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Associated Press in Shanghai

Most golfers at the Volvo China Open had trouble keeping their approach shots from flying off the firm greens at Tomson Golf Course in Shanghai on Thursday. For a trio of European Tour veterans playing some of their best golf at the moment, the difficult conditions did not pose too much of a problem.

For Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, the new season has brought new optimism. After several years of turmoil that saw the team stripped of their 2003 CSL title in a match-fixing investigation and foreign stars Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka depart midway through their contracts during a shareholder dispute, Shenhua are finding success again on the pitch, with three wins to start the season.

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A topping out ceremony has been held for China’s tallest building in the financial hub of Shanghai. At 632 meters, the Shanghai Tower in the city’s Pudong district is the world’s second-tallest building, surpassed only by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which soars 829.8 meters.

A blogger in China who made a death threat against Roger Federer said he had apologised, but remained at large after  vowing to “assassinate” the world number one, according to an Internet posting. The 17-time grand slam champion has had heavy security surrounding him at all times since arriving in Shanghai.

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