Tuesday 17 January 2017

In brief: Killester stay on track for double

Basketball

Published 22/02/2010 | 05:00

Killester sealed their fourth consecutive Northern Conference title with a hard-fought win over UCC Demons, while UL Eagles sealed the Southern Conference.

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Killester's win means they remain on track for a double, having already claimed the National Cup last month; their victory also ensures a home match in the last four of the league play-offs.

UL Eagles will also enjoy home advantage following a 95-82 win away to DCU Saints, claiming the title with just two defeats to their name.

"It's been a while coming but we are absolutely delighted to win the conference," said UL's Welsh star Matt Hall.

"It's a great feeling to be heading into the last four as conference winners and it shows just how consistent we have been all season."

Cricket

Abdul Razzaq hammered five sixes in a swashbuckling 18-ball innings of 46 not out on Saturday to lead Pakistan to a four-wicket win over England in the second and final match in the Twenty20 series.

Pakistan, who lost Friday's opening game in Dubai by seven wickets, were set a victory target of 149 and were in trouble when debutant fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad grabbed two wickets in the first over.

Spinner Graeme Swann also claimed three wickets as Pakistan slipped to 78 for five but Razzaq showed no fear, carrying his team to victory with six balls to spare.

Dubliner Eoin Morgan, whose sparkling 67 not out guided England to victory in the first game, contributed just nine on Saturday as Paul Collingwood's side failed to build on the platform provided by Kevin Pietersen's bludgeoning 62.

Athletics

Newbridge's Rose-Anne Galligan won the 1500m at the Celtic Cup in Cardiff yesterday, but her time of 4:17.05 was two seconds outside the World Indoor qualifying mark she was chasing.

Mark English's (Letterkenny) winning time of 1:50:67 in the junior 800m was inside the 1:51 flat qualifying mark for the World Juniors in Canada later this year.

Cycling

Alberto Contador won the Volta ao Algarve yesterday after finishing second behind Luis Leon Sanchez on the fifth and final stage in Portugal.

Spanish Astana rider Contador, who won stage three on Friday, was 13 seconds slower than compatriot Sanchez of Caisse d'Epargne on the 17.2km individual time trial.

Sanchez claimed second spot overall with his performance, 30 seconds behind Contador.

Ireland's Ronan McLaughlin finished 109th overall, but An Post/Sean Kelly team-mate David O'Loughlin did not start the final stage.

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