In brief: Irish in fight to keep hopes alive
As forecast windy conditions failed to materialise on the second day of racing at the World Championships in New Zealand yesterday, Irish crews faced a storm of a different kind, writes Robert Treharne Jones.
Despite posting personal-best times, neither of Ireland's two crews in the adaptive boat classes qualified directly for the next round. Both the mixed coxed four and Karol Doherty in the single scull will now have a second chance in this afternoon's repechages.
New Zealand's new hope, Daniel McBride, made all the running in Doherty's heat of the men's single.
With only the leading sculler qualifying directly for Thursday's final, Derry man Doherty finished fourth behind Russia and Brazil, and some 11 seconds off the Kiwi's pace, despite cutting a second off his PB.
The British paralympic champions won their heat of the mixed coxed fours in expected fashion, with Ukraine hot on their heels and Ireland fighting it out for third with Italy.
Sarah Caffrey, Shane Ryan and Kevin du Tout, have been joined by Donegal newcomer Anne-Marie McDaid in the bow seat and have high hopes of making the final.
"All our crews are feeling positive and are really up for it," said Ireland team manager Joe Cunningham.
Team Sky have announced the signing of Michael Rogers from Mark Cavendish's HTC-Columbia squad.
Australian Rogers, who has been linked with Team Sky since announcing in September he would be leaving HTC-Columbia, becomes the British squad's sixth signing for the 2011 campaign but is the biggest name having proven himself as a Grand Tour contender in recent seasons.
Rogers is a three-time world time-trial champion and brings a wealth of experience to the Team Sky ranks.
In a World Series already packed with surprising performances, San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner provided another on Sunday that left the Giants tantalisingly close to victory.
Still just a rookie, the 21-year-old lefthander pitched the game of his life to lead the Giants to a 4-0 victory and a 3-1 series lead over Texas Rangers. Had he been at home, he would have received a standing ovation but at Rangers Stadium the crowd just bowed their heads in despair, knowing their hopes of a first World Series had all but ended at the hands of a player who began the year in the minor leagues.
"I didn't expect this in my wildest dreams," said Bumgarner. "I'm blessed to have this opportunity."
WORLD lightweight champion Katie Taylor will collect her second AIBA world female boxer of the year award in Almaty, Kazakhstan, today.
The Bray woman, who claimed her third world title on the trot in Barbados in September, was also presented with the world female boxer of the year award in 2008.