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Invasive shrimp species found in Wales

Cardiff, Wales -- British environmentalists say an invasive "killer" shrimp that feeds on native counterparts, young fish and insect larvae has been detected in Wales.

The predatory Dikerogammarus villosus can have serious impacts on the ecology of habitats it invades and can cause extinctions, the BBC reported.

Dubbed the killer shrimp by biologists for its voracious appetite, it often kills its prey and leaves it uneaten.

Originally from the steppe region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, D. villosus, which can grow to be much larger than native freshwater shrimp, has been spreading across Western Europe for 10 years.

Europeans win Ryder Cup

Newport, Wales -- Graeme McDowell won the final singles match Monday, giving the European team the final point needed in edging the United States for the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales.

With the event tied and only one match to be decided, McDowell needed to win his match. He took the 17th hole, sealing a 3-and-1 victory over Hunter Mahan.

That gave the Europeans 14 1/2 points, the bare minimum needed to take the cup from the Americans, who were defending their 2008 Ryder Cup title.

Rains Friday and Sunday necessitated the Monday completion of the event. The Europeans led 9 1/2-6 1/2 going into Monday's 12 singles matches.

Chris Wood takes first-round lead in Wales

Newport, Wales -- Chris Wood of England fired a 6-under-par 65 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the European Tour's Wales Open.

Woods had six birdies in a bogey-free round at the Celtic Manor course in Newport.
Bradley Dredge of England and Andrew Dodt of Australia each shot a 66 and four players -- Raphael Jacquelin, Edoardo Molinari, Rhys Davies and Richard McEvoy -- were at 67.

The 22-year-old Wood has not yet won on the tour but has finished in the Top 10 in his last three events.

"I struggled a little bit with the pace of uphill putts, but I had some really good shots and gave myself quite a lot of chances," Wood said after his opening round in Wales.

"No bogeys is always pleasing," he said.