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Joyce targeting Irish comeback Taylor in dreamland

CRICKET: In a surprise U-turn, Bray batsman Ed Joyce wants to resume his international career with Ireland, five years after declaring for England.

Cricket Ireland (CI) are now hoping that he will be available for next year's World Cup, but he will need special International Cricket Council (ICC) clearance.

The Dubliner played for England in the 2007 World Cup, but under ICC rules he should be unable to switch allegiance back to Ireland until April, two months after the start of the World Cup.

CI hopes the fact that he has played 50 times for Ireland will work in his favour as they apply for an exemption.

Murray hails victory

TENNIS: Andy Murray claimed his French Open comeback against Richard Gasquet may have been even better than his Wimbledon fightback against the Frenchman two years ago -- because he had to do it all on his own.

History repeated itself at Roland Garros yesterday when Murray came from two sets and a break down to avoid crashing out in the first round in Paris.

Unlike Wimbledon, where the British crowd roared the Scot onto victory, Murray had to beat Gasquet without the crowd as they were rooting for Gasquet.

"I did feel like they were silent when I was hitting winners or playing good points. They do appreciate good tennis here," said Murray.

Taylor in dreamland

Darts: Phil Taylor hailed "the proudest day of my life" after he threw two nine-dart finishes to beat James Wade 10-8 and win the Premier League Darts title.

NBA: Two overtime three-pointers from Jameer Nelson helped the Orlando Magic secure a 96-92 win against the Boston Celtics to keep their play-offs alive.

MLB: Cleveland 2 Chicago White Sox 7, Tampa Bay 1 Boston 6, Cincinnati 7 Pittsburgh 5, LA Angels 0 Toronto 6