Tuesday 24 April 2018

Fédérale take home a victory

RUGBY: France Fédérale ran in four tries as they overcame Ireland's club team 12-37 at the Aviva Stadium. After an initial eighth minute try from Paul Pritchard, the visitors dominated the opening half.

The danger signs were there when second row Anthony Potente was held short of the line. First, Julien Lavie's 40m penalty dropped short, but with the ball being carried over the line, France had a five metre attacking scrum. Paul Dubert spread the ball right off the back of it and full-back Lucas Levy jotted on the quarter hour. Lavie converted and added a 21st minute penalty for a 5-10 lead.

Lansdowne's Mark Roche got bundled into touch before Angus Lloyd sliced through the French defence, throwing an interception to Stéphane Bonvalot who ran in from halfway. Lavie added the conversion and Lucas Levy added a penalty for a 10-23 half-time lead.

Mark Roche ran in a converted try minutes after the restart but a Lavie penalty and tries from French captain Julien Capdeillayre and Guillaume Geledan saw France kill the game off.

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WORLD Rugby will trial a new Hawk-Eye system to protect player welfare and aid decision making, and may adopt it at the 2015 World Cup in England and Wales, the sport's governing body said.

The system will be tested in selected Pro12 fixtures from next week, in a bid to improve the accuracy of existing television match official (TMO) systems. Referee's will still direct queries to the TMO but they will have access to an enhanced Hawk-Eye 'SMART Replay' technology which affords them simultaneous angles in slow motion.

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GOLF: Big-hitting Australian Scott Hend carded a six-under-par 66 in the third round to take a one-stroke lead in the Thailand Classic yesterday.

Hend took his total to 15-under, one ahead of Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez (69) and three-times Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, Thongchai Jaidee (67) of Thailand.

Another local hope, Kiradech Aphibarnrat posted a 70 to be at fourth spot in the $2 million tournament. Michael Hoey endured a disappointing day which has seen him drop out of contention; his round of 73 included three bogeys and left him on one-over.

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CRICKET: Co-hosts New Zealand got off to a winning start with a resounding 98-run victory over Sri Lanka in the opening match of the World Cup in Christchurch.

Captain Brendon McCullum struck 65 off 49 balls as the Black Caps put on a rapid 111 for the first wicket. Kane Williamson added a composed 57 before Corey Anderson blasted 75 off 46 balls to help the hosts to an imposing total of 331-6 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Sri Lanka subsided to 233 all out, with Daniel Vettori taking 2-34.

New Zealand, who play England next, have reached six World Cup semi-finals without ever making the final.

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Yorkshire have swelled their batting ranks with the signing of veteran Pakistan international Younus Khan for the opening weeks of the county season. The 37-year-old became the White Rose's first overseas player from Pakistan in 2007 and will make his return to Headingley following his World Cup commitments with his country.

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CAMOGIE: UL and Waterford IT will contest this afternoon's Centenary Ashbourne Cup Camogie Final after wins over UCC and NUIG respectively yesterday.

Tipperary duo Cait Devane (0-12) and Aoife McGrath (0-2) registered all of UL's tally in their 0-14 to 0-8 win, with Katrina Mackey scoring 0-5 for UCC. Earlier, Miriam Walsh (1-4), Ciara Quirke (1-2) and Marie Morrissey netted WIT's goals in their 3-17 to 0-9 win over NUIG.

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ATHLETICS: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says he will retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships in London. The 28-year-old six-time Olympic gold medallist also says that he will just focus on the 100m in 2017.

Bolt had previously suggested that the Rio Games in 2016 would be his last major championship.

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Kenya will hand out sanctions against agents managing four or more athletes who have failed doping tests, the country's governing body for athletics (KA) said.

Kenya, which has blamed foreign agents for leading athletes into using performance-enhancing drugs, has long been accused of not taking adequate measures to deal with a growing number of doping cases.

Dozens of Kenyan athletes have failed dope tests in the past two years. Renowned athlete, Rita Jeptoo, failed drugs tests late last year. Athletics Kenya handed her a two-year ban last month.

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BASKETBALL: Spaniards Pau Gasol and younger brother Marc will enjoy an NBA first later today when they share the floor in the All-Star Game.

The Spanish internationals will become the first brothers to start the annual game and as centers for their conference teams will face off for the jump ball to open the contest in Madison Square Garden.

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GLANMIRE moved a step closer to claiming the Women's premier league after a 91-63 win over Liffey Celtics in Leixlip last night.

This top of the table clash had seen the home side hit five outside shots in the first quarter, through Shelby Smith as Vinny O'Keefes charges went in at half time leading 43-42

However, with Celtic having to bench Suzanne Maguire in the third after she fell into foul trouble, Celtics fell away as Glanmire, through Grainne and Niamh Dwyer, pulled away after the break.

In the men's premier league, Swords Thunder were made to work hard by bottom of the table side, Dublin Inter, before prevailing on a 67-64 scoreline. A win today would see them regain second spot should they defeat Limerick this afternoon at the UL arena.

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HOCKEY: The Irish Hockey League was foremost in the minds of Leinster sides during yesterday's men's and women's League clashes, especially for the latter which saw a head to head between Railway Union and Pembroke Wanderers.

Sorcha Clarke put Railway in front after a scoreless first half, but Pembroke kept their interest for the all important Top Four finish, secured by Kate Lloyd's equaliser.

It looks like Pembroke and Loreto are the contenders to battle for the remaining spot left to fill. Monkstown and Pembroke are the two front runners in the men's campaign.

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