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SPORT IN BRIEF

<div><strong>Poulter ignores Scottish jinx<br /></strong>GOLF: England&rsquo;s Ian Poulter says he won&rsquo;t be listening to any &ldquo;wives&rsquo; tales&rdquo; when he tees off for the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond today.<br /><br />No player has ever won this event and gone on to take the Open Championship the following week, but Poulter, currently at a career high No16 in the world rankings, says records are there to be broken.<br /><br />He said: &ldquo;If I&rsquo;ve got a chance on Sunday afternoon and I need to make three or four down the last I&rsquo;ll be trying to make three or four for sure. I don&rsquo;t believe in all that wives&rsquo; tale stuff.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Immelman&rsquo;s Open withdrawal<br /></strong>GOLF: Last year&rsquo;s US Masters champion Trevor Immelman has pulled out of next week&rsquo;s Open Championship at Turnberry after failing to recover from a wrist injury.<br /><br />The South African has not played since pulling out of last month&rsquo;s Memorial Tournament. &ldquo;My injury has been responding well to treatment,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But at this point it isn&rsquo;t far enough along to allow me to be ready for the Open.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Bell toils for Warwickshire</strong></div>
<div>CRICKET: England Ashes reserve Ian Bell was dismissed for just two runs in Warwickshire&rsquo;s County Championship Division One match against Sussex.<br /><br />Bell, released from the squad before the start of yesterday&rsquo;s first Ashes Test, was put firmly in the shade by team-mate Jonathan Trott.<br /><br />Trott smashed 20 fours in a 247-ball 166 to drag Warwickshire from 16-3 to 349-9 on day two at Edgbaston.<br /><br /><strong>Raikkonen dismisses German GP<br /></strong>FORMULA ONE: Ferrari&rsquo;s Kimi Raikkonen is staying realistic about his chances of success in this weekend&rsquo;s German Grand Prix, admitting victory is out of the question for his Italian team.<br /><br />The Maranello-based outfit has managed just one podium finish in eight races so far this season and Raikkonen doesn&rsquo;t expect that to change at the Nurburgring. &ldquo;Realistically, our objective this year can not be a win,&rdquo; the Finn said. &ldquo;We still have to make up ground compared to the leaders.&rdquo;</div>