Wednesday 18 October 2017

In brief: Hendry hoping to hit top form

Snooker

Stephen Hendry believes he can play himself into title-winning form after knocking out Mark Davis to reach the 12bet.com World Open last 16.

The Scot delighted the Glasgow audience with a 3-0 victory over Davis, who managed only one break in double figures. And although the 41-year-old does not believe he is performing well enough to be considered a potential champion just now, all that could change if he posts another couple of wins.

"My confidence will come back if I have a decent run with some good performances, even just getting to a quarter or semi-final," Hendry said.

Gridiron

Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels led the tributes to Kenny McKinley yesterday after the 23-year-old was found dead at a house in Colorado.

Although investigations are ongoing, authorities have suggested the wide receiver may have committed suicide.

"Although the death of Mr McKinley appears to be the result of a self-inflicted gunshot, the investigation into this matter is ongoing," the Arapahoe County sheriff's department said.

McKinley, who had been placed on the injury list prior to the start of this season with a knee problem, was a fifth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and played in eight games with the Broncos as a rookie.

Tennis

IRELAND'S Colin O'Brien made a 1,000-mile journey yesterday in an attempt to make up for his disappointing experience in the ATP Slovenian Open Challenger in Ljubljana.

O'Brien came up short in the second round of qualifying on a 6-07-6 (7/5) scoreline to Croatian Dino Marcan, and just a few hours later he flew to Manchester en route to the lower-tier ITF Futures event in Wrexham.

The Malahide left-hander will team up today with his regular doubles partner, James Cluskey, in the pairs competition.

And the north Dublin duo, who are the top seeds, face unseeded British pair Miles Bugby and Marcus Willis in their opening contest.

Also in doubles action in the north Wales tournament is Mayo man Daniel Glancy, who was edged in the first round of singles yesterday by France's Nicolas Rosenzweig, 6-4 7-6.

Ironically, he was paired with Rosenzweig, and the Irish/French duo -- who are the No 3 seeds -- face unseeded British pair Alan Bevan and Christopher Bevan.

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