Friday 9 December 2016

In brief: Pacquiao cruises to points success

Boxing

Published 15/03/2010 | 05:00

Manny Pacquiao comfortably defended his WBO welterweight title with a points win over Joshua Clottey in Dallas on Saturday night.

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Pacquiao scored a 120-108, 119-109, 119-109 verdict but was unable to down the durable Ghanaian, who maintained his record of never having been stopped.

The Filipino fighter was on top throughout after asserting himself early on with a number of heavy shots. Clottey looked unsteady in the seventh but kept his feet and although he went for it late on, he never looked like causing an upset.

Meanwhile, John Duddy moved one step closer to a major middleweight title fight with a points victory over Michael Medina on the undercard to Pacquiao's fight. The Derry man overcame the tough Mexican on a 96-93, 96-93 and 93-96 verdict to extend his record to 29-1 (18ko).

Motorsport

Welsh visitor Melvyn Evans beat all the Irish contenders for the second time in a fortnight with a win at the McWilliam Park Hotel Mayo Rally at Castlebar.

Evans made it a double in the two opening rounds of the Dunlop National Rally Championship

After nine stages, Evans and co-driver Patrick Walsh had 20 seconds to spare over Kevin Barrett and Sean Mullally in a similar Impreza WRC, with Billy Coleman Award winner Craig Breen close behind in third place in his Fiesta S2000, running in the Group N Production class.

In Tralee, Eddie Peterson drove a borrowed car to finish second on the last day of the Kerry Autotest weekend, clinching a record sixth Hewison title in a row.

Sailing

More than 1,000 sailors and shore-crew are expected to arrive in Kinsale in four fleets during major race stop-overs this summer, the Cork club announced at the weekend.

The 1,800-mile Round Britain and Ireland fleet arrive in early June, up to 10 boats in the Clipper Round the World Race are expected from Nova Scotia in the first week in July and the single-handed Figaro Race arrives in the second week of August.

Cricket

England established a commanding lead after declining to enforce the follow-on on day three of the first Test against Bangladesh, but the hosts had plenty to cheer with five wickets in the evening session.

Graeme Swann completed his five-wicket haul after Mushfiqur Rahim (79) dragged the Tigers to 296 all out but Alastair Cook opted to bat again and saw his side slip to 131-5. However, that still represents a lead of 434 for England.

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