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JJ nominated for U20 award

RUGBY: Ireland's JJ Hanrahan has been nominated on a short list of three for the U20 World Cup Player of the Tournament in South Africa.

The Munster fly-half is joined by a South African pair in blindside Shaun Adendorff and centre Jan Serfontein following voting by team managers, match officials and media at the competition.

The young man from Currow in Co Kerry notched 13 points in Ireland's opener at the Junior World Championship against South Africa and is currently the tournament's joint second-highest points scorer ahead of the 5th-6th place play-off against France on Friday.

Brawn backs title bid

F1: Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn believes this season's Formula One world title is not beyond reach providing their potential can be realised.

Brawn feels the team have "dropped the ball in a couple of races" this year, much to his frustration, although in Nico Rosberg they have a driver still in the championship hunt.

Rosberg is currently fifth in the standings, 21 points adrift of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, although Brawn feels more is possible.

"I would assess our season so far as having a lot more promise than the previous two years," said Brawn. "We still have a lot of races left, but I am pleased with the performance of the car because we have won a race (Rosberg in China) and were second in Monaco."

O'Donovan hits form

golf: Dubliner Richard O'Donovan romped into the match-play stages of the British Amateur Championship at Glasgow Gailes on the Ayrshire coast yesterday.

The 21-year-old East of Ireland champion from Lucan compiled a sensational amateur course record-equalling five-under-par 66. That followed his 73 at Royal Troon on Monday for a 36-hole total of 139.

Waterford Castle's Kevin Phelan also comfortably made it through with a 72 at Glasgow Gailes to add to his 70 at Troon.

England rotate again

CRICKET: England's rotation policy appears to be here to stay after Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan were rested for Friday's final one-day international against the West Indies.

England are 2-0 up with one to play so Broad, Swann and Bresnan have been removed from the frontline, with call-ups instead for Surrey's Stuart Meaker and Kent's James Tredwell.

NBA FINALS: Miami 104 Oklahoma City 98 (Miami leads best-of-seven series 3-1).

MLB: NY Yankees 3 Atlanta 4, Cleveland 3 Cincinnati 2 (10 innings), Detroit 6 St Louis 3, Washington 4 Tampa Bay 5, Philadelphia 7 Colorado 2, Pittsburgh 7 Minnesota 2, Boston 7 Miami 5, NY Mets 5 Baltimore 0, Houston 0 Kansas City 2, Milwaukee 9 Toronto 10, Chicago White Sox 1 Chicago Cubs 2, Arizona 9 Seattle 12 (10 innings), San Diego 3 Texas 7, LA Angels 12 San Francisco 5, Oakland 3 LA Dodgers 0.