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Super Ding seals title.

Snooker: Ding Junhui raised the roof at Beijing's Haidian Stadium and delighted an estimated television audience of 100 million by beating Stephen Hendry to win the China Open. Only two days after celebrating his 18th birthday, Ding became the second youngest player to capture a world-ranking title ( after Ronnie O'Sullivan ( and the first wild-card entry ever to lift one of snooker's major trophies with a stunning 9-5 victory over Hendry. But Ding, who came from 4-1 down to win, will not receive a penny even though the event carried pounds 30,000 for the champion. Having withdrawn from the qualifying competition in January to accept a wild card, he cannot take any prize money.

Windies on top

cricket: South Africa will need to summon up all their fighting qualities if they are to save the first Test against the West Indies after finishing day four 270 runs behind their hosts in Georgetown. After being forced into the follow-on by Shivnarine Chanderpaul following their first-innings total of 188, the Proteas struggled to 85 for two before bad light stopped play.

Rich pickings

rich list: David Beckham has enhanced his position as Britain's richest young sportsman. Beckham, 29, increased his wealth and overall advantage over fellow sportsmen aged 30 or under in the Sunday Times Rich List 2005. Beckham, whose bounty includes some earnings by wife Victoria, is the only sports personality in the list of Britain's 1,000 richest people. The couple's pounds 75m fortune places them equal 654th.

Suzuki double

motorcycling: Alstare Suzuki team-mates Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama continued their dominance of the World Superbike Championship by registering a clean sweep at Phillip Island in Australia. Corser and Kagayama were first and second respectively in both races.

Street smart

motor sport: Scotland's Dario Franchitti showed his street-racing experience by claiming fourth place on the grid for the Indy Racing League event at St Petersburg. The Andretti Green driver grew up racing on road courses as his American rivals concentrated on ovals.

Record falls

swimming: America's Aaron Peirsol warmed up for this summer's World Championship by breaking his own world record in the 100 metres backstroke at the US trials in Indianapolis. Peirsol clocked 53.17 seconds, 0.28 under his Athens-set mark.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2005
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