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Sunday 20 April 2014

McComiskey in Down return

PAUL McComiskey is set to make a dramatic return to the Down senior football team.

The 24-year-old Dundrum player has been outstanding in his club's unbeaten run this year, during which they won both the junior league and championship.

McComiskey opted out of the Down squad two years ago but has now rediscovered his enthusiasm and looks set to bolster manager James McCartan's options up front.

"With Donal O'Hare having dislocated his collarbone and Danny Hughes still getting back to full fitness, McComiskey's return to the squad would be very welcome," said Down chairman Seamus Walsh.

racing

Frankel is expected to generate £12m per year as a stallion after being given a stud fee of £125,000 by his owners.

The superstar horse, which retired last month after going 14 races unbeaten, is likely to have 100 mares on his annual roster as Saudi owner Prince Khalid Abdullah looks to breed another champion horse.

Frankel was named European horse of the year for the second straight year on Tuesday after winning five races in 2012, maintaining his No 1 position in the world thoroughbred rankings.

golf

DERRY MAN Mick McGeady is tied 15th on even-par entering today's final round of the Europro Tour Championship after a two-under-par 70.

Yet McGeady is 10 off the pace set at Woburn by England's Paul Maddy, and he he needs a mini-miracle today to clinch the second-place finish he requires to make it into the top five on the final Order of Merit and clinch a Challenge Tour card.

Paul Cutler and Jonathan Caldwell are tied 25th on two-over after even-par 72s, while Tim Rice slipped back to four-over with a 73.

SEAMUS POWER kept his sights on a ticket to the US Final of PGA Q-School with yesterday's two-under-par 69 at Plantation Preserve in Florida.

The West Waterford favourite shared 28th place on three-under through 36 holes. The top 19 and ties will advance to PGA West in California the week after next.

Rob Oppenheim eased two clear at the top on 12-under with a 67.

Former Irish Open winner Ross Fisher was tied fifth on eight-under-par after a sweet 66 – one ahead of his namesake and English compatriot Ollie Fisher, who also shot 66.

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