Friday 23 June 2017

In brief: Gilbert takes over at top of Vuelta

Cycling

Philippe Gilbert claimed victory on the third stage of the Vuelta a Espana yesterday and in the process inherited the leader's red jersey from Mark Cavendish. Ireland's Nicolas Roche finished in a strong sixth place and jumps to 24th overall.

Belgian Gilbert overhauled a late solo breakaway by Spaniard Serafin Martinez to win the 157.3km race from Marbella to Malaga in four hours, six minutes and 12 seconds.

Gilbert then held off the challenge of Joaquin Rodriguez over the final kilometre to finish three seconds ahead of the second-placed Spaniard. Third place went to another Spaniard, Igor Anton. Ireland's Philip Deignan lies in 132nd place overall after he finished 127th in yesterday's stage.

Basketball

HAVING missed out on a Men's Superleague title at the final hurdle last season, UL Eagles have laid down a marker to other contenders this year with the appointment of experienced US coach Mark Bernsen, WRITES NEIL AHERN.

Bernsen brings a very impressive CV to last season's beaten league finalists, having led Tralee Tigers to the league crown in 2008, when he was also named National Coach of the Year.

Meanwhile, Neptune have signed US power-forward Robinson Louisme and former Shamrock Hoops standout Phil Taylor ahead of the 2010/2011 SuperLeague season, which starts in the first weekend of October.

Boxing

WORLD amateur boxing chiefs AIBA have confirmed Sofya Ochigava has not been registered on the Russian team for the sixth Women's World Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados, on September 8.

Ochigava, who claimed bantamweight gold at the 2006 World Championships, controversially beat Katie Taylor in the Usti na Labem Grand Prix in the Czech Republic last March.

Taylor, aiming for her third AIBA world title on the trot, has been named on a four-strong Irish squad, which includes flyweight Ceire Smith, light-welter Allana Murphy and middleweight Sinead Kavanagh. The Irish squad are due to depart for Barbados on Thursday.

Golf

Ireland set out today in their bid to win the European Senior Men's Team Championship for the third time in four years.

Former Walker Cup captain and 1985 Amateur Champion Garth McGimpsey, who finished runner-up in the recent British Seniors Championship at Walton Heath, spearheads the challenge at the Fairhaven links in Lancashire.

It is a strong-looking team with former British Seniors champion Arthur Pierse an ever-present, and Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow and Tom Cleary have both been showing decent form.

The senior women open their challenge at the Sporting Club in Berlin, with Valerie Hassett, Helen Jones and Phil O'Gorman.

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