Saturday 19 August 2017

In brief: Cardigan title in Ireland's sights

Golf

Ireland go into the final day's play in their boys golf international against Wales at Cardigan today in a strong position to avenge the defeat suffered at Rosslare last year.

After foursomes and singles in Wales yesterday they lead 8.5-3.5 and are well on course to regain the imposing Cardigan Trophy.

Gary Hurley and Colm Sullivan saw off Patrick Mullins and Ryan Davies by 4&3. O'Sullivan went on to complete a great day as he beat Jack Bush by 6&4 in the singles while Chris Selfridge, John Connolly and Graham Donohue also completed double successes.

Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton has mended fences with McLaren a day after castigating his F1 team for denying him a podium with their "fricking terrible" pitstop strategy at the Australian Grand Prix.

"The team has explained to me their reasoning behind the second pitstop, and I understand," the 2008 world champion said yesterday.Hamilton had been chasing Renault's Robert Kubica for second place when McLaren told him to come in for a second change of tyres. That dropped him back down the order and he ended up in sixth place.

Cricket

Former captain Mohammad Yousuf has announced his retire-ment from international cricket in protest at a ban imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

On the recommendation of an inquiry committee set up to probe reasons for Pakistan's woeful performances against Australia this year, Yousuf was banned from all international cricket for an indefinite period. Yousuf was found guilty of infighting, a claim he refutes.

Tennis

The psychologist who helped Andy Murray battle back from a wrist injury has revealed he will contact the Australian Open finalist this week after his admission he is struggling mentally.

Murray was beaten by Mardy Fish, who is ranked outside the world's top 100, in the second round of the Miami Masters on Saturday. Meanwhile, Waterford's Sinead Lohan (15) yesterday chalked up a brace of victories to nail down a main draw place in the ITF U-18 Grade 4 hard-court event in Malta.

Boxing

IRISH coach Jim Moore believes that Ireland are capable of winning at least three medals at the AIBA World Youth Championships which glove off in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 23.

Moore named a seven strong squad for the Championship which will act as the only qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. World junior champ Joe Ward, Ryan Burnett, Chris Phelan, Glen Holmes, Michael O'Reilly, Chris Blaney and Christy Joyce make up the squad.

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