Tuesday 25 April 2017

In brief: Campbell storm to final showdown

Rugby

The Northern Bank Ulster Schools' Cup final on St Patrick's Day will be between Campbell College and RBAI after Campbell saw off Ballyclare High 42-8 yesterday.

Campbell, after having to battle against Methodist College on three occasions before qualifying for the semi-final, were much the better side and score seven tries.

They had three tries in the first period from Charlie Gallagher, John Creighton and Moss Rodgers while Rory Scholes kicked two conversions and a penalty. Johnny Holmes had a penalty and try for Ballyclare.

Campbell led 22-8 at the halfway stage and had the benefit of the breeze in the second half, with Gallagher, Glenn Baillie, Scholes and Shane Moffett adding further tries.

Snooker

Jimmy White says he is playing better than ever and believes he can win this year's World Championship.

The six-time Crucible finalist kicks off his campaign in the World Championship qualifiers today against Chinese starlet Liu Chuang. And White is believes he can go all the way in next month's main event.

"I still think I can win it," said White. "I've been in the final six times and in the semi-finals 10 times, so you've only got to have a good week and you're there."

White has won the UK Championship and the Masters in an illustrious career spanning more than three decades, but the 48-year-old has consistently fallen short in the biggest tournament of all.

Cricket

Canada posted their first win of the 2011 World Cup, beating Kenya by five wickets in their Group A clash at Delhi yesterday.

Canada had done well with the ball to bowl Kenya out for 198, with Henry Osinde taking four for 26 in his 10 overs backed by two wickets apiece from Harvir Baidwan and Rizwan Cheema.

And despite some early setbacks in the run chase, Jimmy Hansra (70 off 99 balls) and skipper Ashish Bagai (64 not out) helped set up the win with their 132-run stand that took Canada over the line with four and a half overs to spare.

Boxing

David Haye will fight Vitali Klitschko this summer if his brother Wladimir pulls out of their world heavyweight title unification showdown with injury.

Londoner Haye, the WBA heavyweight champion, finally agreed a deal to fight IBF/WBO king Wladimir over the weekend.

However, the Klitschkos' manager Bernd Boente has revealed that the contract signed does not specify which of the Ukrainian siblings he will meet on either June 25 or July 2.

Boente said: "Should anything happen injury-wise (to Wladimir), as long as it is not three days before the fight or whatever, then Vitali could be the opponent."

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