In brief: McMahon battles to impressive fifth
IRELAND'S Sycerika McMahon turned in another outstanding performance when she placed fifth in the 200m individual medley final at the European Junior Championships in Helsinki yesterday.
McMahon, who claimed a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle, was competing with a gashed left leg sustained at the start of Saturday night's 200m freestyle final, when she slipped on the blocks before going on to finish eighth.
Yesterday, she finished in 2:18.08 behind four second-year finalists. McMahon is expected to compete at this week's Irish Open championships in the National Aquatic Centre, which start on Thursday.
NUI Galway retained the Men's Senior Eight title at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre in Cork.
NUIG edged out the Queen's University crew on the line.
In the Women's Senior Eight, a composite crew drawn from the cream of women's rowing from Ulster, Connacht and Munster won by open water over a University College Dublin/Old Collegians composite.
In the Women's Novice Four, Queens University Belfast Ladies Boat Club completed the double having won the Women's Novice Eight on Friday. Shannon Rowing Club, of Limerick, took the Men's Novice Four over Fossa Rowing Club, of Kerry.
Conor O'Shea, of the Killorglin Credit Union CC, made up for the disappointment of finishing seventh last Sunday week in the fifth round of the Subway Classic encounter in Kerry by taking victory in the Eddie Tobin GP held in Bunclody, Wexford, yesterday.
Martin O'Loughlin, of the Dan Morrissey/Carrick Wheelers, finished in second place.
Conor Murphy, of the Eurocycles team, edged out a group of 10 to take victory on the line in the 50-miler held in Robinstown, Meath, yesterday.
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa denied compatriot Jorge Lorenzo a fourth win in a row at the German MotoGP yesterday, while world champion Valentino Rossi narrowly missed a podium finish on his return from a broken leg.
Honda rider Pedrosa, second in the standings, finished 3.355 seconds ahead of Yamaha's championship leader Lorenzo.
Rossi finished fourth after being edged out by Australian Casey Stoner at the last corner for the final podium place.
Manny Pacquiao will start looking for another opponent for his next bout now that promoter Bob Arum's deadline for a deal with Floyd Mayweather Jnr has passed.
Arum said that Mayweather hadn't responded to their contract proposal. Pacquiao will open discussions with Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto for a fight in November.