Saturday 16 December 2017

Carroll ready to face Ducksy

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The stage is set in Semple Stadium for the most eagerly awaited All-Ireland Senior Doubles final in recent years, as Kilkenny's Michael 'Ducksy' Walsh and Michael Clifford meet the Meath duo of Brian Carroll and Tom Sheridan today.

"It's an honour to play alongside Ducksy, but we won't be thinking about the history when we take to the court" said Clifford who is taking part in his first Senior Final. "We're expecting a really tough game against Tom and Brian, but the main thing is we get the result"

"After losing last year we were bitterly disappointed and we are really hungry to get the win this time around," said Carroll. "Tom and I have trained very hard over the past few months and we will give it our best shot"

Three other finals take place at Semple with Cork's Catriona Casey and Mayo's Amy Corrigan opening proceedings when they fight it out for Minor Singles honours.

In the men's Minor Doubles decider, Limerick's Padraig O'Carroll and Eamon Davern take on Roscommon's Mark Nally and Cian Connolly, while the Men's Intermediate Singles Final will be contested by Seamus O'Carroll (Limerick) and Timmy Clifford (Kilkenny).

Monfils extends French Cup lead

Gael Monfils beat David Nalbandian 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-3 to give France a 2-0 lead over Argentina in their Davis Cup semi-final yesterday. Earlier, Michael Llodra handed France their first point with a 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-3 victory over Juan Monaco. l JAMES McGEE'S quarter-final jinx struck yesterday for the third time in the space of four weeks as the Castleknock man lost 4-6 3-6 to the No 3 seed, Frances's Florian Reynet at the ITF Futures event in Casablanca, Morocco.

McGee anger at Cancellara

World and Olympic time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara was strongly criticised by his team's sports director for abandoning the Tour of Spain earlier than agreed yesterday.

Cancellara pulled out after 120km of the 231-km 19th stage from Piedrahita to Toledo.

"We're extremely disappointed by Fabian. It's not the way a great champion should behave," Saxo Bank sports director Bradley McGee said.

Irish Independent

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