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SPORT IN BRIEF

<strong>Lions reneage Shaw interest</strong><br />RUGBY UNION: South African side Golden Lions have ended their interest in signing England second row Simon Shaw.<br /><br />The franchise stepped up their bid to sign the 36-year-old lock after he impressed on the recent British Lions tour, but the Wasps star has since suffered a metatarsal injury.<br /><br />A Golden Lions statement read: &ldquo;The Union were intending on signing Shaw for the 2010 Super 14 and Currie Cup, but due to the injuries recently sustained, will thus not be signing Shaw.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Rocket Ronnie shot down</strong><br />SNOOKER: Defending champion John Higgins came from 4-3 down to send world No1 Ronnie O&rsquo;Sullivan crashing out of the Grand Prix in a second-round thriller in Glasgow.<br /><br />O&rsquo;Sullivan opened with a 131 break to set up a rollercoaster contest which the Scot ended with a nerveless break of 94 in the deciding frame. Higgins now takes on Mark Allen in the quarter-final after he beat Jamie Cope 5-3.<br /><br /><strong>England handed tough draw</strong><br />CRICKET: England have been drawn against India, West Indies and South Africa in their group for the 2011 Cricket World Cup on the Indian sub-continent.<br /><br />The Test nations are joined by Bangladesh, the Netherlands and Ireland in Group B, while world champions Australia occupy Group A alongside New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.<br /><br />Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya are also involved.<br /><br />India will host 29 of the 49 matches, while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will share the other 20.<br /><br /><strong>Hampshire complete Jones deal</strong><br />CRICKET: Hampshire have beaten off competition from Glamorgan to sign England&rsquo;s injury-plagued seamer Simon Jones.<br /><br />The 30-year-old missed most of the season for Worcestershire after knee surgery but has managed to land a three-year deal with the south coast club with fitness and appearance-related clauses attached.