Monday 16 September 2019

Harrington off Barclays pace

GOLF: Padraig Harrington recorded a steady par round of 71, which included just two birdies and two bogeys, at the Barclays in New Jersey.

The Dubliner's round was three shots behind his score on Friday and means that he now lies seven shots behind pace-setter Martin Laird.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Michael McGeady of McCambridge Duffy carded a 73 to move three over par at the Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa in Wales.

A course record-equalling round of 65 saw Sweden's Joel Sjöholm increase the pressure on his compatriot Oscar Floren, who will carry a slender advantage into the final round of the SWALEC Wales Challenge today.

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ATHLETICS: Galway sprinter Paul Hession hopes to end the season on a high note with a strong display in the 200m at the IAAF Permit meeting in Rieti, Italy, this afternoon.

Hession recently qualified for the final of the event at the European Championships but has not been altogether pleased with his best time of 20.46 so far this summer.

He feels that he should be running faster and will feel that today will be his last chance of perhaps approaching his 20.30 Irish record. Hession will have to lift his game as he comes up against a strong field, including US star Wallace Spearmon, who has run 19.93 this year.

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RUGBY UNION: Second-half tries from Frans Steyn and JP Pietersen helped South Africa come from behind to end a four-match losing streak with victory over Australia in Pretoria yesterday.

The game saw the Springboks fall behind 14-0 inside five minutes after converted tries by Will Genia and James O'Connor.

Juan Smith and Gurthro Steenkamp then cut the lead either side of a second O'Connor effort, before Dean Mumm and Pierre Spies exchanged tries to hand the visitors a 28-24 half-time lead. With New Zealand having already clinched the Tri Nations title last week Steyn and Pietersen's scores after the break then handed South Africa a consolation victory.

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Ireland's ladies easily defeated Kazakhstan 37-3 in their final pool game at the Women's Rugby World Cup, but narrowly failed to make it through to their first semi-final.

Joy Neville helped to kill off the challenge of the Asian underdogs and yesterday's win saw Ireland join Australia and Canada, the second-placed teams in Pool A and Pool C respectively, on 10 points.

With the three pool winners and the best-placed second-ranked side qualifying to the semi-finals, it was the Wallaroos who progressed to the final four thanks to their superior points difference and their 62-0 win over South Africa. Ireland, however, may still register their best World Cup showing if they win twice at the fifth to eightth place play-offs.

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MOTORSPORT: Mark Webber made it a phenomenal 12 pole positions from 13 races this season for Red Bull Racing as he grabbed top spot for today's Belgian Grand Prix.

Following a tricky qualifying session, as rain created problems at the Spa circuit, it is the championship leader who will lead away the field after ending team-mate Sebastian Vettel's run of four successive pole positions.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton produced a superb performance to take second, ahead of Renault's Robert Kubica. Vettel and reigning champion Jenson Button followed ahead of the Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

The Williams duo of Rubens Barrichello -- on his 300th grand prix -- and Nico Hulkenberg are seventh and ninth, sandwiching Force India's Adrian Sutil, with Fernando Alonso down in 11th in his Ferrari.

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HOCKEY: The Irish men's senior international team scored a resounding 4-1 win over Malaysia in yesterday's Five Nations event in Paris.

It proved a great day for both Eugene Magee and Phelie Maguire who finished with two goals apiece. Magee shot Ireland ahead on 17 minutes with a penalty corner goal before Malaysia got back on terms with an equaliser via the same route before a brace from Maguire all but settled the contest. Malaysia need to beat France to win the event, with Ireland needing to beat Scotland to finish top.

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CRICKET: England followed Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott's record-breaking batting with a ruthless bowling performance as Pakistan collapsed to a hapless 74 all out at Lord's.

After England's eight-wicket pair had taken their epic stand to 332 out of 446 all out on day three of the fourth npower Test, Broad made the first inroads into Pakistan's reply. But it was Graeme Swann (4-12) and Steven Finn (3-38) who took over after tea as the tourists' last seven wickets fell for 28.

Pace-bowling all-rounder Broad returned to his day job with a vengeance as he added wickets to his 169 runs, having rewritten cricket history in his partnership with Trott (184).

Broad bagged the afternoon dismissals of Yasir Hameed and a scoreless Mohammad Yousuf.

This was after the Swann-Finn show had cut through Pakistan in a madcap hour to bowl them out for their third sub-100 total in six attempts.

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camogie: A goal from super sub Louise Walsh in the dying minutes ensured that Kildare would be All-Ireland champions for the first time in 20 years when denying Armagh in the Gala All-Ireland junior 'A' final in Ashbourne by 3-10 to 2-8.

It was heartbreak again for the Orchard County girls -- after leading 2-5 to 1-6 at the break -- who lost last year's decider to Roscommon after a replay, and for long stages they looked like they would go one step further this time around.

It wasn't to be, though, as Walsh followed up on a 50th-minute goal from Mary Murtagh goal to stun the Ulster girls.

Meanwhile, Derry's superior goal threat was decisive as they took the honours in the All-Ireland minor 'B' final with a 3-10 to 0-9 victory over Antrim.

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