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Levy leads in Spain

Alexander Levy of France shot a five-under 66 for a one-shot lead over a group of four including defending champion James Morrison of England after the first round of the Open de Espania on Thursday. Levy, a two-time European Tour winner, opened with a birdie at the 10th at the southwestern Valderrama course, and consolidated his lead with six more in a nine-hole spread, but mixed that with two bogeys. Delighted with his round, Levy said it was “a very tough course, in fantastic condition.” Spaniard Alejandro Canizares, Welshman Stuart Manley and bogey-free Englishman Andrew Johnston all carded 67s alongside Morrison. Pablo Larrazabal of Spain trailed behind alone in sixth on three-under 68. Tournament host Sergio Garcia finished the day on a three-over 74.


Vickery advances in Bogota

Sachia Vickery of the US defeated Spain’s Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 at the Claro Open Colsanitas at the Club Campestre El Rancho in Bogota on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals. She is to face Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena, who ousted Anne Schaefer of Germany 6-1, 6-0. Others to advance were Silvia Soler-Espinosa, who beat Anna Tatishvili 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-1; Alexandra Panova, who defeated Conny Perrin 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (9/7); and Amra Sadikovic, who eliminated Rebecca Peterson 6-4, 6-4.


Fill-in coaches named

Former England batsman Graeme Hick and former Tasmania bowler Adam Griffith have been drafted temporarily into Australia’s coaching set up for a limited-overs tri-series against the West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean. Griffth is to deputize as bowling coach in the wake of Craig McDermott’s resignation. Griffith works with Western Australia State bowlers under head coach Justin Langer, who is to fill in as Australia coach for the June 6 to June 26 tournament for head coach Darrren Lehmann. “West Australia have some talented young fast bowlers that have developed under Adam’s watch,” Lehmann said. “It’s great to be able to offer him the chance to work with the Australian side.” Hick, who works at Cricket Australia’s center of excellence in Brisbane, will be assistant coach for the series. Griffith played 50 first-class matches for Tasmania as a right-arm, fast-medium bowler, but his career was curtailed with serious injuries before took up a coaching role with Western Australia in 2011.


Villa captain set fitness goal

Aston Villa club captain Gabriel Agbonlahor is to miss the next two weeks of the season while he works on his fitness levels, caretaker manager Eric Black said. The 29-year-old was dropped for the 4-0 defeat by Chelsea on April 2 after pictures emerged of him apparently smoking a shisha pipe, but an investigation by the Premier League’s bottom club resulted in no further punishment. The striker, who has only scored once this season, also missed Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against AFC Bournemouth with a virus and Black said he and Agbonlahor had agreed that action was required. “We have decided together that we don’t think he’s up to the fitness levels of the Premier League at this moment in time,” Black was quoted as saying by the club’s Web site. “He’s got an individual program that he will follow. Some of it will involve being with the group, some of it not with the group. We will reassess it in two weeks.” Villa face fifth-placed Manchester United at Old Trafford today.

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