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O'Sullivan the Master again snooker

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN last night held off a spirited revival from Joe Perry to win a record-breaking seventh Masters title at the Alexandra Palace.

Perry raced into a 4-1 lead in the opening stages yesterday afternoon but O'Sullivan found his form in the remainder of the session and later in the evening to rattle off seven consecutive frames and lay the foundation for his 10-7 triumph.

From 8-4 down, Perry finally found his range with breaks of 117 and 92 to close the gap to two.

However, despite not being at his best, the Rocket held on to surpass Stephen Hendry's previous record of six titles.


Olympic silver medallist Paul O'Donovan set an Irish record by winning the lightweight open class at the Indoor Rowing Championships in UL.

O'Donovan's time of 6:7.4 was a tenth of the second better than the one he set last year as his brother Gary finished in second place.

Sam McKeown had previously recorded a time of 5:55.0 for 2,000m on the ergometer, becoming the first Irishman to break the six-minute barrier for 15 years.


Ireland'S women were unable to hold off a Welsh comeback which led to a 22-14 defeat in their Six Nations warm-up match at Donnybrook yesterday.

They had led 14-0 thanks to tries from Nora Stapleton and Claire Molloy, both converted by Stapleton.

However, Ireland did not score again as Wales took full advantage of Elaine Anthony's sin-binning and made it 14-12 at half-time, thanks to two tries from Adi Taviner.

Sioned Harries went over for the decisive score on 58 minutes as Elinor Snowsill added a penalty seven minutes from time.

Molloy went off with an ankle strain before the end, but there was a silver-lining as head coach Tom Tierney saw Jean Murphy return to action.

Sene Naoupu and Ali Miller's involvement for the upcoming campaign was also confirmed at the weekend.


Simon CARR advanced to the doubles second round of the Australian Junior Open after woe in the singles.

The 17-year-old progressed with Britain's Max Stewart after edging out French duo Dan Added and Matteo Martineau 6-3, 1-6, 16-14.

They now take on the top seeds, Japan's Toru Horie and China's Yibing Wu, in the second round at Melbourne Park.

On Saturday Carr came up short 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 against Russia's Alexey Zakharov in his Grand Slam debut in the individual competition.


Waterford Wildcats got their revenge over Ambassador UCC Glanmire for knocking them out of the National Cup by beating the Cork side 65-61.

This brings an end to Glanmire's league winning streak ahead of the Cup final clash against Liffey Celtics next weekend. Their final opponents claimed a 75-69 victory over DCU Mercy thanks to Jazmen Boone's 29 points.

In the men's game, Tralee triumphed 90-75 over SSE Airtricity Moycullen in their league clash despite being without the services of Kieran Donaghy.

An impressive Trae Pemberton filled the gap for the Kerry side bagging 41 points.

Irish Independent