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Quiros closes in on Ryder debut Twenty20 dream set to be dashed by England Irish salvage third place

GOLF: Alvaro Quiros is on course for a Ryder Cup debut in October as he flies over the Atlantic today for golf's richest tournament, the Players' Championship in Florida.

Victory in his home Spanish Open in Seville yesterday fully erased the memory of again missing the cut at the Masters four weeks ago -- and proved that there is far more to him than big-hitting.

Beating England's James Morrison in a play-off -- and thereby denying Morrison a second straight win in what is proving a remarkable first season on the European Tour -- lifted Quiros from 17th to seventh in the cup race.

Quiros joined Seve Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia as the only Spaniards to win their national championship since 1972.

Ward and Burnett into finals at World Youths

BOXING: Irishmen Joe Ward and Ryan Burnett reached the finals at the AIBA World Youth Championships following thrilling semi-final wins in Baku, Azerbaijan, yesterday.

Ward, the AIBA World Junior light-middleweight champion, beat Columbia's Palacio Carrillo 11-3. the Moate BC man was fighting Aussie middleweight Damien Hooper in today's final.

Burnett, from the Holy Family club in Belfast, came from behind to beat Cuba's Yosvany Soto Veita 5-3.

Twenty20 dream set to be dashed by England

CRICKET: Ireland could be knocked out of the World Twenty20 tonight before Leinster teenager George Dockrell gets another chance to shine on the big stage.

The 17-year-old spinner's performance was the only bright light in a 70-run hammering by the West Indies in Guyana on Friday night, and if the hosts slip up against England later today, Ireland's chance of progressing to the Super Eights will be gone.

Irish salvage third place

HOCKEY: Ireland salvaged third place from their troubled World Cup qualifier campaign with a 3-0 win over Chile on Saturday, before ending with a strong showing against eventual winners Australia yesterday.

A 4-1 loss was the outcome but was good enough to keep Ireland's goal difference ahead of Chile and Malaysia and avoid the wooden spoon, which looked a possibility before the weekend.

BASEBALL: NY Yankees 12 Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit 5 LA Angels 1, Minnesota 8 Cleveland 3, Toronto 9 Oakland 3, Baltimore 3 Boston 2, Tampa Bay 1 Kansas City 0, Texas 3 Seattle 1, Florida 9 Washington 3, Atlanta 7 Houston 1, St Louis 6 Cincinnati 0, Chicago Cubs 10 Arizona 5, Colorado 4 San Francisco 1, San Diego 8 Milwaukee 0, LA Dodgers 9 Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 11 NY Mets 5.

NBA: Atlanta 95 Milwaukee 74, LA Lakers 104 Utah 99.