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Lowry hits best rounds of year

GOLF: Offaly man Shane Lowry certainly got into the zone on St Patrick’s weekend, fired off back-to-back 67s, his best rounds of the season, to claim a share of seventh with tournament host Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Open de Andalucia.

After shaking off a little ring rust accumulated during four weeks off, Clara man Lowry (24) landed a pitch-in eagle and 11 birdies during the final two rounds at Aloha Golf Club as he clinched his biggest cheque so far in 2012, €24,350.

Yet nobody was hotter on the Costa-del-Sol than baby-faced Frenchman Julien Quesne (31), who shot a sensational, course record-equalling 64, on his way to his maiden European Tour success, worth €166,660.

Damien McGrane bogeyed three of his final five holes to finish with a 73 and a share of 20th on seven-under (worth €11,167 to the Kells man). Michael Hoey (71), Simon Thornton (72) and Gareth Maybin (73) were all tied 33rd on five-under, earning €7,111 each.

UL in Saints showdown

BASKETBALL: UL Eagles will take on DCU Saints in next Friday’s Superleague final after both sides eased their way through yesterday’s semi-finals. \[n.twomey\]yesterday.

The Saints cruised past UCD Marian 82-55 to set up a tilt at a first title since 2006.

ul repeated their Cup final win over UCC Demons to book their place. Despite the Cork side’s home advantage, Robert Taylor scored \[n.twomey\]led his side with 21 points in an 85-57 win.

Glanmire will take on UL in the women’s final after beating DCU Mercy 79-68. \[n.twomey\]in their last four clash. The Limerick side continued their winning run with a 80-50 victory over Wildcats.

Ward at double in Halle

BOXING: Teenager Joe Ward celebrated a St Patrick’s Day double by claiming light-heavyweight gold and the best technical boxer award at the Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany.

The 18-year-old Moate BC southpaw hammered out a 20-14 win over Russia’s Egor Mekhontsev, who was officially ranked\[Conor Ward\] number one No 1 in the world last year.

Porterfield stars for Irish

CRICKET: Ireland made 179 for five in their 20 overs in their World Cup Twenty20 qualifier against Uganda in Dubai today. William Porterfield top-scored with 53 before he was dismissed after Uganda won the toss and elected to field first.

Leavy cuts down Wood

RUGBY: St Michael’s captured their second Leinster Schools Senior Cup yesterday with a 17-10 win over Clongowes Wood, thanks to their collective superiority, an intercept try by Chris Fagan and the brilliance of captain Dan Leavy, who also grabbed a try.

Glory for Lee in Galway

SNOOKER: Stephen Lee, 37, won his first ranking event for six years by beating Neil Robertson 4-0 in the final of the Betfair Players Tour Championship in Galway.