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Bjorn's fate lies in home comforts

GOLF: Thomas Bjorn hopes he can seal his Ryder Cup place on home soil this week at a venue where he claimed his first professional win almost 20 years ago.

Bjorn has not played in the biennial contest against the United States since 2002, but has occupied an automatic qualifying spot since winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge in December last year.

The 43-year-old dropped out of the European points list recently and is now relying on the world points list, but looks to have done enough to make the European team which will defend the trophy at Gleneagles in September.

Including this week, only three qualifying events remain before the nine automatic qualifiers are decided at the end of the Italian Open on August 31. European captain, Ireland's Paul McGinley, then names his three wild cards on September 2.

"I feel like I've played a lot of golf and I would like to think by the end of Denmark I'm set for the Ryder Cup, but if I'm not I'll have to reconsider," Bjorn said.

Irish crush Scotland

CRICKET: Kim Garth took four wickets for just eight runs as Ireland women crushed Scotland in their European T20 international at Rugby.

Pembroke all-rounder Garth, playing in her 50th senior international, proved virtually unplayable as she tore the heart out of the Scottish batting.

The 18 year-old dismissed Annette Drummond and Fi Urquhart in successive deliveries, and with her Sydney Parade bowling partner Louise McCarthy (1-4) removing Rachel Scholes, Scotland were reeling on 3 for 3.

Liz Priddle provided a recovery of sorts with 23 from 34 balls, but wickets for Elena Tice (1-15), Lucy O'Reilly and Isobel Joyce - both of whom claimed 1 for 8 - coupled with two run outs, saw Scotland dismissed for just 52.

Any hopes Scotland had of early wickets were quickly extinguished by Clare Shillington.

Silverstone loses GP

MOTOR SPORT: The Circuit of Wales is set to take over from Silverstone as the host of the British Grand Prix in MotoGP.

A historic five-year deal, with the option of a five-year extension, has been agreed by the circuit, which is due to be built near Ebbw Vale.

However, next year's grand prix could be held at a different venue, with the Circuit of Wales then hosting its inaugural race the following year.