Monday 18 December 2017

Casey's bid for Silver on hold

It looked likely that Headfort's Brian Casey would be celebrating Silver Medal success after the 36 holes qualifying, on the Valley and Dunluce courses at Royal Portrush, for the North of Ireland Championship, but he must wait a little longer to find out if he is successful.

Fog crept in from the sea and caused the competition to be abandoned for the day, with those who still had holes to play returning this morning to finish off. Only then the qualifiers will be known and the match-play draw declared.

Casey will have an anxious wait to see if he is the Silver Medallist, but having already seen off the challenge of most of the big guns, he is in pole position. Dermot McElroy, the Silver Medallist last year, Irish Close champion Cormac Sharvin and Aaron Kearney finished on 137, so Casey is clear of this top trio.

Just days after smashing the national individual pursuit record on an open track in Sundrive Road, Irish U-23 time trial champion Ryan Mullen claimed bronze in his first U-23 European Track Championships in Portugal, writes Gerard Cromwell.

Mullen qualified third fastest in the 4km test to face French hope Julien Morice in the ride-off for a bronze medal, where he established an early 1.4-second advantage after the first kilometre.

Mullen secured the bronze medal by almost three seconds. Having taken a silver medal on the road at the European Junior Time Trial Championships last year, Mullen's medal-winning ride yesterday showed he has moved into the senior ranks seamlessly.

Eoin Mullen, no relation, will contest the sprint event, while Ryan Mullen will compete in the Scratch Race.

HAVING spent the last few weeks trading insults on Twitter, David Haye and ex-Irish champion Tyson Fury will come face-to-face to announce details of their upcoming mega-fight.

Both heavyweights will confirm at today's press conference in London that they will clash at the Manchester Arena on September 28.

The purse is expected to be in the region of £10m on a 50/50 split. Unbeaten Fury, who claimed the vacant Irish heavyweight belt in 2012, has already vowed to KO Haye.

The 6ft 9in orthodox has won all 21 of his bouts to date, with 15 of them ending inside the scheduled distance.

Irish Independent

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