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Basketball: Noonan sparkles as Neptune go top

NEPTUNE coach Mark Scannell hailed Ger Noonan (29), who scored a remarkable 36 points as the Cork side saw off Belfast Star 99-96 on Saturday.

"Ger was amazing for us," said Scannell of the experienced guard, who has overcome recent injury problems.

"He was basically the only one doing it for us on the court for a while, but Ger is that kind of character. He's been struggling with injuries this season, but when it comes to games, he is always ready and gets the job done."

The Corkmen now lead the Southern Conference after the UL Eagles were hammered 80-60 by Killester in Limerick.


Ballyholme sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern delivered their second of two goals for the ISAF Sailing World Championships at Perth at the weekend when the pair qualified for the 49er skiff class medal race final.

They had previously qualified Ireland for the class at next summer's London Olympics. The final race to decide the new world champion and medal places was sailed in a fresh sea breeze, though the famous 'Fremantle Doctor' wind of more than 20 knots never made an appearance.

Seaton and McGovern placed eighth in the short race that was led from the first mark by the Americans Eric Storck and Trevor Moore. However, the leaders capsized on the final round in choppy conditions, broke gear and had to retire.

Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen comfortably won the world title with a third place.


Andre Ward had too much for Nottingham's Carl Froch as he claimed the Super Six super-middleweight tournament in Atlantic City.

The American was too quick for his British rival, landing at will with razor sharp jabs and hooks and was the winner on all three judges' scorecards.

Ward is unbeaten in 25 fights and can now claim to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters after a technically dazzling display.


Barry Murphy lifted the swimmer of the meeting award last night after a series of top performances at the Irish Open Short Course Championships in Lisburn, Co Antrim.

The London 2012-bound Dubliner finished the championships with a total of eight golds and a silver as well as two senior records, including yesterday's new national mark in the 50m butterfly.

Murphy smashed the nine-year-old record in the morning heats, clocking 24.03, half a second off the previous best set by William Carey. He then followed that with another record-breaking performance in the final, becoming the first Irishman to break 24 seconds when he touched in 23.95.

European junior champion Sycerika McMahon (16) finished the championships with eight gold medals and a multitude of new Irish junior and senior records.

Irish Independent