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Cork Con seal Division 1 title McLaren investigate Niland eyes French

RUGBY: Cork Constitution clinched their fourth AIL Division 1 title on Saturday in a 17-10 win over St Mary's in Athlone, which sealed them a league and cup double.

Meanwhile, Lansdowne also scored a 17-10 win over Bruff in the Division 2 final. "Promotion was our main concern. It is a competition and when you are in it you want to win it," said manager Brian Corrigan.

Higgins: 'I'm clean'

SNOOKER: Snooker player John Higgins has said he will "vigorously defend" himself in the face of allegations he agreed to fix a match and again insisted he is "100pc innocent".

The Scot said that the past few days had been "emotionally draining for me and my family".

Higgins was filmed by undercover News of the World reporters, who have accused him of agreeing to fix a match.

McLaren investigate

MOTORSPORT: McLaren will today launch an investigation into the penultimate-lap drama that robbed Lewis Hamilton of 18 points in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton was poised for second place in Barcelona behind Mark Webber after driving a faultless race until a suspected left-front tyre rim failure plunged him into a wall.

Niland eyes French

TENNIS: Conor Niland has set qualifying for this month's French Open as the next target on his hit list after his outstanding feat of capturing the singles title in the Israel Open on Saturday.

The Limerick man beat Brazil's No4 seed Thiago Alves 5-7 7-6 6-3 to win the $100,000 outdoor hardcourt tournament.

CYCLING: South African Dan Craven marked his first visit to Ireland by taking the Shay Elliott Memorial event in Kilpedder, Co Wicklow, yesterday.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Philip Lavery finished second in the Lincoln Grand Prix behind FBD Rás winner Chris Newton.

HOCKEY: Glenanne remain on course for a league and cup double after disposing of fellow Dubliners Monkstown 4-1 in the Irish Senior Cup final at Belfield. Loreto took the spoils for the ladies after beating Railway Union 4-2 in a penalty shootout.

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