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Ricky Hatton Ends Career After Comeback Ends in Knockout and Tears


For Ricky Hatton, the fight is over at last. When the excellent former world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko drilled a wicked left deep into Hatton's washboard gut eight seconds from the end of the ninth round here on Saturday night, he left the skeletal shell of a former hero bent double on the canvas for the full count, but the Ukrainian did no more than put a full stop to a sentence that had been drawn out maybe a soundbite too long in recent weeks and months.

Rory McIlroy cards opening round of 66 to set up stylish end to season

Rory McIlroy

So much for a meaningless event. The theory that Rory McIlroy's claiming of the European Tour's money list before he arrived at the Dubai World Championship would render this tournament irrelevant was unpicked by the man himself. The world No1 carded a first round 66 to lie one shot adrift of the leader, Luke Donald.