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In brief: Mortimer wins with 40ft putt Cronin seals title

GOLF: Galwayman David Mortimer holed out in spectacular fashion from just off the final green at Seapoint to complete a stunning one-stroke win over European Tour player Damien McGrane as the PGA Irish Championship came to an astonishing climax.

Both men deserve credit for fashioning a rip-roaring finish worthy of the 100th edition of this championship. Moments before Mortimer applied the coup de grace from 40ft, McGrane had an eagle chance, but he hit the rim and could only register a birdie.



Rocket's revamp

SNOOKER: The success of the World Open should act as the catalyst for a scaled-down World Championship, according to winner Neil Robertson and beaten finalist Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Robertson celebrated his new status as world number one by beating O'Sullivan 5-1 in the final, and O'Sullivan said of the Crucible event: "It's a long time being in Sheffield -- 17 days. That's longer than the Olympics."



Cronin seals title

MOTORSPORT: Balllickey's Keith Cronin retained the British Rally title with a third-place finish in the International Rally Yorkshire.

Other Irish crews finished second (Alastair Fisher and Rory Kennedy) and fourth (Daniel McKenna and Andrew Grennan).

athletics: Martin Fagan won yesterday's Rathfarnham 5km road race in a record time of 13 minutes 54 seconds -- knocking two seconds off the course record held by Robert Connolly.

BASEBALL: The New York Yankees moved closer to clinching a play-off berth with a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Results: Cleveland 5 Kansas City 3, Detroit 5 Minnesota 1, Toronto 5 Baltimore 2, Philadelphia 3 NY Mets 7, Washington 4 Atlanta 2, Pittsburgh 9 Houston 3, Tampa Bay 2 Seattle 6, Milwaukee 7 Florida 1, Chicago Cubs 7 St Louis 8, Colorado 2 San Francisco 4, LA Angels 3 Chicago White Sox 4, Oakland 9 Texas 16, San Diego 2 Cincinnati 12, Arizona 5 LA Dodgers 4.

NFL: Kansas City 31 San Francisco 10, Minnesota 24 Detroit 10, New England 38 Buffalo 30, New Orleans 24 (OT) Atlanta 27, NY Giants 10 Tennessee 29, Tampa Bay 13 Pittsburgh 38, Carolina 7 Cincinnati 20, Baltimore 24 Cleveland 17, Houston 13 Dallas 27, Jacksonville 3 Philadelphia 28, St Louis 30 Washington 16, Denver 13 Indianapolis 27, Arizona 24 Oakland 23, Seattle 27 San Diego 20.


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