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Pádraig wary of Ryder axe Irish seal bronzes Quartet progress

Golf: Pádraig Harrington regrets not playing more European Tour events as he struggles to make the European Ryder Cup side to face the US at Celtic Manor.

Harrington said: "I've had 14 top-10s in the past year, but I'm not earning the ranking points. I should have focused more on the European money list."

But newly appointed vice-captain Darren Clarke insists that the triple major winner is vital to Europe's hopes of winning back the trophy in October.

Clarke said: "We need Pádraig on the team. We want Pádraig on the team, and we all hope Pádraig is on the team."

Meanwhile, Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has splashed out on a special present to mark his first major win -- a tractor.

Maher into semi

athletics: Ireland's good start at the World Junior Championships in Canada continued yesterday when Patrick Maher (Leevale AC) was second, in 52.46, in his 400m hurdles heat to qualify for the semi-finals. Tim Crowe (Dooneen AC) finished seventh in his heat in 56.27.

Paul Robinson (St Coca's AC) has already qualified for the 1500m final, finishing fourth (3:44.04) in his heat. Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) was 13th in his heat in 3:52.62.

Irish seal bronzes

boxing: Ireland are guaranteed at least two bronze medals from the European Schoolboy Boxing Championships after a day of mixed fortunes in Yambol City, Bulgaria, yesterday.

John Joe Joyce booked his place in the semis -- and secured bronze -- after a 1-0 (41.5kg) win over England's Dalton Smith.

Wayne Kelly also emerged victorious after beating Turkey's Yasin Dastan 4-1 on a double-countback after a 1-1 and 2-2 tie.

Quartet progress

TENNIS: Several Irish Senior and Junior players have advanced to quarter finals in events in Dublin, Penza and Klosters.

James McGee and Colin O'Brien marched on at the Men's Irish Open at Fitzwilliam LTC, with 6-3 6-2 and 7-6 6-2 winning scorelines respectively.

Conor Niland advanced into the quarter-finals of the men's singles at the ATP Challenger Tour Penza Cup event in Russia with a 6-4 6-4 win, while junior Sam Barry defeated 12th seed Filip Horansky at the European Junior Championships in Klosters, Switzerland, to make it into the last 16.

MLB: Baltimore 4 Tampa Bay 5, NY Yankees 10 LA Angels 6, Minnesota 6 Cleveland 0, Kansas City 5 Toronto 2, Chicago Cubs 3 Houston 4 (12 innings), St Louis 5 Philadelphia 1, Pittsburgh 15 Milwaukee 3, Florida 5 Colorado 2, Cincinnati 5 Washington 8, Detroit 4 Texas 1, Oakland 6 Boston 4.