Wednesday 22 February 2017

Ireland crush USA to reach semi-final

hockey

Published 08/07/2011 | 05:00

Ireland eased into the semi-finals of the world-ranking Champions Challenge in Lille yesterday as they routed the USA 6-2.

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With six different players on the scoresheet, coach Paul Revington had every reason to be happy with his side's performance.

Conor Harte bagged the opener at a penalty corner, with Gareth Watkins belting home the second just before the break. Joe Brennan and Peter Caruth piled on the agony for the Americans after the break, before a brief purple patch for the States yielded goals for Tyler Sundeen and Pat Harris.

However, Ireland finished the stronger, underlining their supremacy with efforts from Chris Cargo and Mikey Watt. The result propels the Irish into a semi-final tomorrow with Russia, who thrashed the Czech Republic 9-1 earlier in the day.

Ireland are the highest-ranked side left in contention after Scotlancd surprised China 2-1, with hosts France completing the last-four line-up.

boxing

Britain's former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton announced his retirement from boxing last night.

The 32-year-old has not fought since his IBO light-welterweight world title defeat by Manny Pacquaio in Las Vegas in May 2009 and until yesterday, had refused to be drawn on his future in the sport.

'The Hitman' has been linked with several big-name fighters since, most notably the only two men to beat him -- Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr -- but his retirement has brought to an end a glittering 14-year professional career, in which he had a 45-2 record with 32 knockouts at welterweight and light-welterweight.

basketball

NEPTUNE coach Pat Price has announced that his long association with Irish basketball is over and he will return to the USA.

Price has been in Ireland for 11 of the past 13 years, but has been appointed as coach of Ursinus College just three months after leading the Cork side to the Superleague final.

Price has coached Cork Giants, UCC Demons and Neptune, guiding Demons to four National Cups and a Superleague title. He was part of Ireland's national team in the 2008-09 season.

"I certainly have mixed feelings about leaving," he said. "The opportunity to return to full-time NCAA college coaching is exciting, and certainly the proximity to my family back in the States was a factor."

Cricket

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma claimed 5-77 as India bowled out the West Indies for 204 on the second day of the third and final Test at Windsor Park yesterday.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh claimed his 400th Test wicket on his way to figures of 2-26. Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh top-scored for the host with 60, while Darren Bravo hit 50.

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