Tuesday 21 October 2014

Sport in brief: Hume and McElroy put Ireland in hunt

Published 08/03/2014 | 02:30

Dermot McElroy
Dermot McElroy

Golf: Ireland stormed up the leaderboard in the third round of the European Nations Cup in Sotogrande as Jack Hume and Dermot McElroy hit top form.

With three of the four cards counting in each round, Ireland's 54-hole aggregate is 659, putting them in second spot – four strokes behind Italy, who have been in pole position from the start.

Hume, the 20-year-old Naas star who has been Ireland's top player this week, fired a three-under-par 69 and Ballymena's McElroy posted a 70.

Both of them played flawless rounds to put Ireland in a strong position for a medal today – it is going to be tight, however, as Scotland and Denmark are only a stroke behind. Gary Hurley of West Waterford and Ardglass man Cormac Sharvin both returned scores of 76, one of which was discarded.

In the women's competion, in which Ireland are not represented, England surrendered the leadership to hosts Spain, who are two ahead of the English and France.

Boxing

CARL FRAMPTON is in line for a world title shot after Leo 'the Earthquake' Santa Cruz accepted the challenge of the Belfast man to dispute the WBC super-bantamweight title at a venue in Ireland.

World champion Cruz, who frequently averages over 100 punches per round, says he'll take on the Belfast fighter wherever he wants if Frampton beats Hugo Cazares in the Odyssey on April 4.

Santa Cruz, who fights Cristian Mijares in a title defence in Las Vegas tonight, insists he's better than Barry McGuigan's protege.

"He comes forward, is strong and is always pressurising," Santa Cruz said.

"But he drops his hands too much. That's one of his mistakes. I could catch him or work the body and finish him."

Cycling

Tour de France winner Chris Froome has withdrawn from Tirreno-Adriatico due to joint inflammation in the lower back, Team Sky have confirmed.

Australian Richie Porte has moved from Team Sky's Paris-Nice line-up to replace the Briton, with Geraint Thomas taking over as team leader at the French event.

Team Sky's Dr Alan Farrell said: "As a precaution, we have chosen to withdraw him from next week's Tirreno-Adriatico so he can focus on recovering and preparing for the Volta a Catalunya."

Froome took to Twitter to express his disappointment at missing out, but accepted it was the right decision.

He posted: "I'll be putting my feet up for a few days on doctors orders. No racing for me in Tirreno next week. It's disappointing to miss out on a week of solid racing, but rather safe than sorry at this point of the season."

Meanwhile, Nicolas Roche is back in action in the Strade Bianche in Italy today, the 197km one-day race from San Gimignano to Siena.

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