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Demons wary of Moycullen test

BASKETBALL

Published 02/01/2012 | 05:00

Fresh from their derby win over Neptune, UCC Demons take on Moycullen today with their Southern Conference aspirations very much alive.

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However, coach Paul Kelleher insists his side won't be getting carried away. Speaking after the victory over Neptune on Thursday, he said: "It was hugely important for us psychologically not to let them do the double over us.

"We need to have a little more consistency in our performance, and if we play like we did in the third quarter we have a very good chance at being successful."

Neptune will be looking to bounce back as they travel to Limerick to take on UL Eagles.

MOTOR SPORT

Autotest ace Eamonn Byrne got the New Year off to a good start by dominating ALMC's Multi Venue event at Punchestown Racecourse yesterday, with his Toyota Starlet finishing the 18 tests 14 seconds clear of John Nolan.

Third place went to champion rally co-driver Brian Murphy, with Alan Auerbach next in another Starlet despite losing 15 seconds on the final test.

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ArgentinIAN motorcyclist Jorge Martinez Boero died in an accident on the opening day of the Dakar Rally.

The 38-year-old was killed when he came off his bike during the stage between the Argentinian cities of Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa de la Pampa on Saturday.

The annual off-road race, originally from Paris to Dakar in Senegal, moved to South America in 2009, largely because of security concerns.

Olympics

Britain's Olympics minister Hugh Robertson warned yesterday that the threat of illegal betting practices and match-fixing to the 2012 Games is "obvious and enormous".

A dedicated police intelligence unit is to be introduced at this summer's London Olympics tasked with identifying attempts to fix events.

For the first time in Olympics history, security chiefs will deploy a specialist team of officers to crack down on betting syndicates who attempt to bribe athletes into influencing the outcome of their event.

The unit will also track suspicious gambling activity abroad.

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