Sunday 26 February 2017

In brief: Pakistan rattle Ponting's men

Cricket

Pakistan were on course to end their 15-year wait for a Test victory over Australia after just one day of the second Test at Headingley, after they bowled out Ricky Ponting's side for 88.

Australia's batsmen were left humiliated as they were all out in 33.1 overs, just eight runs more than the previous lowest mark set in Karachi in 1956.

Teenage left-armer Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif claimed three wickets apiece, while seamer Umar Gul chipped in with two.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan reached 798 wickets on his farewell as India closed day four of the first Test 63 behind at 181-5 in their follow-on.

Athletics

IRELAND'S good start at the World Junior Championships in Canada continued yesterday when Patrick Maher (Leevale AC) was second, in 52.46, in his 400m hurdles heat to qualify for the semi-finals. Tim Crowe (Dooneen AC) finished seventh in his heat in 56.27.

Paul Robinson (St Coca's AC) has already qualified for the 1500m final, finishing fourth (3:44.04) in his heat. Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) was 13th in his 1500m heat in 3:52.62.

Boxing

IRELAND are guaranteed at least two bronze medals from the European Schoolboy Boxing Championships following a day of mixed fortunes in Yambol City, Bulgaria, yesterday, writes Bernard O'Neill.

John Joe Joyce booked his place in the semis -- and secured bronze -- after a 1-0 (41.5kg) win over England's Dalton Smith.

Wayne Kelly, in a last-16 bout, also emerged victorious after beating Yasin Dastan of Turkey 4-1 on a double-countback following a 1-1 and 2-2 tie.

There was disappointment for Irish captain Jack Connolly, Daniel Keating, Bernard McDonagh, Ger Storey, Calvin Hayes and Michael Cawley, who lost out to eastern European opponents. Mike McDonagh received a bye into the last four.

Motorsport

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve has confirmed he has joined forces with Italy-based Durango to form a team that will bid to enter Formula One next year.

The 39-year-old Canadian issued a short statement outlining the link-up, dismissing reports there had been personal investors in Villeneuve Racing.

He said: "The team will be a joint venture with Durango, and based out of Italy. All the money comes from corporate sponsorship, not from personal investors."

Irish Independent

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