Friday 24 November 2017

Equestrian: Kuerten cracks top six in Geneva

Jessica Kuerten galloped into sixth place in the hotly-contested Credit Suisse Grand Prix at the 5-Star World Cup fixture in Geneva, Switzerland last night, where host-nation hero Steve Guerdat came out on top, writes Louise Parkes.

Remarkably, 21 of the 50 starters kept a clean sheet in the first round.

Ireland were two-handed, with Niall Talbot and Nicos de la Cense and Kuerten with API Largo making the cut. Talbot was first to go, and a pole down put paid to his chances, but Kuerten made no mistake, breaking the beam in 34.19 seconds.

This initially slotted her into fourth place, but she eventually finished sixth.

Denis Lynch missed out on the second round yesterday with an error aboard eight-year-old Contifex.

Khan sets sights on Mayweather bout


Amir Khan plans to bid farewell to the light-welterweight division tonight before pursuing mega-fights and superstardom in 2012.

The Bolton fighter hopes to successfully defend his WBA and IBF titles against Lamont Peterson in Washington before leaving the 10-stone ranks.

From there, 25-year-old Khan plans to move up to the 10st 7lbs welterweight division. Top of his list is a showdown with Floyd Mayweather, but other high-profile names on his radar include Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz.

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Waite impresses in Inter' finals


TWENTY THREE titles were claimed at the National Intermediate Championships finals, the final national tournament of the IABA's Centenary year, at Dublin's National Stadium last night.

Cairn Lodge light-flyweight Thomas Waite secured the first belt on offer, the Belfast teenager posting an impressive 12-5 decision over Jonathan McCabe.

Hughie Myres, of the Ryston club in Kildare, earned a 13-7 verdict over Jamie Higgins.

Dubliner George Bates saw off the challenge of Chris Nevin, and Carla Wright beat Sabina Mason to claim the women's lightweight belt.

Trump holds firm to seal spot in decider


JUDD Trump held his nerve in a tense finale to secure a place in the UK Championship final with a 9-7 victory over Neil Robertson.

The pair were locked at 7-7 in York, but 2011 World Championship runner-up Trump edged two tight, tactical frames to progress to a decider against either Antrim's Mark Allen or Ricky Walden, who meet today.

Irish Independent

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