Wednesday 13 December 2017

Florida victory for Sweetnam

Shane Sweetnam won the 1.45m Speed class sponsored by his patrons from Spy Coast Farm at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.

Riding the 12-year-old Cyklon, the US-based Corkman pipped America's Laura Kraut.

The Irishman described his Swedish-bred horse as "an unbelievable trier".

Meanwhile, this weekend Denis Lynch competes in Doha, Qatar while Irish riders also line out in fixtures at Arezzo in Italy, Autheil Authouillet in France, Vilamoura in Portugal and Valencia in Spain.

News of a good recovery for Billy Twomey, who underwent back surgery last October, will be welcomed by newly-reappointed team manager Robert Splaine. Twomey lined out with some success at Oliva Nova, Spain last weekend.


John Joe Nevin and Joe Ward will know if they are still in with a shout of a share of the $1m World Series of Boxing prize fund tomorrow morning, writes BERNARD O'NEILL.

The Irish duo's British Lionhearts side meet the Mexico Guerreros in the second leg of their quarter-final at the Poro Polanco venue in Mexico City tonight.

Nevin and Ward both won in last Friday's first leg to help the Lionhearts to a 4-1 victory in London, while Belfast's Conrad Cummings won for the Guerreros.

Kildare lightweight Eric Donovan is out of the Astana Arlans side for tonight's quarter-final with the Argentina Condors in Kazakhstan due to injury.


Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Sony Open in Miami following a straight-sets win over Marin Cilic.

The second seed and world No 3 won 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 42 minutes, with the scoreline not representative of a hard-fought match.

Murray was far from clinical, taking only six of the 18 break points that flooded his way, but had enough to see off an opponent who hit 37 unforced errors.

In the women's event Maria Sharapova advanced to another Key Biscayne final by beating Jelena Jankovic 6-2 6-1.

Irish Independent

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