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Athletics: Irish team hit by airport's closure

The Ireland team's preparations for the European Cross Country Championships have been disrupted after Budapest Airport was shut down due to electrical problems in the control tower.

The Irish team, headed by Fionnuala Britton, who is defending her senior title, will be competing tomorrow and were meant to travel to Budapest yesterday evening.

The team is now likely to fly to Vienna via London and will transfer by bus to the Hungarian capital, where this year's Championships are taking place.

SAILING: THE Irish Sailing Association have hit out at the 'malicious campaign' aimed at Irish sailor Peter O'Leary prior to the London Olympics.

The Corkman's preparations for the Games were disrupted by the controversy surrounding bets placed by the Irish sailor at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. It later transpired the bets O'Leary placed concerned a race he was not taking part in. ISA Olympic performance director James O'Callaghan said: "The ISA notes that the facts found present a vastly different picture than the story portrayed. The effect of this malicious campaign achieved someone's aim."

MOTORSPORT: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes Michael Schumacher made a mistake in returning to the sport with Mercedes.

Ecclestone said: "People new to the sport -- people who have joined the F1 fan fraternity just recently -- will remember Michael now, not as he was. They don't see the hero that he was but the human that can fail."

CRICKET: Alastair Cook's latest innings has put England in charge against India -- but his team-mates stayed clear after he was out for 190 yesterday.

Cook did much to set his team on their way to a stumps total of 509 for six, and a lead of 193.

Yet after the opener had failed to ground his bat as a direct-hit throw came in from midwicket, and he was run out, the captain was left to his own devices.

"He didn't really say anything. We just let him stew," admitted team-mate Jonathan Trott.