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In Brief: Irish pair seal place in semis

ROWING: Ireland's Olympic hopefuls lifted themselves back into the frame at the World Championships in Slovenia after Lisa Dilleen and Sanita Puspure qualified for the semi-finals of the women's doubles with an aggressive race.

Chasing second place after the USA's Sarah Trowbridge and Kathleen Bertko forged into the lead after 500m, Ireland held off Denmark by 0.84 seconds to claim the runners-up place.

Manassero tipped for Ryder record

GOLF: Colin Montgomerie believes Sergio Garcia could lose his record as the Ryder Cup's youngest-ever player next year.

Monty tips 18-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero to be among the new faces in Jose Maria Olazabal's side in Chicago.

"I'd expect him to make it," said Montgomerie.

If he plays next September, Manassero will be 19 years and five months -- three months younger than Garcia was in 1999.

Teens banned for life for ref assault

RUGBY: Five teenage rugby players from the same club have been banned for life for assaulting a referee after a youth game in Auckland, New Zealand.

The official suffered a broken hand in an assault after the Aug 6 match between the U19 teams of the Otahuhu and Te Papapa-Mount Wellington clubs.

De La Hoya's woes

Boxing: Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya says he has contemplated suicide and has been going to rehab to treat drug and alcohol dependency, after he revealed he had hit rock bottom over the past two years and was unfaithful to his wife.

MLB: Baltimore 6 Toronto 5 (10 innings), Cleveland 6 Oakland 2, Detroit 2 Kansas City 1 (10 innings), Atlanta 2 Washington 9, NY Mets 0 Florida 6, Cincinnati 0 Philadelphia 9, Boston 2 NY Yankees 5, Texas 2 Tampa Bay 0, Houston 8 Pittsburgh 2, Milwaukee 1 St Louis 2, Chicago White Sox 8 Minnesota 6, Arizona 9 Colorado 4, Seattle 6 LA Angels 13, LA Dodgers 8 San Diego 5, San Francisco 2 Chicago Cubs 5.