Friday 19 January 2018

In Brief: Mageean can aim for stars


Ciara Mageean, the 18-year-old Down middle-distance runner, has been voted into Europe's Top 10 Rising Stars for 2010.

This is excellent recognition for Mageean and, in particular, for her brilliant silver medal win in the 1,500m at the World Junior Championships in Canada last July. She ran a lifetime best of 4:09.51, which is also an Irish junior record.

Croatian Sandra Perkovic was voted the women's winner, after the 20-year-old became the youngest gold medallist at the European Championships in Barcelona in her first senior year competing in the discus.

Mageean is preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

There was drama in the dressage arena at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky yesterday when one of the big favourites for an individual medal and a key player in the fancied Dutch side was eliminated.

Adelinde Cornelissen and her horse Parzival were stopped as they completed their rein-back, as there was blood in the horse's mouth. Cornelissen's absence puts huge pressure on the final, record-breaking Dutch partnership of Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas.

The British, meanwhile, were making up ground in the battle for the team title, while the Germans were cementing their second spot behind the leading Dutch.

Australia's Cadel Evans can count on strong support when he defends his world road title on home soil this weekend.

The 33-year-old -- who has finished as Tour de France runner-up twice -- won last year's title in Mendrisio, less than three kilometres from his adopted home in Switzerland, and will bid for victory in the port city of Geelong, a training ride away from his Australian home in Barwon Heads.

Fresh from his top-10 finish in the Tour of Spain, Nicolas Roche leads an Irish team that includes David McCann and Irish road race champion Matt Brammeier.

The Chicago Bears punished the Green Bay Packers for some scrappy play with a 20-17 upset on Monday, to join the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers as the NFL's only unbeaten teams.

Robbie Gould booted over a 19-yard field goal with four seconds left to clinch the victory and keep the Bears at the top of the NFC North standings with a perfect 3-0 mark.

Irish Independent

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