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In brief: Longford bag easy triumph

Gaelic Games: Longford corner-forwards Paddy Dowd and Sean McCormack kicked three points from play each to give the midlanders the platform for a comfortable 1-8 to 0-5 victory against a very disappointing Fermanagh side at Brewster Park.

A second-half fisted goal from Niall Mulligan was the pivotal score with the wing-forward coming in on the end of a move that had originated with yet another turnover from the Fermanagh defence.

Fermanagh only scored one point in the second half and only one point from play in the whole 70 minutes as they struggled to get any sort of flowing play going.

In the end Longford were the deserved winners with Dermot Brady excelling in the full-back line and Noel Farrell doing well at half-back.

Scorers -- Longford: M Mulligan 1-1, S McCormack, P Dowd 0-3 each, N Farrell 0-1. Fermanagh: T O'Flanagan 0-4 (4f), T Corrigan 0-1.

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Ulster champions Donegal are through to the All-Ireland Vocational Schools final after beating Leinster champions Meath 2-6 to 0-6 at Ballyconnell in Cavan yesterday afternoon. Donegal led 1-3 to 0-3 at the break and a second-half goal from John O'Malley decided the issue.

A Brian Davis brace early in the second half narrowed the gap but Donegal responded through Patrick McBrearty and Shaun McGarvey before O'Malley finished to the net from close range six minutes from time.

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BOXING: Katie Taylor was controversially beaten by Denica Eliseeva in the 60kg final at the Men's and Women's Strandja Multi- Nations in Pazardjik, Bulgaria yesterday.

The Bulgarian was adjudged to have won 5-1 in her own backyard. Taylor's coach and father Peter Taylor said that his daughter was devastated by the decision, adding that Taylor completely dominated the final and should have won by 20 points.

Taylor, the World, European and EU champ and 2010 AIBA world boxer of the year, beat Eliseeva 16-1 in the 2010 European Union final in Hungary and 8-1 in the 2009 European Union final in Bulgaria.

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golf: Pablo Larrazabal held the clubhouse lead at the end of the third day of the Avantha Masters DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi.

While fog continued to dog the tournament with another 90 minutes' play lost yesterday morning, Larrazabal fired a six-under-par 66 to take the third-round clubhouse lead. Spaniard Larrazabal reached 11-under-par thanks to an eagle at the par-five last.

Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin lay seven shots off the pace after a round of 71. Eight groups were unable to complete their third rounds, and they will resume today at 8.0 local time.

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Cycling: Italian rider Riccardo Ricco was sacked by his Vacansoleil team yesterday after a botched self blood transfusion led to him spending 12 days in hospital.

The 27-year-old, who returned from a 20-month ban last March after being caught taking drugs while finishing second at the 2008 Tour de France, is also facing disciplinary proceedings from Italy's anti-doping body.

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Basketball: With three games to go, the race for the Southern Conference title is still wide open after Killester bagged an 83-51 win over UL.

Demons, meanwhile, defeated Ulster Elks 93-71 earlier on in the day and it looks more than likely now that their return clash with The Eagles on March 6 will decide the fate of the title.

Cup champions UCD Marian meanwhile fell away in the final six minutes against Neptune in a game that saw Michael McGinn shoot 18 points from the outside.

In the Womens Superleague, DCU Mercy joined UL and Glanmire in the semi-finals despite a late rally from Killester which saw Aisling Sullivan hit successive threes in her teams 62-48 defeat to the cup champions.

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CRICKET: Virender Sehwag smashed a scintillating 175 to get favourites India off to a comfortable winning start in the World Cup opener yesterday, brushing aside Bangladesh in an 87-run win.

Sehwag propelled his side to 370-4 from their 50 overs. He hit 14 fours and five sixes in his 140-ball knock for his highest one-day score. Virat Kohli also completed a century in the final over.

Bangladesh made a bright start as they embarked on their massive run chase and were even ahead of the asking rate early on until openers Tamim Iqbal (70) and Imrul Kayes (34) had departed and thereafter they fell hopelessly behind, finishing 283-9.

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CAMOGIE: Waterford IT and UCC will meet in the Ashbourne Cup final today for the second year in succession after both colleges had comprehensive victories in yesterday's semi-finals in Dangan.

Defending champions WIT are still on track for a historic three-in-a-row after they beat UL 4-9 to 0-6.

Earlier, University College Cork saw off UCD 0-12 to 0-3, controlling the tie through Fionnuala Carr, Orla Cotter and Katrina Mackey.

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ATHLETICS: Laura Reynolds of Mohill AC and Kate Veale from West Waterford AC fought out a thrilling finish to the 3,000m Walk at the National Indoor Championships at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast yesterday.

Reynolds came away with the win in 12 minutes 47 seconds. Veale broke her own National Junior record when clocking 12:49.21; third-placed Emma Doherty, was a minute and a half further back.

Elsewhere, Robert Heffernan defended his 5,000m title in 18:51. Tori Pena, the American-born Irish pole vaulter, won the event last night with a clearance of 4.10 metres.

Mary Cullen's opposition in the 3,000m at the forthcoming European Indoor Championships was strengthened yesterday when Britain's Helen Clitheroe ran the fastest time in Europe this year, 8:39.81. Cullen was in yesterday's race and finished fifth in 8:53.01, a season-best time.

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