Wednesday 17 January 2018

In Brief: February deadline for Lance to come clean

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong has until February 6 to come completely clean about his past doping activities if he wishes to negotiate a reduction of his lifetime ban.

Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, will confirm the ultimatum on television in the US tonight having written to Armstrong earlier this week demanding that he "co-operate fully and truthfully" if he wishes to plea bargain. Failure to comply will automatically confirm Armstrong's life ban.

Tygart also disputed Armstrong's claims of a clean comeback in 2009.

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IRELAND'S Amy Bowtell yesterday powered her way to the singles final in the ITF Women's Circuit event in Preston.

The 19-year-old from Greystones dumped out Italy's Angelica Moratelli on a decisive 6-2 6-3 margin in the semi-finals.

In today's final, the Irish player faces the No 2 seed, Britain's Tara Moore.

It will be Bowtell's first time in a world ranking decider since she beat Russia's Polina Vinogradova in Estonia, last February.

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BASKETBALL: BLUE Demons made it a memorable weekend for Cork sides as they captured the Men's National Cup with a 76-42 win over Team Garvey's St Mary's in Tallaght.

Following on from Neptune's win in the Superleague Cup on Friday, Demons had opened up a seven-point lead in the first quarter after St Mary's had run into foul trouble.

And with Shane O'Connell finding the target for Demons on a number of occasions, St Marys lost further ground despite some good three point shooting from Brian Clernon.

And while making some ground on the Leesiders after the resumption, Demons' pace combined with a jump shot from Brian O'Neill in the final minute of the third opened up a 15-point lead for Demons which they held onto comfortably for the final quarter.

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Oblate Dynamos were surprise winners 58-49 winners over Tralee Imperials in yesterday's Women's Senior Cup final as they ended Tralee's perfect start to the season.

Tralee, unbeaten in both cup and league, had enjoyed a five-point lead at the break courtesy of a basket off the fast break from Deirdre Geaney.

But with Katie Moloney and Karen Staunton both hitting impressive three pointers, Dynamos then began to edge in front with Georgina McKenna hitting form at the right time to leave Dynamos five up heading into the final quarter.

And while Tralee's man-to-man defence made things hard for Dynamos's, a timely basket on the 24-second buzzer from McKenna and some good scores from Jodie Niland and Theresa Harrison saw Dynamos over the line.

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BADMINTON: IRISH number one Scott Evans was in great form as he has made his way to the final in Cyprus. Evans is yet to drop a set on his way to the final, beating opposition from Cyprus, England, Ukraine and Germany's Philip Discher who he defeated in the semi-final 21-8 21-5 in only 17 minutes of play.

In the final he will meet world number 73 Andrew Smith, who looked equally impressive on his way to the final and he too is yet to drop a set.

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RUGBY: NEW signing Peter Stringer came off the bench on his Bath debut to score both tries in a 16-6 win against Exeter.

Ireland international Stringer had arrived on loan from Munster earlier in the week. "I still have that ambition and drive to play at the highest level," said Stringer.

"That's one of the reasons I was looking to come on loan somewhere and thankfully Bath came up with that opportunity and that's all I want to do – play and compete."

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GOLF: England's Chris Wood finally grabbed his first European Tour title yesterday – and did it in brilliant fashion with a closing eagle at the Qatar Masters in Doha.

Wood, 25, arrived at the par-five 18th hole one behind Spanish star Sergio Garcia and South African George Coetzee.

After a booming drive, the 6ft 5in golfer hit a 202-yard five-iron over the water and straight at the flag.

It came up just short, but he was celebrating the 12-foot putt going in before it dropped and two fist-pumps showed what it meant.

"I knew it was going to be hard no matter how I played," Wood said after collecting a first prize of just under £260,000.

"Winning on the European Tour is not easy."

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