Sunday 22 April 2018

Greipel sneaks third victory

cycling: German Andre Greipel snatched his third win on the Tour de France this year when he outsprinted Slovakian prodigy Peter Sagan to claim the 13th stage yesterday.

Greipel prevailed at the end of a tricky 217 km ride from St Paul Trois Chateaux, resisting Sagan's fightback on the line. Edvald Boasson Hagen, who benefited from Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins' unexpected lead-out effort in the final kilometre, took third. Wiggins retained the yellow jersey.

Strong crosswinds on the road to Sete split the peloton, which was reduced to around 50 after a short but brutal climb to the Mont St Clair, and the remaining riders prepared for a sprint. Defending champion Cadel Evans, who is fourth overall and trails Wiggins by 3:19, upped the pace in the ascent to the Mont St Clair but the Briton easily stayed with him.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche finished 19th to leave him in 13th place overall, while Daniel Martin is back in 64th overall after finishing 143rd. Today's 14th stage is a 191 km mountainous ride from Limoux to Foix featuring the punishing ascent to the Mur de Peguere.

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Hot Tubes cycling team are on the verge of back-to-back wins in the International Junior Tour of Ireland which finishes in Castelbar today.

Yesterday Colin Joyce maintained his lead by finishing in the main bunch after 88 kms, while Jack Sadler of the Mountivation Development Team led in a group of 55 to the land victory on the penultimate stage. Today's stage is arguably the toughest -- with two passages across the Windy Gap which is a tortuous climb, yet Joyce remains odds on to land the prize.

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AFL: Martin Clarke played a vital role as Collingwood soared to the top of the table with a commanding 110-79 win over last year's champions Geelong at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In front of a crowd of 61,717 and in soggy conditions, the Down ace figured for the entire second half after coming on as a sub for hip injury victim Simon Buckley at half-time.

Elsewhere, despite Pearse Hanley having a remarkable ball-disposal efficiency mark of 94.12, the Brisbane Lions tumbled to a 105-92 defeat by St Kilda before 19,228 on their home patch of the Gabba. Hanley made three marks, had 13 kicks and made two tackles.

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golf: Colm Moriarty insisted he was still happy with his lot at the Credit Suisse Challenge despite dropping out of contention after a two over par third round of 73, leaving him tied for 21st on three-under par and seven shots off the pace.

The 33-year-old had a steady front nine by parring his way to the turn before a bogey at the 10th knocked him back. Two more bogeys followed at the 14th and 16th holes but he did finish with a flourish after he chipped in for birdie from the edge of the green at the 18th, to the delight of the crowds.

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CAMOGIE: Galway laid down a marker with their best performance of the All-Ireland senior championship to date, with two goals in the opening two minutes setting them up for a 3-14 to 0-10 win over champions Wexford.

That cemented the westerners' place in the semi-finals on August 18, while Wexford had already secured their place in the last four prior to this tie.

Cork had a comfortable 2-15 to 1-7 win over Kilkenny in Ballincollig, courtesy of goals from Katie Buckley and Linda Dorgan. Kilkenny now have a play-off with Offaly to decide who will make the last eight, with the losers joining Dublin, Clare and either Cork or Tipperary in the quarter-final play-offs

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athletics: Mark English will run in the final of the 800m at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona today.

The Letterkenny AC athlete finished fourth in his semi-final yesterday and qualified as a fastest loser in a time of 1:47.77. On Friday the 19-year-old ran an impressive heat, finishing second in 1:51.74 and was then promoted to first after the Ethiopian winner Fiker Bekele was disqualified.

Meanwhile, it was heartbreak for Limerick's Sarah Lavin yesterday -- she fell at the second last hurdle in the semi-final of the 100m hurdles. The Emerald AC athlete, who broke Derval O'Rourke's Irish junior indoor record this season, qualified for the semi-finals by finishing third in her heat on Friday in 13:90.

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A number of new records were set at the first day of the National Juvenile Athletics Championships at the Tullamore Stadium yesterday.

Laura McSweeney from Bandon continued to impress in the girls under 18 shot putt when she threw 13.67 metres, replacing the old mark set in '97 by Eva Massey. Killarney's Kayleigh Cronin smashed the old discus mark with a winning throw of 46.48 metres, while Ciara Deely from Kilkenny CH flicked over the 60m hurdles to win in 9.63 seconds, another new record.

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SAILING: Eight Irish sailors compete in the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, which starts today in Dún Laoghaire.

Down's Sophie Murphy will be in action in the Laser Radial class for a record making third consecutive year in the competition, while in the Boy's division is Finn Lynch from Carlow. Featuring in the 420 class is Cork's Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts while local Dún Laoghaire brothers Sean and Tadgh Donnelly will sail in the 29er class. In the SL16 catamaran will be another local pairing Alexander Rumball and Rory McStay.

"To get an event like that here in Ireland is superb for us," said chairman of Dublin Bay 2012 Brian Craig.

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CRICKET: South Africa batted for just 90 minutes against Kent before rain washed out the day's play of their final warm-up match before the first Test against England.

Chasing a target of 210, the tourists moved from 31-1 to 108-2 in 22 overs following a delayed start. Following Alviro Petersen's dismissal, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis were unbeaten before rain stopped play. South Africa face England in the first Test at the Oval next Thursday without injured bowler Marchant de Lange and wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

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ROWING: A stunning performance by Ireland's Claire Lambe at the World under 23 Championships in Lithuania yesterday has earned her a place in today's final and a chance of a medal.

The UCD athlete took the lead ahead of Sweden's Emma Fred, with France's Chloe Poumailloux in the third qualifying slot. By the halfway mark Fred had taken the lead ahead of Lambe, as South Africa's Kate Johnstone came through into third to see out the race.

Meanwhile, Holly Nixon and Laura d'Urso couldn't match that result in the women's double sculls, where they slipped to fourth place. Just 0.21 seconds off the pace set by race winners Austria at the 500m mark, they were still lying third at halfway. But a final challenge by Russia gave them the third slot, squeezing Ireland out into the 'B' final.

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