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Monty misery in Wales

GOLF: Colin Montgomerie was back at the scene of arguably his greatest triumph today – but it was not shaping up to be a happy return.

Montgomerie, who led Europe to victory in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor two years ago, was three over par after 17 holes of the ISPS Handa Wales Open. The Scot had a double bogey on the 12th hole but worse was to come on the third with a triple bogey. He recovered after with two birdies on the fifth and sixth. Paul McGinley was one under at the turn with Lee Slattery the early clubhouse leader on four under (67).

Ward’s wait for his London fate

BOXING: Teenager Joe Ward is expected to find out over the next two weeks whether he will be going to the London Games as the Tripartite Commission meet to distribute their invitation places for boxers.

June 3 has been mentioned as the possible date for the Tripartite Commission meeting, although this could be pushed back to June 11.

Ward, the current European champion, was controversially beaten 18-15 by Turkey’s Muzaffer Bahram in the final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers in Turkey last month.

Analysis of the light-heavyweight bout found Ward hit the target with 32 head shots. The IABA and the Olympic Council of Ireland’s Pat Hickey have been working on Ward’s behalf since then.

Bernie doubtful on GP of America

F1: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has thrown the prospect of next year’s proposed |Grand Prix of America into serious doubt.

The race, on a street circuit in New Jersey, is scheduled to make its debut next year. Announced in October, the event is understood to have run |into contractual difficulties with Ecclestone. |He said: “I don’t know if it is going to happen.”

Chambers back for 4x100m relay

Athletics: Dwain Chambers admitted emotions had to be “put to one side” as he prepared to compete in his first relay for Britain for six years.

The last time Chambers ran a relay leg for |Britain came in the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2006, when team-mate Darren Campbell refused to share a lap of honour with the former drugs cheat despite combining to win gold in the 4x100 metres. With the Olympic ban lifted last month, Chambers is back in the fold and is |set to race alongside Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, |Mark Lewis-Francis and James Ellington in tonight’s Diamond League meeting in Rome.

NBA PLAY-OFF (Eastern Con Final): Miami 115 Boston 111 (OT) (Miami leads best-of-seven series 2-0).

MLB: Cleveland 3 Kansas City 6, Minnesota 4 Oakland 0, Tampa Bay 3 Chicago White Sox 4, Chicago Cubs 8 San Diego 6, Pittsburgh 2 Cincinnati 1, Toronto 4 Baltimore 1, Boston 6 Detroit 4, Atlanta 10 St Louis 7, Miami 5 Washington 3, |NY Mets 6 Philadelphia 10, Texas 8 Seattle 21, Colorado 13 Houston 5, LA Angels 5 NY Yankees 6, San Francisco 1 Arizona 4, LA Dodgers 3 Milwaukee 6.


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