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SPORT IN BRIEF

<strong>Garcia makes early charge</strong><br />GOLF: Defending champion Sergio Garcia fired an eight-under-par 63 to take an opening round lead in a weather-affected Castello Masters in Spain.<br /><br />Garcia, playing on his home course and looking for to defend a title for the first time in his career, turned in a six-under 29 but then suffered as the wind gusted up to 40mph and eventually suspended play.<br /><br />Sweden&rsquo;s Michael Jonzon lies just behind him after a 64, while 43-year-old Jose-Maria Olazabal is a shot further back.<br /><br /><strong>Huth handed three-game ban</strong><br />FOOTBALL: Stoke City defender Robert Huth has been banned for three matches by the Football Association for punching West Ham&rsquo;s Matthew Upson.<br /><br />Referee Martin Atkinson missed the incident but the FA intervened after studying video evidence. Stoke have also taken their own disciplinary action.<br /><br /><strong>Future looks bleak for Donington</strong><br />FORMULA ONE: Silverstone could yet be in line to host the British Grand Prix from 2010 after Donington Park&rsquo;s latest fund-raising attempt fell through last night.<br /><br />Donington have missed several deadlines to provide financial guarantees they can hold the race, and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone is fast running out of patience.<br /><br />The Silverstone circuit, which has held the grand prix for the last 22 years, is ready to step back into the frame.<br /><br />Donington chiefs refused to comment.<br /><br /><strong>Jennings appeal is rejected</strong><br />RUGBY UNION: Leinster&rsquo;s Shane Jennings has failed in his attempt to have his 12-week eye-gouging ban overturned by the Independent Committee in Dublin.<br />Jennings was banned for making contact with London Irish lock Nick Kennedy during their Heineken Cup game on 9 October.<br />