Sunday 15 December 2019

Harrington slips to sixth place

GOLF: Padraig Harrington hit a round of 72 yesterday at the Transitions Championship in Florida but has slipped down the leaderboard to sixth place.

For the second week in a row the Dubliner bogeyed the final hole on the penultimate round. American Jim Furyk -- who hit an impressive 67 -- will go into the last day at 11 under, a lead of three shots from a group of four players including KJ Choi who also carded a 67 yesterday.


There was nothing whacky about Gareth Maybin's putting as the Ballyclare star posted a sizzling 66 at the Hassan II Trophy in Morocco.

Maybin seized eight birdies for a share of ninth place on 11-under par total using a Ping 'Wack-E' belly putter.

"I have been changing between the conventional size putter and the belly putter but this new Ping 'Wack-E' putter is pretty good," said Maybin.

South African Louis Oosthuizen (64) heads the event by two strokes at 20-under par from new Welsh golfing wonder Rhys Davies (68). Peter Lawrie had a level par 73 to stay at nine under.


GAELIC GAMES: Kerry cruised in to another Cadburys Munster U-21 Football Championship final after disposing of a weak Waterford outfit, 1-18 to 0-3, in a semi-final at Fraher Field Dungarvan yesterday that never caught fire.

It was a game that didn't rose above mediocrity as Kerry only took six of 17 first half scoring opportunities despite the dominance of rising midfield star Johnny Buckley and tough defenders Peter Crowley and Padraig O'Connor.

Paul Geaney kicked three points from play to give Kerry a 0-6 to 0-2 half time lead. It was embarrassing at times in the second half as Kerry's attack cut loose with a succession of points from man of match Geaney who also bagged the game's only goal on 50 minutes.

Waterford did not manage a single score from play and now Kerry play Tipperary in the final on March 31 in Tralee.

Scorers -- Kerry: P Geaney 1-5, B J Walsh 0-4 (4f), B J Keane 0-3 (1f), J Lyne, J Buckley, J O'Donoghue, D Casey, E Walsh and P Curtin 0-1 each. Waterford: A Brophy 0-3 (3f).


SHANE Dunne fired over the winning point in the final minute as Munster champions Causeway (Kerry) defeated Athenry VS (Galway) 3-13 to 4-9 to advance to the All-Ireland Vocational Schools A senior hurling final.

Dunne's winner shocked Athenry, who had led by 3-3 to 0-6 at half-time in Cashel.

Scorers -- Athenry: D Burke 1-5 (5f), K Cullinane 1-3 (1sl), C Whelan, S McCarthy 1-0 each, B Keane 0-1. Causeway: P Boyle 2-1 (2-0f), S Dunne 0-6 (4f), E O'Connor 1-1, B Brosnan 0-2 (2f), T Barrett, M Delaney (sl) and L Fitzell 0-1 each.


A brace of first half goals from centre forward Ciarán Kelly set up Offaly's Banagher College's facile 2-16 to 1-12 victory over Hazelwood College (Limerick) in yesterday's All-Ireland Vocational Schools A senior hurling semi-final.

Trevor Moran banged over 10 points for the victors, who will face Causeway in the final, as Newtownshandrum star Jamie Coughlan responded with 11 points for Hazelwood, all from placed balls.

Scorers -- Banagher: T Moran 0-10 (8f), C Kelly 2-2, J O'Connor, P Camon, S Quirke & E Mannion 0-1 each. Hazelwood: Jamie Coughlan (14) 0-11 (10f, 1 65), Jamie Coughlan (15) 1-0, M Fitzgibbon 0-1.


BASKETBALL: Cup champions Killester are on course for the double after defeating north Dublin rivals, DCU Saints in the semi-finals at the IWA last night on a 104-86 scoreline.

Despite their 17 turnovers, Mark Keenan's men were in front throughout with their defence keeping Mike Trimmer to just 11 points. Killester sealed victory with a big third quarter, outscoring Vincents 28-18 with Pete Madsen very influential along with captain, Paddy Kelly.

Killester's opponents in next Saturday's final in Tallaght will be Southern conference champions UL Eagles, who enjoyed a comfortable 90-82 victory over Demons.


HOCKEY: Today's climax to this season's Leinster men's Division One league campaign is squarely focussed on Grange Road where Three Rock Rovers take on league leaders Pembroke Wanderers.

Corinthian's 6-0 away win over Glenanne at Tallaght keeps them bang in the frame, but only just, as anything less than a win for Rovers would see Pembroke -- who are top by a point -- retain the title.

Glenanne, who saw their title bid fold with last week's loss to Pembroke, were resigned yesterday to play second fiddle to an ebullient Corinthian side who relentlessly chased the three points, reaping half a do-zen goals in the process. Today Corinthian face an easier task at bottom team Clontarf.


TENNIS: John Morrissey came up trumps at the expense of fellow Irish player Sam Barry in the boys' doubles final of the ITF U-18 Circuit Grade 1 outdoor hardcourt event in Kuching, Malaysia.

But Dubliner Morrissey had to battle mighty hard to capture his first world ranking pairs title since June 2009.

Yesterday, Morrissey and Australia's Ben Wagland, the No 3 seeds, took the first set, but Limerick's Barry and New Zealand's Ben McLachlan, the No 4 seeds, stormed back to level the contest at one set all.

The match then went to a champions' tie-break and in this Morrissey and Wagland had three points to spare to lift the title 7-5 5-7 10-7.


CYCLING: David McCann from Belfast made no mistake on the final stage of the week-long Tour de Taiwan, finishing in the main group in the last stage in the capital city Taipei to land the overall prize.

McCann won the opening stage and, resolutely with the aid of his team Giant Asia, defended the yellow jersey.

The final stage over 60kms in Taipei never caused the Belfast competitor any concern as he won with an eight second advantage over Philip Gaimon (Kenda Presented By Geargrinder). Third place went to William Clarke (Genesys Wealth Advisers) a further three seconds back.

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