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No mistake as Joaquim leads

CYCLING: Three days after being handed the Tour of Spain's red jersey only to be told later there had been a mistake, home rider Joaquim Rodriguez has finally claimed the overall race lead.

Tied with overnight leader Igor Anton since Saturday, the Katusha rider snatched a two-second bonus on the 175.7km Stage 10, which was won by Spaniard Imanol Erviti.

The bonus put Rodriguez ahead of Anton by two seconds, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali four seconds off the pace.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche lies in eighth place, more than a minute behind the leader.

"Today's stage is going to be tough. The road to the summit is very long and steep. Hopefully I'll still be in contention after the stage," said the Dubliner.

Pre-race favourite Andy Schleck was withdrawn from the race for breaking team rules.

Higgins ruling nears

SNOOKER: John Higgins was set to learn his fate today as the two-day tribunal to determine whether he conspired to fix matches approached a close.

Higgins yesterday spent nine hours defending himself against those allegations on day one of the hearing in London.

Further evidence may be presented today, after which a judgment is expected that could save or destroy Higgins' career.

Stirling bags record

CRICKET: Paul Stirling smashed a record-breaking 177 in Toronto last night as Ireland got revenge for a narrow defeat by Canada on Monday to square the one-day international series at 1-1.

Records tumbled as 20-year-old Stirling smashed the highest 50-over score by an Irish player -- beating Kevin O'Brien's 142 against Kenya in 2007 -- in a total of 325-8, which was also the biggest by Ireland in an ODI.

With off-spinner Albert van der Merwe taking a career-best 5-49, Ireland eased home by 92 runs.

Doherty crashes out

Snooker: Ireland's Ken Doherty has crashed out of the Shanghai Masters after being beaten 5-4 by Scotland's Graeme Dott.

The Scot will now meet Wales' Mark Williams in the last 16.

TENNIS: Sam Barry faces a huge challenge in the US Junior Open today against No 3-ranked Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia in the boys' singles second round.

MLB: NY Yankees 2 Baltimore 6, Detroit 9 Chicago White Sox 1, Washington 1 NY Mets 4, Philadelphia 8 Florida 7, Pittsburgh 5 Atlanta 0, Toronto 8 Texas 5, Boston 5 Tampa Bay 14, Chicago Cubs 3 Houston 7, Minnesota 10 Kansas City 3, Milwaukee 4 St Louis 2, Colorado 4 Cincinnati 3, Arizona 3 San Francisco 6, San Diego 2 LA Dodgers 1, LA Angels 1 Cleveland 6, Oakland 5 Seattle 7.