Thursday 22 March 2018

In brief: Barnes targeting Commonwealth


Paddy Barnes is targeting his next gold at the Commonwealth Games following his triumph at the European Senior Championships in Moscow.

Barnes, who won bronze at the 2008 Olympics, beat Azerbaijani light-flyweight Elvin Mamishzade 4-1 at the Ice Palace on Saturday to claim Ireland's first European Men's Senior Championships gold in 19 years.

Kilkenny southpaw Darren O'Neill secured a silver medal, while Ken Egan, Eric Donovan and Tyrone McCullagh all took bronze.

The medal-laden Irish squad returned home via Dublin Airport to a heroes' reception on Sunday night.

Barnes will be part of the Northern Ireland team that competes at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.


CONOR NILAND'S Wimbledon jinx struck for the third year on the trot at the Roehampton Club in London yesterday.

Once again, the Irish No 1 crashed out in the first round of qualifying -- this time to Austria's Andreas Haider-Mauder, 7-6 6-4.

Niland went in as favourite, with a world ranking of 167 compared to 232 for his opponent.

But the Limerick man struggled to cope with Haider-Mauder's powerful serve.

Niland recorded two victories at this year's Australian Open qualifying, one at the French Open, and one at the 2009 US Open. But he is still waiting for his first success at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Colin O'Brien and James Cluskey yesterday posted comfortable first-round wins in the ITF Men's Futures hardcourt event in Kelibia, Tunisia.

O'Brien, the No 5 seed, beat Anis Ghorbel 6-2 6-3, and fellow Dublin northsider Cluskey saw off Mark Vervoort 6-2 7-5.

Today, Swords' Cluskey faces a tough task against the No 5 seed Matteo Capone, while Malahide's O'Brien takes on either Soma Kesthely or Ahmed Triki.

The duo are playing together in the doubles competition, in which they are the No 1 seeds.

In the corresponding event in Davis, California, Greystones' Mark Bowtell won one match in his first tournament since finishing his second year as a tennis scholarship student at Louisiana State University.

Bowtell beat fellow unseeded player, Olzhas Taniyev 6-2 7-5, in the first round of qualifying, but then lost 6-4 6-4 to No 12 seed Adam Hubble.


Kobe Bryant's 38 points proved in vain as the Boston Celtics saw off the Los Angeles Lakers 92-86 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven NBA finals series.

Paul Pierce top-scored for the Celtics with 27 as they won each of the first three quarters.

Boston led 73-65 going into the final period and that proved too great a gap as the home side moved to within one win of a record 18th NBA championship -- the Celtics will clinch it if they win game six tonight.

Irish Independent

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