Tuesday 6 December 2016

In brief: Bree cruises past cut for Budapest

Swimming

Published 01/06/2010 | 05:00

Andrew Bree booked his place at the European Long Course Championships in Budapest when he dipped inside the qualification mark by clocking 2:16.26 in the heats of the 200m breaststroke at the Speedo Grand Prix in California before clocking 2:13.24 to finish third in the final.

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The Co Down man, now based in Hollywood, was satisfied with his performance in an event which saw Japan's Olympic champion Kosuke Kitijima take gold in 2:10.97.

Bree, who will also compete at the Commonwealth Games in October, is now setting his sights on next week's prestigious Mare Nostrum series, in which the best of Europe will be competing.

Cricket: Finn stars as England ease to victory target

England completed an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh with a session to spare at Lord's yesterday.

Steve Finn's nine wickets on his home debut and Jonathan Trott's first-innings double-century underpinned a success which came despite the rusty efforts of several others, apparently finding it tough to readjust themselves to the demands of five-day cricket.

Returning captain Andrew Strauss (82) and Trott helped the team canter home with a second-wicket stand of 80 in pursuit of a victory target of 160 after Finn had taken 5-87 to dismiss Bangladesh for 382.

Cycling: Two-year doping ban for Valverde

Spain's Alejandro Valverde has been handed a worldwide two-year doping ban.

The ruling came courtesy of a successful appeal by the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency to the Court of Arbitration for Sport because of the Valverde's involvement in Operacion Puerto, a case in which more than 50 riders were linked to a suspected doping ring centred on a clinic in Madrid.

The 30-year-old was already banned from racing in Italy after his DNA matched blood containing EPO found in 2006.

Tennis: Battling Barry bows out of French Juniors

Sam Barry turned in a gutsy performance against a higher-ranked opponent in the opening round of the French Junior Open yesterday.

The Limerick native, ranked No 84, went down 6-4 4-6 6-2 to world No 15 Mitchell Frank.

Dubliner John Morrissey (No 37) also exited, edged 7-5 1-6 6-4 by Finland's Micke Kontinen (No 44).

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