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England ready to build up lead

CRICKET: Alastair Cook fell six runs short of his 20th Test century but England were still in position to build a big first-innings lead after the third morning of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Cook nicked Tillakaratne Dilshan to slip on 94, equalling his best score of the winter in a stoic 278-ball knock.

That formed the centrepiece of England's 239-2 at lunch, with the tourists just 36 behind.

Jonathan Trott was 62 not out having been in fluent touch, with Kevin Pietersen on 18no.

Lee to feel Chavez heat

BOXING: Limerick middleweight Andy Lee takes on defending WBC World champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr in two months' time in what he describes as the biggest fight of his life.

Lee challenges the Mexican - who will be targeting a hat-trick against Irish fighters, as he has already beaten John Duddy and Oisin Fagan - in El Paso, Texas, on June 16.

Lee, who fights out of the Detroit Kronk, dismissed concerns about the heat in El Paso in June.

"It's very warm down in Texas, but if you went into our gym any day of the week, the heat is incredible. We train in over 110 degrees," he said.

Flavin medals for Irish

Boxing: Light-flyweight Keith Flavin guaranteed Ireland at least one bronze medal from the Nikolay Pavlyukov Memorial Tournament in Anapa, Russia, yesterday.

The Paulstown BC ace recorded a landslide 30-6 decision over Armenia's Hayrik Nazaryan to book his place in the 49kg semi-finals.

Dean Walsh made the 56kg quarter-finals following a 12-1 win over Moldovan Jon Botnaru.

Vettel stands by rant

F1: Sebastian Vettel insists he is not ashamed by his outburst at Narain Karthikeyan.

Double world champion Vettel lost his cool with Karthikeyan in the aftermath of last month's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel was relegated from fourth to 11th after incurring a puncture to the left-rear tyre on his Red Bull following a collision with Karthikeyan's HRT.

The 24-year-old later compared Karthikeyan to an idiot, which prompted the Indian to describe the German as "a cry baby".

Vettel said: "Sometimes you let some emotion show, and I don't think someone should be ashamed about that."

NBA: Atlanta Hawks 120 Charlotte Bobcats 93, Boston Celtics 86 San Antonio Spurs 87, Dallas Mavericks 95 Memphis Grizzlies 85, LA Clippers 108 LA Lakers 113, Miami Heat 98 Oklahoma City 93, Milwaukee Bucks 107 Cleveland Cavaliers 98, Minnesota Timberwolves 94 Golden State Warriors 97, New Orleans Hornets 94 Denver Nuggets 92, Philadelphia 76ers 78 Toronto Raptors 99, Portland Trail Blazers 101 New Jersey Nets 88, Utah Jazz 105 Phoenix Suns 107, Washington Wizards 96 Indiana Pacers 109.