| 16.3°C Dublin

Barr into semis as Foster fails

ATHLETICS: The European Athletics Championships in Helsinki got off initially to a disappointing start for Ireland with Amy Foster (pictured) failing to qualify from the 100m heats before 400m runner Thomas Barr gave us something to cheer about by qualifying for the semis.

Foster ran below her personal best to record a time of 11.58 in heat two of the 100m today, failing to qualify for this evening's semi-finals.

The Down native came seventh in her heat and failed to advance, coming in behind gold medal favourite Ivet Lalova, who recorded an impressive time of 11.09.

She missed out on making the semi-finals as a fastest loser by just five hundredths of a second, meaning her personal best would have been enough to qualify.

Ferrybank's Barr, running from lane five in heat four, of the 400 metre hurdles was ahead at the 200 metre mark but eventually came in second to qualify for the semi-final in a season's best 50.59.

Barr, who made finals in the European Under-23 and Junior (Under 20) levels last year, is one month short of his 20th birthday and shows plenty of promise.

University of Ulster's Jason Harvey could not emulate Barr's exploits in heat six coming home in fifth to end his involvement in the championships.

3more athletics on page 57

Morgan feels 'off pace'

CRICKET: Dubliner Eoin Morgan is still aiming to be a front-line international player in all three formats of the game, despite feeling "a long way off" a place in England's Test team.

Morgan was dropped for the winter tour of Sri Lanka after averaging just 13.66, with a highest score of 31, in England's 3-0 Test series defeat by Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Morgan has found his form again this season and heads into England's one-day series against Australia, which starts on Friday, with a point to prove to coach Andy Flower.

"The time I spent away gave me time to cool off, reassess and move on," Morgan said. "I still see myself as a long way off (the Test team)."

Maguires' mixed bag

GOLF: Teenager Leona Maguire, 17, is well positioned at Carnoustie to grab a prominent place in the match-play stages of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship after the second qualifying round. Unfortunately, her twin sister Lisa shot a nightmare 83.

Leona fired an opening one-over-par 73 - a score bettered by only a handful of players.

MLB: Baltimore 3 LA Angels 7, NY Yankees 6 Cleveland 4, Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 4, Boston 5 Toronto 1, Atlanta 8 Arizona 1, Miami 2 St Louis 5, Cincinnati 4 Milwaukee 3, Chicago Cubs 5 NY Mets 3, Houston 5 San Diego 3, Texas 7 Detroit 5, Kansas City 8 Tampa Bay 2, Minnesota 2 Chicago White Sox 3, Colorado 5 Washington 12, Seattle 3 Oakland 2, San Francisco 2 LA Dodgers 0.