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In brief: Rock sets pace in Italian Open

GOLF: Shane Lowry will be sure to shake Robert Rock's hand later this week should he capture the BMW Italian Open in Turin.

It's two years since the Englishman lost out to Lowry in a play-off for the 2009 Irish Open at Baltray.

The 34-year-old Rock, who will join Lowry in this week's US Open, took a two-stroke lead into today's final round after carding a third-round 68 for a 14-under-par tally.

Rock, who is contesting his 209th Tour event and still looking for a first win, will then fly straight to Maryland for Thursday's starting US Open where Lowry is in the first group to tee off.

Six players, including Spain's Pablo Larrazabal (65) and local Turin hero Francesco Molinari (68), who won the event in 2006, are tied in second place on 14-under par.

Damien McGrane posted a 72 to remain at five-over par, while the birdies dried up for Darren Clarke, who could manage just one in a score of 75 to drop to four-under par.

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teNNIS: Conor Niland heads into next week's Wimbledon qualifying boosted by his shock win over Andy Murray conqueror Donald Young.

The Irish No 1 handed out a 6-3 6-1 thrashing to former world under-18 No 1 Young in last week's ATP Challenger Tour event in Nottingham.

Just three months ago, American left-hander Young scored a 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 victory over world No 4 Murray in the ATP Tour Masters tournament in California.

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HOCKEY: Ireland's men came from behind in yesterday's second of three internationals against Wales to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

Wales took an early lead when Mat Ruxton sank a short corner strike and increased their advantage when Joe Naughalty found the net with a drag flick penalty corner conversion.

Mitch Darling and John Jermyn put the home side back on terms, the first from Darling on 45 minutes and the short corner equaliser from Jermyn on 59.

Meanwhile, Loreto are on course for one of the top two finishing places in this weekend's EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge in Lille, France, having scored back-to-back wins to lead their pool going into today's match against Swansea.

Their 3-0 win over hosts Lille saw Ali Meeke notch two of the goals and Nikki Daly the other.

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camogie: Veronica Curtin rolled back the years when coming off the bench to score 2-2 as Galway beat three-in-a-row chasing Wexford 2-14 to 0-9 in the All-Ireland senior championship.

Curtin scored two injury-time goals to enable Galway take a seven-point interval lead despite having been on the receiving end of much Wexford pressure. Susan Earner made a couple of stunning saves to deny the All-Ireland champions as well.

As expected, Kilkenny were made to work extremely hard by Offaly before winning by 4-17 to 2-11.

The crucial score arrived just after the interval when Michelle Quilty, who finished with 2-7, goaled to make Offaly's task very difficult.

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athletics: David Gillick made some improvement on last week's seasonal opener but was still well off his best when he finished fourth in a time of 46.64 in the 400m at the Samsung Diamond League meeting at Randall's Island, New York, last night.

And Alistair Cragg ran the fastest 5,000m by an Irishman in over four years when he clocked 13:12.21 in the New York meeting, beating the World Championship and London Olympics standards.

Meanwhile, Fionnuala Britton and Stephanie O'Reilly both ran personal best times for the 3,000m Steeplechase last night with times that were also inside the standard for the World Championships later this year.

Britton ran 9:37.08, beating her previous best by four seconds, while O'Reilly clocked 9:42.91, just getting inside the standard of 9:43.00.

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cycling: Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez won yesterday's penultimate stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.

Briton Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Daniel Martin finished the stage in 30th spot, almost five minutes behind Rodriguez to move up to 42nd place overall, over 17 minutes in arrears.

Nicolas Roche was a non-starter yesterday due to the injuries he sustained in a crash on Friday's mountain stage.

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FORMULA 1: Championship leader Sebastian Vettel held off a strong challenge from Ferrari to claim his sixth pole position of the season at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver posted a fastest lap of one minute, 13.014 seconds. Vettel was 0.185 seconds quicker than Fernando Alonso's Ferrari, followed by Alonso's team-mate Felipe Massa and the other Red Bull of Mark Webber.

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boxing: Reigning European champion Paddy Barnes did not travel to Turkey yesterday with the Ireland team to defend his title in Ankara.

The Belfast man, who won a gold in Moscow a year ago, does not want to risk further aggravating his hand injury with the World Championships and Olympic qualifier just three months away.

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