| 5.3°C Dublin

Leinster and Ulster tipped to dominate proceedings at inter-provincial contest Connacht crushed to keep crown in the province Eastpoint stay on course to dine at the top table Canoe ranking series set for Boyne curtain-raiser

BADMINTON: Highlight of the weekend for badminton players is the annual inter-provincial tournament to be held at Baldoyle Badminton Centre. In all, this is played out in seven ages groups -- U13, U15, U17, Junior, Senior, over 40 and 50 -- with Ulster and Leinster expected to dominate. Abroad, Scott Evans is seeded No2 for this week's Romanian Open in Timisoara, starting tomorrow. Chloe Magee is seed No4 for the women's singles. Magee will pair up with brother Sam in the doubles, while Sam Magee will play with Tony Stephenson in the men's doubles.

Quartet of sailing showpieces to stop in Kinsale

SAILING: Four international sailing events will stop over at Kinsale later this year. The Round Britain and Ireland Race and the annual Figaro single-handed race are both expected to have at least 50 boats arriving in the Cork town in June and August respectively. Among those sailing the Figaro is Dublin's Paul O Riain. Also in June, the 620-mile Triangle Race from Devon to Ireland and then France will coincide with the biennial Round Ireland Race that begins in Wicklow. Finally, the Clipper Round the World Race, which started from Humber last September with 10 boats, will arrive in Kinsale in the first week of July, shortly before heading home to Eastern England.

Casey fires Malta warning with victory in Carlow

SNOOKER: Greg Casey warmed up for the European Championships in Malta by winning the Irish U21 snooker title at the Ivy Rooms, Carlow. In the final Casey beat his Crucible team-mate David Cassidy 3-0. In the semis, Casey put out Jason Devaney while Cassidy beat former Irish champion Vincent Muldoon of Maynooth.

Casey will compete with the Ireland 2 team at the European team championships, which start next Tuesday. Casey is joined by Clintan Franey and Nigel Power. Competing for Ireland 1 are Phil Arnold, Robert Murphy and Rodney Goggins. Joe Delaney, Brendan Thomas, Eddie Ingle and Anthony Bonnar compete in the masters' competition. Michelle Sherwin and Tressa Keegan make up the women's team, while selected at U19 level are Sean Conway, Jason Devaney, David Cassidy and Karl Fitzpatrick.

Connacht crushed to keep crown in the province

SQUASH: Leinster retained the Interprovincial squash title at the weekend with a 4-1 win against Connacht in the final match. Ulster won the 'B' section with Leinster just a point behind in second. Playing for Leinster A were Derek Ryan, Rory Byrne, Nigel Peyton and Ronan Peyton. Leinster dropped only one point in their matches against Munster, Connacht and Ulster.

Eastpoint stay on course to dine at the top table

TABLE TENNIS: With the final session of matches taking place next Sunday, Eastpoint look favourites to snatch the Leinster Premier League table tennis title from defending champions UCD. At the third round of matches in ESB Sportco, Ringsend, Eastpoint 1 consolidated their position at the top of the table with wins over Pioneers and UCD 2. After beating both Athlone and Pioneers, UCD 1 are one point adrift. In the individual competition, Mark O'Flynn of Eastpoint has a comfortable lead.

Canoe ranking series set for Boyne curtain-raiser

CANOEING: The River Boyne in Co Meath is the venue on Sunday for the first of this year's marathon canoe ranking series races. With a start at Trim, the race will then head for Navan. A week later, action moves to the Grand Canal for the second race of the year at Celbridge. On April 3, the first of the Juniors Series is organised by the Newbridge club. This year's Liffey Descent takes place on September 4.