Thursday 30 March 2017

In brief: McIlroy gets US go-ahead

Golf

Rory McIlroy's back problem is just a slight nerve impingement and will not prevent him taking part in next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.

The 20-year-old saw a specialist on his return from Dubai. "He just needs to rest for a day," said management spokesman Martin Hardy.

The world No 7, McIlroy, has been told the problem could be linked to the hip movement in his swing.

"They go backwards and then forwards and that puts a little strain on the lower back," he said.

"I do all the exercises I can to make everything stronger around the joints and it is a matter of resting and managing my schedule so that I am not playing too many weeks in a row."

Rugby

Kevin Lewis' Bective Rangers missed the chance to move into second place in Division 2 of the AIB League when they were undone by quick-thinking Dublin University who won 17-11 at Donnybrook last night.

The students raced into an 11-point lead in the first quarter as out-half David Joyce kicked two penalties before finding left wing Colin Murphy with a precise cross-field kick for their only try.

Despite serious pressure from the Bective scrum, Trinity held out until out-half Tyrone Taipea's shot from 44 metres just had the legs to make it 11-3 at the interval.

The Trinity scrum 'stood up' under pressure to concede another three points to Taipea in the 50th minute, but Joyce made it a two-score game with his third penalty and tacked on another in the 64th minute.

Sub Brian O'Friel sped into the right corner to earn Bective a losing bonus point.

Bective Rangers -- P Moynihan (B O'Friel 71); G Nyawata (S Mitchell 61), M Summerell, A Kelleher, S Carroll; T Taipea, D Campbell; C de Sande (R Ecock 44), A O'Sullivan, E Hogan, J Oliver (D Daly 55), P Hatton, J Byrne, C Harbison, V Baynes.

Dublin University -- A Wallace; N Hanratty, C Colclough, C Mills (J O'Donoghue 31), C Murphy; D Joyce, M McLoughlin (S Bell 76); T Goodbody (P McCabe 73), M Murdock, J Gethings, P Byrne, S La Valla, A Matthews, D Gallagher, B Coyle.

Ref -- F Butler, IRFU.

Winter Olympics

Aoife Hoey has been chosen to lead the Irish team at the Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in Vancouver.

The 25-year-old pilot of the bobsleigh team will carry the Irish flag in the parade of over 80 nations taking part.

"I am absolutely thrilled at being given this honour," she said. "It's been a rough few days out here with all the legal action swirling around the bobsleigh team, but this move has lifted our spirits in a big way."

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