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Cook fight futile as India seal Test

CRICKET: Alastair Cook's resistance ended in empty anti-climax as England lost the first Test to India by nine wickets at the Sardar Patel Stadium.

The chances of a rearguard being commuted into a stalemate in this first match of four centred on Cook (176) and Matt Prior (91) on the final day. But they could only add 16 more runs today - and with their stand of 157 broken, England lost their last five wickets for only 50 at lunchtime - 406 all out.

India's resulting target of 77 was then treated with near contempt by Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara. Sehwag was well caught by Kevin Pietersen on the long-on boundary off Graeme Swann, with only 20 more runs required.

But India's unbeaten first-innings double-centurion Pujara made no mistake and took his and Sehwag's shared match aggregate to almost 400 runs to help finish the contest in only 15.3 overs.



Double silver for Irvine

CYCLING: Ireland's Martyn Irvine bagged two silver medals at the UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow over the weekend.

Irvine, who represented Ireland in the six-event Olympic omnium at the London velodrome, opted to skip that event this time to ride in the scratch race and the individual pursuit. The decision paid dividends for the 27-year-old Ards native. Irvine outsprinted everyone except for the Swiss rider Tristan Marguet at the end of the scratch race final.

Irvine was then second in the 4km men's individual pursuit, behind Olympic omnium champion Lasse Hansen of Denmark, with a new personal best of 4 minutes 22.745 seconds.



Inter end Neptune run

BASKETBALL: Dublin Inter caused the shock of the weekend when they ended Bord Gais Neptune's four-game winning streak with a 66-55 home win.

UCC Demons made it eight wins from eight with their 30-point success over Moycullen, while UL Eagles kept up the pressure with a win over DCU Saints. UCD Marian also got back to winning ways after a four-game losing streak, defeating Killester 84-61.



Czechs grab Cup crown

TENNIS: Spain relinquished their Davis Cup crown after veteran Radek Stepanek guided the Czech Republic to a stunning triumph in Prague.

The hosts came into the final day with a 2-1 advantage which was clinically wiped out by David Ferrer's straight-sets win over Tomas Berdych. But Stepanek won the decisive rubber against the higher-ranked Nicolas Almagro to hand the Czechs their first global crown as an independent nation.

NFL: Washington 31 Philadelphia 6,Detroit 20 Green Bay 24, Atlanta 23 Arizona 19, Carolina 21 Tampa Bay 27 (OT), Dallas 23 Cleveland 20 (OT), St Louis 13 NY Jets 27, Houston 43 Jacksonville 37 (OT), Kansas City 6 Cincinnati 28, Oakland 17 New Orleans 38, Denver 30 San Diego 23, New England 59 Indianapolis 24, Pittsburgh 10 Baltimore 13.

NBA: NY Knicks 88 Indiana 76, Toronto 97 Orlando 86, Philadelphia 86 Cleveland 79, Sacramento 90 Brooklyn 99, Oklahoma City 119 Golden State 109, Detroit 103 Boston 83, Portland 102 Chicago 94, LA Lakers 119 Houston 108.


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