Tuesday 27 September 2016

Anderson tears Windies apart

Published 26/04/2015 | 02:30

CRICKET: A devastating spell from seam bowler James Anderson set England up for a nine-wicket victory in the second test against West Indies as the tourists went 1-0 up in the three-match series.

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Anderson ripped through the West Indies middle order in the opening session of the fifth and final day, making excellent use of the new ball to record figures of four for 43.

He also claimed two catches and ran out Jason Holder as the home team were bowled out for 307. That left England chasing a target of 143, and captain Alastair Cook (59 not out) and Gary Ballance (81 not out) saw them home.

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GOLF: Defending champion Alexander Levy squandered a brilliant start to leave the destiny of the Volvo China Open uncertain for today's final round.

Levy threatened to take a stranglehold on the competition after he birdied his first four holes at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club to storm into the lead on 11-under par.

But, unfortunately for the defending champion, those birdies were ultimately to be his last of the day.

Bogeys on the fifth, 14th and 15th holes meant the 24-year-old had to settle for a 71 and a share of the lead with England's David Howell and Chinese pair Li Hao-tong and Wu Ashun, who all currently sit on eight-under.

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ENGLAND'S Lee Westwood produced a sparkling back nine of just 29 shots to wrest control of the Asian Tour's Indonesian Masters.

The former world number one will take a five-shot lead into the final day after his seven-under 65 as he bids to claim the title for a third time following wins in 2011 and 2012.

He started the day three shots off the lead, but his sparkling run from the 12th, where he picked up seven shots in six holes despite a weather delay, put him well clear in the $750,000 event.

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GAELIC GAMES: Kilkenny won a single-point, additional-time victory, 1-18 to 1-17, over Wexford in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship.

It started well for Wexford, with the side grabbing a 0-3 to 0-0 lead inside seven minutes, but they were clinging to a 1-13 to 1-11 lead entering the closing minutes, until two frees in additional time brought the sides level at 1-13. The sides could not be separated during the first period of extra-time. After Darren Codd and Gaffney exchanged points, it took a Donal O'Connor point two minutes from the end of the second period of extra-time to hand the title holders the win.

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The Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 football final between Tipperary and Tyrone next weekend will now take place in Parnell Park, Dublin on Saturday.

The game was originally scheduled to be held in Páirc Tailteann, in Navan, but it was moved because necessary remedial work had to be carried out on the original location's playing surface.

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TENNIS: Ireland's James McGee pulled off one of the most notable victories of his career on Friday night. Competing in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Savannah, Georgia, the 27-year-old Dubliner thrashed the top seed, America's 69-ranked Tim Smyczek, on a 6-0 6-3 margin at the quarter-final stage.

World No 169 McGee broke Smyczek - whom he had previously lost to on four occasions - six times from nine opportunities, while also limiting his opponent to one break in the second set.

After romping through the opening set, the unseeded Castleknock man raced into a 5-2 lead in the second set, only for Smyczek to provide himself with a glimmer of hope by breaking back.

But the reprieve was short-lived, with the Irish No 1 closing out the match by breaking to 30 in the next game and finishing in style with a winning forehand volley. In the semi-finals, McGee will face 17-year-old wild card Frances Tiafoe, who scored a 6-2 7-6 (7/3) win over Mitchell Krueger in his quarter-final.

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IRELAND'S Sam Barry yesterday captured his first doubles title for 2015 on the ITF Men's Futures circuit. Competing in the outdoor hardcourt event in Tunisia's El Kantaoui, he teamed up with France's Antoine Escoffier for an emphatic 6-3 6-2 win over the home country's Anis Ghorbel and France's Victory Ouvrard.

The 23-year-old Limerick man and Escoffier broke Ghorbel and Ouvrard five times from 13 opportunities.

Also in El Kantaoui, unseeded Dubliner Jenny Claffey had her fantastic run in the ITF Women's Circuit halted after coming up short in the semi-finals on a 6-3 6-7 (3/7) 6-1 margin to No 2 seed Italy's Valeria Prosperi.

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MOTORSPORT: Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick collected the trophy for best rookie on his motor racing debut yesterday after finishing ninth in a German Formula Four race. The teen, whose seven-times Formula One world champion father suffered head injuries in a skiing accident, qualified 19th for the race at Oschersleben.

The award for best rookie allowed him to join the top three finishers on the podium and spray the champagne.

An accomplished go-karter, and runner-up in the world junior championship, Mick had previously competed under his mother Corinna's maiden name of Betsch.

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EQUESTRIAN: Offaly native Darragh Kenny flew over from his adopted US home to compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour five-star Antwerp show this weekend and grabbed a €6,000 win in the speed class.

Riding the 13-year-old Limerick Irish Sport Horse mare Belle Rock, Kenny was 13th to jump in a field containing 26 competitors. Despite a strong challenge from Saudi Arabia's Abdullah Alsharbatly and Domingo, Kenny still had half-a-second in hand at the finish to chalk up Ireland's first victory at the show.

Speaking afterwards, Kenny said: "I've only had the horse for a month, and though she was a little unlucky in the Global Champions Tour in Miami, she has a really big stride, and so she's quite fast but very, very careful."

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SNOOKER: Four-time champion John Higgins has been knocked out of the World Snooker Championship after losing 13-9 to China's Ding Junhui.

Ding, the world number three, started the day 9-7 up on the Scot before taking three of the first four frames.

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen lost 11-13 to the 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins. The Englishman took the last five frames to deny Allen.

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