Wednesday 29 January 2020

In brief: Jones set for AAI's elite job

Athletics Ireland (AAI) are finally moving to kick-start their 'high performance' programme for elite athletes which has been in a hiatus since a row broke out over the appointment of its key full-time position after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

Tonight's AAI board (executive) meeting is expected to sanction the employment of Chris Jones as a consultant to restructure the programme.

Jones is a well-respected Welsh coach of several world champion triathletes who previously worked with the Welsh Sports Council and he's currently Triathlon Ireland's Performance Director.

In late 2008 Jones was one of the two front-runners to fill AAI's Director of Athletics role after Max Jones stepped down. That role has been vacant since because that selection process ended in disarray when the Sports Council refused to sanction the appointment of Paul Doyle, who was the first choice of AAI's recruitment panel.

Cricket: Porterfield leads Afghanistan rout

IRELAND went some way to re-establishing themselves as the leading non-Test playing nation with a thumping victory over Afghanistan yesterday at the start of a Quadrangular Twenty20 tournament in Colombo.

After two recent defeats to Afghanistan, Ireland needed to restore authority and did so by passing their opponents' total of 121-9 with even more to spare than five wickets and 11 balls suggests.

Captain William Porterfield led the way, finding the boundary nine times to reach 46 from only 30 balls and Ireland were in cruise control long before John Mooney delivered the knock-out blow with a pulled boundary from the first ball of the 19th over.

Tennis: Sorensen soars to career high

IRELAND'S Louk Sorensen has improved 71 places in the updated ATP singles world rankings after his outstanding run in the Australian Open, WRITES PADDY HICKEY.

Prior to the Melbourne Park event, Sorensen was placed at 284 in the world ladder but after advancing to the second round of the main draw in the first Grand Slam of the year, the Ireland Davis Cup ace has shot up to a career-high 213.

Conor Niland improves from 285 to 277 after collecting 14 points for winning two matches in the Melbourne qualifying.

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