Saturday 24 June 2017

In brief: Giants' play-off hopes in doubt

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THE Green Bay Packers dealt a damaging blow to the New York Giants' play-off chances as Aaron Rodgers returned from concussion to pass for 404 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-17 win on St Stephen's night.

The Giants, who would have clinched a post-season berth with a win, committed six turnovers at Lambeau Field, allowing the Philadelphia Eagles win the NFC East Division title and seal a spot in the play-offs despite Sunday's home match to the Minnesota Vikings being cancelled due to snow. The game has been rescheduled for today.

Green Bay could make the play-offs with a win next week against NFC North champions Chicago Bears, who improved to 11-4 with a 38-34 win over the New York Jets who gained one of the AFC's two wild-card berths.

Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs also claimed play-off berths in the AFC, while the New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 34-3 to capture the top seed in the AFC.

Cricket

India ended an extraordinary second day of the second Test against South Africa in control with a 166-run lead after 18 wickets fell at Kingsmead yesterday.

Vangipurappu Laxman (23 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (10 not out) restored stability to India's second innings to leave the tourists on 92-4 at the close after South Africa claimed four quick victims to have them reeling at 56-4.

India had earlier been blown away having resumed on 183-6 in their first innings. Dale Steyn took 6-50 as the hosts prised out the top-ranked Test team for 205.

However, that small total was still enough for a first-innings lead as India bundled South Africa out for just 131 to gain an unlikely 74-run advantage, Harbhajan Singh claiming four for 10 and paceman Zaheer Khan 3-36.

A sensational day of cricket owed more to the high quality bowling and fielding on display than any demons in the pitch.

Tennis

TOP seed Daniel Glancy has been cruelly forced to withdraw from the National Indoors Championships.

The Mayoman contracted a bout of flu over the Christmas period, and was forced to give a walk-over to his first-round opponent, Paul Keoghan, at David Lloyd Riverview last night.

Glasnevin club member Keoghan can now look forward to a joust today against Donnybrook's Mike Johnston.

Johnston had to battle to see off Angus Lloyd and reach the last 16.

Two very impressive winners were Niall Fitzgerald and Briton Ed Seator, with neither player dropping a game in their respective contests.

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