Saturday 19 August 2017

Snooker: Allen lashes out at fellow players

A defiant Mark Allen believes his fellow players "don't have the balls" to speak their mind when it comes to their feelings on the governance of the game.

Allen (25) is due to face a disciplinary charge after launching a foul-mouthed tirade against World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn in the wake of his first-round victory at the UK Championship on Monday.

"I've had lots of criticism over the years and I'm not going to change that now just because I'm outspoken and speak my mind. Other players just don't have the balls to do it," said Allen.

Meanwhile, Judd Trump yesterday powered into the semi-finals of the UK Championship in York with a 6-3 win over Stephen Maguire.

equestrian

Dermott Lennon won the 1.45m Ticketportal Speed event and Denis Lynch shared a three-way victory in the Mont Blanc Six Bar competition as the Irish got off to a great start at the 5-Star World Cup fixture in Geneva last night.

From a field of 32 runners, 42-year-old Banbridge man Lennon went seventh from last and was chasing the target-time of 62.51 seconds. And Lennon, who won the 2002 World title, scorched home to snatch victory by two-tenths of a second, riding Judith Sossick's mare Loughview Lou-Lou.

Lynch shared the Six-Bar honours with Norway's Morten Djupvik and Germany's Marco Kutscher when jumping four consecutive clears with Upsilon d'Ocquier. Earlier yesterday, Kildare-born Niall Talbot steered the 12-year-old chestnut stallion Wido into fourth in the opening 1.35m Speed competition.

Meanwhile, at 3-Star Porto in Portugal yesterday, Cian O'Connor finished third in the 1.40m Two-Phase with the eight-year-old O'Connell Street.

cricket

Virender Sehwag (219) blasted the highest individual score in 50-over cricket to secure India's comprehensive 153-run series-clinching victory over West Indies in the fourth one-day clash of the series yesterday.

Sehwag's breathtaking 149-ball knock, studded with seven sixes and 25 fours, powered India to a massive 418-5, their highest ever ODI total.

In reply, West Indies simply caved in under the run mountain and apart from Denesh Ramdin (96), none of their batsmen could provide substantial resistance as the visitors folded for 265 with four balls to go.

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Cliodhna Sargent's goal gave Ireland a 1-0 win over India in their Four Nations match in Buenos Aires yesterday. Gene Muller's side needed a lift after Wednesday's 2-0 loss to South Africa and they never looked unduly troubled at the back by the Indian attack.

However, they had to wait until the 43rd minute for Sargent to find the range with a superbly hit shot at a sixth set piece. Ireland meet Argentina tomorrow, requiring at least a draw to reach Sunday's final.

Irish Independent

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