Tuesday 22 August 2017

In brief: Turner class keeps Killester on course

Basketball

KILLESTER'S bid for back-to-back SuperLeague National Cups continued on Saturday night as the northsiders swept Moycullen aside in Galway with a 107-71 win.

Despite missing Paddy Kelly and Kieran O'Brien through injury, the Dubliners ensured their passage into the semi-finals. Jermaine Turner was once again to the fore with 27 points, while coach Mark Keenan paid tribute to his defensive effort.

UL Eagles reached the quarter-finals thanks to a 76-58 win over Neptune, with summer signing Cameron Mitchell top-scoring in his first cup match. UCD Marian and DCU had reasons to be cheerful in the league, as they saw off Ulster sides Ulster Elks and Belfast Star respectively.

Tennis

SWEDE Robin Soderling cruised to his first Masters 1000 title as he made light work of Gael Monfils to win the Paris Masters.

The world No 5 ran out a 6-1 7-6 (7/1) victor over Monfils, who was clearly feeling the effects of his hard-fought semi-final win over Roger Federer. Soderling got on top of Monfils' serve early on and eased to a first-set win inside 27 minutes.

The Frenchman looked more assured in the second set and the set edged into a tie-break. As in the first set, though, Soderling was able to dominate his opponent and cantered to a 7-1 win.

Motorsport

WATERFORD driver Craig Breen yesterday climbed to second place in the Super 2000 section of Wales Rally GB, the final round of the World Rally Championship.

He started the day in fourth place following problems on Friday, but his Ford Fiesta had a great run on the final day, leaving him as the closest challenger to winner Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway, and one place ahead of newly crowned S2000 champion Xevi Pons of Spain.

Breen has had a tremendous year, winning his first International Rally in August, Rally Northern Ireland and qualifying last month as one of six Pirelli Star drivers who will contest six rounds of next year's FIA World Rally Championship.

Show Jumping

Dermott Lennon hit a purple patch at the 4-Star Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, while armyman Capt David O'Brien and Irish national champion Eddie Moloney were on song at the 3-Star World Cup fixture in Leszno, Poland.

Lennon opened with a second-place finish in the Two-Phase competition and sixth in the Speed event at the Canadian fixture riding Tolett, before bringing out his top ride, Hallmark Elite, to line up fourth in the World Cup qualifier.

The Banbridge rider then steered Tolett into sixth in Thursday's Jump-Off class.

In Leszno, Moloney finished second with Chatsworth Dan in Thursday's Grand Prix qualifier and then fifth with Slieveanorra in yesterday's Grand Prix.

O'Brien was runner-up with the mare Kiltoom in Saturday's World Cup qualifier in which Moloney and Chatsworth Dan finished ninth.

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