Saturday 17 March 2018

Cadogan denies ó hAilpín report

GAELIC GAMES: Cork dual star Eoin Cadogan has rejected reports that he was part of a player delegation to manager Denis Walsh calling for the return of Seán óg ó hAilpín to the county senior hurling panel.

The Douglas player contacted the Sunday Independent last week to state that he had no involvement in, or knowledge of a meeting with manager Denis Walsh to discuss ó hAilpín's removal from the Cork squad. Meanwhile, Cadogan has revealed his intention to combine both codes again in 2011 after playing a key role in the county's Sam Maguire success this year.

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Lisnaskea notched the last five points of the game to secure the Ulster club IFC title on a 0-13 to 1-7 scoreline against Doohamlet in a thriller at Kingspan/Breffni Park.

Doohamlet came from behind in the first half and a 29th minute goal by Niall Jim Connolly edged them into an unlikely 1-3 to 0-4 interval lead.

Lisnaskea went on to make sure of a first-ever provincial title for Fermanagh though with Daniel Kille's sublime 56th minute sideline free helping to propel his side into the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Meanwhile, holders Omagh St Enda's were dumped out of the Ulster MF Tournament at the first hurdle yesterday by a superb Lámh Dhearg team on a 2-7 to 1-4 scoreline.

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GOLF: Rookie Anthony Michael recovered from an awful start on day three to lead the Alfred Dunhill Championship by one stroke heading into the final round at Malelane, South Africa.

The little-known South African, who came into the penultimate day two shots ahead of his closest challengers, saw his advantage quickly disappear after two bogeys in his first three holes, but recovered well to eventually post a 71.

That moved him to 10-under overall, with defending champion Pablo Martin breathing down his neck thanks to a superb four-under-par 68.

Another South African, Thomas Aiken, recorded a round-of-the-day 67, while the best of the Irish contenders was Damien McGrane who shot a third-round 73 to leave him well down the field on three over.

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IRELAND'S Denis O'Sullivan completed day two in three under par at the Mauritius Commercial Bank Open yesterday to finish joint 23rd after carding a round of 69 at the Legends Course at Constance Belle Mare Plage signing for a one-under-par total.

Northern Ireland's Jim Heggarty opened his round with an eagle and went on to card a two-under-par 70 to finish one over par for the tournament.

David Frost of South Africa took control of the tournament and set up a potentially perfect ending to a fine first season in the senior ranks after starting the day three strokes off over-night leader Gary Wolstenholme.

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BASKETBALL: Star emerged victorious in last night's all Ulster clash with the father and son team of Danny and Adrian Fulton guiding the Belfast men to an 86-65 win over Ulster Elks.

Killester meanwhile enjoyed a 77-54 over cup semi-finalists UCD Marian at the IWA. With Jermaine Turner successfully snuffing out the challenge of James Crowder, Mark Keenan's men had opened up a 20-point lead by the break.

Vincents came out on the wrong side of a 99-89 scoreline against Neptune with Michael Bonaparte coming into his own in the second half as the visitors got into foul trouble.

UL Eagles defeated a Demons team who were missing both Shane Coughlan and Marcus Van with Cameron Mitchell top scoring on 27 points.

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Cricket: England's three pace-bowling Ashes hopefuls drew a blank as a lifeless MCG pitch turned their audition for next week's third Test into a near non-event.

A third successive declaration loomed by stumps on day two of three in this tour match as Victoria moved to 278 for six, and a lead of 310.

England banked more runs for Andrew Strauss (66) and Ian Bell (60no) in their own 184-2 declared. But Tim Bresnan, Chris Tremlett and Ajmal Shahzad -- contenders to replace the injured Stuart Broad in Perth -- still had only one wicket between them from 78 overs. Instead, it was Monty Panesar and Paul Collingwood (3-8) who shared the first five second-innings wickets.

Ireland's Eoin Morgan -- who had bowling figures of 0-37 from three overs of spin -- didn't get a chance to bat.

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EQUESTRIAN: Cian O'Connor chalked up the first outright Irish victory of the weekend at Geneva's five-star show in Switzerland when decisively winning the Derby competition with Declan McEvoy's bay gelding Umberto yesterday.

The 31-year-old Meath-based rider was the only competitor from the 25 starters to incur no jumping penalties and saw off his nearest competitor, France's Philipe Rozier and Ideal de Roy, by just over three fifths of a second on the clock.

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RUGBY UNION: Munster A atoned for the narrow defeat by Llanelli to record their first success in the British and Irish Cup with a sumptuous 47-14 win over Melrose at the Greenyards in the Scottish Borders yesterday with a seven try tally.

The Scottish club side showed up well in the first half holding Munster A to a 14-14 scoreline at the break but thereafter the difference between amateurs and professionals told as Munster A took charge of the game in the second half to add five tries, two of which were taken by replacement Kieran Essex.

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HOCKEY: The ongoing effects of the snow and ice these past two weeks cut a swathe through yesterday's men's and women's fixtures. The Irish Junior Cup ties were all postponed, save for one Munster tie in Garryduff, resulting in a 2-1 win for Three Rock Rovers over Cork C of I. It was the same for the Ulster men and women's league fixtures.

However, one other venue to overcome the weather hardships was at St Andrew's, where the home side Hermes went top of the Division One Leinster women's league table with a convincing 4-0 win over close rivals UCD.

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