Westbrooks helps to banish Demons
A WEEK after losing their all-Cork SuperLeague National Cup semi-final to Neptune, UCC Demons lost momentum in the league as they suffered a shock 79-69 defeat at the hands of Killester.
Jonathan Grennell, standing in for the Dubliners' head coach Tom Doherty, said: "We needed to win this game to continue our chase of the fourth spot on the league table and we did that well over Demons.
"Everyone chipped in for this win, but our big guys Kieran O'Brien and Alan Casey really made a difference for us. Michael Westbrooks also changed the game and stepped up when Michael Bonaparte caught himself in foul trouble."
In Limerick, champions UL Eagles took full advantage of the Cork side's slip by beating DCU Saints by 20 points. Neptune continued their fine form by beating Moycullen, and Dublin Inter overcame UCD Marian.
In the Women's Superleague, Glanmire were far too strong for Brunell in the Cork derby, while UL Huskies eased past Liffey Celtics.
Former National champions Andy Mackarel and Liam Higgins continued their late challenge for another title when they scored their third win in a row, adding Cork MC's 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial to their earlier victories in Monaghan and Longford.
After a demanding 115-mile route based on Inchigeelagh, they finished two marks ahead of Richard Cassidy and Paul Phelan, with Ashley McAdoo and Francis Keenan taking third place overall and winning the semi-experts class.
In Waterford, Tyrone driver Steven Ferguson took his third Hewison Trophy Championship by winning the second day of Carrick-on-Suir MC's Autotest weekend.
Ten-time title holder Eamonn Byrne won the opening day in Ferguson's absence, but there was no denying the Ulsterman yesterday as he won his eighth event of the season.
The San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 last night to win the NFC Championship and qualify for the Super Bowl on February 3.
The top-seeded Falcons led 17-0 early in the second quarter and by 10 points at halftime but did not score a single point in the second half.
The 49ers scored two unanswered touchdowns, snatching the lead for the first time in the final quarter with a touchdown from Frank Gore as the 49ers completed the biggest comeback in an NFC Championship game.
The 49ers are one of the most successful franchises in American football, winning the Super Bowl five times, second only to the Pittsburgh Steelers, with six titles. San Francisco's last victory was 18 years ago.
MARK SELBY won his third Masters title last night as he ground out a 10-6 victory over defending champion Neil Robertson. Selby had led 8-3 before the Australian reeled off three consecutive frames in a nervy finish. However, Selby hung on and, in the final frame, produced a superb shot off the cushion to pot the crucial red and ensure victory.