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Morrison's sunk by time penalty

TRIATHLON: Aileen Morrison finished a disappointing 36th in her last pre-Olympic Games event after picking up a time penalty.

She went to Hamburg, where she took a bronze medal in 2010, as a race favourite but nothing went right for her yesterday.

She had a problem with her wetsuit at the first transition and ended up in a chasing pack of cyclists who got close to the lead group at T2, but she failed to dismount her bike in time and had to serve a 10-second penalty on her run and a subsequent stitch put her well out of contention, two weeks away from her Olympic debut.

Elsewhere, Eimear Mullan made history by becoming the first Irish athlete to be crowned Ironman champion after she clinched victory in yesterday's Ironman UK.

Mullan completed the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and marathon run in 10hrs 8mins 44sec, giving her an eight-minute winning margin over Amanda Stevens (USA).

Tigers boss praises Irish

CRICKET: Bangladesh coach Richard Pybus was full of praise for Ireland after the home side suffered a second nail-biting defeat by the Tigers in Belfast on Saturday and a 3-0 sweep of the RSA series of T20 internationals.

A one-run loss on Friday night was followed by a last-ball thriller at Stormont with Kevin O'Brien's shy missing the stumps as Bangladesh's ninth-wicket pair scrambled a single to snatch a two-wicket win.

"I don't think the scoreboard at 3-0 is a reflection of how the series was played," the South African said. "The last two games went down to the wire."

Pony medals a boost

EQUESTRIAN: Ireland's pony event riders gave seniors preparing for the Olympics a boost when claiming team and individual gold and individual bronze at the European Pony Championships at Fontainebleau.

Galway's Cathal Daniels steered Master Murrose into pole position in the individual rankings, pipping Great Britain's Louise Nesbitt by a margin of 3.8 penalties, while Ana O'Brien took bronze, partnering Ice Cool Bailey.

Yesterday's winning team included Lucy Latta (Nono), who finished 10th, and Gavin Smiddy (Mr Hale Bob), who was 37th.

Gooch salutes Amla

cricket: England batting coach Graham Gooch will be happy to congratulate South Africa's Hashim Amla on joining him as one of only six men to make a Test triple-century in England.

Amla's 311 not out at the Oval helped the tourists to 637 for two declared. England then wobbled to 102 for four, still 150 short of making South Africa bat again. "I thought it was a wonderful effort," said Gooch.

MLB: Detroit 6 Chicago White Sox 4, NY Mets 3 LA Dodgers 8 (12 innings), Cincinnati 2 Milwaukee 1, Boston 7 Toronto 15, Washington 9 Atlanta 2, Philadelphia 4 San Francisco 3 (12 innings), Pittsburgh 3 Miami 0, Tampa Bay 1 Seattle 2, Kansas City 5 Minnesota 7, St Louis 7 Chicago Cubs 0, Cleveland 3 Baltimore 4, Oakland 5 NY Yankees 4 (12 innings), San Diego 3 Colorado 2, Arizona 8 Houston 2, LA Angels 7 Texas 4.