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In The Irish News on June 12 1997: Padraig Harrington feels the heat in US Open build-up in Washington

Ireland's Padraig Harrington

IRELAND'S Padraig Harrington was among a number of people who suffered dehydration problems yesterday in the build-up to the US Open, which starts at the Congressional Country Club in Washington today.

Harrington, who is joined at Congressional by fellow countrymen Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley and is one of 10 Europeans making their debuts in the event, said: “I didn’t feel very good after I came off the course.

“I was sunburnt through my shirt and although I was drinking a lot I still suffered. I’m going to make sure I get more fluid into me.”

Temperatures have been in the high-80s Fahrenheit, but it has been stifling heat and the caddie of American Ronnie Black collapsed on the practice range.

He suddenly swayed and fell to the ground, pulling his bag of clubs on top of him.

He was unconscious for a few seconds before being taken to a medical unit and treated for heat exhaustion.

Ten spectators were seen for heat-related problems and advice was given to avoid being in direct sunlight for more than 20 minutes, wear a hat and apply sun cream.

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FERMANAGH forward Rory Gallagher will miss his county’s Ulster Senior Football Championship replay against Cavan on Sunday.

The Erne Gaels attacker was a late withdrawal from the starting line-up for last Sunday’s drawn game after picking up a groin injury.

Gallagher has still not recovered from the knock and may even require surgery, putting in doubt his participation for the remainder of the championship season, should Fermanagh progress.

Erne boss Pat King will delay naming his team until tomorrow night as several other players try to shake off niggling injuries.

Fermanagh’s opponents Cavan have also delayed naming their team, but it is expected that Martin McHugh will announce his side today.

The main talking point is who will replace Phillip Kermath, after his dismissal last weekend.

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BRIAN Laudrup has put family matters to one side in order to see out his contract with Rangers and stay at Ibrox until the end of next season at least.

The 28-year-old striker’s brother Michael is expected to join Ajax from J-League club Kobe tomorrow, according to sources in Denmark.

It was widely believed that if Michael was heading for Amsterdam, then Brian would team up with him as they were keen to play together at club level.

But the Danish international has decided to stay at Rangers after two days of talks with chairman David Murray at his summer home on Jersey.

The fact that the Scottish champions have already splashed out about £10million on new players was believed to influenced his decision.

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THE lack of class coupled with the obvious lack of want has left Steve Collins facing a virtual unknown at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow next month.

Yesterday Frank Warren’s Network Sports camp confirmed Anwar Oshana from boxing’s future league of ring warriors.

While ranked above Oshana, the Irish champion it seems cannot glove grip IBF champ Roy Jones or easier picking, WBA title holder Frank Liles.

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