Monday 18 December 2017

Cycling: Brammeier gets Irish call

Matt Brammeier leads Nicolas Roche and Olympic track qualifier Martyn Irvine during a previous National Championships race
Matt Brammeier leads Nicolas Roche and Olympic track qualifier Martyn Irvine during a previous National Championships race

National road race champion Matt Brammeier and Sam Bennett, will join cousins Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin on the four-man Irish team at the world road race championships in Tuscany on Sunday week.

Philip Deignan misses out after breaking a collarbone at the Tour of Britain while Philip Lavery is named as reserve.

Boxing

Katie Taylor is backing Ireland's women team to add to Irish boxing's 2013 medal haul in Bulgaria.

An 11-strong Irish team arrived in Albena early this morning ahead of the opening bell for the second AIBA World Women's Youth and Junior Championships.

"Most of the team going to Bulgaria did very well at the EU Championships earlier this year and their confidence will be high," said Taylor.

Boxing at the AIBA World Women's Youth and Junior Championships begins on Sunday. There are 33 nations, represented by 146 Youth and 155 Junior boxers.

Golf

Colm Moriarty gave a scintillating display in Cheshire to shoot into top spot in the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying school.

The Dubliner fired a five-under-par 67 to add to his 72 of Tuesday for a 139 aggregate and a one-stroke advantage over fellow countryman Ruaidhri McGee, who had led after the opening round.

Alan Dunbar, the 2012 Amateur Champion from Rathmore, kept himself in the hunt with a second successive 73 and is in a tie for eighth place while Ballymena's Dermot McElroy cannot be discounted after a 73 for a 148 total – he is 15th. Paul Cutler has plenty of work to do after a bad day. He followed his 71 of Tuesday with a horrendous 81 yesterday and is well down the pack.

Meanwhile at the other qualifying venue at Fleesensee in Germany, Niall Kearney kept alive his hopes of making progress when he carded a 68 to add to his opening 69.

Following the suspension of play due to high winds, the second round of the Senior women's British Open Championship at Royal Portrush was abandoned.

The 24 scores returned before the championship committee halted play were declared null and void. The Championship has been reduced from three rounds to two. The scheduled 36-hole cut has been scrapped and all 95 competitors will play a second round today.

Dubliner Sheena McElroy from the Grange Club starts out today just one stroke adrift of leader Finland's Minna Kaamalahti.

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