Sunday 24 September 2017

Macklin returns to winning ways

Matthew Macklin
Matthew Macklin

BOXING

IRISH middleweight Matthew Macklin returned to winning ways with a solid unanimous decision over Lamar Russ in Atlantic City.

The judges scored it 96-94 97-93 98-92 to the Birmingham-born orthodox after 10 rounds at the Boardwalk Hall in New Jersey.

The victory over the American edges Macklin, who has lost three world title tilts in the last two years, a step closer to a fourth shot.

However, a non-title fight with Limerick southpaw Andy Lee is still being touted for St Patrick's Day in Ireland.

In the World Series of Boxing, ex-AIBA World champion Domenico Valentino beat Ireland's David Oliver Joyce on a unanimous decision in Assisi.

Joyce, who had beaten the Italian twice up to Saturday's meeting, was lining out for Team Germany against the Italia Thunder lightweight.

Jamie Codd was in top form at Tattersalls where he rode a five-timer. He also recorded three seconds on a busy afternoon for the Wexford rider, who is a nominee for the point-to-point award at the HRI awards at Leopardstown today.

Codd opened his account in the four-year-old maiden on his brother Willie's Tell Us More, which certainly looks a top notch prospect.

Shady Glen had been showing form in four-year-old maidens and battled best here in a close finish to come out on top, to make it a quick double for Codd.

Liz Doyle saddled a debutante son of Oscar to help the Wexford rider take a division of the five-year-old maiden in good style, while the five-timer was rounded off in the last two races with Bashful Beauty and Ben Of Fore.

Mark Falvey and Diarmuid Lynch took their FIA Appendix K Ford Escort to a home win in the Initial Rentokil Killarney Historic Rally at the weekend, leading from start to finish to complete the eight stages more than a minute and a half ahead of their nearest challengers, Denis Moynihan and Shane Buckley in another Escort.

Third place overall went to former Dunlop National Rally champion Melvyn Evans, who won the Classic category from fellow Welshman Gareth Lloyd, while Ray Cunningham's Mini took victory in the Historic section ahead of James O'Mahony's Volvo.

Bord Gais Neptune booked their place in the Men's National Cup semi-finals with a 95-87 victory over DCU Saints.

Meanwhile, joint league leaders C&S UCC Demons overcame UCD Marian 93-70 in the Men's Premier League.

The Women's National Cup kicked off with defending cup and league champions UL Huskies progressing through to the semi-finals after they overcame Ulster Rockets 87-64.

Team Montenotte Hotel sent Meteors crashing out, winning 78-53.

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