Wednesday 29 March 2017

Murphy claims National crown

motorsport

Former Billy Coleman Award winner Owen Murphy and his co-driver James O'Brien clinched the Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship with a measured drive in their Lancer Evo to 10th place in the Omagh Bushwhacker Rally, the penultimate round of the series.

The Cork pair could afford to drive sensibly over territory in Tyrone that was new to them, as the Omagh event was a late addition to the series, and their main title rival Liam Ryan retired when he rolled his Lancer on the fifth of 11 stages.

Monaghan's Vincent McAree was the best placed of the southern championship contenders, taking sixth on a tie-break from Young Rally Driver Award winner Robert Barrable.

gridiron

STAR quarterback Michael Vick suffered a broken hand as the Philadelphia Eagles slumped to a 29-16 defeat to the New York Giants last night.

Vick left the field prematurely for the second successive week, but this time the injury could be a devastating blow for the highly fancied Eagles' season with X-rays indicating he had broken his non-playing hand.

He was replaced by Mike Kafka, who struggled as the Giants scored 15 fourth-quarter points to beat their conference rivals.

Cricket

England produced their worst ever Twenty20 batting display as they ended a vintage summer with a dispiriting 25-run defeat against an understrength West Indies.

Having enjoyed a series of impressive victories in recent months, they crumbled in the last fixture of the season, dismissed for 88 in pursuit of a modest 113-5.

A fine spell of three for nine by Windies debutant Garey Mathurin and four run-outs left England high and dry at the Kia Oval, 23 short of their previous worst total -- 111 against South Africa two years ago.

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