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Bronze hat-trick for Boys in Green Phelan in Open shock

Boxing: Ken Egan, Darren O'Neill and Tyrone McCullagh all made certain of at least bronze medals with quarter-final wins at the European Senior Championships in Moscow yesterday.

Egan out-gunned Estonian Ainar Karlson 7-4 to secure his second European Championship medal. O'Neill edged out the hotly tipped Ukrainian middle-weight Sergey Derevyanchenko 7-6 in a thrilling 75kg duel.

McCullagh beat Armenian Azat Hovhannisyan 6-3 in the featherweight quarter-final.

"Darren had to dig very deep but he showed tremendous character," said Irish head coach Billy Walsh. "Kenny had to keep his concentration. Tyrone boxed well and we're thrilled for him and all our medal winners."

Basketball: Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Derek Fisher added 16 to lead Los Angeles to a 91-84 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday and give the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the NBA finals. The Lakers regained home-court advantage they had lost when Boston took Game 2 in Los Angeles.

Tennis: Top seeds Roger Federer and Nikolay Davydenko made serene progress into the second round of the Gerry Weber Open in Germany with straight-sets wins.

MLB: Baltimore 7 NY Yankees 12, Cleveland 2 Boston 3, Washington 5 Pittsburgh 2, Philadelphia 10 Florida 8, Tampa Bay 9 Toronto 0, NY Mets 2 San Diego 1 (11 innings), Cincinnati 0 San Francisco 3, Texas 7 Seattle 1, Chicago White Sox 2 Detroit 7, Minnesota 7 Kansas City 3, Milwaukee 3 Chicago Cubs 2, Colorado 3 Houston 4, Arizona 5 Atlanta 7, Oakland 10 LA Angels 1, LA Dodgers 1 St Louis 0.


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