ATHLETICS: Ciara Mageean smashed two more Irish junior records at the New Balance Indoor Games in New York over the weekend, but was reminded of how competitive the sport can be at this level.
The 18-year-old Mageean was relegated to seventh place in the 12-runner elite mile field but she did break the indoor mile record set 13 years ago by Anita Philpott from Cork and en-route also smashed her own 1500m mark by almost four full seconds.
Mageean was timed at the 1500m mark at four minutes 17 seconds, which obliterated the national junior mark of 4:20.88, which she set when winning the Irish senior title two years ago.
Packers land Steelers
GRIDIRON: The Green Bay Packers will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl after both held off hard-finishing opponents to win their respective NFL conference championship games.
Green Bay led 14-0 and hung on for a 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC decider, while Pittsburgh had a 21-7 lead but were forced into a late goalline stand before clinching a 24-19 win over the New York Jets in the AFC title game.
DCU decimate Demons
BASKETBALL: DCU Saints romped to another victory in the Men's Superleague yesterday after they beat UCC Demons 94-73.
Pat Crean led the way for the Dubliners. The northsiders now trail second-placed UCD Marian -- who beat Moycullen -- by three points with a game in hand.
Team Montenotte Hotel Cork continued their fine form with a 77-70 win over Dynamo to stay top of the Women's Superleague, as Wildcats beat Killester.
Ireland run Dutch close
HOCKEY: Ireland almost caused a major upset against Holland in Spain yesterday before they lost 3-2 in a friendly. The Irish raced into a 2-0 lead, with Ulster pair Timmy Cockram and Chris Cargo on target but the world's fourth-ranked nation eventually overcame Paul Revington's side.
Super silver for Wayland
PARALYMPICS: Catherine Wayland gave the Irish team an excellent start to the World Championships in New Zealand by winning the silver medal in the F51 club throw final. The Wexford athlete threw a best of 13.56m in the second round to secure the podium finish.
EQUESTRIAN: Cian O'Connor continued his fine run in the Arab League when third in the World Cup Qualifier in Sharjah on Saturday, while Denis Lynch lined up fourth in the Grand Prix at Amsterdam yesterday.
RUGBY: Leinster 'a' moved to within three points of pool leaders Cornish Pirates in the British & Irish Cup by whacking Currie for a 30-7 bonus-point win at Donnybrook yesterday.