Tuesday 27 June 2017

In brief: Semenya eyes Spanish return

Athletics

Caster Semenya, the 800m world champion at the centre of a gender verification row, will return to competitive athletics at an international meet in Zaragoza, Spain, on June 24, she said yesterday.

The athlete attempted to run at a meet in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on March 30 but was prevented from doing so by Athletics South Africa (ASA). "I believe the decision to bar me from competing in Stellenbosch last week was unlawful and wrongful," Semenya said in a statement yesterday.

"I have, however, considered the request by ASA that I await the conclusion of the IAAFs' processes by the beginning of June this year before I return to competitive athletics."

Cricket

Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell swung his bat ferociously on his way to scoring a quick 108 runs off a mere 65 balls, to lead Jamaica to 314-7 in their three-day Jamaica Cricket Festival match against Ireland, which ended in a draw at Chedwin Park.

Russell, who ended not-out after the game was called off with over an hour to play, excited the crowd with several raids on the boundary during his knock as Jamaica chalked up a lead of 369 runs.

The youngster had earlier helped himself to 4-41 with the ball during Ireland's first-innings tally of 275, which they carried over into the final day without adding to the score.

Cycling

The An Post/Sean Kelly team swing back into action today in a happy frame of mind after Monday's good showing in the Rund um Koln in Germany.

The team will contest the Scheldeprijs and tomorrow they will take part in Grand Prix Pino Cerami. The Irish members Mark Cassidy and Ronan McLaughlin will participate in both races whilst Connor McConvey and Matt Brammeier will settle for tomorrow's event.

David O'Loughlin was to resume his duties with the team this week after his exploits in Copenhagen, but has withdrawn because of sickness.

Tennis

IRELAND'S Conor Niland saved a match point as he clinched a place in the main draw of a top-tier ATP World Tour event for the first time in his career.

After sharing two sets with America's 243-ranked Alex Bogomolov Junior, the 228-ranked Limerick native battled back from a 3-5 and 40-0 advantage deficit in the decider to prevail 5-7 6-3 7-5 in a marathon contest lasting over three hours.

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