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Strauss happy Ashes in sight

CRICKET: Andrew Strauss was relieved to be able to cast his mind forward to the Ashes after his England team rose above the controversy to close out a 3-2 one-day series win over Pakistan.

Strauss was indebted to Eoin Morgan's unbeaten 107 as the home side won by 121 runs.

England, whose Ashes squad will be named this afternoon, have chalked up six successive series wins in all formats.

"We've been to some pretty unpleasant places as a team over the past few days, and we've had to show unity and togetherness," said Strauss. "I am pleased the attention will be on the Ashes."

Irish pair beaten

Snooker: There was no joy for the Irish contingent at the World Open in Glasgow yesterday as both Ken Doherty and David Morris were knocked out.

Doherty bowed out to Barry Hawkins 3-1, while world champion Neil Robertson also recorded a 3-1 win over Morris.

Doherty, meanwhile, will face Jimmy White in a challenge match as part of the Ranelagh Arts Festival next Tuesday. For more details call 085 743 7212 or visit www.ranelagharts.org.

Godman injured

RUGBY: Edinburgh will be without Scotland international out-half Phil Godman when they face Leinster in their crucial Magners League encounter tomorrow night at Murrayfield after he was ruled out for at least six months.

Meanwhile, only 3,500 tickets are left for the Leinster-Munster match at Lansdowne Road. Visit www.leinsterrugby.ie, the Spar shop in Donnybrook or the Leinster Rugby store for tickets.

Ireland lose title

CRICKET: Ireland's five-year reign as Intercontinental Cup holders ended in Harare when Zimbabwe gained a first-innings lead in Phil Simmons' side's final qualifying game of the 2009/10 campaign.

F1: Jenson Button believes this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix could prove to be a defining moment as to who becomes world champion this season.

"The last time we were at a low-speed, high-downforce track was in Hungary and our car wasn't competitive," he said.

CYCLING: An attorney for a friend of Lance Armstrong who appeared before a grand jury says the woman testified she never heard him admit he used performance-enhancing drugs.

MLB: Minnesota 5 Cleveland 1, Oakland 3 Chicago White Sox 4, Detroit 4 Kansas City 2, Washington 4 Houston 3, Philadelphia 1 Atlanta 0, Pittsburgh 11 St Louis 6, Toronto 3 Seattle 6, Boston 6 Baltimore 1, Florida 7 NY Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 2 San Francisco 0, Milwaukee 13 Cincinnati 1, Arizona 8 Colorado 4, LA Dodgers 1 San Diego 3, NY Yankees 2 Tampa Bay 7.