Thursday 22 February 2018

In Brief: Maybin sizzles in Scotland

golf: A joint best-of-the-week 64 saw Gareth Maybin take the early clubhouse lead on day three of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness.

Maybin moved to 13-under par for the week with eight birdies, two bogeys and an eagle at the long sixth.

"It was pretty much flawless apart from I guess the two bogeys," said Maybin, who finished tied for eighth in France last weekend. "I played great golf, flagged it all day and made a bunch of putts.

Maybin was joined by Raphael Jacquelin of France (65) and American Peter Uihlein (70) on 13-under and finished the day in a tie for sixth place three shots back.

Phil Mickelson moved to 14-under after posting a third-round 66. The four-time Major winner, who began the day four shots off the lead, hit six birdies and shares second place alongside South African Branden Grace (66), Dane Joachim Hansen (69) and Briton John Parry (66) on 202.

Late in the day, Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot to the top of the leaderboard with a six-under 66 to take a two-shot lead into today's final round.

Damien McGrane is on eight-under after a third round 72 while Shane Lowry and Paul McGinley are a shot further back after they each carded two-under 70s in yesterday's third round.

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Ladies football: Kerry ended Cork's hopes of 10-in-a-row in Munster with a sensational 1-16 to 1-15 victory in yesterday's TG4 SFC final in Castletownroche.

It was Kerry's second victory over Cork in this summer's championship after they won 3-10 to 3-8 in the first round.

Cork had the chance to equalise at the death but Geraldine O'Flynn's free bounced agonisingly off the upright and William O'Sullivan's Kerry survived to book their place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Cork must regroup through the qualifiers in their quest for a third successive All-Ireland crown and other would-be challengers now realise that the Rebelettes are beatable.

In Leinster, meanwhile, Dublin retained their provincial crown with a comfortable 3-14 to 0-9 victory over Meath, in what was a repeat of last year's final.

Dublin's Noelle Healy won the player-of-the-match award after Lindsey Peat scored two first-half goals for Dublin as they led by 2-6 to 0-6 at half-time. The Jackies produced a strong second-half performance to retain the provincial silverware.

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Camogie: Kilkenny will play in the Liberty Insurance Senior Championship semi-final on August 17 after recording a stunning 2-15 to 2-9 victory over Wexford in their final Group 1 game at Nowlan Park.

Wexford took an early advantage thanks to a goal to Fiona Kavanagh but Kilkenny responded well and led 0-7 to 1-3 at half-time. Shelley Farrell rifled a shot to the bottom corner of the Wexford net after 38 minutes to push Kilkenny six points in front and when they got their second goal after a goalmouth scramble, Wexford were left with too much to do.

Wexford now face Clare in a do-or-die battle for a place in the quarter-finals next week, after Galway defeated the Banner women by 3-12 to 1-12 at Cusack Park.

Molly Dunne claimed the crucial goal in the 51st minute to give Galway sufficient breathing space to earn a quarter-final spot.

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Tennis: IRELAND'S James Cluskey achieved a notable landmark in his career by claiming his first doubles title on the ATP Challenger Tour when he teamed up with Frenchman Fabrice Martin to edge Britain's Brydan Klein and South Africa's Ruan Roelofse in the outdoor hardcourt event in Istanbul.

After the first two sets were shared, Cluskey, who has won 10 doubles titles at the third-tier ITF Futures level, and Martin drove on after achieving an early mini-break in the champions' tie-break to finish 3-6 6-3 10/5 winners after an hour and 18 minutes.

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Athletics: Paul Robinson has reached today's 1500m final in the U23 European Championships in Finland after he coasted to victory in a time of 3.44.73 in yesterday's heats.

Ferrybank's Thomas Barr, meanwhile, finished in eighth place in the final of the 400m hurdles in a time of 50.11. However, he will be happy with these championships as he broke 50 seconds for the first time.

The 4x400 relay team of Dara Kervick (Carrick On Suir), Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC), Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC) and Mark English (UCD AC) finished their semi-final in 3:07.71 but with five teams quicker they failed to make the final.

Conor McCullough (Crusaders AC) finished in sixth place in the men's hammer competition.

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Equestrian: Two Irish riders finished in the top five of the famous Falsterbo Derby in Sweden yesterday afternoon. Jerome Hurel of Franceand the bay gelding Warrior took the €20,000 first prize.

Capt. Michael Kelly steered the Minister for Defence's 16 year-old grey Irish Sport Horse mare Mo Chroi to one of her best results of the season, when finishing fourth on four faults and collecting €6,000.

Kelly will be the only Irish entrant among the 44 in today's €200,000 Falsterbo Grand Prix on the gelding Annestown.

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Hockey: Graham Shaw's Ireland U-18 Boys secured promotion back to the European A Division with a comfortable 4-0 win over hosts Poland in Gasawa yesterday.

Two goals in either half saw Ireland dispatch of their rivals with Harry Morris, Alex Burns, Michael Robson & Simon Wolfe on target.

Irish Independent

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