Saturday 20 January 2018

In Brief: Horgan clear to face Kilkenny

GAELIC GAMES: Cork full-forward Patrick Horgan is free to play in next week's All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-final against Kilkenny

The full-forward had the red card he received in last weekend's Munster final against Limerick rescinded after an appeal to the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) yesterday.

Westmeath referee James McGrath sent off Horgan just before half-time after his hurley made contact with the back of Paudie O'Brien's helmet. Limerick went on to win the game 0-24 to 0-15.

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Camogie: Wexford's hopes of a four-in-a-row are still intact after a 1-16 to 1-8 win over Clare clinched third place in Group 1 of the Liberty Insurance Senior Championship.

After leading 0-6 to 0-4 at the break, player-of-the-match Kate Kelly grabbed a goal in the 43rd minute and Wexford never looked back despite Clare notching a late consolation goal. The champions will now face Offaly in the quarter-final.

Galway will meet Tipperary in the quarter-finals after the Premier County had a 2-16 to 2-6 win over Dublin also in Group 1. The game turned on its head in the 35th minute when Dublin's Eva Marie Elliot picked up a second yellow card and Tipperary used the extra player to great effect.

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Golf: South Korea's Jin Jeong, who at Muirfield in 2010 became the first Asian golfer to win the Amateur Championship, overcame an eight-shot deficit to move into a share of the lead with Norway's Knut Borsheim heading into the final round of the Mugello Tuscany Open on the Challenge Tour.

Jeong shot an eight-under-par 63 to Borsheim's 71 at the UNA Poggio dei Medici Golf Club near Florence, Italy, to lead the field on 15 under par. England's Lloyd Kennedy birdied the last for a 66 to lie third, three shots back.

Dubliner Niall Kearney carded a 67 yesterday – three better than Friday's score – but is 11 shots off the lead.

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Triathlon: Aileen Reid dipped under the hour for a 12th place finish at the Hamburg leg of the World Series where 250,000 spectators turned out to cheer on home favourite and eventual winner Anne Haug who sprinted clear in the final 800 metres. The result elevates Reid by one place in the World Series standings to 12th after six rounds.

In the men's race younger brother Jonny Brownlee pipped Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee to claim his third Series victory this season. Javier Gomez of Spain trailed in nine seconds back to take bronze.

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Athletics: Limerick's Sarah Lavin won silver in the 100 metres hurdles at the European Junior Championships in Rieti, Italy yesterday. Her time of 13.34 seconds was a personal best and a National Junior record.

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Four National records were smashed at the Juvenile Championships in Tullamore yesterday.

Menapians celebrated victory in the under 15 boys 4x100m relay, breaking the national time set by Leevale in 1989. The Co Wexford men won gold in 47.65 seconds, breaking the Cork side's record of 47.90.

Galway City Harriers under 18 girls team set a 4x400m record of 4:16:37. Meanwhile, Galway's under 18 boys also won the 4x100m on the line just 16 hundredths of a second clear of Leevale.

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Derry's Paralympic champion Jason Smyth made light work of his T13 200m semi-final at the IPC World Championships in Lyon yesterday, qualifying fastest for today's final.

Smyth was Ireland's first athlete in action at the championships and ran a qualifying time of 21.57. Smyth's closest qualifier was the surprise packet of Nambala Johannes of Namibia in a time of 21.80 and Russian Alexander Zverev in 22.39.

Smyth, who missed the 2011 Championships in New Zealand due to injury, laid down a strong marker to all his opponents that he is determined to secure the titles he last won in Assen in 2006.

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Equestrian: Ireland's show jumping squad has been named for the upcoming European Championships and the Hickstead Nations' Cup.

Team manager Robert Splaine has picked Shane Breen, Cameron Hanley, Conor Swail, Shane Sweetnam and Billy Twomey for the Europeans, to be held at the end of August in Denmark.

For Hickstead, which takes place at the start of next month, Splaine went with Shane Breen and Twomey again but added Micheal Kellly, Trevor Breen and Niall Talbot. Both squads will be narrowed down to a team of four closer to the event.

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Cricket: Kumar Sangakkara hit a stunning 169 as Sri Lanka cruised to a convincing 180-run victory over South Africa in the first one-day international in Colombo.

The wicketkeeper began slowly but upped the pace considerably in the last 10 overs as the home side posted 320-5 after being put in to bat by AB De Villiers.

And the tourists never looked like getting close to chasing that down, with only five batsmen getting into double figures as they slumped to 140 all out.

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Tennis: Four home players yesterday battled their way through to the qualifying second round in the Men's Irish Open at Fitzwilliam LTC.

Wicklow duo Alan Gleeson, from Greystones, and Stephen Martin, from Bray, as well as Donnybrook's Robert Dudley prevailed in two sets in the only world-ranking event taking place in Ireland this year.

And Mark Carpenter from Naas, after losing the first set, stormed back to see off Britain's Cal Craven on a 5-7 5-7 6-4 6-2 scoreline.

One Irish player is guaranteed to make the main draw which starts tomorrow, as 18-year-old Dudley and US-based tennis scholarship student Martin clash in today's qualifying second round.

Irish Independent

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