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Doherty to fly flag


IN ACTION: snooker star Ken Doherty.

IN ACTION: snooker star Ken Doherty.

IN ACTION: snooker star Ken Doherty.

SNOOKER: Former world champion Ken Doherty and seasoned Irish international Robert Murphy will fly the flag for Ireland at the World 6 Reds Snooker Championship in Bangkok Thailand, starting on Monday, with finals next Saturday.

Murphy, who won the qualifying event during the European Championships in Poland, comes up against local Passakorn Suwannawat in his first group match.

Top seed for the group is England's Judd Trump.

Doherty takes on Matthew Stevens of Wales in a group that includes Stephen Maguire of Scotland. Top seed for the tournament is England's Mark Selby.

BADMINTON: Lisburn player Tony Stephenson is top seed men's seed for this weekend's Mount Pleasant Open in Dublin, which marks the start of the season.

So large is the entry for the tournament that Mount Pleasant have hired nearby Whitehall Road for some of the early rounds.

Stephenson is seeded to meet Liam O'Leary in tonight's men's singles final, although Joshua Magee in the lower half of the draw could cause an upset.

Mount Pleasant's Jennie King, who played her club badminton in Germany last season, is top seed for the women's singles with junior international Rachael Darragh at No 2.

In the men's doubles Tony Stephenson and Tony Murphy are likely to face Dan Magee and Niall Tierney in the final.

Murphy and King pair up for the mixed doubles, where Dan Magee and Fiona Glennon pose the biggest threat, while for the women's doubles, Glennon and King are seeded at No 2 behind Caroline O'Sullivan and Grace Webster.

TRIATHLON: At the Dublin City Triathlon in Islandsbridge and the Phoenix Park, Olympian Gavin Noble proved the class of the field in the Olympic distance race.

He came out of the water in first place and never relinquished his lead, finishing in 1 hrs 57 mins 25 secs.

Kevin Thornton in second place was almost four minutes behind.

The women's race saw a battle to the line, with Rachel Glendon just holding off a fast-finishing Joyce Wolfe.

SWIMMING: Ciaran O'Driscoll from Half Moon Swimming Club won the men's race at the 94th Dublin City Liffey Swim last weekend and clocking a fine time of 26 mins 16 secs off a three-minute handicap.

O'Driscoll led an entry of 219 men on a course that started at Butt Bridge and finished at the East Link Bridge.

Best of the men's teams was North Dublin, led by Kevin Prendergast in fourth, while fastest was Donncha ó Siadhail of NUI Maynoooth with a time of 21 mins 2 secs.

In the women's race, Glenalbyn's Gina Murphy was the winner from an entry of 116 swimmers and also led her team victory.

Fastest of the women was Garda's Sinead Tyrrell in 21 mins 8 secs. The sea swimming season continues this weekend with the Wicklow Harbour Swim today and the rescheduled 80th Island Swim from Ireland's Eye to Howth tomorrow.

ARCHERY: After two long days of competition, archer Richard Delaney took a silver medal in the forest round at the World Crossbow Championships in Visby, Sweden.

In a forest round, targets of varying sizes are placed along a wooded trail in varied locations at unknown distances.

"You might have to take a long-range shot at a 'boar' or a short-range shot at a 'squirrel' in a tree," says Delaney, who came across the discipline through the related sport of field archery about five years ago.

Over the two days, the archers must aim to hit 24 targets. Over five days of competition, Delaney also finished joint sixth for standard target shooting and and fifth in the match play.

SQUASH: A large Irish team is currently competing in the European Masters Individual Championship in Prague, with finals in all age groups from over-35 to 75 taking place tomorrow.

The Irish are led by Alex Richardson, who competes in the over-75 class and Barbara Sanderson, who is defending W70 champion.

Also in action are Brian Mahon, Ciaran McCoy, Damien O'Reilly, Dave Lalor, Dara O'Flynn, Frank Fahey, Gerry Callanan, Gerry Fahey, John Hurley, Michael Cowhie, Myron Evans and Tom Cantwell.