Monday 11 December 2017

In brief: Davis rolls back the years


SIX-TIME champion Steve Davis produced a gritty display to see off Mark King 10-9 in a match that finished close to midnight last night.

'The Nugget' led 8-6 but surrendered the lead it went to 8-8 before the players shared the next two frames.

The decider was a tense affair lasting just over 38 minutes but Davis finally edged ahead to leave King requiring a snooker to win. However, King managed to accidentally pot the pink while trying to lay a snooker and, with that, an emotional Davis sealed the victory.

Elsewhere last night, Graham Dott moved into a 6-2 lead against Peter Ebdon. Ronnie O'Sullivan was inconsistent in defeating Liang Wenbo 10-7 while Dubliner Fergal O'Brien resumes today 6-3 behind Australian Neil Robertson.


LADIES golf was left reeling yesterday after world No 1 Lorena Ochoa announced her retirement.

The 28-year-old, who won the Women's British Open in 2007, will reveal the reasons for her decision at a press conference in Mexico City on Friday. It is believed Ochoa, who has recorded 27 victories in eight seasons on the LPGA Tour, took the decision focus on her family and charity work, but it is already being speculated that she will return to the game at some stage in the future.

Meanwhile, European Tour No 1 Lee Westwood has confirmed he will play at this year's '3' Irish Open in Killarney.


Giant Asia's David McCann conjured up another fabulous performance yesterday in the Tour of the Philippines, winning the final stage and taking outright victory in the four-day event.

Winning the opening stage on Saturday set him up for outright victory and yesterday he won the final stage in Subic after a testing 120 kilometres based around the Subic district.

McCann notched his second major event having won the Tour de Taiwan last month.


ATHY welterweight Christy Joyce yesterday became the second Irish boxer to withdraw from the World Youth Championships, which begin in Azerbaijan next Sunday, after picking up a nose injury.

Dublin bantamweight Glen Holmes withdrew last weekend after suffering a nose injury during a sparring session. The World Youth Championships will act as the only qualifier for the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in August. Boxers reaching the semis in Baku will qualify for Singapore.

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