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Pietersen leads England to win

CRICKET: Kevin Pietersen has re-established himself in the England line-up with a match-winning century in the second Test against India.

Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann took 19 wickets between them - 11 going to the left-armer - to ensure England only had to chase 57 today, something they achieved easily. But the victory was built on the first-innings centuries from Alastair Cook and, in particular, man of the match Pietersen, whose 186 was his first major contribution since his return, following the much-publicised troubles of the summer.

Sweeney retains title

ATHLETICS: Joe Sweeney defied heavy underfoot conditions to retain his Woodies DIY national inter-county cross-country title at Tattersalls in Meath, romping home in the senior 10km in 33.27, ahead of Laois' Michael Mulhare (34.06), and Clare's Sean Hehir (34.16).

Olympic marathoner Ava Hutchinson had a much tougher tussle but held off Cork's Lizzie Lee. Hutchinson finished in 31.06 to Lee's 31.10, followed by Dublin's Sarah McCormack.

UL Eagles soar to top

BASKETBALL: UL Eagles seized top spot in the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague with wins against UCC Demons and Dublin Inter.

The Eagles' 83-72 win over the Cork side on Saturday knocked UCC into second place. Bord Gais Neptune edged closer to the top two with a win at home against DCU Saints. In Galway, Moycullen won their third game in four when they easily overcame Killester by 79-58.

In the Nivea Women's SuperLeague, Singleton SuperValu Brunell pulled off a stunning 71-67 win at home against the previously undefeated DCU Mercy.

McMahon sets record

SWIMMING: Sycerika McMahon, 17, finished her campaign at the European short course championships in Chartres, France by just missing out on another bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke final. Despite another Irish senior record (1:06.18), the 17-year-old from the Leander club in Belfast finished fourth.

NFL: Cincinnati 34 Oakland 10, Cleveland 20 Pittsburgh 14, Indianapolis 20 Buffalo 13, Jacksonville 24 Tennessee 19, Kansas City 9 Denver 17, Chicago 28 Minnesota 10, Tampa Bay 23 Atlanta 24, Miami 24 Seattle 21, San Diego 13 Baltimore 16 (OT), New Orleans 21 San Francisco 31, Arizona 17 St Louis 31, NY Giants 38 Green Bay 10

NBA: Toronto 106 San Antonio 111 (OT), NY Knicks 121 Detroit 100, Brooklyn 98 Portland 85, Philadelphia 104 Phoenix 101, Orlando 110 Boston 116 (OT), Denver 102 New Orleans 84


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