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Ireland chase 307 for victory McGrane best of the Irish at Sicilian Open

Cricket: Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and elected to field against Netherlands in their dead-rubber World Cup Group B match today at Eden Gardens.

Ireland fielded the same team that were beaten by South Africa earlier this week, but did not fare so well in the field as South African-born Neil ten Doeschate did the most damage, scoring 106, while captain Peter Borren notched up 84 runs as the Dutch were all out for 306 after 50 overs.

England, meanwhile, must wait at least one more day before a World Cup quarter-final place is confirmed.

Another thrilling match just went England's way yesterday after West Indies had seemed certain to win in Chennai.

Instead, thanks largely to James Tredwell (4-48) on his competition debut, England defended 243 to beat Windies by 18 runs -- the Caribbean side's last four wickets went for the addition of only three runs.

If Bangladesh, against South Africa tomorrow, and West Indies, against India on Sunday, do not both win their final Group B matches, England will qualify for the last eight.



Casey's posts 64 to lead by two at PGA

Golf: England's Paul Casey fired a seven-under-par 64 to secure a two-shot lead after the first round of the PGA Tour Transitions Championship at Innisbrook, Florida.

Casey's bogey-free round on the Copperhead course at Palm Harbor included seven birdies and saw him set the pace ahead of American trio Nick Watney, Garrett Willis and Scott Stallings, and Scotland's Martin Laird, who all carded 66s.

Three bogeys in his last six holes, however, were enough to leave Padraig Harrington with a frustrating two-over-par first-round total of 73.



McGrane best of the Irish at Sicilian Open

GOLF: After the opening round of the European Tour Sicilian Open yesterday, Damien McGrane -- whose one-under par 70 came after an up-and-down round that included four birdies and three bogeys -- was the best-placed of the Irish.

Gareth Maybin was a model of consistency as he carded 18 pars to finish on level-par 71.

Shane Lowry and Peter Lawrie both shot one-over-par 72s to lie seven strokes off the pace, which was set by Spain's José Manuel Lara and Wales' Stephen Dodd with impressive rounds of 65.

NBA: New Jersey 73 Chicago 84, NY Knicks 120 Memphis 99, Portland 111 Cleveland 70.