Sport in brief - Moynihan performs well in South Africa
Golf - Walker Cup star Gavin Moynihan thrust himself into contention through 36 holes of the South African Amateur Open Stroke Play at Port Elizabeth yesterday.
A sturdy second round of one-under 71 lifted The Island golfer into a share of sixth on five-under, four off the lead shared by South Africans Rupert Kaminsky and Luke Trocado with two rounds remaining.
West Waterford’s Gary Hurley (73) and Cormac Sharvin (74) of Ardglass shared 17th on two-under overnight, while Jack Hume of Naas was one back in 27th after a 71. Dermot McElroy (72, T34, level), Robin Dawson (72, T46, +1) and Richard Bridges (75, T64, +6) made the cut but John Galbraith and Colm Campbell missed out.
Ireland's women’s team made a disappointing start to their Fed Cup campaign when they suffered a 2-1 defeat by Finland in their Europe-Africa Zone Group Two clash in Estonia yesterday.
In the opening contest, 17-year-old Monkstown player Julie Byrne, making her Fed Cup debut, came up short against Fed Cup veteran Piia Suomalainen on a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 scoreline.
World No 389 Amy Bowtell pulled Yvonne Doyle’s side back to parity with a resounding 6-1 6-2 win against Ella Leivo.
But in the deciding doubles rubber, Bowtell and Rachael Dillon succumbed tamely to the Finns, on a 6-3 6-2 margin. Ireland take on Luxembourg today, with Slovenia providing the opposition in their final tie in Pool B tomorrow.
Briton Mark Cavendish won the opening stage of the Dubai Tour in a sprint finish yesterday for his second victory of the season.
Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) beat Italians Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) at the end of the 145-kilometre route on the first day of the four-stage race.