Thursday 17 August 2017

In brief: Glancy sees off injured Goodall

Tennis

DANIEL GLANCY enjoyed a stroke of good fortune yesterday when he dumped out the top seed in the opening round of the Green Property Irish Men's Open at the Fitzwilliam Club.

Glancy capitalised on an injury to Britain's Joshua Goodall, who was forced to retire with a hip problem, to advance. The Mayo man had been leading on a 6-4 5-1 scoreline at the time.

Glancy now faces a second-round showdown with another Briton, 787-ranked Daniel Cox.

Dubliner Colin O'Brien joined Glancy in the second round after seeing off the challenge of 18-year-old French qualifier Albano Olivetti 7-5 7-6 (7/4).

In the second round, O'Brien takes on Malta's 924-ranked Matthew Asciak.

Rugby

Ulster new signing Pedrie Wannenburg insists he is ready to wipe the slate clean following his drugs shame.

South African No8 Wannenburg hit the headlines earlier this year after revealing he took cocaine, but claims he is desperate for a fresh start after arriving in Belfast yesterday.

Wannenburg (29) said: "I was honest and confessed that I used drugs. I used ecstasy and cocaine which goes hand-in-hand with drinking."

Meanwhile, South Africa coach Peter de Villiers has rung the changes ahead of Saturday's Tri Nations clash with Australia at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

Gio Aplon, who was on the bench for the last Test, starts in place of the suspended Jean de Villiers on the right wing, while Ruan Pienaar comes in for Ricky Januarie at scrum-half. BJ Botha starts ahead of CJ van der Linde at tight-head prop, while Ryan Kankowski replaces Francois Louw on the flank.

Cricket

Virender Sehwag struck a 98-ball 85 as India reached 140 for three by stumps on day three of the first Test in Galle in response to Sri Lanka's 520 for eight declared.

Muttiah Muralitharan moved closer to the unprecedented 800-wicket mark by grabbing the key scalp of Sachin Tendulkar for eight, however, as the visitors lost three wickets within 21 overs.

Earlier in the day, half-centuries from Rangana Herath (80 not out) and Lasith Malinga (64) helped Sri Lanka maintain a grip on the Test as a batting display from the tailenders pushed up the total and led to the declaration.

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