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Saturday 30 August 2014

McKeown seals NUIM final spot

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Goals from Niall Lanigan and John McKeown gave NUI Maynooth a 2-0 victory over UCC and booked their place in this evening's Collingwood Cup final against NUI Galway at the Belfield Bowl (5.00).

Published 28/02/2014 | 02:30

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oals from Niall Lanigan and John McKeown gave NUI Maynooth a 2-0 victory over UCC
Lance Armstrong faces a bill of around $20m for lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs

NUIM have yet to claim a Collingwood win in the 100 years of the competition, losing out to Trinity College in 1997 on their previous final appearance.

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Lanigan stunned UCC with the opener on five minutes, squeezing the ball in from a tight angle after Niall Conron took advantage of a mistake by UCC defender Cian Hill.

Maynooth, managed by St Patrick's Athletic duo Ger O'Brien and Brendan Clarke, weathered a UCC storm and sealed victory on 80 minutes when Conron's run from midfield set up McKeown to score with the aid of a deflection.

"We're over the moon to be in the final, but we haven't achieved what we came here to do, so we'll go away now and prepare for that elusive win," said Clarke.

In the other semi-final, NUI Galway beat DCU 2-0.

NUIG went ahead on the stroke of half-time with a diving header from Mikey Creane and made sure of the result with a stoppage-time second from Shane O'Rourke.

Cycling

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong faces a bill of around $20m for lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs in retrieving prize money from insurance company SCA Promotions.

A Texas judge has rejected Armstrong's request to prevent an arbitration panel from reviewing the bonuses he was paid before admitting to doping throughout his fabled career.

He was banned for life and stripped of all results dating back to August 1, 1998 – including seven successive Tour de France titles – for doping, something he belatedly confessed to in January last year.

Dallas-based SCA Promotions is seeking the return of $12m – Tour de France prize money of $1.5m in 2002, $3m in 2003 and $5m in 2004, plus $2.5m in costs paid in 2004 – plus interest, costs and damages.

Jeff Tillotson, an attorney for SCA Promotions, said: "It is beyond dispute that he perjured himself in our (2006) proceeding. The only thing left to resolve in this is in what manner should he be punished."

Tennis

Roger Federer set up a semi-final showdown with Novak Djokovic in the Dubai Duty Free championships by thrashing Lukas Rosol 6-2 6-2, despite losing his opening service game.

Djokovic advanced to the last four without hitting a ball as opponent Mikhail Youzhny was forced to pull out due to illness.

The other semi-final will see Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber take on Tomas Berdych.

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