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Judge flies highest in bangalore

SNOOKER: Ex-pro Michael Judge was the last Irishman standing at the World Snooker Championships in Bangalore, India. Judge had led 2-0 in the early stages of his last 32 match with Amir Sarkhosh of Iran, but lost 3-5.

In his previous match, Sarkhosh had put out Jason Devaney. Robert Murphy, the third Irish player to make the knock-out stages of the competition, lost to Welsh player Gareth Allen 2-4.

In the last 16 of the masters competition, Keith Sheldrick lost 2-4 to Noel Rodrigues Moreira, while Tom O'Driscoll went out to Welsh player Darren Morgan 0-4.

Locally, the Ivy Rooms in Carlow host the third senior ranking tournament of the season today. Top seed is Rodney Goggins.

BADMINTON: Chloe Magee, Ireland's top female player, was a non-starter at this week's Carlton Irish Open after injuring her knee at the China Open last month. Magee had travelled to China only a week after Ireland's great performance at the European Mixed Team qualifiers in Baldoyle. Finals in the Carlton Irish Open take place today in Baldoyle.

CANOEING: For a sixth year, Garda Peter Egan of Salmon Leap Canoe Club has won a Coiste Siamsa Sports Award for Kayaking, with the award ceremony taking place at the Malton Hotel in Killarney.

Egan had an exceptional year, taking bronze with Sima Dobrovolskis in the K2 200m at the British National Sprint Championships in Nottingham in April, and a 17th at the European Sprint Champions in K2 200m again with Dobrovolskis.`

In July he won the senior K1 and, with Davis Francis, the K2 doubles at the National Marathon Championships in Enniskillen.

At the National Sprint Championships held in Lough Rynn, he won the senior K1 200m and, with Tom Brennan, the K2 200m and 500m. He rounded off the year with a 16th at the World Marathon Championships in Oklahoma.

Other award winners were Aidan O'Mahoney and James Woodlock from GAA and rugby international Niamh Briggs.

WEIGHTLIFTING: Ian Darragh finished 11th in the junior 85kg category at the European Junior and U23 Weightlifting Championships, held in Limassol, Cyprus.

His total was 272kg for the combined snatch (121kg) and clean and jerk (151kg).

At Under 23 level, Emma Alderdice finished 11th in the 58kg class with a 150kg total. Also competing were juniors Sean Ronayne, Noel Fitzgibbon, Adam Swan and Daniel Hazley. At U23 level, Sean Brown was in action.

VOLLEYBALL: With the first half of the season complete, Naas sit firmly on top of the women's premier league table. The team, which includes a number of Irish international players, pushed Clondalkin-based DVC hard last season, but lost momentum in the second half of the campaign. Naas play Ballymun Patriots next Tuesday in their final match before the holiday break.

In division 1, DVC's second team is top of the table, having dropped only one set in six matches.