Saturday 10 December 2016

In brief: Doherty to face Selby at Crucible

Snooker

Published 12/03/2010 | 05:00

Ken Doherty will face a tough opening match in the World Championship where he has been drawn against Masters champion Mark Selby in the first round.

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The 1997 world champion Doherty booked his place in the Crucible showpiece by overcoming Joe Swail and Jimmy White in last week's qualifiers.

Fellow Irishman Fergal O'Brien will have to overcome Neil Robertson in the first round. Northern Ireland's Mark Allen will play Tom Ford.

Three-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been handed a tricky tie against China's Liang Wenbo, while defending champion John Higgins faces Barry Hawkins.

Boxing

WORLD lightweight champ Katie Taylor racked up her 42nd win in a row and her 63rd win in 64 outings with a 9-0 quarter-final verdict over Italian southpaw Marzia Davide at the Usti nad Labem Gran Prix in the Czech Republic.

However, her Irish team-mate Sinead Kavanagh bowed out of the tournament on a 4-2 countback to Bulgarian Desisvala Lazarova after their middleweight contest finished level at 2-2.

Taylor, who has yet to concede a point in two bouts at the tournament, will now meet 2006 world bantamweight (54kg) champion Sofya Ochigava of Russia in today's 60kg semi-final.

Cycling

Twice Tour de France champion Alberto Contador seized control of the Paris-Nice race when he snatched a solo win in the fourth stage to lead a Spanish 1-2-3 yesterday.

The Astana rider attacked the pack in the final ascent to Mende and beat compatriots Alejandro Valverde and Samuel Sanchez by 10 seconds.

Contador, who cracked in the penultimate stage of the race last year, snatched the yellow jersey from German Jens Voigt and now leads Valverde by 24 seconds, with Czech Roman Kreuziger in third place 25 seconds off the pace.

Nicolas Roche failed to match the blistering pace, but still came home in 17th place and has made significant improvement in the overall standings up six places to 15th overall at 1.22. His cousin Daniel Martin is in 61st place at 5.50.

Hockey

St Andrew's College celebrated on two fronts yesterday at Grange Road, with their schools senior and minor girls teams taking pride of place by lifting the respective Leinster League titles, writes John Stokes.

Their seniors beat Mount Anville 4-0, while the minors saw off Alexandra College by virtue of a penalty shoot-out.

Chloe Watkins stole the show in the senior triumph, scoring two of the goals and setting up the other two for Sarah Woodroofe.

And the seniors' success actually completed another 'double, as they

had beaten Old Alexandra in last week's Senior Cup final. They also booked their place in the upcoming All-Ireland Schools finals.

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