Saturday 17 March 2018

In brief: Fitzsimons on song for Naas


CBS Naas qualified for a semi-final tilt at East Glendalough in the Leinster Schools (section A) Duff Junior Cup on the back of centre Callum Fitzsimons' two tries in their 26-10 second-round defeat of Ardscoil na Trionoide in Newbridge yesterday.

There was also the sure kicking of Chris Julien, with three conversions, to go with the fly-half's try and a fourth touchdown from left-wing Darragh Mulligan in answer to unconverted tries from Athy centre Jeremy Loughman and lock Tolu Ibitage.


Andy Murray will play Roger Federer in the group stage of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Recent Paris Masters winner Robin Soderling and Spaniard David Ferrer will be the Briton's other opponents in Group B. Murray, the fifth seed, will open the season-ending event on Sunday afternoon when he takes on Soderling.

Group A comprises world No 1 Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick.


Chris Gayle became only the fourth batsman to score two triple centuries as West Indies finished the second day in command of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

The 31-year-old opener, recently sacked as captain, hit 333 to join Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag as the only players to have scored more than one triple ton.

West Indies declared on 580-9 after losing six late wickets for just 21 runs. In reply Sri Lanka were 54-1 at the close.


Michael Vick inspired the Philadelphia Eagles as they crushed the Washington Redskins 59-28 to write several new entries into the record books.

On a day the Redskins hoped to celebrate quarter-back Donovan McNabb's new $78m contract, Vick and the Eagles crashed the party with an 88-yard touchdown off the opening drive which helped them to a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter.

The Eagles set team records for total yards in a game (592), points in a half (45) and had the biggest lead after the first quarter for any NFL road team (28-0) since at least 1950.

Vick became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a game. He hasn't thrown an interception or lost a fumble this season.

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