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Trimble injury hinders Ulster

rugby: Ulster have been hit with a major injury setback after Andrew Trimble was ruled out until October after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture dislocation of a finger sustained in Ireland's 66-28 loss to the All Blacks last month.

Trimble will miss Ulster's opening month of the Magners League season but should be back in time for their Heineken Cup opener against Italian side Aironi at Ravenhill on October 8.

Meanwhile, South Africa half-back Ruan Pienaar is set to link up with Ulster at the start of September after agreeing to end his Natal Sharks contract.



Erik back with bang

GOLF: Erik Compton hit a sublime seven-under-par opening 63 at the Greenbrier Classic golf in West Virginia as he bids to add to a remarkable personal story.

The 30-year-old Florida native is a two-time heart transplant patient having suffered health problems since childhood.

However, he refuses to let illness get the better of him and he shares a first-round lead with fellow American Matt Every.



Massa eyes victory

MOTORSPORT: Felipe Massa insisted he is not Ferrari's No2 driver and stressed that he is out to win the Hungary GP this weekend.

"I will fight for the victory here, whatever the conditions," said Massa, back at Hungaroring where last year he suffered a life-threatening head injury.



Kelly adds Dub duo

cycling: The An Post Sean Kelly team have added Dublin youngsters Philip Lavery and Stephen Halpin to their roster until the end of the season as part of a trial period with the Belgium-based side.

Lavery is a triple All-Ireland track champion and a member of the Olympic development team. He won the Tour of the North this year.

Halpin heads straight into the action for the An Post team at this weekend's Suir Valley three-day race in Clonmel.



Bowtell bags point

tennis: Greystones' Amy Bowtell captured her first world ranking point in only her second adult event this year in the ITF Circuit tournament in London with a 6-3 6-3 second-round victory over Australia's Isabella Holland.

In the ATP Challenger in Russia, No2 seed Conor Niland beat Agustin Boje-Ordonez 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

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