Tuesday 17 October 2017

In brief: F1 stars off track in shaky opener

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Motorsport: Formula One endured a shambolic return to the track yesterday with Lewis Hamilton crashing out after 18 laps, the sport's pre-eminent designer revealing his misgivings about the safety of the 2014 cars and Red Bull making it out of the garage with only a quarter of an hour to go.

Despite their multi-million pound budget, the eight-time world champions Red Bull did not get on to the track in the morning, as all the teams grappled with radical changes to the regulations in their first day of pre-season testing.

The pattern of a fairly farcical day was set when the front wing failed on Hamilton's Mercedes, sending him into the barriers at turn one.

The entire paddock put together just 93 laps all day, and Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull emerged from the pits only 15 minutes before the conclusion of the day's running. On the first day of pre-season testing in 2013, the cars completed 657 laps and in 2012 they managed 711.

CRAIG YOUNG and Stuart Thompson were the big winners yesterday when Cricket Ireland announced 24 full- and part-time contracts for 2014 and beyond.

The pair of seam bowlers have been identified as the most likely of the younger generation to replace Trent Johnston and are among six players on category A full-time contracts, along with Alex Cusack, Kevin O'Brien, John Mooney and Max Sorensen.

Ireland's ever-growing band of county players have category B agreements, including wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter, who has signed a two-year deal to play for Durham.

Malahide paceman Peter Chase, who has spent two months in Australia with Young and Graeme McCarter, has earned one of five category C contracts.

Basketball

ST MALACHY'S Belfast produced a dominant second-half display to beat Pres Bray 80-58 in the U-19 'A' Schools All-Ireland final in Tallaght.

Pres, champions in 2012, had no answer to the pace and power of Malachy's, who were inspired by twins Aidan and Conor Quinn.

To their credit, Bray dug in and trailed by only 10 points at the end of the third quarter but Malachy's upped the tempo in the fourth and eased to a comfortable victory.

Aidan Quinn was awarded the MVP award but it was left to his brother and captain, Conor, to lift the cup as Malachy's were crowned champions for the second year running.

Rugby

Centre Ben Hyland scored a first-half hat-trick as Cistercian Roscrea beat injury-hit St Patrick's Navan 31-3 at Westmanstown to qualify for the Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Junior Cup final.

St Andrew's College beat the High School 15-7 in the other semi-final at Ballycorus. Centre Peter Sullivan provided 10 of their points. High School's David James Donnelly touched down late before second-row Ben Ryan scored St Andrew's decisive try.

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