Basketball: Atupem strikes late for Demons
UCC DEMONS returned from their weekend in Belfast with the Southern Conference wrapped up after beating Star twice in 24 hours.
In yesterday's second clash, Shawn Atupem was the hero with a last-gasp basket to give his side an 85-83 win.
Northern Conference winners DCU Saints ended Neptune's hopes of topping the table. Jason Killeen scored 31 points for UL as the Eagles beat UCD Marian 90-81 and Killester were too strong for Moycullen.
In the Women's Superleague, UL kept their 100pc record intact by hammering Meteors 87-31 to return to the summit.
The Kerry crew of Thomas Fitzmaurice and Fionn Foley dominated the opening round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, Birr and District MC's Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Rally, yesterday, beating nearest rivals Brian O'Mahony and John Higgins by 17 seconds.
Fitzmaurice performed well in the slippery going, keeping many more experienced drivers at bay. Three-time national champion Niall Maguire took third place, 44 seconds behind O'Mahony.
Tyrone driver Steven Ferguson clinched his second Hewison Trophy Autotest Championship at Mondello Park, and Northern Ireland's Mark Donnelly was almost two minutes clear of compatriot Desi Henry in the Sunseeker International Rally at Bournemouth, the opening round of the British Rally Championship.
UCD and Hermes will contest the Jacqui Potter Cup final on March 19 after both semi-finals were won by the away teams.
Hermes cruised to a place in the decider thanks to first-half goals against Corinthians at Whitechurch Park from the Pinder sisters, Gillian and Laura. But Railway Union versus UCD went the full distance, requiring extra-time and a penalty shoot-out before the students came though.
Meanwhile, the Irish national team beat France 3-0 in Beerschot, Belgium, with goals from Lizzie Colvin, Nikki Evans and Michelle Harvey.
Horse Sport Ireland confirmed yesterday that Ireland has secured four Olympic starting spots in the equestrian events at Greenwich Park in London.
Denis Lynch, who on Saturday finished second in the Grand Prix at Gothenburg with Abbervail van het Dingeshof, has secured one of two show jumping places, while Billy Twomey has claimed another.
Irish eventers were out in force at Balllindenisk in Cork over the weekend, and both the CIC 3-Star winner Camilla Speirs from Kildare, and Wicklow-born Mark Kyle, who finished sixth in the CCI 3-Star, have secured enough points to leave them in the top 13 eventing places, guaranteeing qualification.
Corkman Michael Ryan, who was runner-up in the CIC, may also claim a spot, depending on the results at another qualifying fixture in Russia over the weekend.
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