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'Boden topple Round Tower

GAELIC GAMES: Ballyboden St Enda's maintained their grip on Group A of the Dublin Senior 'B' Hurling Championship following their win over Round Tower of Clondalkin on Monastery Road last night.

The holders welcomed back David Sweeney from Australia and he impressed when moving out to midfield from corner-forward for a 'Boden side that enjoyed a wind-assisted 0-11 to 0-3 interval lead.

Eoin Young was influential for the hosts from centre-back but nine points shared by Emmet Carroll and strong contributions from Keith McCarron and Dublin minor footballer James Madden proved sufficient for the visitors.

In Group B, a James Burke goal helped Kilmacud Crokes maintain their unbeaten start when overcoming Kevin's by 1-13 to 0-14 in Dolphin Park.

As a result, Crokes leapfrog Erin's Isle into top spot in the group after the Finglas club suffered a surprise 10-point reverse at the hands of previously pointless Naomh Barróg.

DUBLIN SHC 'B' - Group A: Thomas Davis 1-12 Parnell's 1-13; Nh Olaf 1-17 Nh Mearnóg 1-9; Rd Tower Clondalkin 0-8 Ballyboden St Enda's 0-16: Group B: Kevin's 0-14 Kilmacud Crokes 1-13; Nh Barróg 2-16 Erin's Isle 0-12.

 

ANGEL AIMS AT RECORD

GOLF: Already the oldest winner in European Tour history, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez set about breaking his own record as the Lyoness Open got under way in Austria.

Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open in November last year at the age of 48 years and 318 days, only to break his leg in a skiing accident the following month.

The 49-year-old returned to action in the Spanish Open in April and celebrated his 600th European Tour appearance with a share of fourth place in the BMW PGA Championship a fortnight ago. And after a top-15 finish in the Nordea Masters last week, Jimenez shot a round of five under at Diamond Country Club today.

 

MARIA SHOWS TRUE GRIT

TENNIS: Maria Sharapova trusted her fighting instincts as she battled back from a love set to defeat Jelena Jankovic and reach the semi-finals of the French Open.

The last time Sharapova recovered from such a position to win a match she was 15 years old, but she dug in and came through 0-6 6-4 6-3 to set up an intriguing semi-final against Victoria Azarenka.

 

STALLINGS GETS OPEN SLOT

GOLF: The FedEx St Jude Classic represents the last chance for players to qualify for next week's US Open, but Scott Stallings today secured his place at Merion without hitting a ball.

Stallings has replaced England's Roger Chapman in the field for the year's second major championship after the 2012 US Senior Open champion was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.


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