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Rocket excited by new format Schumi eyes title

SNOOKER: Ronnie O'Sullivan believes Power Snooker is the future of the sport and claims he is bored with the World Championship format.

Created by Rod Gunner and endorsed by Snooker chief Barry Hearn, the format is a radical departure from the orthodox game, with matches lasting just 30 minutes and where points count instead of frames won.

"This is the future of snooker," said O'Sullivan. "It is just that a few people have got to get their heads around it. It is the year 2010 and we are not stuck in the 1970s anymore."



Leinster to face Glasgow opener

RUGBY: Tommy Bowe's Ospreys will begin the defence of their crown by travelling to Ravenhill on the opening weekend of the Magners League season.

New Leinster coach Josef Schmidt faces a testing first game in charge as his side travel to face Glasgow Warriors.

Debutant Italian sides Benetton Treviso and Aironi Rugby are at home to the Scarlets and away to Munster respectively. Connacht's will be at home to the Dragons.



Schumi eyes title

MOTORSPORT: Michael Schumacher says he will drive for Mercedes again in 2011 -- because he has not reached his "final target" of winning an eighth world title.

Schumacher said: "When I came back (the target) was to win another title. That's what I'm here for. I can achieve it."

BOXING: Wayne Kelly became the third Irish boxer to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal at the European Schoolboy Championships after a quarter-final win in Bulgaria yesterday.

Kelly, from the Brosna BC in Westmeath, blitzed Sandron Poletan of Bosnia & Herzegovina in Yambol City and was 12-0 up when the 50kg duel was stopped in the final round.

TENNIS: Davis Cup star James McGee clinched a semi-final place in the Irish Men's Open.

McGee romped to a 6-3 6-4 win over Simon Cauvard at the Fitzwilliam club, but hopes of a double Irish presence at the penultimate stage were dashed when No2 seed Miloslav Mecir of Slovakia recorded a 6-4 6-1 win over No8 seed Colin O'Brien.

ATHLETICS: Tyson Gay was disappointed with his run after winning the 200m in a meeting record 19.72 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League event.

MLB: Florida 3 Colorado 2, Detroit 5 Toronto 2, Cincinnati 1 Washington 7, Atlanta 8 San Diego 0, St Louis 0 Philadelphia 2 (11 innings), Baltimore 0 Minnesota 5, NY Yankees 10 Kansas City 4, Pittsburgh 2 Milwaukee 3, Texas 3 LA Angels 2.


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