Sunday 23 July 2017

In brief: Roche finishes on high note in Nice

Cycling

A fourth-place finish in yesterday's seventh and last stage saw Ireland's Nicolas Roche climb to 11th in the overall standings of the Paris-Nice race.

Roche finished 1 minute, 23 seconds behind overall winner Alberto Contador, who pipped Alejandro Valverde to the title. AG2R-La Mondiale rider Roche was a second behind Amael Moinard, who won yesterday's 119-kilometre final stage in a sprint finish.

Belfast native David McCann caused a major shock by coming up trumps in the Tour of Taiwan yesterday. Racing for the Giant Asia Team, McCann was not going to take part until convinced by his team to start. But he will now wear the yellow jersey after he sprinted home in first place.

Meanwhile, Conor Murphy of the Eurocycles outfit kept up the winning momentum achieved by his team by winning the Newbridge Credit Union Grand Prix over 86km.

Basketball

UCC Demons and DCU Saints booked their places in the Nivea for Men's SuperLeague semi-final.

Demons overcame a tough Belfast Star outfit yesterday with American Joshua Johnson scoring 36 points in an 83-79 victory, while the Saints shocked Neptune on Saturday to secure their passage with a 96-84 win. They will now face local rivals Killester, for whom Pat Glover, Emmet Donnelly and Mike Trimmer starred.

In the IrishSport.tv Women's SuperLeague, DCU Mercy ended Team Montenotte Hotel Cork's 100pc record with a 67-62 win.

Men's Hockey

Pembroke Wanderers seized command of the Leinster League as they saw off Glenanne with a 4-1 win at Tallaght yesterday.

The challenge of Corinthians faltered as they leaked a couple of points against Three Rock Rovers in a goalless game at Whitechurch.

A victory for Pembroke against Three Rock next weekend will suffice for the national champions to retain their provincial title. As the most competitive league campaign in many years approached a climax, Glenanne endured a miserable weekend as they suffered two home defeats.

First-half goals from Paddy Conlon and Alan Sothern got Wanderers on their way, and although Johnny Goulding pulled one back for the hosts, Sothern struck for a second and Maurice Elliott completed the scoring.

Women's Hockey

The four teams who will compete for places in next year's European League have been decided after the concluding round of matches.

Leinster will be represented by Railway Union and Hermes after their victories over Pembroke Wanderers and Loreto.

They'll be joined by Cork Harlequins and Belfast side Pegasus, who topped Pool B after their 5-0 win over Randalstown.

Irish Independent

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