Friday 20 April 2018

In brief: Barnes to start Delhi mission


Olympic medallist and European champion Paddy Barnes will begin his quest for gold at the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi today.

The Belfast light-flyweight, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 Olympics, is part of a nine-man Northern Ireland boxing team.

Barnes meets Scotland's Ian Boucher in the preliminary rounds at the Talkatora Stadium in the Indian capital.

Belfast's Michael Conlon will also meet Australian flyweight Jason Moloney today.

Elsewhere, Mark O'Hara won his second bout in 24 hours with a 6-0 victory over Kiwi Angus Donaldson last night. Patrick Gallagher followed up that result with a 3-0 verdict over Joe Mulema of the Cameroon.


Reigning champion Phil Taylor cruised into the quarter-final of the World Darts Grand Prix at Citywest last night.

'The Power' had far too much for opponent Andy Smith in a 3-0 victory.

The crowd favourite grew in strength as the match went on and laid down a warning to his future rivals in the third set, not giving Smith an opportunity and retaining his 100-plus three-dart average.

Taylor will face Scot Gary Anderson after he came back from the dead to beat Kevin Painter in a see-saw match of the night to close the action.

World No 14 Wayne Jones took the opening match in style, beating Bristol's Steve Brown 3-0.

'The Wanderer' finished in comfortable fashion, capitalising on Brown's missing 10 attempts to hit a double in the last by finishing on double tops.

The European Championships finalist will meet Adrian Lewis in the quarter-finals after he won a nailbiting affair against Terry Jenkins.


IRELAND'S Sam Barry yesterday extended his outstanding run in the ITF Futures event in Naples.

Barry outgunned No 7 seed Massimo Capone 7-5 3-6 7-6 (7/2) to clinch a place in the quarter-finals, in his first adult world-ranking tournament.

Barry's has now taken four scalps in the Italian hardcourt event. Today, he faces another stiff challenge against Italy's No 4 seed Federico Torresi, who yesterday beat Dublin's Barry King 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

Daniel Glancy also exited in the second round, the Mayo man succumbing 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 to No 3 seed Andrea Falgheri.

Irish Independent

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