In brief: Rheinisch has semis in sight
Only Eoin Rheinisch knows how close he came to an Olympic medal in Beijing two years ago when he finished fourth in the K1 Canoe Slalom event, missing bronze by a fraction of a second.
Now the 30-year-old Irishman is targeting London 2012 in an effort to make amends and the World Championships are vital in his preparations for the event.
He has not set the world on fire in three World Cup competitions this year and has linked up with a new coach to change his fortunes.
Today he has two runs in the World Championships in Tacen, Slovenia, and if he finishes in the top 40 he will contest the semi-finals on Sunday. Last year, Rheinisch made the final, finishing ninth.
World champion Neil Robertson blamed tiredness for his defeat by Peter Ebdon in the first round of the Shanghai Masters yesterday.
On the day his predecessor John Higgins was banned for six months but cleared of match-fixing, Robertson was narrowly beaten 5-4 in a deciding frame of a match littered with fouls and missed pots.
The dogged Ebdon's renowned safety game eventually saw him through, although he required a number of chances to get over the line.
SAM BARRY'S outstanding run in the US Junior Open ended yesterday when he came up short in the second round of the boys' singles in New York.
Playing in his third match in the Flushing Meadows event, the unseeded Irish ace crashed out to the No 5 seed, Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina, on a 6-4 6-2 scoreline after an hour and 32 minutes.
However, Barry booked a second-round place in the boys' doubles yesterday.
The national No 2 and New Zealand's Ben McLachlan shocked the No 5 seeds Colombia's Juan Sebastian Gomez and Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan 2-6 6-2 10-1 in the first round.
Formula One's governing body yesterday upheld a $100,000 fine for Ferrari but will impose no further sanction following the team orders controversy, an Italian motorsport official said.
Race stewards handed the fine to Ferrari after the German GP in July when the team was found to have ordered Felipe Massa to allow Fernando Alonso to win.