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Cook pleased with display

CRICKET: England captainAlastair Cook was pleased with the way he handled the hugepressure he felt under to make his first significant scores of the year and set his team on their way to a first win in 11 tests against India.

Desperately short of runs and heavily criticised for his leadership in the humiliating second test defeat at Lord's, Cook made 95 and 70 not out as England won the third match by 266runs to level the series at 1-1.

"I was so pleased that under the amount of pressure I was under on the first day that I was able to get a good score," Cook told reporters.

"I don't know what people are going to say but it certainly feels a weight has been lifted compared to if I didn't get any runs."

PARALYMPICS: Irish Paralympic 7-a-side soccer team beaten 3-2 after extra time by Netherlands in semi-finals at CPISRA European Championships semi-final in Portugal

The Irish Paralympic soccer team suffered a heart-breaking extra time 3-2 defeat this afternoon against the Netherlands in the CPISRA European Championship semi-final in Maia, Portugal. Ireland will now face the losers of the other semi-final which features the top two ranked teams in the world; Ukraine v Russia, in the play off for bronze on Saturday afternoon.

PARALYMPICS: A German amputee long jumper will not contest the decision by his national federation to exclude him from the upcoming European Championships.

Paralympic champion Markus Rehm, however, said he would use all means at his disposal to prove that his carbon-fiber prosthesis does not give him an unfair advantage, as argued by the German Athletics Federation (DLV) in leaving him off the team.

Rehm won the long jump at the German nationals last weekend with an effort of 8.24 meters.

As German champion, that would normally qualify him for the August 12-17 Euros in Zurich.

"If it is proven that I had an advantage because of the prosthesis, I will have all my jumps annulled and I will give my title back," Rehm said at a news conference. "More analysis is needed until a comprehensive picture is achieved."

The DLV said biometric measurements conducted at the nationals showed that Rehm's prosthesis might give him an unfair "catapult effect" that allows him longer jumps. He was also faster by a second per meter at takeoff.


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