Sport in brief: Goosen takes one-shot lead over Stenson at halfway stage in Sun City

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Golf: Retief Goosen yesterday claimed a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. Goosen, who won a car for an eagle on the 17th yesterday, added a 68 to his opening 69 at Sun City for a seven-under-par halfway total of 137.

The double US Open champion carded six birdies and two bogeys to edge ahead of defending champion Henrik Stenson, Masters champion Angel Cabrera and overnight leader Robert Allenby. Cabrera had threatened to pull clear after compiling a superb front nine in glorious conditions. His only bogey of the day on the 16th dropped him back into a tie for second after a 67. Stenson, who won with a total of 21 under par last year, finished with a round of 68.

Silverstone optimistic about securing future for British Grand Prix

Motor Racing: The future of the British Grand Prix will be decided on Monday. Since Donington Park’s bid to stage the oldest race on the Formula One calendar fell by the wayside, Silverstone officials have been embroiled in talks with the sport’s supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, about saving the event. British Racing Drivers’ Club chairman Damon Hill recently said that the situation was drawing to a head, but talks are still ongoing. It is understood the final round is scheduled for early on Monday, with Silverstone officials optimistic of finally putting pen to paper.

Ainslie makes smooth start in Monsoon Cup with valuable victory

Sailing: Ben Ainslie banked a valuable win in his opening quarter-final tussle with Damien Lehl of France at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. The triple Olympic gold medallist and skipper of Britain's Team Origin America's Cup challenge had topped the round-robin of the final event of the 2009 World Match Race Tour. In the other three matches, Sebastien Col beat Phil Robertson of New Zealand, Adam Minoprio, also of New Zealand, beat Mathieu Richard and, in the all-Australian clash, Peter Gilmour beat fellow Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky. Stuart Alexander

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