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Martin stays in 19th place

CYCLING: John Degenkolb won his second straight stage of the Vuelta a Espana ahead of Nacer Bouhanni in Rondo yesterday.

Ireland's Dan Martin finished among the chasing group in 40th, some five seconds behind Degenkolb. Martin is 19th in the overall standings, 48 seconds off Mathew's pace.

Although there was a lumpy finish to the 180km stage from Priego de Cordoba, it flattened out in time for the sprint teams to move into position after Team Sky and Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo had led the peloton towards Rondo.

Degenkolb hit the front first as the line approached, and Bouhanni's (FDJ) attempts to catch him appeared to be hampered by the crowd's thunder sticks as he tried to ride along the barriers on the slight incline to the line.

The bunch finish saw Michael Matthews retain the leader's red jersey, 13 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana after picking up a little time thanks to a late split.

O'Donovan into semi

ROWING: Sanita Puspure, Paul O'Donovan and women's double sculls pair Helen Walshe and Monika Dukarska are all through to their respective semi-finals at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

In the men's lightweights culls quarter-finals O'Donovan was in fifth place until the 1,000-metre mark, where he stormed through to catch Russian Alexandr Tufanyuk, who had led off the blocks.

With 500m, O'Donovan caught Dane Steffen Jensen and rowed through to finish in 7:14.76, 1.11 seconds behind heat winner Lars Hartig of Germany.

The women's double scull pair of Walshe and Dukarska had a cracking race in their repechage.

They trailed in third place the whole way until the last 200m where their determination finally paid off and they overtook the Romanians in second.

Silver for Hendrick

CANOEING: Ireland's Robert Hendrick claimed silver in the C1 men's canoe at the Nanjing Youth Olympics yesterday.

After winning his semi-final comfortably, Hendrick was up against the much-fancied Lucas Roisin of France and in a very close race, gold and silver were decided by 0.8 seconds.

Evans impressive

BADMINTON: Scott Evans booked his place in the last-16 of the World Championships in Denmark after beating David Obernosterer (Austria). Ireland's No 1 continued his good form after winning the Brazil Grand Prix as won the opening game 21-7. Evans got off to a poor start in the second and fell 18-10 down before recovering to win 11 consecutive points in his way 21-18 victory.