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Doyle swims to seventh in semi-finals

SWIMMING: Ireland's Fiona Doyle finished seventh in her semi-final of the the women's 100 metres breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin last night.

There was disappointment for 19-year-old Sycerika McMahon in the same event as she finished fifth in her heat in a time of 1:09.23, missing out on a place in the top 16 by four hundredths of a second.

McMahon and Brendan Hyland return to the pool today for the heats of the 200m individual medley and the 200m butterfly.

Cavendish eyes battle of Britain

Cycling: Mark Cavendish plans to ride the Tour of Britain in September after missing out on Omega Pharma-Quick Step's squad for the Vuelta a Espana.

Cavendish, 29, returned to racing last week after suffering shoulder ligament damage in a crash on the opening Tour de France stage.

While his team will go to the Vuelta, Cavendish will ride in the Tour du Poitou Charentes (August 26-29) before the Tour of Britain, which runs from September 7-14. He said: "One thing is for sure, I would like to be at the start for the Tour of Britain."

Carter 'positive'

Snooker: Two-time World Championship runner-up Ali Carter expects to be back playing snooker soon after finishing an intensive course of chemotherapy.

The 35-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer in May, less than a year after resuming his career having recovered from testicular cancer. Carter, who also suffers from Crohn's disease, tweeted: "I have now finished my chemotherapy and things are really positive! I'm feeling much better and it won't be long till I'm back playing again!!"

Stricker stricken

Golf: Steve Stricker's slim chance of making the United States Ryder Cup team is gone after the 47-year-old confirmed he will not play again until December due to injury.

"Sounds like I've got a back and hip issue," he wrote in a text message to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"Going to shut it down till December. Rest and rehab and then try to play and see how it goes."