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Harrington left for dead by Rose's 62

GOLF: At TPC River Highlands yesterday, Justin Rose stormed clear at The Travelers Championship with a sizzling 62 and Pádraig Harrington stalled with a one-over-par 71 in his second round.

Rose and Harrington had shared the overnight lead with Matt Goggin and Charlie Wi after shooting 64s on Thursday but there their paths diverged.

While the in-form Englishman landed eight birdies on his way to a five-stroke clubhouse lead over Vijay Singh, Bill Lunde and US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, Harrington once again returned to the unerringly inconsistent golf which has blighted much of his season. Harrington could not repeat his opening 64 and carded three birdies and four bogeys en route to his 71.



Thornton breakthrough

GOLF: Less than a week after Graeme McDowell captured the US Open, adopted Ulsterman Simon Thornton is on the verge of breaking through for a first Tour success after moving to 10-under par after two rounds of the BMW International Open in Munich.

The 33-year old former Royal Co Down assistant professional carded a second straight 67 to leave himself tied for fifth place, just three strokes behind leader Bradley Dredge, who also signed for a five-under-par score.



McLaren must make do

F1: It has been all smiles within the McLaren team following back-to-back one-two finishes in Turkey and Canada in the last two races.

But after yesterday's two 90-minute practice sessions around the European Grand Prix circuit that runs through Valencia, the situation had changed.

Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault's cars were all sporting the blown diffuser, the device that has given Red Bull such an edge at the start of this season.

McLaren will not be introducing their diffuser until the British Grand Prix in a fortnight, meaning a third one-two for Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button is unlikely.

CRICKET: Ireland's reserves had no answer to the power of the West Indies 'A' batsman Devon Smith, who hit 114, and a disappointing total of 217 was passed at Stormont by the visitors with eight wickets and 11.4 overs to spare.

HOCKEY: Ireland's men gave a sizzling performance in the heat of Le Touquet in France yesterday to beat Scotland 3-1 in the opening match of the Celtic Cup. But the Irish women's team fell 4-0 to Australia in the Four Nations tournament in Essen, Germany.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 6 Chicago Cubs 0, Baltimore 7 Washington 6, Philadelphia 9 Toronto 0, Tampa Bay 0 Arizona 1, Florida 0 San Diego 3, NY Mets 5 Minnesota 2, Cincinnati 10 Cleveland 3, Atlanta 3 Detroit 1, Texas 4 Houston 7, Milwaukee 8 Seattle 3, Kansas City 4 St Louis 2, Oakland 14 Pittsburgh 4, LA Dodgers 1 NY Yankees 2, San Francisco 5 Boston 4, LA Angels 3 Colorado 4 (11 innings).


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