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McIlroy eyeing French crown

GOLF: If there are two uncapped players Colin Montgomerie wants in his Ryder Cup team, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer are certainly top of the list.

And by tomorrow night their debuts at Celtic Manor in October could be just about in the bag. McIlroy lies third in the points race and, on three under par at the halfway stage in the Alstom French Open, might yet challenge for a third pro title.

Kaymer is sixth in the table, but a massive prize of nearly €500,000 is up for grabs at Le Golf National, and entering the third round the defending champion was nine under, one shot behind Alejandro Canizares.



Landis reveals new drug claims

CYCLING: Disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has provided more details about his use of performance-enhancing drugs and claims against some of the biggest names in the sport, including seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong.

Six weeks after he finally confessed to doping and pointed the finger at some of his former team-mates and team officials, Landis gave what the Wall Street Journal described as "the most detailed view yet of what may be one of the biggest and most intricately coordinated cheating conspiracies in sports history".



Athlone buzzing

ATHLETICS: Many of the world's finest endurance runners are in Ireland this weekend for the triAthlone 2010, which starts in Connacht, with a Shannon swim, and finishes in Leinster. The event has scored a massive coup by also doubling up as this year's European Championships.

Tomorrow's elite senior men's race (3.30) includes Britain's reigning world champion Alistair Brownlee, Spain's current European champion Javier Gomez and Russia's world No1 Alexander Brukhankov, alongside Brownlee's brother, Jonathan.

Today's women's equivalent (3.30) features reigning European champion Nicola Spirig and her Swiss team-mate Daniela Ryf, Sweden's Lisa Norden (third in the world last year), reigning world junior champ Emmie Charayron of France, and Luxembourg's Elizabeth May and Portugal's Vanessa Fernandes, who took second and third respectively in Athlone last year.

MLB: NY Yankees 1 Toronto 6 (11 innings), Chicago Cubs 0 Cincinnati 12, Cleveland 0 Oakland 3, Detroit 7 Seattle 1, Washington 3 NY Mets 5, Pittsburgh 2 Philadelphia 0, Boston 3 Baltimore 2, Atlanta 4 Florida 3 (11 innings), Texas 3 Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota 2 Tampa Bay 1, Colorado 6 San Francisco 3, St Louis 5 Milwaukee 0, Arizona 12 LA Dodgers 5, San Diego 3 Houston 0, LA Angels 1 Kansas City 2 (10 innings)


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