Tuesday 22 August 2017

Ladies Football: Rebelettes lose out in All Stars

CONTROVERSY has erupted over the Ladies Football All Stars after All-Ireland champions Cork received fewer nominations than beaten finalists Monaghan and losing semi-finalists Dublin.

After a brilliant season in which they claimed their sixth All-Ireland title in seven years and a fourth straight Division 1 league crown, the Rebelettes have got eight All Star nominations, whereas Monaghan have got 10 and Dublin nine.

The selection process is sure to come under scrutiny and it will be interesting to see how many Cork players are picked when the All Star team is announced on November 12.

The remaining nominations are spread out, with Laois (six), Kerry (five), Meath (two), Kildare, Leitrim, Armagh, Cavan and Wexford also included.

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TENNIS

Andy Roddick avoided another first-round exit as he rallied to beat Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun 6-2

3-6 6-2 at the Shanghai Open yesterday.

The 10th seed enjoyed a sparkling start but world No 74 Lu elbowed his way back into the contest in the second set.

Roddick, who crashed out in the Beijing Open first round last week to Kevin Anderson, composed himself for the third set which he sealed with a break of serve.

"He (Lu) plays so high risk with a lot of breaks. I had more break opportunities and didn't get them. But overall, I played better," Roddick said.

Spain's world No 2 Rafa Nadal and Scotland's No 4 Andy Murray top the seedings and enter the draw later this week.

HANDBALL

Armagh's Charlie Shanks and Mayo's Dessie Keegan were knocked out of 40x20 quarter-finals at the USA Pro Stop in Cour deAlene, Idaho.

Shanks, who recently moved to New York, qualified for the main event with two wins before dominating the highly rated Armando Ortiz 21-3 21-17 in the last 16.

He then faced No 2 ranked US player Naty Alvarado from California but lost 3-21 21-17 11-10.

Ballaghadereen's Keegan enjoyed a great run of three victories before faltering at the hands of Alan Garner from Texas in the last eight 21-11 21-5.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Aaron Rodgers had to stay patient as Green Bay struggled to get going against Atlanta in the NFL on Sunday but the quarterback finally broke free of the Falcons' pass rush to lead his side to a 25-14 victory that maintained their perfect start.

Rodgers finished with 396 yards through the air and a pair of second-half touchdowns as Super Bowl champions Green Bay moved to 5-0 on the season and stretched their winning streak to 11 games dating back to last December.

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