Sunday 15 December 2019

Crucible exit for Doherty

snooker: Ken Doherty is out of the World Championships at the Crucible. The Dubliner, at 44 the oldest man in the tournament, lost 13-8 to Alan McManus as a brave fightback from 10-3 down proved in vain.

Former champion Doherty got back to 10-7, and then 11-8, with some vintage safety play, but McManus closed out victory by taking the last two frames, clinching a place in the last eight with a break of 85.

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sailing: Irish Olympians Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern from Providence Team IRL took the silver medal at the ISAF World Cup in Hyeres, France.

The pair, who compete in the 49er class, sailed a total of 17 races over six consecutive days against 79 of the world's top sailors, securing an impressive 15 top-10 race finishes.

Annalise Murphy was also competing in a medal race yesterday. The Laser Radial class had one double-points race, in which Murphy finished sixth, moving her up one place to finish seventh overall from the 79-boat fleet.

In the Paralympic Sonar class John Twomey, Ian Costelloe and Austin O'Carroll finished in seventh place overall.

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camogie: Clare ended the three-in-a-row hopes of Cork in Division 1 with a pillar-to-post 1-12 to 0-11 victory in the second semi-final at Kilmallock. They will now play Kilkenny in the final, after they beat Wexford.

Clare stared well with a couple of points from Chloe Morey frees and an 18th-minute goal from Fiona Lafferty. Cork steadied the ship, though, to trail by just 1-4 to 0-4 at half-time.

Crucially, Morey and Laura McMahon hit the first two points of the second half and Clare held on comfortably to confirm their final berth.

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rugby: Leinster A secured their place in the final of the British and Irish Cup with a dramatic victory over Pontypridd.

A converted injury-time try from replacement Andrew Boyle sent the semi-final into extra-time with the score locked at 22-22.

When neither side managed to score in the additional 20 minutes, Girvan Dempsey's men went through having out-scored their hosts three-to-one with tries from Boyle, Brendan Macken and Ben Marshall.

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Dungannon claimed a bonus point despite losing 34-26 at Stevenson Park in All-Ireland League Division 1B with four tries and, but for a late Shannon score, would have gained a losing bonus point as well.

The visitors led 19-0 after 17 minutes with tries from Niall Horan (2) and John Shine for Tadgh Bennett to goal two. Dungannon, already relegated, reduced the deficit to 19-7 and then 29-26 but again fell short.

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athletics: Athletics Ireland officials attempted to complete their bi-annual congress in Silver Spring Hotels, Cork yesterday, fearing the scheduled second day may be cancelled due to a lack of present members. Athletics Ireland have reported an increase of 7,000 members in the past 12 months to a total of 49,542. The association amended their own rules to allow future congresses to proceed allowing for a larger membership.

CEO John Foley told delegates that the size of the membership makes them the fourth biggest sporting organisation in the country and membership is expected to reach 60,000 by year end.

Foley also told delegates the association was now 60 per cent self-funded compared to 40 per cent in 2010, although still relies heavily on €1.7m Irish Sport Council funding.

Ciaran O'Catháin was re-elected president unopposed.

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gaelic games: Dublin were easy 2-8 to 0-3 winners against disappointing Kilkenny in the Leinster MHC at Nowlan Park yesterday.

The winners opened with a double blast of a point and goal from Chris Bennett during the opening four minutes, and they never looked back. They led by 2-3 to 0-1 at the break, the second goal being coming from the ever dangerous Conor O'Callaghan in the 26th minute.

Kilkenny applied more pressure on the restart but the Dubs regained control after Rian McBride opened their second-half account with a point in the 46th minute.

The winners qualify for the semi-finals, while the losers play Carlow.

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Former Tipperary hurler Flor Coffey has died. A native of Boherlahan, Flor graduated to the Tipp senior panel in 1943 having played at minor and junior level.

He won two All-Ireland medals, as a corner-back in the 1945 success over Kilkenny and at centre-back four years later.

He also won county championship medals with his native Boherlahan in 1941, and with Thurles Sarsfields in 1952.

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hockey: Ireland lost their opening game of the Champions Challenge trophy 2-1 to New Zealand in Malaysia. The winners opened the scoring in the 11th minute with Steve Edwards converting from open play, but Ireland equalised four minutes later with a well-taken goal from Alan Sothern.

David Harte pulled off a fine save to deny the Blacksticks and though Bruce McCandless went close the sides remained tied at the break.

New Zealand pressed for a second goal and were rewarded in the 41st minute when Hugo Inglis pounced on a rebound from a penalty corner. Ireland next play Poland, who lost 2-3 to Japan.

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tennis: Julie Byrne enjoyed the biggest day of her budding career when she took the ladies doubles title, along with England's Emily Appleton, at an ITF tournament in Nottingham.

The 16-year-old from Monkstown LTC is a rising star in Irish tennis, and this victory will earn her her first sizeable ITF ranking points.

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cricket: Clontarf got their Leinster season off to a winning start with a six-wicket win over Terenure at Castle Avenue. Colin Currie (16) made 60 not out for 'Tarf.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Jack Tector scored 53 runs and took 4 for 43 in YMCA's 20-run win over North County.

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