Monday 18 December 2017

In brief: Dempsey claims third in Alabama


For the second race in succession, Peter Dempsey from Ashbourne amazed the American Indycar racing establishment by taking third place in the Firestone Indy Lights race at Birmingham, Alabama, yesterday.

The Irishman, twice the Young Driver of the Year, finished close behind winner Victor Garcia and Stefan Wilson.

Earlier, Dubliner Patrick McKenna had problems on his way to 13th place in the US Star Mazda Championship race.

Wicklow's Lee Newsome starred at the opening Mondello Park meeting of the new season, withstanding pressure all the way to win the Formula Vee race.


Ireland's Elite boxers were celebrating a high five in Finland yesterday after winning five gold medals from five finals at the Gee Bee Multi-Nations finals in Helsinki.

Ken Egan, Michael Conlon, Jason Quigley, David Oliver Joyce and Tommy McCarthy had their hands raised in victory at the 15-nation tournament. And in further celebration for the Irish squad, Quigley and Conlon scooped the Best Boxer and Best Technical Boxer awards.


Newly crowned Leinster League champions Glenanne beat Weston by seven yesterday, while Three Rock Rovers snatched a place in the play-offs for the Irish Hockey League.

The Glens were assured of the title they last won in 2007 when they defeated Monkstown 3-2 on Saturday, but all the drama yesterday was in the quest for the fifth spot, with its promise of IHL action next season.

Corinthians blew their chances as they were beaten 2-1 by YMCA, but Three Rock took the initiative by winning 4-1 at under-achieving Fingal. As a result of their strong finish to the campaign, Rovers join Glenanne, YMCA, Pembroke Wanderers and Monkstown in the top five. Up North, Lisnagarvey need one win from their two remaining games -- against North Down or Kilkeel -- to beat Banbridge to the Ulster title.


Johan van Summeren of the Garmin-Cervelo team took the biggest win of his career yesterday when he soloed into the Roubaix velodrome at the end of the prestigious Paris-Roubaix classic.

Irish road race champion Matt Brammeier failed to finish on his debut in the race.


Irish riders Alexander Butler and Shane Carey claimed the top two places in the 1.50m Grand Prix at 3-Star Lummen in Belgium yesterday.

Riding Harold McGahern's Will Wimble, Butler scorched home to pip Carey and Lancero in the 13-horse jump-off.

On Saturday, Butler and Carey secured an Irish double when the former steered Carton Free home to win the 1.35m Jump-Off and Carey topped the 1.40m Jump-Off with Temple Road.

At Arezzo yesterday, Cameron Hanley and VDL Southwind finished fourth in the 1.55m Gold Tour Grand Prix.

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