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Armstrong warns of Tour 'carnage'

CYCLING: Seven-times champion Lance Armstrong has warned of impending "carnage" during the cobblestone-riddled stage three of the Tour de France.

Tuesday's 213km stage from Wanze in Belgium to Arenberg in northern France features seven cobblestone sections that threaten to cause punctures, crashes and, at worst, entirely end the hopes of contenders. Armstrong is racing his final Tour campaign, which starts in Rotterdam tomorrow, in a bid to win an eighth yellow jersey, although that looks a tough challenge.



'Awful' Woods putts himself into trouble

GOLF: Tiger Woods drove like the world No1 then putted like a 12-handicapper as he slipped seven strokes off the pace after the first round of the AT&T National in testing conditions in Pennsylvania.

Woods, who was unerringly accurate off the tee, missed several easy putts as he shot a three-over 73, seven shots behind joint leaders Australian Jason Day, India's Arjun Atwal and Americans Nick Watney and Joe Ogilvie.

"I just putted awful," the world No1 said after he dropped four shots in an error-strewn four-hole stretch on the back nine.



Derval to take on classy field at Cork City Sports

ATHLETICS: Derval O'Rourke is part of a world-class sprint hurdles field, one of the highlights of the Cork City Sports, which takes place at the Cork Institute of Technology tomorrow.

The organisers have pulled off a big coup by attracting Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schlep, who took bronze in the Beijing Olympics and was second at last summer's World Championships, where O'Rourke was fourth. O'Rourke will also be taking on Kellie Wells, runner-up to Lolo Jones at last weekend's US Championships.



France accounted for easily in Cookstown

HOCKEY: Ireland began their three-match series against France in Cookstown with a 3-1 victory. The Irish men retained the Celtic Cup in emphatic style on Sunday, hammering the same opposition 7-0 in Le Touquet, but they never threatened to run riot again last night. Goals from Timmy Cockram, Andy McConnell and Chris Cargo secured the win.

TENNIS: Justine Henin has ruled herself out of the US Open and will also miss her 'Best of Belgium' clash with Kim Clijsters due to the elbow injury she sustained at Wimbledon.

MLB: Cleveland 6 Toronto 1, NY Yankees 4 Seattle 2, Chicago Cubs 2 Cincinnati 3 (10 innings), Baltimore 1 Oakland 8, Washington 2 NY Mets 1, Pittsburgh 3 Philadelphia 2, Minnesota 4 Tampa Bay 5 (10 innings), St Louis 1 Milwaukee 4, Colorado 7 San Francisco 3, Houston 6 San Diego 3 (10 innings), LA Angels 2 Texas 1.


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