Boxing: Myres and Quigley reach U-23 finals
Published 18/12/2012 | 10:55
Hugh Myres (49kg) and Jason Quigley (75kg) are through to their respective finals at the European U-23 Championships in Russia.
Myres, who boxes out of the Ryston BC in Newbridge, beat Israeli light-flyweight David Albrdian 16-8 at the Sports Palace in Kaliningrad, while Quigley (Finn Valley BC, Donegal) secured a 15-13 decision over Russian southpaw Maksim Timofeev in the middleweight class.
Myres, taking the bout to his opponent and also boxing superbly on the counter-attack, won the first two rounds (5-2, 5-3), before claiming the third 6-3 to seal a commanding victory.
The Mullingar man will now meet Karium Sogomonyan in the final today. Quigley used his height and reach advantage to good effect to set up a final date with Germany's Deniss Radovan despite receiving a harsh public warning for holding in the third round.
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Michael Crabtree nabbed a 38-yard touchdown with 6:25 to go, then David Akers made a 28-yard field goal to clinch it.
San Francisco have sealed at least a wild-card spot and play at Seattle next week with a chance to win the National Football Conference West. A loss would bring the division race down to the final weekend.
Green Bay Packers clinched their second straight NFC North title with a 21-13 win over arch-rival the Chicago Bears.
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