Thursday 23 February 2017

In brief: Kerry legend Brosnan dies

GAELIC GAMES: Dr Michael (Mick) Brosnan who passed away over Christmas was a member of the legendary Kerry football family from Moyvane. Mick captained the Kerry minor team to All-Ireland victory in 1950 and won his only All-Ireland senior medal in 1953.

His father Con won six All-Ireland medals and captained the Kingdom to victory in 1931, and his brother Jim played on two All-Ireland winning Kerry teams in 1953 and 1955 and later became chairman of Kerry County Board.

Mick will be laid to rest in Ballybunion cemetery this afternoon following 12.30 Mass in St John's Church.

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TENNIS: Justine Henin made a successful return after six months out through injury at the Hopman Cup yesterday but ended up a loser as Belgium were beaten 2-1 by hosts Australia in the opening match of the mixed team event.

The former world No 1, who suffered a partial ligament fracture to her right elbow at Wimbledon last year, made more unforced errors than usual but was still too good for Alicia Molik as she won 6-4 6-4 to put Belgium ahead. Another former world No 1, Lleyton Hewitt levelled the tie after a 6-4 6-3 win over world No 178 Ruben Bemelmans and the Australians then joined forces to win the deciding mixed doubles 1-6 6-3 7-6.

Top seeds Serbia, represented by Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic, begin their campaign today while British No 2 seeds Andy Murray and Laura Robson open their title bid tomorrow.

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ATHLETICS: Fionnuala Britton, who just missed a medal in the recent European cross-country Championships in Portugal, bounced back with a record-breaking performance to win Tommy Brennan Memorial 5km road race in the Phoenix Park yesterday.

The Wicklow woman was in a class of her own to win the speed event from the front in 16:39, knocking 16 seconds off the previous record held by fellow Olympian, Roisin McGettigan, with Deirdre Byrne, also from the Sli Cualann club, second in 17:03.

Front-running tactics also paid dividends for Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght AC and his strength and pace gave him a nine-second winning margin over Eddie McGinley of North Down in the men's event, hitting the tape in 14:54.

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cricket: Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi and head coach Waqar Younis have been summoned as witnesses by the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal, which will consider spot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players.

Suspended test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are due to appear before the three-member tribunal in Doha from January 6-11. The trio were suspended by the ICC in September while touring England with the national team after a newspaper report alleged they had taken bribes to arrange for no-balls to be delivered in the fourth Test.

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