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O'Driscoll calls end at Munster

RUGBY UNION: After 14 years and more than 200 caps for his native province, Mick O'Driscoll is set to retire from Munster rugby at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old second-row made his debut for the side in August 1998 and won his 200th cap last month when he led them out against the Dragons in their recent league clash.

Meanwhile, Connacht prop Brett Wilkinson could miss out on the Irish summer tour to New Zealand with a calf injury.

Elsewhere, England's Delon Armitage will quit London Irish for Toulon at the end of the season, while All Black Jimmy Cowan will join Gloucester.

Grand prix focus of Bahrain anger

MOTOSPORT: Anti-government protesters in Bahrain are set to step up their campaign, which is set to have an impact on F1.

A demonstration was set for today on the doorstep of the Gulf kingdom's international airport, and it is understood the focus will not only centre on pro-democracy rights, but also anti-F1 as the race returns this weekend after a two-year hiatus.

Nadal fit to play in Monte Carlo

TENNIS: Rafael Nadal confirmed he's fit to pursue an eighth consecutive title at the season's opening clay court tournament in Monte Carlo after recovering from a recurrent knee injury.

The world number two, who had his right knee treated before the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami last month ahead of pulling out in the semi-finals, said: "The knee is well. I'm able to practise in the right condition."

O'Sullivan in hat for Sale position

RUGBY: Ex-Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan is being considered for the role of director of rugby at English Premiership side Sale.

Other candidates include Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath, ex-Japan coach John Kirwan and Auckland Blues boss Pat Lam.

NBA: Charlotte 67 New Orleans 75, Orlando 113 Philadelphia 100, Indiana 111 Minnesota 88, Toronto 87 Atlanta 109, New Jersey 98 Miami 101, Chicago 84 Washington 87, Houston 102 Denver 105, Utah 123 Dallas 121 (OT), Phoenix 125 Portland 107, Golden State 99 San Antonio 120, LA Clippers 92 Oklahoma City 77.

MLB: Boston 0 Tampa Bay 1, NY Yankees 3 Minnesota 7, Washington 6 Houston 3, Atlanta 1 NY Mets 6, Chicago White Sox 4 Baltimore 10 (10 innings), Kansas City 2 Detroit 3, Colorado 1 San Diego 7, Arizona 5 Pittsburgh 1.


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