In brief: Favre's record run at an end
Brett Favre's record run of consecutive starts in NFL regular season games has been ended at 297 by a shoulder problem.
The Minnesota Vikings quarterback failed to recover in time to face the New York Giants on Monday. His 'starts' streak dated back to 1992 and, including play-offs, stretches to a phenomenal 321 matches.
The 42-year-old had extra time to shrug off the injury after the Vikings were forced to switch the game to Detroit when snow caused the roof of the Metrodome to collapse, but the delay proved to be in vain.
Giants took advantage of Favre's absence as they eased to a 21-3 victory to move back into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East.
Monkstown booked their place in the Neville Cup Stephen's Day showcase with an emphatic 5-1 semi-final win against Pembroke Wanderers last night, WRITES DAVID MEDCALF.
Pembroke trailed 2-0 at the break in Serpentine Avenue and, though Maurice Elliott pulled one back after the break, 'Town proved too good. They'll play the winners of tonight's semi-final between Glenanne and YMCA in the final.
Wexford's Rodney Goggins was yesterday edged out in the semi-finals of the World Amateur Snooker Championships in Damascus.
At the interval, Goggins trailed 4-2 to India's Pankaj Advani and failed to make any in-roads after the mid-session interval -- losing out 7-4.
Goggins had registered a maximum 147 in the knockout stages. The other Irishman involved, Martin McCrudden, was beaten 6-5 in the quarter-finals by a player from Thailand.
Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson face possible drug bans after the South African Rugby Union confirmed they had returned positive 'B' samples. The duo were provisionally suspended and sent home from the Boks' tour of Europe last month after they tested positive for methylhexaneamine after the 23-21 win over Ireland.