Monday 20 November 2017

Athletics: Dunne celebs to meet Rovers

THE fourth annual Bernard Dunne charities celebrity soccer classic takes place tomorrow in Tallaght Stadium and pits one of the League of Ireland's greatest teams against a host of famous faces.

Among the celebrities confirmed to take part are Paul McGrath, Packie Bonner, Katie and Peter Taylor, Bressie and Jason Sherlock and they'll take on the record-breaking Shamrock Rovers teams of the 1980s that secured four league titles in succession.

Fran and Elmo from the hit TV series Love/Hate (Peter Coonan and Laurence Kinlan), Ryan Sheridan and the Coronas will also line out in the event that has raised in excess of €250,000 for a host of charities.

The festivities start at 12.30 and entry is just €5.

Olympic champion Usain Bolt was beaten by Justin Gatlin in the 100m at the Rome Golden Gala Diamond League meeting.

American Gatlin, bronze medallist at the London Games, ran 9.94 seconds to beat a sluggish-looking Bolt by 0.01 seconds in a race that showed the Jamaican has yet to fully recover from the hamstring injury that dogged him early this season.

"I think it was the fact I got a good start threw me off a little bit," Bolt said. "Five steps in I stumbled a little bit... then it just wasn't me."

Chris Froome attacked on the final climb to win the mountainous fifth stage of the Dauphine Libere race and take the overall lead.

The Briton responded to an attack from Alberto Contador to catch the two-time Tour de France champion and then American rider Matthew Busche for his first career stage win in the Dauphine.

Froome finished four seconds ahead of Contador and Busche and is now 52 seconds ahead overall from Richie Porte and 54 clear of Rohan Dennis.

Irish stars Dermot McElroy and Richard O'Donovan are poised for a quick return to action in Scotland at the St Andrews Links Trophy today.

The pair, from Ballymena and Lucan respectively, tied for second at the Scottish Open Championship at Southerness last weekend.

But O'Donovan refused to put pressure on himself, saying: "There's no expectations and I'm just looking to enjoy myself."

Headfort's West of Ireland champion Rory McNamara is among four other Irish entrants in the field.

Round one takes place today, with the second round tomorrow and rounds three and four on Sunday,

Irish Independent

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