Friday 9 December 2016

Snooker: Williams next up for Doherty

Published 02/02/2012 | 05:00

DUBLINER Ken Doherty breezed into the second round of the German Masters yesterday courtesy of a resounding victory over local favourite Patrick Einsle.

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The 1997 world champion's 5-1 win over Einsle means he will face Mark Williams today.

Another former world champion, Shaun Murphy, came from behind to beat Barry Hawkins 5-4, securing victory with a break of 82 in the final frame.

Murphy will play Martin Gould or Ricky Walden in the next round. Stephen Maguire hammered Ryan Day 5-1 and will face John Higgins or Mark Davis in his next match.

BOXING

Floyd Mayweather will step back up in weight to challenge Miguel Cotto for his WBA light-middleweight title on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

The fight ends immediate hopes of Mayweather facing Manny Pacquiao, although that bout may now go ahead in the autumn.

Mayweather, unbeaten in 42 fights, must first serve an 87-day prison sentence for a domestic violence conviction.

His sentence was deferred by Las Vegas authorities in order for him to take on Cotto, who has held his current title since he was widely defeated on points by Pacquiao in 2009.

Golf

WEST Waterford's Gary Hurley kicked-off his NSW Amateur Championship campaign in style with a first round 70 at Long Reef in Sydney.

Hurley's score of one-under-par was three off the lead held by England's Neil Raymond.

Aussie David Morgan shot a 70, but his came at the par-72 Mona Vale, where Hurley and well-placed fellow Irishmen, Reeve Whitson (72), Niall Gorey (74) and Dermot McElroy (76) will play their second rounds.

Hurley, Whitson, Gorey and McElroy need a top 60 finish to compete in the final two rounds at Mona Vale where the top 32 will be eligible for the NSW Amateur Championship Matchplay next Monday.

Jimmy Heggarty faces a nerve-jangling scrap for a full European Senior Tour card for 2012 as he heads into Q-School's final round in Lagoa, Portugal, in a five-way tie for fifth on two-under-par.

The top six earn unconditional cards and 14th will claim the last alternate start card. American Dick Mast leads the 44 survivors of the third-round cut by three strokes.

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