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Samuels salutes Windies' T20 title

cricket: Marlon Samuels believes the "sky is the limit" for West Indies cricket following their ICC Twenty20 final win over hosts Sri Lanka.

The Windies' 36-run triumph looked a highly unlikely outcome, but in the end Samuels' 78 from 56 balls turned the match. He pushed his team up to 137 for six -- a total which, contrary to expectation, proved far too many for Sri Lanka.

"We haven't won a major title for years now, so I think this is a great achievement," said Samuels

Symmons seals bronze

HOCKEY: Ireland finished the Electric Ireland Champions Challenge with a flourish as they beat Scotland in a bronze medal shoot-out at Belfield.

Scotland led twice, through Alison Bell and Samantha Judge, but Emma Smyth and then Niamh Atcheler levelled.

In the shoot-out, 'keeper Emma Gray saw off two of the Scots, and veteran Nikki Symmons had the last word with a nerveless conversion.

Meanwhile, hope is growing that the Irish men will be heading for Argentina for the Champions Challenge event next month, following a frantic fundraising drive, with close to €30,000 of the required €45,000 raised.

O'Leary nets All-Ireland

SAILING: Olympian Peter O'Leary won the annual ISA All-Ireland Sailing Championship on Lough Derg, adding his name to the 65-year silver salver for a second time, and with a race to spare.

Sailing with his brother Robert and friend Robbie English, three race wins and two second places made the Star class helm the most consistent of the 24 nominees to the event that represent the field of national class champions.

Breen bags France win

auto: Craig Breen won the French round of the S2000 World Championship to take the points lead in the series as it heads into its final round in Spain next month.

The Waterford man started the final day in third place following transmission problems on Saturday, but won by 37 seconds in his Kel-Tech Engineering Ford Fiesta.

Eagles pick off Killester

BASKETBALL: UL Eagles soared to the top of the men's Superleague table with a 84-59 win over Killester in Limerick. They were quickly joined at the top by UCC Demons who overcame a depleted Dublin Inter side in Cork, while there were also wins for UCD Marian, who scraped by Bord Gáis Neptune outfit, and DCU Saints over Moycullen. In the women's Superleague, University of Limerick, DCU Mercy, WIT Wildcats and Team Montenotte Hotel all won.

NFL: Washington 17 Atlanta 24, Pittsburgh 16 Philadelphia 14, Indianapolis 30 Green Bay 27, NY Giants 41 Cleveland 27, Cincinnati 13 Miami 17, Kansas City 6 Baltimore 9, Carolina 12 Seattle 16, Jacksonville 3 Chicago 41, New England 31 Denver 21, San Francisco 45 Buffalo 3, Minnesota 30 Tennessee 7, New Orleans 31 San Diego 24.

MLB PLAY-OFFS: Baltimore 2 NY Yankees 7 (NY Yankees lead the best-of-five series by 1-0), Detroit 5 Oakland 4 (Detroit lead the best-of-five series by 2-0), San Francisco 0 Cincinnati 9 (Cincinnati lead the best-of-five series by 2-0), St Louis 2 Washington 3 (Washington lead the best-of-five series by 1-0).