O'Sullivan spares Demons' blushes
CIARAN O'SULLIVAN broke UCD Marian hearts with a last-gasp basket that saved the title-chasing UCC Demons' blushes.
Having parted company with John Galvin, Marian played without an American, but it didn't stop them racing into an early 13-point lead. The Cork side fought back, but Conor Meaney appeared to have stolen victory with 23 seconds to go, only for O'Sullivan to secure the win.
League leaders UL Eagles returned to winning ways by beating Moycullen 91-73. Neptune saw off Dublin Inter by 77-65, while DCU Saints took the spoils in their Dublin derby against Killester.
In the Women's Superleague, Glanmire kept pace with UL Huskies as they overcame Killester 71-38 on Saturday. The champions hit back to return to the table with a 58-40 win over Meteors yesterday.
Seasoned rider on the Wexford circuit Colin Motherway rode his 200th winner between the flags at Tinahely when he steered Kilcullen Article to victory in the five-year-old geldings maiden.
An eventful contest where favourite Another Brandy disappointed, Cobajayisland fell four out and The Last Samuri looked booked for victory when falling two out. This left Motherway aboard Kilcullen Article to outbattle another newcomer Trilleran Minella.
The rest of the afternoon was dominated by Barry O'Neill who rode a treble including Not Before Eight for David Christie.
Mark Lynch from Castletown fell in for a spare ride on George Stanley's Festies Pride who outclassed his rivals in the first division of the older maiden.
England suffered a humbling start to 2013 as some below-par batting saw them slump to a 53-run defeat at the hands of India A in Delhi.
Captain Alastair Cook arrived suffering from a cold and withdrew from the game after plummeting temperatures and low-lying fog forced a delay to the start.
Stand-in skipper Eoin Morgan inserted the hosts, who went on to make 224 for four in a reduced 39-over innings. What followed as England chased a revised target of 229 was not good enough, with the middle-order collapsing in quick time and only Ian Bell showing the necessary resolve as his 91 coaxed the side to 175 all out.
John O'Reilly claimed the first event of the new year, MEC's Freeman Cup Sporting Trial at Greenan, Co Wicklow, winning a tie with Fergil Gregory for top place. They each dropped four marks over the 12 sections, well clear of third-placed John Pennefather.
In Omagh, Northern Ireland Autotest champion Steven Ferguson beat Ashley Lamont to take the Ken Irwin Trophy event in torrential rain, despite failing one of the eleven tests.