Sport In Brief: Daley bounces back; Cavendish off the pace; Khan pursues outsider


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Daley bounces back

Tom Daley proved his Olympic platform medal hopes are very much alive after winning silver at the first leg of the World Series in Dubai. The 17-year-old former world champion has been criticised for his work ethicin recent months but proved his world-class credentials with an impressive score of 539.40. That placed him behind only China'sall-conquering world champion Qiu Bo, who said this week that an Olympic gold medal was his to lose in London this summer. Daley's hopes of testing Bo in London had looked to be slipping away but he restored his credibility with this silver, his first medal in a global competition for 11 months. The women's platform synchro duo Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow had to be content with sixth.


Cavendish off the pace

Mark Cavendish's assault in the "Spring Classic" – the 298km Milan-San Remo race – ended in disappointment after he dropped off the pace on the final climb. The long haul up to La Manie about 90km from the finish proved decisive as Cavendish could not live with the pace and Simon Gerrans, Fabian Cancellara and Vincenzo Nibali broke away. The Austrian champion Gerrans outsprinted the Swiss Cancellara to win.


Khan pursues outsider

Spain's Eduardo de la Riva will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Andalucian Open after a third round of 68 at Aloha Golf Club. He had six birdies and two bogeys to maintain the slender advantage he held overnight as he seeks a remarkable victory. Ranked 610th in the world, the 29-year-old does not even have a European Tour card and has only once come through the qualifying school in nine attempts. His nearest challengers are England's Simon Khan and the Italian teenager Matteo Manassero, who carded rounds of 66 and 68 respectively.