Friday 26 May 2017

In brief: Twomey in hunt going into semis

Equestrian

Billy Twomey is in eighth place, and less than a fence behind leader Rodrigo Pessoa from Brazil, going into tonight's top-30 semi-final at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, and is hoping to qualify for tomorrow night's top-four final.

On Wednesday, the British-based Corkman jumped another superb clear round with Tinka's Serenade, picking up just a single time fault in the competition which also decided the team medals.

Meanwhile, Para Dressage rider, American-based James O'Dwyer (40) -- who hails from Kilkenny -- finished fifth in the Grade 4 Individual Championship and the Irishman now goes into Sunday's Grade 4 Freestyle with a medal in his sights.

Darts

Raymond van Barneveld progressed to the last eight of the bodog.comWorld Darts Grand Prix with a 3-1 victory over Mark Walsh at Citywest last night.

The Dutch star went 2-0 down in the opening set, only to win six legs in a row en route to a 2-0 set lead. Englishman Walsh hit back by winning the third set, but the three-time World Champion continued undeterred and nailed a double 12 to finish the match.

Simon Whitlock crashed out of the tournament losing 3-2 to World No 12 Andy Hamilton. Hamilton will face the impressive James Wade in tonight's quarter-final as the World No 3 cruised past Colin Osborne with a 3-1 win.

Cycling

The An Post/Sean Kelly team yesterday confirmed the departure of Matt Brammeier, who will be joining the HTC Columbia team on a professional contract. This follows a hugely successful season for the Liverpool-born rider, which saw him win the Irish National Championships in June.

Team manager Kurt Bogaerts was delighted for Brammeier and wished him well for his future with the ProTour team. Meanwhile, the An Post outfit have confirmed that Sam Bennett (19) from Carrick-On-Suir has signed for the 2011 season.

Boxing

BELFAST'S Paddy Barnes had to dig deep for a 4-2 win over Scotland's Iain Butcher at the Commonwealth Games yesterday. "I need to improve if I'm going to take gold but that's what I'm aiming for," said Barnes.

Tennis

After taking four scalps, Sam Barry bowed out at the quarter-final stage of the ITF Men's Futures event in Naples, Italy, to No 4 seed Italian Federico Torresi 6-3 7-5.

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