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Casey shrugs off Ryder snub

GOLF: Paul Casey is in position in Chicago to make his exclusion from the Ryder Cup look a huge mistake by Colin Montgomerie.

Casey yesterday repeated his opening 69 at the BMW Championship and will go into the third round in a tie for fourth spot only two behind leaders Matt Kuchar and Charlie Wi.

He said: "It's done and dusted. You've got to get over things pretty quickly -- I got over it pretty quickly."

Clijsters ready

Tennis: Defending champion Kim Clijsters will face Vera Zvonareva in today's US Open final after coming from behind to beat Venus Williams in their semi-final 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4.

Looking towards Zvonareva, Clijsters said: "She's a very tough opponent. I've lost my last two matches against her, so it's gonna be a tough battle. She's a player who doesn't give you much. She's always there, hangs in there."

Lewis keeps faith

F1: Lewis Hamilton feels McLaren have pace to spare ahead of tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button were forced to settle for fourth and fifth fastest at the end of yesterday's two practice sessions around Monza, but the 2008 world champion said: "We don't really know where all that pace came from, but we still have some in our pocket, so we're okay."

CYCLING: Mark Cavendish claimed his second successive stage victory in the Vuelta a Espana yesterday after winning a sprint finish in Burgos. Ireland's Nicolas Roche finished in 34th and ninth overall. Roche said: "I'm really psyched for the next three stages and they are going to be very important for everybody."

Rowing: Ireland's lightweight women's doubles, Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan, opened with a gutsy row taking second place in their first-round encounter at the European Championships in Portugal yesterday. They now go forward to today's repechages.

Tennis: Conor Niland turned in his best performance for some time yesterday when he dumped out top seed Rainer Schuettler of Germany 2-6 6-1 7-6 (8-6) to qualify for the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger Tour event in St Remy de Provence, France.

Rugby: Leinster inched closer to another U20 Inter-Provincial championship with an 18-15 win against Ulster at Ravenhill.

MLB: Detroit 6 Chicago White Sox 3, Colorado 6 Cincinnati 5, Toronto 2 Texas 4, Atlanta 4 St Louis 11, Houston 3 LA Dodgers 2, San Francisco 7 San Diego 3.