Wednesday 17 January 2018

In brief: Keenan demands more from Killester

Basketball

Killester head coach Mark Keenan expressed disappointment at his side's performance in Saturday's 79-74 Dublin derby win over DCU Saints after they scraped a dramatic win right at the death.

The sides were tied at 72-all with two minutes remaining but points from Kieran O'Brien, Paddy Kelly and Isaac Westbrooks secured a second successive win for Killester.

"It was a very frustrating game," said Keenan. "I am not happy with the performance but happy we got the win.

"It was a typical Dublin derby. There was plenty of passion and intensity and thankfully we came out with the points."

Hockey

The Lynch brothers, Jason and Karl, were to the fore in different venues as the Irish Hockey League got under way over the weekend.

Older sibling Jason returned to his Cork C of I roots to haunt his old club at Garryduff, providing Daniel Buser with the pass for Lisnagarvey's second goal in a 3-1 win.

Karl scored for reigning champions Pembroke Wanderers in their 5-2 thrashing of Cork Harlequins at Serpentine Avenue.

Motorsport

Jorge Lorenzo has been crowned MotoGP world champion after finishing third in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

The Fiat Yamaha rider came home behind winner Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso, which was enough for him to secure the title with three races to go.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Fildes dominated the two fastest races of the day at Mondello Park yesterday, driving his father Ken's Ralt to victory in both and getting very close to setting a new Formula Libre lap record.

He beat Paul Dagg by a clear 20 seconds in the opening race and in a much closer finish, Fildes slowed in the closing laps of the second race to win by just one second.

Tennis

World No 1 Rafael Nadal eased past Gael Monfils 6-1 7-5 to clinch the Japan Open title in Tokyo.

The 24-year-old Spaniard was in imperious form and did not concede a single break point in the match on the way to his seventh title of the season.

Some brutal hitting from the baseline helped Nadal secure the first set, finished off with a ferocious forehand.

Cricket

India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to score 14,000 runs in Test cricket during the second Test against Australia in Bangalore.

The 37-year-old right-hander went into his 171st Test needing 27 runs and he cut off-spinner Nathan Hauritz for four in the final session of the second day's play to reach the milestone.

Tendulkar, named the International Cricket Council's player of the year, finished the day unbeaten on 44 as the home side recovered from 38-2 in reply to Australia's 478.

Irish Independent

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