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Woods targets run to FedEx series end

GOLF: Tiger Woods, boosted by a strong display at the Barclays tournament, has a good chance to qualify for the rest of the FedExCup play-off series at the Deutsche Bank Championship, starting tomorrow at TPC Boston.

The world No1, who announced his long-expected divorce from his Swedish wife Elin nine days ago, has yet to win this season but felt he was close to his best at Ridgewood Country Club last week.

Woods climbed from 112th in the FedExCup points list to 65th and must remain in the top 70 to qualify for the third event, next week's BMW Championship at Cog Hill outside Chicago.



Molinari eyes hat-trick

golf: European golf's man of the moment, Edoardo Molinari, will try to follow his Ryder Cup call-up by becoming the first player to win three times this season.

But two things would appear to be against the 29-year-old at the Omega European Masters -- he is not in Scotland and he does not have his brother Francesco with him. Remarkably, the victories in the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond and then on Sunday in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles were both achieved with Francesco as his final-round playing partner.



Cav error lets Farrar in

CYCING: American Tyler Farrar recovered from a nasty bout of sickness to take advantage of a failed tactical gamble from Mark Cavendish and win stage five of the Tour of Spain.Philippe Gilbert of Belgium maintained his lead in the overall standings, 10 seconds ahead of Spain's Igor Anton. Nicolas Roche finished 26th and is 11th in the overall standings.



Irish final bid in doubt

cricket: Ireland's hopes of a fourth successive InterContinental Cup title may already have been ended. Cricket Scotland's decision not to travel to Zimbabwe to play their final IC Cup qualifying match means that Ireland cannot reach November's final in Dubai, unless the Zimbabwean game is re-arranged at a neutral venue.



USA stun girls in green

WOMEN'S RUGBY: The USA exacted revenge over Ireland for their 22-12 Women's World Cup second-round Pool B defeat with a comprehensive demolition of the girls in green by 40-3 in the fifth-eighth place play-offs yesterday.



Perry cruises through

SQUASH: Irish No 1 and top seed for the Irish Open, Madeline Perry, had a smooth win over Sina Wall of Germany in straight sets, 11-9 11-4 11-4, to reach the quarter-finals.

mlb: Cleveland 4 Chicago White Sox 6, Houston 5 St Louis 2, Chicago Cubs 5 Pittsburgh 3, Arizona 5 San Diego 2, Baltimore 6 Boston 9, NY Yankees 4 Oakland 3, Tampa Bay 2 Toronto 1, Atlanta 4 NY Mets 1, Florida 16 Washington 10, Cincinnati 6 Milwaukee 1, Kansas City 3 Texas 4, Minnesota 2 Detroit 1 (10 innings), Seattle 2 LA Angels 4, San Francisco 2 Colorado 1, LA Dodgers 1 Philadelphia 5.


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