Thursday 23 February 2017

In brief: Vettel secures Malaysia pole

FORMULA 1: Sebastian Vettel breathed a sigh of relief after maintaining Red Bull Racing's remarkable run of pole positions yesterday in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

After equalling a Formula One record last year with 15 in 19 races, Red Bull -- with Vettel at the wheel -- have now taken the first two of this season. However, they have been in very different circumstances given pole in Australia a fortnight ago was a walk in the park, finishing nearly 0.8 seconds clear of Hamilton.

On this occasion it was last-gasp stuff as Vettel initially crossed the line in setting off on his final hot lap with just four seconds to spare. He bettered Hamilton's time by just 0.104 seconds. Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber finished third and Jenson Button fourth. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso starts fifth, with Nick Heidfeld sixth.

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BOXING: Ken Egan, Michael Conlon, David Oliver Joyce and Tommy McCarthy are all through to today's Gee Bee Multi-Nations finals following last-four wins in Helsinki, Finland yesterday.

Joyce will now meet Luke Jackson, who captained Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in today's lightweight final and Egan will face Eemeli Katajisto of Finland in the light-heavyweight final.

Heavyweight McCarthy faces French 2008 Olympian John M'Bumba, a two-time AIBA World Senior Championships bronze medalist. Conlon goes head-to-head with England's Tony Stubbs in the 52kg decider.

Ireland's boxers also claimed three gold and one silver over the weekend at the Feliks Stamm Multi-Nations in Warsaw. World Youth champion Joe Ward, European Senior silver medalist Darren O'Neill and World Senior John Joe Nevin claimed gold. EU champ Con Sheehan lost out in his final.

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RUGBY: England winger Mark Cueto has been suspended for six weeks by his club after being cited for making contact with an opponent's eyes, Sale Sharks said yesterday.

Cueto, who will now miss the rest of the domestic season, faces a Rugby Football Union (RFU) disciplinary hearing tomorrow having appeared to make contact with the eye or eye area of Northampton lock Christian Day in last Saturday's 53-24 defeat.

Meanwhile, Banbridge made sure of fifth position in Division Three following a one-sided win over Highfield at Rifle Park yesterday.

The win puts them into a play-off for promotion, but their chances of gaining one of the four automatic promotion places are slim as they would need a winning bonus point against top of the table Seapoint in their final game next Saturday.

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TENNIS: Ireland's Sam Barry yesterday advanced to the second round of qualifying for next week's Thailand Men's Futures Circuit.

The 1,239-ranked Limerick native defeated Thailand's unranked Pradidpol Tanyathep 6-0 6-3 -- less than 24 hours after coming up short against Great Britain's 319-ranked Daniel Evans on a 3-6 5-7 scoreline in the semi-finals of this week's corresponding event at Khon Kaen. The 19-year-old Barry, who is the tournament No 4 seed, faces Australia's Ben Wagland, who is ranked nine places lower.

Meanwhile, Dubliner Barry King's world ranking of 970 was good enough to gain direct acceptance into the main draw for next week's Thailand event.

Elsewhere, Tramore's Sinead Lohan showed her potential, as the No 11 seed pushing the top seed Oceane Dodin of France to three sets -- 6-3 4-6 6-2 -- in the quarter-finals of the ITF under-18 Circuit in Nottingham.

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Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania rallied from a set down to beat second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova yesterday and set up her first tour final against top-seeded Victoria Azarenka at the Andalucian Tennis Experience.

Begu was broken three times in the opening set but recovered to beat Kuznetsova 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, with both players struggling to hold serve throughout. Begu converted eight of her 22 break points, while losing serve a total of seven times.

Begu entered the tournament as a qualifier and had never won a main draw match on the WTA tour.

Sixth-ranked Azarenka overpowered eighth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-1 in yesterday's other semi-final.

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GAELIC GAMES: St Leo's College Carlow retained their Tesco All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior A ladies football crown yesterday, with a 3-13 to 1-2 victory against outclassed Coláiste na Sceilge.

St Leo's won the title for the third time in five seasons as Laois star Sinead Doogue scored 1-9 -- with all but one score coming from play.

Forwards Emer Delaney and Lauren Dwyer added 1-2 each as their Kerry opponents were totally outclassed at Limerick venue Croagh.

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HOCKEY: Both Glenanne and Hermes clinched the Leinster men's and women's Division 1 titles yesterday. Glenanne had a 3-2 win over Monkstown, who made them battle to the end. Monkstown were 2-1 up at half-time, with Andy Ewington twice on target, but Jonathan Kane had a brace for the winners before Shane O'Donoghue chipped in to seal it for the visitors.

Elsewhere, Three Rock beat UCD 3-1, which leaves the college team facing a relegation play-off.

Meanwhile, Hermes lost 4-2 to UCD at Belfield to leave them joint-top of the table with Loreto -- who beat Railway Union 3-2 -- on 44 points and 14 wins each. Hermes however had a superior goal difference, which sealed the title for the first time in three years.

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SQUASH: Ireland's Madeline Perry lost a two set lead to lose to Australian qualifier Donna Urquhart in the Cayman Islands Open.

Perry, who is currently ranked No 3 in the world, lost 6-11, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 in a gruelling 72-minute match. Urquhart had beaten world No 5 Alison Waters of England in the first round.

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