Sunday 21 January 2018

In Brief: Ginty clinches World gold

boxing: Ciara Ginty is on top of the world this morning after being crowned lightweight champion at the AIBA World Youth and Junior Championships in Albena, Bulgaria.

The 15-year-old Mayo orthodox boxer beat Turkey's Esra Yildiz on a split decision to secure the 60kg gold for Ireland.

Yildiz began this contest like a house on fire, but Ginty, who boxes out of the Geesala BC, showed her composure with a superb display of counter-punching.

"I'm waiting to get my breath back,'' said Irish team manager Anna Moore from ringside in Albena. "What a performance, Ciara was absolutely brilliant."

Cork's Christina Desmond will be in action at around 4.30 this afternoon against Kazakhstan's Gauhar Yermekbay in the Youth 69kg final.

Ginty's win and Jacqui Lynch's bronze medal helped Ireland's Juniors finish 7th in the medals table.

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golf: Shane Lowry equalled the course record with a 64 at Carnoustie for a share of second place in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Lowry had the opportunity to claim second spot all for himself but a bogey on his final hole left him two shots off the lead.

Peter Uihlein's pitch from 47 yards plunged straight into the hole for an eagle two to complete a 65 for a 20-under-par total in the pro-am event played at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews.

However, with scoring conditions again perfect, that was only good enough to lead by two from Ernie Els, David Howell, Joost Luiten, Martin Kaymer, Richard McEvoy and Lowry.

Michael Hoey shot a five under 67 at St Andrews to stand five shots off the pace, the same mark as Darren Clarke who shot six under 66.

Paul McGinley is on 11 under overall after a third round 67 at St Andrews while the only other Irishman to make the cut, Padraig Harrington, is a shot further back after carding an eight under 64 at St Andrews.

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Galway's Eddie McCormack takes a two-stroke lead into today's final round of the Connacht Mid-Amateur Championship at Roscommon.

The 40-year-old Cavan native carded rounds of 68 and 69 to lead on five under par from Holywood's Tony McClements.

Defending champion Shane Underwood from Co Sligo is 10 shots off the pace on five over.

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horse racing: The final three races of yesterday afternoon's meeting at Navan were abandoned "in the interests of safety'' after concerns were expressed about the state of the ground on parts of the course.

Four of the seven races were completed but there were several instances of horses slipping on the bend, prompting a group of officials and jockeys to inspect the track.

They were not satisfied with the condition of the ground and the decision was taken to call off the remainder of the card ahead of the feature race of the fixture, the Albany Hurdle.

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Tennis: Louk Sorensen had the edge over Sam Barry in an all-Irish showdown in the semi-finals of the Greek ITF Futures event in Athens yesterday.

Six days after his shock run to the final of last week's ATP Challenger tournament in Turkey, Stuttgart-based Sorensen romped to a 6-4 6-2 win over top-seeded Barry.

He takes on Serbia's unseeded Nikola Milojevic who shocked the No 3 seed Tiago Fernandes of Brazil 6-3 6-1 in the second semi-final.

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gaelic football: The All-Ireland Football Championship is done and dusted and so is the Fantasy Gaelic competition. The experts' League was won by Donegal's Neil Gallagher who just pipped Mayo's Enda Varley for the top spot. It was Gallagher's decision to captain Bernard Brogan that sealed the deal for him as the Dublin star was top scorer in last Sunday's All-Ireland football final.

The overall winner was Martin Mannion from Galway and Mayo's Garrymore was the top performing club. Their prizes include Azzurri club kits, tickets to the All Stars with accommodation and a signed Opel All Star jersey.

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Hockey: A 2-1 win for Three Rock Rovers over UCD yesterday was significant considering the depth of talent the students have assembled for this season.

In fact, it was College who led at the break through a Nick Burns goal, but Rovers, who inflicted a 5-4 win over title holders Pembroke Wanderers a week ago, proved their worth again clinching victory with a goal apiece from Jonny Bruton and Mitch Darling.

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rugby: South Africa beat Australia 28-8 to retain hope of wrestling the Championship title away from New Zealand, although the Springboks let their initial complete dominance at Newlands slip yesterday to miss out on a four-try bonus point.

South Africa scored 23 unanswered points in the first half after an early Wallabies penalty, but couldn't maintain that momentum.

Hooker Adriaan Strauss and fullback Zane Kirchner went over for tries inside 15 minutes against a creaking Wallabies defence. Yet Willie le Roux crossed for the third only in the 72nd.

For most of the second half, a battling Australia held up the South Africans while never threatening to end a losing run at the Cape Town ground that dates to 1992, then pounced for a late consolation score.

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cycling: Marianne Vos won her third title in the road race at the World Championships yesterday and reinforced her status as the top rider in women's cycling.

Vos, who also won the road race at the London Olympics and has World and Olympic titles in cyclo-cross and track cycling, clocked three hours and 44 minutes from Montecatini Terme to Florence.

Emma Johansson of Sweden finished second, 15 seconds behind, and Rossella Ratto of Italy crossed third with the same time.

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