Thursday 22 March 2018

In brief: Davies rolls back the years


England's golf phenomenon Laura Davies (46) once again defied the march of time yesterday as she notched her 73rd victory worldwide and first in New Zealand.

Davies had four birdies and didn't drop a shot in her four-under-par closing round of 68 in the New Zealand Open at Pegasus Town, near Christchurch. Nine-under par at the finish, she won €33,330 at the co-sanctioned Ladies European Tour event.

Rebecca Coakley was Ireland's best-placed finisher, earning €1666 in a tie for 31st on one-over after an impressive final-round 69. Alison Walshe and Hazel Kavanagh must have been frustrated to finished 36th, one shot further back, after leaking shots on the back nine yesterday.

Coakley, Kavanagh and Walshe go on to this week's ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia.

Winter Olympics: Canada earn overtime gold

Canada beat the United States 3-2 last night to earn its second men's hockey gold medal in the last three Olympics, with Sidney Crosby scoring the winning goal 7:40 into overtime.

Crosby's shot from the lower part of the left circle eluded goalie Ryan Miller, the tournament MVP, who had foiled Canada when the USA beat them earlier in the tournament.

The United States had forced overtime on Zach Parise's goal with 24.4 seconds left in regulation.

Tennis: McGee hoping for better luck

Ireland's James McGee is hoping that he has used up his entire share of bad luck for the early part of the yearbefore next weekend's Davis Cup showdown with Turkey in Dublin.

McGee and his partner Colin O'Brien were forced to give a walkover in Saturday's doubles final in the ITF Men's Futures event in Sarajevo.

The Dublin duo had been due to face British pair Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot in the decider, but they had to inform tournament officials on Saturday morning that they would not be able to even start the match due to the fact that O'Brien was still feeling unwell after suffering food poisoning on Friday night.

Motorsport: Laverty takes the opening round

Ireland's Eugene Laverty claimed victory in the opening round of the World Supersport at Phillip Island yesterday.

Parkalgar Honda rider Laverty led from the start and finished more than four seconds ahead of Kawasaki rider Joan Lascorz.

Welshman Evans on top

Welshman Melvyn Evans beat all the home drivers to win yesterday's opening round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, Birr MC's Abbey Court Hotel event based in Nenagh.

His Impreza WRC finished 22 seconds ahead of Belfastman Derek McGarrity in another Impreza.

Evans led right from the start, but a tremendous battle for second place saw Kevin Barrett forced to retire after four of the six stages with broken wheel studs, while three times National champion Niall Maguire lost more than a minute on the final stage with a blown turbo, dropping behind Group N Production class winner Kevin Kelleher.

Basketball: Belfast Star soar past UL Eagles

Belfast Star secured their place in the Men's Superleague play-offs in style yesterday as they claimed a huge scalp with a 101-90 win over UL Eagles.

The win gave them a 10th victory of the season, their US recruit Kevin Ratzsch chipping in with another marvellous display.

Ulster Elks' hopes of reaching the play-offs, meanwhile, took a major blow with a defeat away to Moycullen. UCC Demons emerged from their double-header with DCU Saints and UCD/Marian with maximum points.

Cricket: Cook 50 guides England home

Paul Collingwood and Alastair Cook hit half-centuries for England, who cruised to a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international yesterday.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan removed Kevin Pietersen (one) before Collingwood shared an 88-run stand with Eoin Morgan (33). Prior (30 not out) then joined Collingwood to guide England home.

Irish Independent

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