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Irish one win short of final

CRICKET: Ireland not only had to overcome Scotland but also a brute of a pitch at Voorburg in the Netherlands yesterday to take outright top spot in World League Division 1 with two matches left to play.

Both teams went into the game unbeaten but what should have been a spectacle turned into a bruising war of attrition as Scotland battled to 117 all out and Ireland slumped to 65-5 before sealing a five-wicket win.

Railway Union all-rounder Kevin O'Brien guided his side home in the 35th over with 41no, leaving the national side needing to beat Canada or the Netherlands in their final two games to seal a place in Saturday's final.

Hill: Schu's a threat

FORMULA 1: Damon Hill has insisted it would be foolish to write off old rival Michael Schumacher.

At 41, Schumacher has at times looked his age in his comeback year, in particular in comparison to Formula One's fast young guns such as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Although excuses have been made of late about Mercedes' inability to get their tyres working, among other issues, Schumacher was found wanting in the last race in Valencia as he finished a career low 15th.

"I thought he was getting the upper hand there for a while," said Hill with regard to his rivalry with team-mate Nico Rosberg in the run-up to Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

"His rightful place is at the front, and when that is the case all is well with the world. That is still where he sees himself.

"But you should never write the guy off. He is never out."

Westwood injured

GOLF: Lee Westwood faces a race against time to regain fitness for next week's Open at St Andrews after being diagnosed with a slight tear in his right calf.

The world number three hobbled through last week's French Open, but said at the end the problem had got progressively worse as the tournament went on and so withdrew from the JP McManus Pro-am in Ireland.

"He's been advised, complete rest for the rest of the week, but is still very hopeful that everything will be fine," said management spokesman Martin Hardy.

The 37-year-old went to hospital last Wednesday after a scare that he might be suffering from a blood clot or DVT, but further tests put his mind at rest on that.

Westwood had planned an early visit to St Andrews later this week but that has now been cancelled.

BASEBALL RESULTS: Major League - Detroit 12 Baltimore 9, Arizona 4 Chicago Cubs 9, Milwaukee 1 San Francisco 6, Chicago White Sox 9 LA Angels 2, Philapelphia 3 Atlanta 1, Tampa Bay 6 Boston 5, NY Mets 6 Cincinnati 8, Texas 3 Cleveland 9, LA Dodgers 5 Florida 6, Oakland 1 NY Yankees 3, Seattle 4 Kansas City 6.