Tuesday 26 September 2017

Maher pushed all way in schools final

ATHLETICS

Paddy Maher of Dunshaughlin CS had a tougher battle than expected at the opening day of the Aviva Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in Santry.

Maher, who won the International Schools Cross-Country title earlier this year, was chased hard by Darragh Finn of St Declan's, Cabra before pulling away in the closing stages of the boys' junior 1500m.

Jodie McCann (Rathdown) won the junior girls' 1500m in a sprint for the line.

A day of quality fare started with two records. In the minor 500m, Kate O'Connor of St Vincent's won in 1min 17 secs, while Mark Milner of Colaiste Choilm Tullamore won the minor boys' 800m in 2:02.

Anti-corruption forces are investigating the most detailed evidence yet of widespread fixing.

Lou Vincent, the former New Zealand batsman, has provided officials from the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit with a treasure trove of information about matches targeted for spot-fixing and the names of players who were involved.

Domestic matches played by English counties are among those about which Vincent has provided evidence from the period when he was playing for Lancashire and Sussex, along with details of fixing in at least four other countries.

Roger Federer will be returning to his newborn twins earlier than expected after his Italian Open ended with a 1-6 6-3 7-6 second-round defeat by Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

Federer had been hoping to get his claycourt form back in gear after skipping last week's Madrid Open to attend the birth of his twin boys Leo and Lenny.

While Federer's French Open preparations came to an early end, Andy Murray made light of the swirling winds to ease past Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-2 7-5. No 1 seed Rafa Nadal beat Gilles Simon of France 7-6 6-7 6-2.

Women's top seed Serena Williams beat Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-2 in the American's first match since suffering a thigh injury in Madrid.

Ireland play Wales today (9.0) at a four-nations event in Barcelona having already opened their account with a 5-3 win over Russia.

Timmy Cockram's hat-trick was supplemented by scores from the Pembroke Wanderers duo of Alan Sothern and Maurice Elliott.

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