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Breen's top at the Acropolis

RALLY: Waterford ace Craig Breen gave his international career its biggest boost yet by winning the world famous Acropolis Rally in Greece at the weekend.

Breen gave the new Peugeot 208 T16 its first victory on its European Rally Championship debut and continued his record of winning at every international level he has tackled.

The former Motorsport Ireland-Irish Sports Council Young Driver of the Year and his co-driver Scott Martin held second place on the early stages on Saturday behind team-mate Kevin Abbring and, when the Dutch driver retired with engine problems, Breen took charge at the head of the field.

Setting out yesterday for the final gravel stages, the Irishman held a 15-second lead over Citroen driver Bryan Bouffier and, despite all the experienced Frenchman's efforts, the former WRC Academy and WRC2 champion took top place by eight seconds, with Kajetan Kajetanowicz of Poland third.

Current Dunlop Sexton Trophy Young Racing Driver of the Year winner Niall Murray took his first Formula Ford 1600 victory of the year at Kirkistown.

WATSON SUPERB

MOTORSPORT: Nineteen-year-old Andrew Watson's challenge for the Ginetta GT4 Supercup title got off to the best possible start over the weekend when he won the first race and then followed that up with a second and third spot in the following two races. The three podium finishes gave the young Tyrone drive an impressive 93 points from the opening weekend.

DJOKOVIC PREVAILS

TENNIS: Novak Djokovic came out on top in the battle between the leading two players in the world as he defeated Rafael Nadal to claim the Sony Open in Miami.

In what was the 40th meeting between the pair – a record between two players in the Open era – Djokovic produced a clinical performance as he defeated world number one Nadal 6-3, 6-3. The Serbian won three of his four break points in the match, while Nadal failed to take the one chance he had to break.

PAKISTAN IMPRESS

CRICKET: Ahmed Shehzad registered Pakistan's first 20-over century as his side thrashed Bangladesh by 50 runs and confirmed Australia's exit from the World Twenty20. Shehzad carried his bat for 111 not out, including 10 boundaries and five sixes, as Pakistan posted 190 for five – a score that proved well beyond the Tigers, whose 140 for seven meant they registered a third straight defeat in the Super 10 stage.


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