Friday 20 October 2017

DeGale and Jack battle to a draw Boxing

James DeGale and Badou Jack fought to a majority draw in their scintillating super-middleweight unification bout on Saturday night in New York.

Londoner DeGale looked on course for victory before Jack floored him with a thundering, and almost fight-ending, right hand in the final round at the Barclays Centre. DeGale scored a first-round knock-down and dominated for a time, but two of the three judges scored the contest at 113-113, with each man holding onto his respective title.

On the undercard, Cork welterweight Noel Murphy cruised to his eighth consecutive professional win with a unanimous decision win over Maxito Sainvil.

darts

England's Glen Durrant won his first BDO World Championship at Lakeside yesterday with a 7-3 victory over Danny Noppert.

After five sets, Durrant was 3-2 ahead but Noppert rallied to take the sixth. However, Durrant won the next four and, despite being broken twice in the 10th, stayed the course to for a comprehensive championship win.

snooker

With the contest poised at 5-5, Ronnie O'Sullivan pulled off a 121 break in the final frame to prevail against China's Liang Wenbo in yesterday's first round of the Dafabet Masters

Wenbo came from 4-2 down to win three frames on the bounce in the best-of-11 encounter at the Alexandra Palace in London, and looked on course to secure a major upset over the five-time world champion.

O'Sullivan held his nerve, however, and remains on course for a seventh Masters crown. Now in the quarter-final, he will play either Neil Robertson or Ali Carter, who meet tomorrow.

Cricket

England's record one-day score against India was not enough to avoid defeat in the first ODI as Virat Kohli's genius again proved the difference in Pune.

The tourists posted 350 for seven, their ninth highest total of all time, but even that could not contain Kohli, whose 122 was his 27th century in the format and underlined his claim to be 50-over cricket's best ever chaser.

NFL

Quarterback Matt Ryan threw a brace of touchdown passes as the Atlanta Falcons secured their place in the NFC Championship game with 36-20 victory over 2014 Super Bowl winners the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.

Spearheaded by three touchdowns from running-back Dion Lewis, the New England Patriots advanced to sixth consecutive AFC Championship game thanks to a 34-16 win against the Houston Texans.

RUGBY

Railway Union knocked Old Belvedere off the top of the Women's All-Ireland League yesterday with a well-deserved 25-8 bonus-point victory at Willow Lodge.

St Mary's clinched a 29-17 away win over Cooke at Shaw's Bridge.

The visitors led 12-5 at the break, but Amy Davis' superb individual try levelled matters early in the second half. However, Mary's proved near unstoppable from there on.

UL Bohemians recorded their eighth consecutive win with a narrow 19-15 victory over Blackrock at Stradbrook.

Finally, Highfield came from 12-0 down to record a fantastic 34-17 win over Galwegians at Crowley Park.

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