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FIA told to decide Bahrain outcome

THE onus on whether this year's Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead has been placed on the shoulders of the FIA.

FOTA, the Formula One Teams' Association, has made it unequivocally clear that it is not for the teams to decide.

It followed remarks by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, in which he stated that if any team did pull out they would be in breach of contract.

FOTA, however, said: "Teams are unable to cancel grands prix.

"We race in an international series called the FIA Formula One World Championship, and it is therefore for the FIA to offer the teams guidance."

Ireland boys hold slim lead in Wales

GOLF: Ireland's boys held a 7-5 advantage going into today's second round of singles against the Welsh side in Wales.

The Irish youngsters lost just two of yesterday's eight singles, winning five and picking up a half in another. Wales recovered in the foursomes, securing two-and-a-half of the four points to close the gap to two points.

Elsewhere, European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal was arrested for speeding (97mph in a 65mph zone) after leaving the Masters in the USA.

SNOOKER: World champion John Higgins is aiming to put a "very bad" season behind him when he defends his title this month, but the four-time Crucible champion faces a battle after failing to win an event since.

MLB: Detroit 5 Tampa Bay 2, LA Dodgers 2 Pittsburgh 1, Baltimore 4 NY Yankees 5 (12 innings), Toronto 7 Boston 3, NY Mets 2 Washington 6, Cincinnati 1 St Louis 3, Texas 1 Seattle 0, Chicago Cubs 4 Milwaukee 7, Houston 4 Atlanta 6, San Diego 2 Arizona 4 (11 innings), Oakland 0 Kansas City 3.

NBA: Cleveland 103 Charlotte 90, Miami 107 Boston 115, Washington 93 Orlando 85, New Jersey 88 Philadelphia 107, Dallas 110 Sacramento 100, Chicago 98 NY Knicks 86.