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McIlroy gets star billing at Pro-Am

GOLF: It was as if a movie star had stepped onto the first tee of the Crans-sur-Sierre course, such was the interest in Rory McIlroy, the current US Open champion, as he took his place in the Pro-Am.

McIlroy teed-up with Omega president Stephen Urqhardt, tournament director Yves Mittaz and Lindt chocolate owner Antonio Bulgheroni.

O'Shea 'RFU target'

RUGBY: Ex-Ireland international full-back Conor O'Shea was the choice of RFU chief executive John Steele for the position of England performance director to the 2015 World Cup.

O'Shea confirmed that he was approached about the position, but said: "I never applied for it, was never interviewed for it, or did these psychometric tests."

Wiggins claims red

Cycling: Bradley Wiggins claimed the overall lead in the Vuelta a Espana yesterday and he now leads Team Sky colleague Chris Froome by seven seconds.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche, who finished the stage in 26th, four places behind his cousin, Daniel Martin, sits 18th overall, but he is frustrated at his performances.

"I'm not happy," Roche said.

"I seem to be stuck in no man's land, riding on my own."

ROWING: Ireland's lightweight women's double sculls missed the cut at yesterday's racing at the World Championships in Slovenia.

Siobhan McCrohan and Sarah Lambe of UCD needed to finish first or second to stay in the event, but they finished in third, just ahead of fourth-placed France.

MLB: Detroit 5 Kansas City 4, Chicago White Sox 6 Minnesota 7, LA Dodgers 4 San Diego 2, San Francisco 4 Chicago Cubs 0, Baltimore 0 Toronto 13, Cleveland 4 Oakland 3 (16 innings), Atlanta 3 Washington 1, NY Mets 3 Florida 2, Cincinnati 0 Philadelphia 3, Boston 9 NY Yankees 5, Texas 1 Tampa Bay 4, Houston 2 Pittsburgh 0, Milwaukee 3 St Louis 8, Arizona 4 Colorado 2, Seattle 2 LA Angels 1.