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Irish cruise to Canada win

CRICKET: Ireland crushed Canada by 10 wickets in Dubai to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Twenty20 tournament.

Ireland openers Paul Stirling (61 not out) and William Porterfield (42no) knocked off |a modest Canada target of 106 for eight in just 9.3 overs.

Teenage spinner George Dockrell took three for 19.

Ireland must beat Holland tomorrow to set up a showdown with either Afghanistan or Namibia to reach the final and book a place at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

McGrane Moroccan ace

GOLF: Damien McGrane made a flying start to the Trophée Hassan II to take the clubhouse lead with a 65 during the opening round in Morocco.

The Meath man eagled his first hole, the 10th, before adding two bogeys and four birdies as he reached the turn at Golf du Palais Royal.

At seven under par after his 18 holes, he was two ahead of Englishman Graeme Storm.

Fellow Irishman Peter Lawrie finished on three under.

Martin’s hopes dashed

CYCLING: Daniel Martin wasn’t able to challenge for the lead of the Tour of Catalunya yesterday, |as stage three had to be abandoned due to extreme weather conditions which saw the riders’ times nullified.

With TV helicopters unable to fly and the race organisation desperately trying to clear the path to the summit of the final mountain with a snow plough, race referees were eventually forced to cut yesterday’s stage from 210km to 155km.

Double Dutch for Taylor

BOXING: World lightweight champion Katie Taylor will meet Jessica Belber and Willeke Verdellen in the weekend’s double-header with Holland in Dublin and Cavan.