Tuesday 17 October 2017

In brief: Higgins moves into last eight

Snooker

John Higgins continued his comeback after a six-month ban by moving into the quarter-finals of the UK Championship yesterday with a final-frame victory over Graeme Dott.

After trailing in the early stages, Higgins bounced back to scrape a 9-8 win and seal a clash with fellow Scot Stephen Maguire, who rounded off a 9-7 win over Mark Selby with a break of 135.

World champion Neil Robertson held off a mini-fightback by Andrew Higginson to move into the last eight with a 9-5 victory.

Mark Allen knocked defending champion Ding Junhui out of the tournament after clinching a tense 9-8 second-round win. The Antrim native will face Stuart Bingham -- who beat Marco Fu 9-2 last night -- in the last eight.

Boxing

Ray Moylette has been named in the Irish team to meet England at the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport, Co Mayo tonight.

The St Anne's light-welter, and U-21 champion Chris Phelan will both line out on a 10-strong Irish team.

Cork's Rory O'Donoghue, Moylette's St Anne's club mate Danny Coughlan and the Drimnagh pair of Jimmy Sweeney and Chris Turner will also be trading leather for Ireland.

Meanwhile, IABA Director of Boxing Dominic O'Rourke has confirmed that India will meet Ireland at the National Stadium in Dublin on April 1 and another two dates throughout the country the same month.

China will also be travelling for three matches against Ireland in Newross, Dungarvan and the National Stadium in March.

Motorsport

Former Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr and his father, three-time champion Nelson Piquet, have won a libel case against Renault.

Renault had accused the pair of "false allegations" and an "attempt to blackmail the team" surrounding events at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

But Renault were later found guilty of fixing the race by asking Piquet to crash to help Fernando Alonso win.

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