Friday 17 January 2020

Final-kick Tahs edge Crusaders

Rugby: Bernard Foley kicked his seventh penalty in the closing moments of a thrilling match as the New South Wales Waratahs edged the Crusaders 33-32 to win their first-ever Super Rugby title yesterday.

Centre Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a try in each half and Foley kicked a conversion and seven penalties - a record for a Super Rugby final - as the Waratahs denied the Crusaders their eighth title.

Colin Slade kicked his sixth penalty of the match in the 76th minute to put the Crusaders ahead 32-30, but Foley's final attempt from long range crept over the crossbar to give victory to the home team in front a crowd of 61,000.

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Commonwealth GAMES: Officials say a Sierra Leone cyclist who failed to show up for his event is not missing and that team officials know of his whereabouts.

There was concern over the whereabouts of Mohamed Tholley, who did not compete in the time trial on Thursday. He is scheduled to compete in today's road race.

Games spokesman Jackie Brock-Doyle yesterday said: "The chef de mission knows where Tholley is, he is not missing."

Brock-Doyle added that two athletes from the country had been tested for the Ebola virus, but both were negative. .

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Boxing: Officials have defended a decision to stop using headgear for male competitors at the Commonwealth Games, saying there had been no concussions at the competition through yesterday's medal rounds.

The International Boxing Association decided to stop using headgear in such events, citing medical statistics showing it can cause jarring and contribute to concussions.

Some trainers and boxers called for headgear to be reintroduced, however, due to the gruelling schedule of bouts in events as short as the Games.

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Athletics: Botswana 400 metres runner Amantle Montsho has been suspended from competition after failing a doping test, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said yesterday.

Montsho, who finished fourth in the women's 400m final on Tuesday, provided a positive A sample that contained the prohibited stimulant methylhexaneamine.

The 31-year-old, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games four years ago, has been provisionally suspended and her B sample will now be tested.

Montsho is the second athlete to fail a doping test at the Games after Nigerian teenager Chika Amalaha was stripped of her weightlifting gold medal on Friday.

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Kourosh Foroughi holds a lead of 186 points over Trim's Shane Aston after winning four of five events on day one of the GloHealth combined events championships, which took place during torrential conditions in Tullamore.

Bohermeen's Karen Dunne holds a lead of 169 points over Lagan Valley's Laura Frey in the women's event, both winning two events each. Frey holds a faster 800m personal best, which wil be pivotal today.

World masters medallist Geraldine Finegan took the masters gold medal going 153 points clear of Lifford's Isabel Breslin, having won two of four events. Aidan Gillespie claimed the men's title, 692 points clear of Waterford's Paschal Halley.

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Equestrian: Ireland's Aoife Clark leads the way after the cross-country phase of the advanced competition at the Festival of British Eventing.

Riding Fenya's Elegance, the horse with which she won the Bramham Horse Trials in June, she put in the best performance over the gruelling course, adding just four time faults to her dressage score.

Three more Irish riders lie inside the top 20 ahead of the showjumping phase of the competition, which takes place today.

Padraig McCarthy is just outside the top ten while Joseph Murphy is in 13th with Westwinds Hercules and Austin O'Connor riding Kilpatrick Knight is 18th.

Clark, Murphy and O'Connor were all announced as squad members for the World Equestrian Games which take place in Normandy later this month.

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GAA: The annual All-Ireland final of the M Donnelly Poc Fada competition had to be postponed yesterday due to heavy rain.

The 2014 renewal was supposed to take place on Annaverna mountain, Ravensdale, Co Louth but the adverse weather conditions forced the organisers to call a course inspection early yesterday morning.

Afterwards it was decided to reschedule the competition for a later date in the interests of the safety of the competitors.

The GAA will announce the new date for this year's Poc Fada at some stage in the next few days.

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SOCCER: Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of English defender Eric Dier from Portuguese side Sporting on a five-year deal, the Premier League club announced yesterday.

No fee was disclosed but reports say Spurs paid around £4m for the England under 21 international.

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The Irish Paralympic soccer team were beaten 3-0 by Russia in the CPISRA European Championship 3rd/4th place play-off in Maia, Portugal.

The Paralympic champions from London 2012, Russia led 1-0 at the break and added two in the second half - one from a penalty - to secure the bronze medal.

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Substitute Emmanuel Adebayor rounded off a 6-1 win for Tottenham Hotspur against Celtic in his first match back since contracting malaria in July.

Adebayor netted a penalty after Harry Kane, Roberto Soldado, Lewis Holtby, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen had all scored in Helsinki.

Celtic fielded a weakened team ahead of their Champions League fixture against Legia Warsaw on Wednesday when they will try and overturn a 4-1 deficit.

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CYCLING: Spain's Alejandro Valverde won the San Sebastian Classic for the second time yesterday as he put a disappointing Tour de France behind him.

The Movistar rider, who missed the podium in the Tour which finished last Sunday, crossed the line 14 seconds ahead of Dutchman Bauke Mollema and the Spanish pair of Joaquim Rodriguez and Mikel Nieve in 5 hours, 31 minutes.

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