Friday 20 April 2018

In Brief: Horgan the star for Cork

GAELIC GAMES: Patrick Horgan scored 2-7 as Cork eventually shook off a dogged UCC 3-20 to 1-16 in their Waterford Crystal (SH) Cup opener at the Mardyke yesterday.

The game, which doubled as the inaugural Canon O'Brien Cup, was going the way of the college side in the first half as Willie Griffin and Seamus Harnedy were on song, but two goals in the space of a minute – from Horgan and Paudie O'Sullivan – put Cork into a lead they would never relinquish. They led 2-9 to 0-10 at the interval.

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A goal after 24 seconds from David Breen sent Limerick on their way to a comfortable 3-15 to 0-13 win over Mary Immaculate College in the Waterford Crystal (SH) Cup at Kilmallock and sets up a clash withTipperary next weekend.

Limerick dominated the first half and were full value for their 2-8 to 0-5 lead. The losers improved in the second half but once Shane Dowling had his second and his side's third goal the game was over as a contest.

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Rugby: Frosty conditions did not deter Leinster 'A' from giving a fighting display as they fought back to finish level 30-30 against Leeds Carnegie and seal their place in the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup.

An early Rory Clegg penalty put the home side in front, although the visitors soon took the lead with the first try from Brendan Macken. Carnegie's Scott Freer responded by touching down for the home side, as Clegg converted to give his team a five-point cushion.

Leinster captain Jack McGrath crossed the line five minutes later, and Noel Reid duly converted. A Ryan Burrows try, followed by a Clegg conversion and penalty, opened up an eight-point lead for Carnegie, while two Leinster penalties in quick succession from replacement Cathal Marsh, who came on for the injured Reid, clawed the difference back to just two points at half time.

Carnegie broke through again less than five minutes into the second half, this time Rob Baldwin finishing the move. Cleggs's conversion and a Joe Ford penalty brought the score to 30-18. But Leinster responded when replacement Cathal Marsh broke free to get over for a try which he converted himself. Leo Auva'a made up for the missed conversion with a fourth Leinster try, although the subsequent conversion attempt also missed the target.

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Snooker: Defending champion Neil Robertson moved into the final of the UK Masters with a 6-2 defeat of Shaun Murphy.

The Australian, who beat Murphy 10-6 in last year's final, saw off the same opponent at London's Alexandra Palace to set up a final against Mark Selby or Graeme Dott.

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Basketball: It was a good workout for the two teams competing in next Friday's Superleague Cup final in Tallaght with UL Eagles stretching their lead at the top of the Superleague table.

Second place Demons, 79-69, lost out to Killester at the IWA came with Michael Westbrooks landing a series of lay-ups in the final quarter to see Jonathan Grennell's men over the line.

This allowed UL put further light between their nearest rivals as they overcame Vincents in a low-scoring 69-49 contest which saw Jason Killeen impress in the rebounding stakes.

UL's Cup final opponents Neptune, meanwhile, defeated Moycullen 89-74 and while American Darren Townes was used sparingly ahead of Friday's clash he nonetheless emerged as top scorer on 22 points.

Centre Paul Stapleton also featured well for Mark Scannell's men while under-age players Darren Dowling and Dylan Lenihan were also giving valuable court time.

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Cricket: Alastair Cook bemoaned another sub-standard batting display from England as India enjoyed a clinical seven-wicket win in the third one-day international.

After starting the trip by defending an imposing 325 in Rajkot, England have now been rolled over well short of 200 on successive occasions and trail 2-1 in the five-match series.

Yesterday's effort was little short of a horror show, the tourists being dismissed for 155 with 7.4 overs still to be bowled.

They then looked on as India knocked off the target in just 28.1 overs to make light of their struggles.

The 39,000 fans who flocked to the first international fixture in Ranchi saw the dream finish – local boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni pulling the winning runs to the boundary.

"We didn't get enough runs. It is a concern, of course,'' said England skipper Cook. "It is frustrating when you don't play to your potential as a batting unit. When you don't you get punished for it.''

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Motorsport: Sebastien Loeb claimed his 77th career WRC victory after emerging unscathed from a chaotic and curtailed final day at the Monte Carlo Rally. The Citroen driver claimed his seventh win in the event after organisers abandoned the final two stages on safety grounds.

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Tennis: IRELAND'S James Cluskey was emphasising the positives after failing to capture his second world ranking doubles title in a week.

Cluskey and Germany's Alexander Satschko suffered a 6-2 6-2 defeat against Germany's Phillip Marx and Romania's Florin Mergea in the final of the ITF Men's Futures event in Stuttgart.

"It was disappointing to lose but I'm still 7-1 [win-loss record] in [doubles] matches since the start of the year," said the 26-year-old Dubliner.

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