MOTORSPORTS: Declan Boyle won the Colm Quinn BMW Galway International rally yesterday in the opening round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship.
The Donegal man, in his Subaru WRC, finished 25.5 seconds ahead of Garry Jennings, also in a Subaru.
Eugene Donnelly crashed his Mini WRC out of third place when in contention ending his involvement on the first stage. The drama continued as Jennings closed to within 0.2 of a second of Boyle, who had concerns about an overheating coolant that led to the car lapsing on to three cylinders.
Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally - Round 1, Clonakilty Blackpuddding Irish Tarmac Championship Galway: 1. D. Boyle/B. Boyle (Subaru WRC S12B) 1h. 10m. 00.0s; 2. G. Jennings/R. Kennedy (Subaru WRC S12B) 1h. 0m. 25.5s; 3. D. Kelly/K. Flanagan (Ford Focus WRC) 1h. 11m. 28.6s; 4. S. Moffett/J. O'Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 1h. 11m. 32.4s; 5. J. Moffett/J. Rowan (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 15m. 44.7s; 6. S. McCann/L. O'Dowd (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 16m. 04.0s; 7. E. Meegan/S. Whelan (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 16m. 11.5s; 8. M. Doherty/C. Foley (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 16m. 40.4s; 9. B. Cumiskey/R. O'Kane (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 17m. 30.7s; 10. P. Kirk/J. McElhinney (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 17m. 47.3s.
ATHERTON: KP WAS FRIENDLESS IN SQUAD
CRICKET: Former captain Michael Atherton believes Kevin Pietersen was "friendless" in the England dressing room as the storm over his international exile continues to rumble on.
"There remains little doubt that he was fundamentally friendless in a group comprising James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and Alastair Cook.
"Cliques are often part of sporting dressing rooms because, inevitably, some players get on better with each other socially than with others.
"It is inevitable, perhaps, but cliques can be just as damaging, say, as a prima donna player who charts his own path."
WOODS NIECE WINS ROYAL PINES EVENT
GOLF: Cheyenne Woods, niece of 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, secured her first career title yesterday with a two-shot victory at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast.
The 23-year-old carded a four-under-par round of 69 at Royal Pines to finish on 16-under.