Saturday 20 January 2018

In brief: Inter through to world decider


Champions League holders Inter Milan booked their place in the Club World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Seongnam of South Korea last night.

Inter will meet surprise packages TP Mazembe of DR Congo on Saturday after the African champions upset Internacional of Brazil 2-0 to become the first team from outside Europe or South America to reach the final.

A third-minute goal by midfielder Dejan Stankovic settled Inter into a counter-attacking game. Captain Javier Zanetti scored a fine second goal just past the half hour, while the third came from Diego Milito in the 73rd.


CAVAN'S John Joe Nevin will be in pole position in the bantamweight section when the World Series of Boxing (WSB) rankings are released today or tomorrow. The Irish champion has won two fights out of two boxing for his Paris United side in the four-team WSB Team Championships European group.

The top two ranked boxers in each of the five weight categories from the 12-match Team Championships will qualify for next May's Individual WSB Championships, which will have five Olympic places up for grabs.

If Nevin finishes as one of the top two bantamweights in the Team Championships rankings, then he will have to win just one fight in the Individual Championships to qualify for the London Olympics.

Meanwhile, European bronze medalists Eric Donovan and Bashir Hassan will renew acquaintances when a star-studded St Michael's Athy BC meet almost a full Swedish national team at the GAA club in Athy tomorrow night.

Irish senior champion Donovan beat Hassan in a Multi-Nations tournament in Finland in 2005 en route to gold.

EU champions David Oliver Joyce, 2007 EU champ Roy Sheehan, John Joe Joyce and Davey Joe Joyce will also be in action. Boxing begins at 7.30.


IRISH hopefuls Martina Gillen and Danielle McVeigh both got off on the wrong foot as final qualifying for the Ladies European Tour opened on the South Course at La Manga yesterday.

Yet after a bogey, double-bogey start on the first two holes, Gillen deserves credit for keeping her composure as she compiled a round of three-over par 76, good enough for a share of 36th place.

Sadly, Curtis Cup star McVeigh wallowed in 82nd on eight-over after a first round 81 which included a double-bogey six on the opening hole. The top 50 and ties after 72 holes go through to Sunday's fifth and final round, with the top 30 earning full credentials on the Ladies European Tour.


Ireland's Rodney Goggins bounced back from his semi-final exit at the IBSF World Amateur Championships to take third place in Syria yesterday. Goggins secured the consolation prize with a 4-2 win over Noppadol Sangnil of Thailand.

Irish Independent

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