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Bond potty in quick victory

Snooker: Veteran Nigel Bond proved himself a champion sprinter as he triumphed at the Snooker Shoot-Out in Blackpool last night.

The 45-year-old pocketed the £32,000 top prize at the Circus Arena as reward for winning six consecutive single-frame, 10-minute matches.

In an all-English final, Bond proved too strong for 34- year-old Robert Milkins, who stunned favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals.

Heffernan smashes his record for 30km crown

ATHLETICS: Robert Heffernan smashed his own Irish record when winning the Woodies DIY National 30km walking title.

Heffernan, 33 next month, swept his opponents aside as he came home in two hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds in Cork.

DSD's Sweeney eases to Raheny 5-mile glory

athletics: DSD's Joe Sweeney was an impressive winner of the Raheny Five Mile road race as he strode away from ex-winner Sean Connolly to win in 23:23. Deirdre Byrne of DSD won the women's event in 26:45.

O'Shea hails Quins win in first overseas match

RUGBY: Harlequins' director of rugby Conor O'Shea hailed the impact of his depleted side after they eased to a 38-13 victory in the Anglo-Welsh clash with Wasps in Abu Dhabi.

The first English domestic fixture staged overseas was played at a specially built stadium in the Emirates Palace Hotel's grounds.

"When the conditions are like they are, you can get a few tries, which we did," said O'Shea.

Fitzgerald retains title with Murtagh stoppage

RUGBY:Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald successfully defended his Irish super-middleweight title with a KO victory over Leeds-born southpaw Lee Murtagh at the CityWest Hotel yesterday.

Fitzgerald won after the fight was stopped in the seventh round.

Strauss slams England for one-day series loss

CRICKET: Captain Andrew Strauss blamed England's batsmen for their one-day international series defeat to Australia, claiming they "haven't been smart enough".

The 51-run loss leaves England 4-1 down with two games to play.

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