Friday 19 January 2018

In brief: McGee marches on to semi-finals


James McGee booked a place in the semi-finals of the ITF Men's Futures event in Rabat, Morocco, yesterday by making light of a 284-place deficit in the world rankings -- 283 compared to 567 -- as he powered his way to an emphatic 6-2 6-4 win over the No 2 seed, Russia's Mikail Vasiliev.

Sam Barry lost in the doubles semi-finals in the ITF Men's Futures in Manchester with New Zealand partner Marvin Barker, going down 6-4 6-4 to Britain's Chris Eaton and Josh Goodall.


Irish swimmers all fared well at the second day of competition at the 2011 Scottish Gas National Open Championships in Glasgow yesterday.

Cian Duffy (Galway SC), Brendan Hyland (Tallaght SC & HPC-NAC) and Jack Cobain (Portmarnock SC & HPC-NAC) qualified for the final of the men's 200m butterfly, subsequently finishing outside the medals in eighth, ninth and 10th places respectively.

Cobain and Hyland also qualified for the 'B' final of the 400m freestyle, with the Tallaght man finishing in fourth in a time of 4:10.26.

Sunday's Well swimmer Emma Cassidy finished the day with two personal best times, coming third in the 'B' final of the 200m backstroke (2:23.09) and performing strongly in the 50m freestyle (28.41). Olympian Aisling Cooney (ESB SC) took sixth in a time of 27.75 in the 'B' final.

Another Sunday's Well swimmer, Lorna Cummins, qualified for the 'B' final of the women's 200m individual medley, finishing in eighth in a time of 2:26.24.


Mahela Jayawardene stroked an elegant 144 to propel Sri Lanka to a 69-run win over England as the tourists levelled the one-day series 1-1 at Headingley, with Eoin Morgan top-scoring for England with 52 from 40 balls.

Jayawardene hit his highest ODI score off 150 balls as Sri Lanka piled on the runs on a batsman-friendly wicket to finish on 309-5.

Despite the sunny conditions, England struggled to find any momentum during their chase and eventually folded for 240 with more than four overs to spare.


Munster have turned to Tadhg Kennelly's trainer with the Sydney Swans to knock them into shape for the new season.

Australian Bryce Cavanagh has been appointed as Munster's new strength and conditioning coach in place of Paul Darbyshire.

Cavanagh, who previously worked with the NSW Waratahs in Australia before switching to Aussie Rules, will meet Munster's international contingent for the first time on Monday, having linked up with the rest of the squad this week.

Irish Independent

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