Thursday 23 February 2017

In Brief: Tipp hurler Ryan tangled up in Blue

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Former Tipperary hurler Ryan O'Dwyer will don the navy and blue of Dublin for the first time in this Saturday's Dubs Stars clash at St Brigid's GAA club, Russell Park, Castleknock (1.30).

O'Dwyer (24), who recently transferred his club allegiance from Cashel King Cormacs to Kilmacud Crokes, has been selected at centre-forward on a powerful-looking Dublin team as Anthony Daly begins his 2011 campaign as the Dubs boss.

O'Dwyer won a Munster U-21 medal with Tipp in 2006 before making his senior league and championship debuts a year later.

Ten players who played in last summer's disappointing All-Ireland SHC qualifier Phase 3 exit at the hands of Antrim will face the Dubs Stars -- Tomas Brady, Oisin Gough, Stephen Hiney, Joey Boland, Niall Corcoran, Maurice O'Brien, Peter Kelly, Liam Rushe, David O'Callaghan and 2009 All Star Alan McCrabbe.

The hurling tie is followed by the clash of Pat Gilroy's Dublin senior footballers and the Dubs Stars footballers (3.15). The Dublin team will be announced tomorrow afternoon.

PAUL KEOGHAN'S dream of a place in the quarter-finals of the National Indoors Championships was emphatically shattered at David Lloyd Riverview last night, writes Paddy Hickey.

The Glasnevin man received an unexpected bonus on Monday when his first-round opponent, top seed Daniel Glancy, was forced to give a walk-over due to a bout of flu.

However, Mike Johnston, who plays out of the Donnybrook and Fitzwilliam clubs, comfortably clinched his place in the last eight with a 6-4 6-1 victory.

Johnston's next opponent is Greystones teenager Ciaran Fitzgerald, who coasted to a 6-0 6-2 success over Castleknock's Connor Schelling-Tisza.

Fitzgerald will be joined in the last eight by his elder brother Niall, who romped to a 6-2 6-3 success against Belfast Boat Club's Karl Donaldson. The elder Fitzgerald next faces Briton Ed Seator, who beat Wicklow's Stephen Martin 6-1 6-2.

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A double strike by India's bowlers after tea put the tourists slightly ahead of South Africa after three days of the second Test and set up an intriguing finale at Kingsmead.

Harbhajan Singh removed Alviro Petersen (26), while Sreesanth added the wicket of Hashim Amla (16) to his list as the hosts were on 111-3 -- still 192 short of victory -- when bad light brought an end to the day's play.

The bowlers' efforts came after an even mightier assault by VVS Laxman, who made 96 to help the tourists reach 228 and set the home side 303 to win.

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