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Stirling stars as Ireland in charge

CRICKET: Ireland's Paul Stirling notched up his fourth international century this year to put Ireland in control of their InterContinental Cup qualifier against Canada.

The 21-year-old opener struck two sixes and 18 fours in a 107, while Gary Wilson (61), Alex Cusack (81) and Kevin O'Brien (79) weighed in to take Ireland to 435-7 after the first day in Rathmines.

After attending the International Cricket Council awards dinner in London on Monday night with skipper O'Brien and catching a dawn flight to Dublin, Stirling showed no signs of tiredness.

Stirling, who lost the original match ball with the first of his two pulled sixes, went to his century with a cut shot, but when he was bowled, Ireland suffered a mini collapse from 185-1 to 234-4.

Cusack, though, held firm and O'Brien muscled 12 fours and a six in a powerful 79 from 59 balls before he was caught on the boundary aiming for what would have been his 100th six for Ireland.

McGinley talks up Euros

GOLF: Britain and Ireland captain Paul McGinley said his side will be underdogs in this week's Seve Trophy match against Jean Van de Velde's Continental Europe.

That is despite McGinley's team boasting world number two Lee Westwood, British Open champion Darren Clarke and Sunday's Dutch Open winner Simon Dyson in the biennial event at St Nom La Breteche in Paris.

"There is no doubt Continental Europe are the favourites and a stronger team on paper," said McGinley.

Djokovic wants French

TENNIS: Novak Djokovic has targeted a career Grand Slam after ending a stunning run of success in this year's majors with Monday's victory at the US Open in New York.

The French Open was the only major to elude him this year -- he lost to Roger Federer in the semis -- and the Serbian is dreaming of glory at Roland Garros next year to complete the career set.

When asked if that was an objective, Djokovic replied: "Sure. Why not? There are still a lot of things to prove to myself and to the tennis world."

Coote's winning start

GOLF: Tralee's Michael Coote was the hero as Ireland got their quest for a fourth consecutive Senior Men's Home International Championship off to a winning start at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, England, yesterday.

They were facing defeat when Scotland took the foursomes 2-1 and were up in three of the six singles. Coote, however, secured a famous 5-4 victory for the defending champions.

MLB: Pittsburgh 4 St Louis 6, Baltimore 4 Tampa Bay 2, Atlanta 7 Florida 1, NY Mets 2 Washington 3, Cincinnati 2 Chicago Cubs 1, Boston 18 Toronto 6, Texas 10 Cleveland 4, Houston 5 Philadelphia 2, Chicago White Sox 0 Detroit 5, Kansas City 4 Minnesota 0.