Classic 65 Puts Monty in Front with Lonard

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Boxer Schmeling dies Sharapova in semi's COLIN MONTGOMERIE put in a flawless performance today to claim a share of the lead in the Heineken Classic golf tournament at Royal Melbourne.

Montgomerie (above), second last week at the Caltex Masters title in Singapore, had six birdies in his second-round 65 for a nine-under-par total of 133.

That was later matched by Peter Lonard, with Australian compatriot Jarrod Lyle and South Africa's Trevor Immelman both one shot behind.

Ernie Els was also back in contention after what he described as a "grinding" 64.

The South African ended the day three shots off the pace as he stepped up his bid for a record-equalling fourth straight victory in the event.

Nick Faldo birdied the last for a 66 but missed the cut.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old American Michelle Wie is to make her debut in the Weetabix British Open at Royal Birkdale in July.

THE German boxing legend Max Schmeling, one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time, has died aged 99.

Schmeling's extraordinary career will be remembered for his legendary fights with American great Joe Louis, which produced a lasting bond between the two boxers despite the politically charged atmosphere surrounding the bouts. …