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Young driver award goes to Raftery

MOTORSPORT: The Billy Coleman Award for the Young Rally Driver of the Year has gone to 23-year-old Galway man Dean Raftery, who narrowly beat runners up Josh Moffett and Kevin Eves to the title.

The former Junior National Forestry Champion competed very successfully this year in the British Rally Championship, beating many seasoned professionals.

Raftery also had an outstanding run out at the British round of the World Rally Championship where he finished on the podium. As the winner he will now receive €50,000 worth of support for the 2015 season when he intends to compete in the Fiesta Trophy in the World Rally Championship

Matt Griffin, European Le Mans Series Champion in 2013 and close runner up in 2014 was selected by Members of the Irish Motor Sport Media as the International Driver of the Year and recipient of the prestigious Manley Memorial Trophy.

Jonny McMullan, from Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim was awarded the Dunlop Sexton Trophy for Young Racing Driver of the Year ahead of runners up Jake Byrne and Sean Doyle.

Senior Cup draw

CRICKET: The draw has been made for the first round of the 2015 Irish Senior Cup and has produced some mouth watering clashes.

Holders The Hills entertain three-times winners North Down in a repeat of their dramatic semi-final clash earlier this season. Beaten finalists Clontarf have home advantage over Cork County. Ulster Cup holders Bready are also in Dublin to play Terenure.

2015 Irish Senior Cup Round One: Co Galway v Fox Lodge; Clontarf v Cork County; Railway Union v Strabane; Terenure v Bready; The Hills v North Down; Leinster v Carrickfergus; Waringstown v St Johnston; Ballymena v Ardmore; Instonians v Malahide; CIYMS v Merrion; Woodvale v YMCA; Glendermott v Lisburn; Coleraine v Muckamore; Brigade v CSNI; Donemana v North County; Eglinton v Pembroke.

Diack is in control

athletics: IAAF president Lamine Diack has raised the prospect of Russia's athletics chief withdrawing from his duties until an investigation into allegations of systematic doping and cover-ups is concluded.

German TV station ARD screened a programme claiming doping in Russia was rife and that Russian federation chief Valentin Balakhnichev, who is also the IAAF's treasurer, was implicated in a cover-up. Balakhnichev has called the claims "a pack of lies" but the IAAF's ethics committee is investigating the allegations.

Diack, the 81-year-old who is standing down in August, said: "I'm on the case and I'll know more at the end of the week. Let me deal with Valentin."


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