night and took gold with her triple twisting double.

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