Wednesday 13 December 2017

In brief: Lewis pulls one back for Rangers

Baseball

Colby Lewis pitched the Texas Rangers back into the 106th World Series with a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Arlington.

Lewis allowed two runs on five hits over seven and two thirds innings in game three at the Ballpark to leave the series at 2-1 to the Giants.

The Rangers had been shut down completely by Matt Cain in game two as the Giants had taken charge with home advantage in the first two games. But they hit back as Mitch Moreland hit a three-run home run off left-hander Jonathan Sanchez in the second inning and Josh Hamilton smashed his first World Series long ball in the fourth.

Basketball

Neptune brought Superleague leaders UL Eagles' unbeaten run to an end with an 88-78 victory on Saturday, largely thanks to 31 points from Michael Bonaparte.

Moycullen got themselves off the mark with a 75-65 win over Ulster Elks, while UCC Demons continued their fine start to the season with a 83-81 victory away at Belfast Star yesterday.

DCU Saints rode out a storm against UCD Marian as Barry Glover inspired a third-quarter comeback for the southsiders, but Eoin Quill, Emmett Donnelly and Pat Glover kept their composure to secure a first win of the season.

Meanwhile, Women Superleague leaders TM Hotel saw off BF Dynamos 80-56, while Waterford Wildcats got off the mark for the season with a 53-45 win over Killester.

Motorsport

World champion Jorge Lorenzo held off a strong challenge from Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi to win the Portuguese MotoGP for the third year in a row. The Yamaha rider (23), who took the world crown from Rossi in Sepang on October 10, came out on top again.

Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso grabbed third on the line in Estoril in the penultimate race of the season. Lorenzo overtook Rossi with 11 laps to go before speeding clear for an 8.6-second victory over the Italian.

Elsewhere, Wicklow driver Eamonn Byrne and his Dublin navigator Paul Phelan scored their seventh win in the Circuit of Ireland Retrospective Trial at Lisburn yesterday, leading for much of the three days. For Byrne, it completed a clean sweep of all four Retro events this year, with Phelan winning three times from three starts.

Tennis

Kim Clijsters came through a tough battle with world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki to win the year-ending WTA Tour Championships in Doha.

The players braved humid conditions, exchanging several breaks of serve, before the Belgian came through 6-3 5-7 6-3.

The match was a repeat of the 2009 US Open final, the only previous meeting between the players, with Clijsters emerging victorious on that occasion also.

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