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Pádraig's injury a worry for Monty Niland marches on Schumi won't appeal

GOLF: Colin Montgomerie must be wondering what on earth is going to happen next to the players he hopes will win back the Ryder Cup in October.

Martin Kaymer broke toes go-karting last August, Ian Poulter injured a knee playing basketball and now Pádraig Harrington is going into hospital after tearing cartilage in a football match.

All three, though, are in the field for the PGA Championship, providing Poulter doesn't suffer from his recent neck problem.

Harrington's injury means he is out of the Wales Open from June 3-6, the course where the Cup will be played in September.

"I wouldn't be getting it done if I thought there was going to be a complication for the US Open," said Harrington.

Roche gets all clear

Cycling: Nicolas Roche got the result he was looking for when he was given the all clear to return to bike training yesterday, three weeks after pulling out of the Tour de Romandie.

Niland marches on

tennis: Conor Niland stormed back from a shaky start to beat British No2 Alex Bogdanovic 6-4 6-4 in the first qualifying round of the French Open.

Schumi won't appeal

motorsport: Mercedes will not appeal after veteran Michael Schumacher was stripped of sixth place in the Monaco Grand Prix for illegally overtaking Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on the last corner of the race.

NBA playoffs: Orlando 92 Boston 95.

MLB: Cincinnati 5 Milwaukee 4, Florida 8 Arizona 0, Toronto 11 Minnesota 2, Tampa Bay 6 Cleveland 2, Detroit 2 Chicago White Sox 6, Baltimore 4 Kansas City 3, Atlanta 3 NY Mets 2, Philadelphia 1 Pittsburgh 2, Chicago Cubs 6, Colorado 2, Texas 8 LA Angels 7, St Louis 3 Washington 2.