Sport in Brief: 04/07/2009

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Harrington's poor run continues

Padraig Harrington's nightmare run of missed cuts extended to five in Paris yesterday – just as many as Tiger Woods has failed to make in his entire 13-year professional career.

With his Open hat-trick bid less than two weeks away, Harrington's fate was effectively sealed when he drove out of bounds and ran up a triple-bogey eight at the 14th hole of his second round in the French Open Alstom at Le Golf National.

The Dubliner, who finished with a 75 for five over par, freely conceded on Wednesday that he was running out of time to get his game in good enough shape to triumph again at Turnberry.

Now he has only next week's Irish PGA to find a bit of competitive confidence before heading to Scotland. Harrington, who last played four rounds of an event at the Players Championship in Florida in May, left a tournament which at the halfway stage is headed by Argentina's Rafa Echenique.

Alinghi takes to the water for first trials

The wraps guarding one of the most potent racing yachts ever built will start to come off today as the America's Cup holder, Switzerland's Alinghi, helicopter-lift the 90-foot-wide, twin-hulled catamaran for the short journey from its build tent at Villeneuve into Lake Geneva for the start of its first trials. American rivals BMW Oracle, who Alinghi faces in February, have already tested a 90-foot trimaran off San Diego.

Ohuruogu outshone by world’s best Richards

Christine Ohuruogu was never in contention and finished only sixth in the 400 metres at the Bislett Games in Oslo last night.Sanya Richards, her American rival, lowered her world leading time for this year to 49.23sec, also a meeting record. Ohuruogu,the Olympic champion, looked uncomfortable in clocking 51.19. Mo Farah was also never in the hunt when he finished a disappointing 11th over 5,000m.

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