Sunday 24 September 2017

Hoops to host Drogs in Cup

SOCCER

THE draw for the fourth round of the LFA Senior Cup was conducted in FAI Headquarters in Abbottstown, where holders Shamrock Rovers were given a home tie with Drogheda United, while beaten finalists St Patrick's Athletic will host Dundalk.

Two non-league sides are guaranteed quarter-final advancement after Leinster Senior League sides Crumlin United and Swords Celtic were paired, as were AUL sides Kilbarrack United and FAI Junior Cup holders Sheriff YC.

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Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is to step away from boxing to focus on politics after being appointed 'champion emeritus' by the World Boxing Council.

The move leaves the WBC heavyweight title vacant, and although Klitschko could decide to return to the ring to fight for it again, he says that is unlikely.

The 42-year-old Ukrainian, who boasts a 45-2 record with 41 KOs, has been heavily involved in the ongoing political crisis in his home country, rallying against president Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign a deal for closer integration with the European Union.

Tom Brady's latest comeback bid came up short as the Miami Dolphins helped their play-off chances with a 24-20 breakthrough victory over New England Patriots.

A fourth-down pass from Brady was intercepted by reserve safety Michael Thomas, with two seconds left, and Miami held on to win. The Patriots had mounted second-half rallies to win their past three games, and Brady moved them from their own 20 with 1:15 remaining to the Miami 14. But he threw three consecutive incompletions before Thomas sealed the third consecutive victory for the Dolphins (8-6).

Kansas City's Jamaal Charles equalled a club record with five touchdowns in a game as the Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 56-31 and clinched at least a wild-card spot. Cincinnati blew a play-off opportunity with a 30-20 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers that will keep the Bengals from clinching a post-season spot this week.

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