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Winning McIlroy lavishes Nicklaus O'Brien to face Oz

GOLF: Rory McIlroy credits Jack Nicklaus with helping him secure his breakthrough win in America, so would love nothing more than winning Nicklaus' own event.

McIlroy had been frustrated at failing to add to his victory in last year's Dubai Desert Classic, so sought out 18-time major winner Nicklaus in March.

The hour and a half spent with Nicklaus soon paid off as McIlroy hit a final round of 62 to win the Quail Hollow Championship.

"I was struggling, not really being able to finish tournaments off and he was the best at finishing off so I sat down and asked him questions," McIlroy said ahead of the Memorial Tournament, which was due to get under way today.

"I said I want to win. He was big on patience, very big on letting the other person make the mistake."



Irish eye Euro titles

BOXING: Ireland's nine-man squad are confident of winning medals when the Euro Championships get under way at the Ice Palace in Moscow tomorrow.

"The lads are in high spirits and are all fit and ready for the championships," said coach Billy Walsh. "The team is a good blend of youth and experience. We are confident we'll do well."

Ireland's best hope will be captain Ken Egan, while Paddy Barnes, Darren O'Neill and Ray Moylett are also good bets.



O'Brien to face Oz

CRICKET: Niall O'Brien is set to be fit for Ireland's one day clash with Australia on June 17.

After consultations with his club doctor and a specialist, it was decided that an operation on his left-hand index finger, damaged at the end of last season's county competition, was now not required.

MLB: Atlanta 2 Philadelphia 1, LA Dodgers 1 Arizona 0 (14 innings), San Diego 5 NY Mets 1 (11 innings), NY Yankees 9 Baltimore 1, Detroit 3 Cleveland 0, Pittsburgh v Chicago Cubs (postponed), Toronto 3 Tampa Bay 7, Boston 6 Oakland 4, Florida 4 Milwaukee 7, Houston 5 Washington 1, Chicago White Sox 5 Texas 9, Kansas City 2 LA Angels 7, St Louis 4 Cincinnati 1, Seattle 2 Minnesota 1 (10 innings), San Francisco 4 Colorado 1.


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