Tuesday 24 January 2017

In brief: McNulty sets pace in Donegal

Published 18/06/2011 | 05:00

Top seeds Tim McNulty and Paul Kiely were the pace setters on the opening day of the Topaz Donegal International Rally, with their Impreza WRC building up an overnight lead of 28 seconds over the Fiesta S2000 of Alastair Fisher and Rory Kennedy.

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Circuit of Ireland winners Derek McGarrity and James McKee narrowly held third place, another 36 seconds down, just ahead of Daragh O'Riordan and Tony McDaid, who took their first International victory last month in Killarney.

Today's 10 stages are to the north of Letterkenny, including four on the Fanad peninsula, with tomorrow's run in Inishowen, featuring two street stages in Buncrana to finish off the three-day rally.

CYCLING

BELGUIM'S Thomas de Gendt won the final mountain stage of the Tour de Switzerland yesterday, while Italy's Damiano Cunego maintained the overall lead.

De Gendt attacked from a group of 17 breakaways 23km from the finish in Serfaus, Austria, to claim his third win.

Luxembourg's Andy Schleck was second and Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas third. The race ends tomorrow with a 32.5km individual time trial in Schaffhouse.

Meanwhile, the Colombian cyclist Juan Mauricio Soler remains in intensive care after an incident on Thursday in which he hit a raised curb, fell on to a spectator and then collided with a barrier, suffering brain injuries and multiple fractures.

Soler's team Movistar said the rider remained in intensive care in a "stable though serious" condition, but that swelling on the brain had reduced.

Australian rider Baden Cooke said the crash happened as the peloton was nearing a traffic island and the road narrowed.

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Soccer

Malky Mackay has been unveiled as the new manager of Cardiff City.

The Scot has agreed a three-year deal in the Welsh capital, just 24 hours after being given permission to hold talks by a reluctant Watford board who at first rejected an official approach from the Bluebirds.

Cardiff have had to pay an undisclosed fee to his former Hertfordshire employers, for whom Mackay only signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract in March.

Speaking at his unveiling, Mackay said: "I see a club with massive ambition, an infrastructure that is exciting, a beautiful stadium, great training facilities and a club that wants to go places.

"I know the division and I know the type of players we want.

"Everyone goes into the race to win it and we will be one of the clubs trying to win it."

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