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In brief: Crean points way on Saints stroll

IN-FORM DCU Saints romped to another victory in the Men's Superleague yesterday, beating UCC Demons 94-73.

Pat Crean led the way for the Dubliners, scoring 26 points in a clash in which the lead changed several times. The northsiders now trail second-placed UCD Marian -- who beat Moycullen -- by three points with a game in hand.

Having suffered disappointment in defeat to UL Eagles on Saturday, Belfast Star rebounded yesterday to overcome Ulster Elks and win the northern derby 93-80. Killester are back in the groove and won again on Saturday, edging out Neptune on a 63-62 scoreline.

Team Montenotte Hotel, Cork, continued their fine form with a 77-70 win over Dynamo to stay top of the Women's Superleague, as Wildcats beat Killester.


Cian O'Connor continued his successful run in the Arab League when third in the World Cup Qualifier at Sharjah on Saturday, while Denis Lynch lined up fourth in the Grand Prix at Amsterdam yesterday.

O'Connor slotted Arabella into fifth in Thursday's preliminary competition in the UAE, but partnered the consistent Larkhill Cruiser in the World Cup class won by Syria's Ahmed Hamcho, who produced the only double-clear performance.

Hamcho's winning ride, the grey Wonderboy, was previously campaigned by British team member Ben Maher while Al Eid's super-talented Presley Boy was one of the 'talking horses' at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year.

Meanwhile, on Friday Billy Twomey steered Romanov into fourth in the Two-Phase at 4-Star Amsterdam and yesterday Lynch was one of just eight in the Grand Prix jump-off.

But his time of 37.77 seconds with Abbervail van het Dingeshof was only good enough for fourth place and €7,500 in prize money, while Britain's Michael Whitaker scooped the €22,500 winner's purse with his Olympia champion GIG Amai.

Table Tennis

WALES were the big winners at the Stiga Munster Open as two players from the country took the big prizes in the men's and women's events at Killarney's INEC.

Ryan Jenkins claimed victory over classy Spanaird Oriol Monxo in the men's event, while Naomi Owen took the top prize in the women's -- battling past Ulster youngster Ashley Givan by three games to one.

Ashley Robinson took the junior boys' title with victory over Munster's Declan O'Brien, while Givan claimed the top spot in the girls' event.

Eastpoint's Ryan Farrell came out on top in the Cadet boys' event, after an epic five-set battle with Shizhao Li from Club Donic, while Katie McGlone came out on top in emphatic style to claim the Cadet girls' with a 3-0 victory in the final.

Irish Independent