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Inside Lines: Meadow closes in on card with win


Stephanie Meadow
Stephanie Meadow Sportsdesk

Stephanie Meadow took a giant step towards regaining her LPGA Tour card when she sank a 40-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to claim her maiden Symetra Tour win in the IOA Championship in California.

Tied for fifth heading into the final round, seven shots behind Sweden's Jenny Haglund, the Jordanstown native (above) expected to have to shoot a round in the 60s to have a chance of victory at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon.

But as Haglund limped to an eight-over 80 and tied seventh, Meadow carded a two-under 70 that was enough to force a play-off with Carleigh Silvers on four-under par.

Antrim siblings eye Gold Coast medals

It will be one of the stories of the 2018 Commonwealth Games - if it goes the distance in Australia's Gold Coast.

Aidan and Michaela Walsh, the only brother and sister pair to box at the Games, are in action in today's quarter-finals and one win each away from at least bronze.

Michaela, who claimed the Irish Elite feather title in Dublin in February, took home silver in 2014 after being edged out by England's Nicola Adams in the flyweight final and Aidan won Commonwealth Youth gold in 2015.

Nicky Henderson on the schooling grounds.
Nicky Henderson on the schooling grounds.

Meanwhile, Brendan Irvine and James McGivern advanced to the last eight after victories in the flyweight and lightweight classes yesterday.

'Buveur' misses Aintree as Festival hero Cause Of Causes bows out

Reigning Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D'Air will not bid to close out his season in style in Thursday's Aintree Hurdle after an "unsatisfactory trachea wash" has ruled out Nicky Henderson's star.

Henderson scratched Buveur D'Air from the field after mucus was found during a "routine procedure" but compensation may await at the Punchestown Festival later this month.

"It's not right, so it's not fair to run him if it's not. It is terribly frustrating, but the horse's welfare is of paramount importance and it tells us he is not 100pc," Henderson said.

"There is the option of Punchestown's Champion Hurdle and we'll think about it, but right now our main priority is getting Buveur back to full health."

Elsewhere, three-time Cheltenham Festival winner Cause Of Causes has been retired. Runner-up in last year's Aintree Grand National, Gordon Elliott's 10-year-old came home lame in the Cross Country Chase last month when bidding for a fourth Festival win and the decision has been made to put him out to pasture.

Player arrested for airport issue

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis was charged with making "criminal threats" at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday.

Davis (24) was arrested after allegedly asking his female travel companion if she "remembered to pack the explosives" while waiting at the Hawaiian Airlines ticket counter.

A police statement said: "Trevor Davis checked in at the Hawaiian Airlines ticket counter and was asked the usual questions about whether he was carrying any aerosol cans, knives, weapons or explosives. Davis turned to his female companion and asked if she remembered to pack the explosives. He was then taken into custody and booked." The Packers issued a statement confirming they are aware of the incident.

Kinsella's daughter claims gold on beam

The daughter of former Republic of Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella claimed gold for England in the women's balance beam event at the Commonwealth Games.

Alice Kinsella (17) has made the podium on three occasions at the Games in Queensland, having already won silver in the artistic team all-around and bronze in the artistic individual all-around.

Kinsella fended off stern competition in the shape of host-nation favourite Georgia-Rose Brown to collect her third medal.

Kinsella's father, who is now assistant manager of Drogheda United, represented Ireland 48 times and enjoyed a five-and-a-half-year stint in the Premier League with Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa.

Irish Independent

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