<strong>Ex-champs set for Open event</strong><br />GOLF: Former Open winners will take part in a four-hole challenge on the eve of next year&rsquo;s tournament to mark the 150th anniversary of the game&rsquo;s oldest Major.<br /><br />All 32 living champions have been invited to play the first, second, 17th and 18th holes at St Andrews, with prize money being donated to charity.<br /><br />A team featuring Tom Lehman, Paul Lawrie and Tom Weiskopf won the last four-hole challenge in 2000.<br /><br /><strong>Umpire Benson faces quit quiz</strong><br />CRICKET: Top English umpire Mark Benson has been asked to explain his reasons for suddenly quitting a Test after one day.<br /><br />Benson, 51, withdrew from Australia&rsquo;s match against the West Indies on Friday, amid suggestions he was unhappy with the umpire decision review system.<br /><br />World chiefs the ICC insist health reason were behind his decision but Benson is expected to make an announcement in the coming days.<br /><br /><strong>Messi up for World Player gong</strong><br />FOOTBALL: Barcelona star Lionel Messi is in line to complete a double honour after being shortlisted for Fifa&rsquo;s World Player of the Year prize.<br /><br />The Argentina forward, who won the Ballon d&rsquo;Or for Europe&rsquo;s best player this month, is joined on the list by team-mates Xavi and Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka. <br /><br />Ronaldo won both awards last year while playing for Manchester United.<br /><br /><strong>Rocket surges into second round</strong><br />SNOOKER: Four-time winner Ronnie O&rsquo;Sullivan overcame a sloppy start to surge into round two of the UK Championship.<br /><br />O&rsquo;Sullivan trailed Matthew Stevens 2-0 before claiming nine of the following 10 frames to win 9-3 and set up a match with Peter Ebdon.<br /><br />Meanwhile, world No8 Marco Fu slipped to a shock defeat to Yorkshire&rsquo;s Peter Lines, whose career highlight was a last eight spot at the China Open 10 years ago.