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Shock exit for Kuznetsova Basso takes stage

TENNIS: Svetlana Kuznetsova's defence of her French Open title ended last night after she was dumped out of Roland Garros in round three by Maria Kirilenko, 6-3 2-6 6-4.

With 11 of the top 12 men in action, Federer and Nadal keep on course for a June 6 final. "I won last year, so I think I can do it again," Federer said.

British fourth seed Andy Murray showed his growing liking for the red dust in Paris, overcoming a 6-0 third-set meltdown to beat Marcos Baghdatis.

Hamilton wary of Red Bull's reaction

MOTORSPORT: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button both fear Red Bull Racing have something up their sleeve that will see them again clinch pole for tomorrow's Turkish Grand Prix.

"I have no doubts that the Red Bulls will pull out something extra, which they always seem able to do," said Hamilton.

Basso takes stage

CYCLING: Ivan Basso took his chance on the menacing Mortirolo mountain to snatch the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia yesterday with just two stages remaining. The Italian showed sustained stamina to rip the pink jersey off Spain's David Arroyo on the 19th stage.

CRICKET: Steven Finn's heart almost certainly sank when Andrew Strauss asked him to bowl his first spell in a home Test from the Nursery End at Lord's.

He made it clear, though - after Bangladesh's second-day fightback in the first npower Test had carried them to 172 for two in reply to 505 - he is happy to follow Strauss' orders.

"I bowl the vast majority of our overs from the Pavilion End for Middlesex," said the 21-year-old.

BOXING: Limerick's Willie Casey will be just three fights and 27 minutes away from pocketing £32,000 when he steps into the ring for tonight's Prizefighter Series in London.

Meanwhile, Vitali Klitschko is in buoyant mood for tonight's title defence, but is not taking the challenge of Poland's Albert Sosnowski lightly.

He said: "I feel in top shape. I'm well prepared, but I will not underestimate him."

NBA: Eastern Conference play-offs: Boston 96 Orlando 84 (Boston wins best-of-seven series


MLB: Chicago Cubs 1 St Louis 7, NY Yankees 8 Cleveland 2, Detroit 4 Oakland 5, Toronto 5 Baltimore 0, Boston 5 Kansas City 12, Tampa Bay 2 Chicago White Sox 4, Florida 2 Philadelphia 3 , Cincinatti 15 Houston 6, Atlanta 7 Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 2 NY Mets 0, Minnesota 2 Texas 1, Colorado O 4 LA Dodgers 5 , LA Angels 3 Seattle 8, San Diego 3 Washington 5, San Fransisco 5 Arizona 0