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In brief: Brown wants final support

Dublin manager Tommy Brown is hoping that the feel-good factor engulfing the county will bring punters through the Parnell Park turnstiles for next Saturday's Ladies NFL Division 2 final.

Dublin's senior footballers and hurlers have contested league finals over the last two weekends and now the time has come for Brown's All-Ireland senior champions to take to the platform.

The Sky Blues will meet Meath in the Division 2 decider and Brown wants the Dublin faithful to come out in force in support of the team.

"I was at Croke Park for the hurling last Sunday. There was a great buzz in the place. I'm hoping for some of that to rub off and, hopefully, we'll get a few more punters through the gates," he said.


An outstanding display from Amy Bowtell in the opening singles rubber was not enough to prevent Ireland losing 2-1 to Norway on the second day of the Fed Cup campaign in Cairo, Egypt yesterday.

The Greystones 17-year-old maintained her unbeaten record in singles competition in the Europe-Africa Zone Group 3 outdoor clay court event by putting Emma Flood to the sword on an emphatic 6-2 6-2 scoreline. Two service breaks in each set laid the foundations for the victory of 827-ranked Bowtell over her 741-ranked opponent.

But Norway levelled the tie when Ulrikke Eikeri romped to a 6-4 6-1 success over 747-ranked Julia Moriarty. And the Scandinavians clinched victory in the deciding doubles rubber when Eikeri and Caroline Rohde-Moe crushed Bowtell and Antrim's Lynsey McCullough 6-1 6-1.

Formula 1

Williams technical director Sam Michael has quit his role following the return of Mike Coughlan -- the man at the heart of 2007's spy-gate scandal -- as chief engineer.

Michael and chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson, who also resigned, will leave at the end of 2011, while Patrick Head, team co-founder and engineering director, is set to retire.

Williams have already made a change to their technical department as the British team announced that Coughlan will return to F1 as their chief engineer in June.

Coughlan was dismissed by McLaren for his part in the spy row that emerged when McLaren were found to be in possession of a confidential document belonging to Ferrari.

Irish Independent