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In brief: Heidfeld signs for Renault

Nick Heidfeld will drive for Renault for the foreseeable future after it was announced that the German is to replace the injured Robert Kubica.

Poland's Kubica suffered multiple fractures and a partially severed right hand in a rally crash earlier this month. Kubica had a further eight hours of surgery yesterday and will be in intensive care for a few more days.


John Higgins became the first man to reach the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open as he beat Dave Harold 4-1 yesterday.

Stephen Hendry beat Joe Perry by an equally emphatic scoreline on the other table, sealing victory with a break of 78 before a missed pink cost him a possible century.

Hendry will face Stephen Maguire in the last 16 after his fellow Scot beat Gerard Greene 4-2. Hendry's win removed any doubt about his automatic place in this year's World Championship.


The BA Sport and Exercise (soccer) programme unique to IT Carlow bore fruit last night at Whitehall as they took the CUFL Premier Division title for the first time.

They were never really tested, seeing off IT Tallaght 3-1. On 34 minutes Tallaght's defence were caught napping, Shane Tracy striking a cracker off his left foot that gave 'keeper Conor Hogan no chance.

With Carlow firmly in the ascendancy it wasn't long before they sniffed out the second as Ben Ryan's cross was met by Ray Foy, who finished with ease.

Centre-back Jamie Carr finished the game as a contest on the hour mark when he made sure at the second attempt after venturing forward for a corner.

David Webster bagged a free-kick in the 63rd minute but it was just a consolation.

IT Carlow -- Schlingermann, Tier (Balevicius 58), Scallen, Carr, Ledwith; Foy (Donnaghue 90+3), Humphries, Wall, Hanlon; Tracy, Ryan.

IT Tallaght - Hogan, Vickery, Webster, Kavanagh, Rothery; Morley (Isichei 64), Griffen, Cullen, O'Ruadh (Mullane 72), Kelly (Stewart h-t); Cowan.

Ref -- J Caulwell (Dublin).

Irish Independent