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Bolt: I’ll defend sprint titles in Rio

ATHLETICS: Usain Bolt has revealed he plans to defend his Olympic sprint titles in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and not switch disciplines.

HE had hinted he could seek a new challenge in Rio, saying he wanted to have a go at the long jump, while he has been linked with the 400m. But, speaking on a trip to New Zealand, the world’s fastest man confirmed his only intention is to go for a third defence of his sprint crowns in Brazil. “Rio is about going and defending my titles (200m and 100m),” Bolt said.

‘Sky limit’ for Windies

Cricket: Marlon Samuels believes the “sky is the limit” for West Indies cricket following their ICC Twenty20 final win over hosts Sri Lanka.

The Windies’ 36-run triumph looked a highly unlikely outcome, but in the end Samuels’ 78 from 56 balls turned the match. He pushed his team up to 137 for six, which proved too much for Sri Lanka.

“We haven’t won a major title for years now, so I think this is a great achievement,” said Samuels.

Symmons seals bronze

HOCKEY: Ireland finished the Electric Ireland Champions Challenge with a flourish as they beat Scotland in a bronze medal shoot-out at Belfield.

Scotland led twice, through Alison Bell and Samantha Judge, but Emma Smyth and then Niamh Atcheler levelled. In the shoot-out, ‘keeper Emma Gray saw off two of the Scots, and veteran Nikki Symmons had the last word.

Breen bags France win

AUTO: Craig Breen won the French round of the S2000 World Championship to take the points lead in the series as it heads into its final round in Spain next month.

The Waterford man started the final day in third place, but won by 37 seconds in his Kel-Tech Engineering Ford Fiesta.

Eagles pick off Killester

BASKETBALL: UL Eagles soared to the top of the men’s Superleague table with a 84-59 win over Killester in Limerick. They were joined at the top by UCC Demons who overcame a depleted Dublin Inter side in Cork, while there were also wins for UCD Marian and DCU Saints. In the women’s Superleague, University of Limerick, DCU Mercy, WIT Wildcats and Team Montenotte Hotel all won.

O’Leary nets All-Ireland

SAILING: Olympian Peter O’Leary won the annual ISA All-Ireland Sailing Championship on Lough Derg, adding his name to the 65-year silver salver for a second time, and with a race to spare.

NFL: Washington 17 Atlanta 24, Pittsburgh 16 Philadelphia 14, Indianapolis 30 Green Bay 27, NY Giants 41 Cleveland 27, Cincinnati 13 Miami 17, Kansas City 6 Baltimore 9, Carolina 12 Seattle 16, Jacksonville 3 Chicago 41, New England 31 Denver 21, San Francisco 45 Buffalo 3, Minnesota 30 Tennessee 7, New Orleans 31 San Diego 24.

MLB PLAY-OFFS: Baltimore 2 NY Yankees 7 (NY Yankees lead the best-of-five series by 1-0), Detroit 5 Oakland 4 (Detroit lead the best-of-five series by 2-0), San Francisco 0 Cincinnati 9 (Cincinnati lead the best-of-five series by 2-0), St Louis 2 Washington 3 (Washington lead the best-of-five series by 1-0).