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Clarke fails in India title bid Irish aces run riot Blues still in pole Eagles humbled

GOLF: Eagles usually arouse a more enthusiastic response on the golf course but Darren Clarke was in no mood for high-fives or cartwheels when he landed one at his final hole in the Avantha Masters.

All the Ulsterman could muster was a tight grin and a rueful rub of the chin as he watched his putt from the fringe role 25 feet across the 18th green and tumble into the cup for an eagle three and a round of one-under-par 71.

Despite this, Clarke's weekend in New Delhi ended in frustration after he tied for eighth on 10-under par finishing four behind Australian winner Andrew Dodt.

In the US, Padraig Harrington finished nine-under-par for a spot in the top 20 at The National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, California.



Fagan vents fury

BOXING: An angry Oisin Fagan failed to show up at the post-fight conference in the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night after being stopped in five rounds by Cavan's Andy Murray in an Irish lightweight title fight -- instead sending texts to boxing writers saying he was robbed.

"I'm disgusted the fight was stopped so early," Fagan said. "I wasn't even told why this was stopped. I wasn't hurt."

Galway's Coleman Barrett is the new Irish heavyweight champion after a points win over Dubliner Colin Kenna, 97-92.



Irish aces run riot

ATHLETICS: Derval O'Rourke ran a season's best of 8.11 seconds to win the UK Indoor 60m hurdles title at Sheffield yesterday.

Kelly Proper also successfully defended her long-jump title with a leap of 6.48m and Hazel Murphy (DSD) won the 3,000m in a PB of 9:02.81.

David McCarthy (Le Cheile), the only Irish male athlete so far qualified for Doha, won an 800m in Valencia yesterday in 1:49.57.



Blues still in pole

RUGBY: Leinster produced an assured display as they defeated the Exeter Chiefs 22-10 in Saturday's British & Irish Cup encounter at Sandy Park, Exeter.

A brace of first-half tries from David Kearney, a late Paul O'Donohoe effort and seven points from the boot of Shaun Berne made it three wins out of three in the competition as they retained pole position in Pool A.



Eagles humbled

BASKETBALL: UL Eagles will have to wait for at least another week to be crowned Southern Conference regular-season champions after they were stunned by Ulster Elks in the Men's Superleague yesterday.

Killester are on the way to winning the Northern Conference after beating UCD/Marian 89-64.


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