Thursday 20 July 2017

In brief: McCann flying flag in Taiwan

Cycling

David McCann's lead in the Tour de Taiwan remains intact after yesterday's stage three.

Representing the Giant Asia outfit Irishman McCann finish-ed the day in 11th place, eight seconds adrift of the stage winner Takashi Miyazawa of the Japanese National Team.

On the domestic scene for St Patrick's Day, there is a flurry of activity with events in Dunboyne, Westport and Carrick-on-Suir. Elsewhere, Alejandro Valverde has failed to clear his name after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a two-year suspension for a doping offence.

The National Olympic Committee of Italy (CONI) had banned the Spanish rider in May 2009 after his DNA sample matched blood found at a Madrid clinic. Traces of Erythropoietin (EPO) were found in the blood bag.

Cricket

Swann's 10-wicket haul sinks Tigers

Graeme Swann spun England to a 181-run victory in the first Test against Bangladesh, but not before the tourists endured a wicketless opening session in Chittagong.

Having toiled without reward for the entire evening session on day four, England were again worked hard by a formidable 167-run stand between Junaid Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim on the final morning.

The pair faced 524 balls between them as Junaid registered the Tigers' first Test century against England and Mushfiqur fell five short of a second.

But Swann, who took a second five-for to claim his first 10-wicket match haul, accounted for both after lunch to hasten the win.

Tennis

McGee and King crash out

DAVIS CUP heroes James McGee and Barry King yesterday suffered first-round defeats in the ITF Men's Futures event at Bath, England.

McGee, who won a singles and doubles rubber in Ireland's recent win over Turkey, bowed out 3-6 3-6 to Britain's Josh Goodall.

And King, who partnered McGee in the doubles contest, succumbed 6-2 4-6 3-6 to Finland's No 6 seed Henri Kontinen. To compound the situation for Irish players, Castlebar's Daniel Glancy lost 5-7 6-7 (2/7) to Serbia's Nikola Cacic in the second round of qualifying in the ITF Futures event in Antalya, Turkey.

Irish Independent

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