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Niland cruises into Israel final

TENNIS: Conor Niland yesterday extended his fine run in the ATP Challenger Israel Open by sealing a place in the final of the $100,000 hardcourt event.

The Limerick man demolished Denis Gremelmayr 7-5 6-1 to secure a showdown with Brazil's No4 seed Thiago Alves.

Manassero dreams

Golf: Teenage prodigy Matteo Manassero went into today's third round of the Italian Open four shots off the lead after consecutive rounds of 70 and he admitted he is dreaming of a victory on his professional debut.

Manassero turned professional on Monday and, at 17 years and 20 days old, could become the youngest winner in European Tour history tomorrow. "I'm dreaming a little about winning this tournament," Manassero said.

Dott sacks Mooney

Snooker: World Championship runner-up Graeme Dott has parted company with Pat Mooney after allegations of match-fixing against his manager.

"I have terminated my representation contract with Pat Mooney and FSTC Management with immediate effect," Dott, the 2006 world champion, said.

Loeb bounces back

Motor Sport: World Rally leader Sebastien Loeb of France won six of eight stages on day two of the Rally of New Zealand, rising from seventh place to second, 5.3 seconds behind Citroen teammate Sebastien Ogier.

CYCLING: The An Post/Sean Kelly team return to action tomorrow in Belgium's Circuit de Wallonie.

The Sean Kelly outfit are fresh from a three-week break from racing and team manager Kurt Bogaerts has named a seven-man team to compete in the race, including Irishmen Ronan McLaughlin, Mark Cassidy and Matt Brammeier.

GOLF: A spectator who resisted arrest during The Players Championship in Florida today was dealt with by a taser gun.

According to local police the man was heckling a player -- not thought to be Tiger Woods -- and Sgt Chuck Milligan said: "We asked him several times to cease his activities, but this met with a negative result."

NBA: Boston 95 Cleveland 124 (Cleveland lead the best-of-seven play-off series by 2-1). San Antonio 96 Phoenix 110 (Phoenix lead the best-of-seven series by 3-0).

MLB: Washington 2 Florida 4, Philadelphia 7 Atlanta 0, Pittsburgh 3 St Louis 4, NY Yankees 10 Boston 3, NY Mets 6 San Francisco 4, Cincinnati 7 Chicago Cubs 14, Texas 4 Kansas City 1, Houston 0 San Diego 7, Chicago White Sox 4 Toronto 7 (12 innings), Arizona 2 Milwaukee 3, Oakland 1 Tampa Bay 4, Seattle 0 LA Angels 8, LA Dodgers 6 Colorado 5, Minnesota v Baltimore (postponed), Cleveland v Detroit (postponed).