Monday 19 March 2018

In brief: McGuigan KO for Derby rivals

GREYHOUND racing: Tyrur McGuigan turned the tables on his elder sibling, hot favourite Tyrur Big Mike, to claim victory in last night's Derby final at Shelbourne Park.

Tyrur McGuigan flew out of the traps and led his elder brother into the bend. His impressive pace didn't falter through the straight as he stayed a yard and a half ahead of Big Mike. The two stayed in these positions right up to the line with 8/1 shot McGuigan claiming victory.

Owner PJ Fahy must have been elated with the performances of his two dogs, both trained by his son Conor.

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GAELIC GAMES: Tyrone are through to the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football final after squeezing past Kerry in yesterday's semi-final replay at Banagher. Influential centre-forward Gemma Begley led the charge with a 1-3 haul as the Red Hands edged out the Kingdom 1-9 to 0-11.

Tyrone will now meet last year's beaten finalists Dublin in the decider at Croke Park on September 26.

Begley netted after just 65 seconds to set the winners on their way, but they were outscored by 0-2 to 0-8 for the remainder of the half as Kerry led 1-2 to 0-8 at the break.

On the resumption, Tyrone set about eating into Kerry's lead and by the 11th minute were level at 1-6 to 0-9.

Points from ace corner-forward Joline Donnelly and Aisling O'Kane pushed Tyrone two points clear -- 1-9 to 0-10 -- with three minutes remaining before Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh popped over her sixth point in the final minute.

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A commanding second-half performance saw Kerry claim a 0-22 to 0-12 victory over Meath in the All-Ireland U-21 'B' hurling final at Semple Stadium yesterday.

Playing against the wind in the first half, the Munster side scored five points between the 20th and 25th minutes to eat into Meath's lead and by half time the sides were level at 0-9 apiece, Kerry free-taker Darragh O'Connell getting most of their scores.

After the break, with full-forward Padraig Boyle finding his range, Kerry pulled clear to claim the title for the second year-in-a-row.

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HANDBALL: Defending champions Eoin Kennedy and Egin Jensen of Dublin suffered a major shock when they were defeated by Kilkenny aces, Michael "Ducksy'' Walsh and Michael Clifford 21-17 and 21-17 in the All-Ireland Softball Men's Doubles semi-finals clash at Semple Stadium.

The Kilkenny pair will meet Meath's Tom Sheridan and Brian Carroll in the final after they overcame Wexford aces Barry Goff and Colin Keeling 21-19 21-20.

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AUSSIE RULES: Former Sydney team-mate Barry Hall booted four goals to dash Tadhg Kennelly's hopes of winning a second Premiership in yesterday's hard-fought AFL preliminary semi-final.

Western Bulldogs progressed to a preliminary final against St Kilda on a 77-72 scoreline after fighting back from a 30-point deficit midway through the second quarter.

Sydney only managed two goals from 10 scoring shots and that proved their Achilles heel in what was a last game for coach Paul Roos and co-captain Brett Kirk.

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ROWING: Ireland's lightweight women's double scull of Claire Lambe (UCD) and Siobhan McCrohan (Tribesmen Rowing Club) rowed superbly to put themselves into today's final at the 2010 European Rowing Championships in Montemor O Velho, Portugal.

With Germany and Greece already qualified, the Ireland duo now join them along with Portugal, Italy, and Spain in the decider.

Niall Kenny (NUI Galway) and Mark O'Donovan (Skibbereen RC), rowing in a lightweight men's double scull, were fifth in their semi-final and now go into the 'B' final to determine places seven to 12.

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CYCLING: Nicolas Roche moved up to fifth place overall in the Tour of Spain following yesterday's Stage 14 summit finish at Pena Cabarga, near Santander.

Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez won the stage with Roche 34 seconds down in fifth. Italy's Vincenzo Nibali grabbed the overall lead and is just four seconds ahead of Rodriguez.

Overnight leader Igor Anton abandoned the race with seven kilometres to go after crashing badly and injuring his elbow.

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GOLF: Martin Kaymer is set to deliver the European Ryder Cup side its fifth success in as many weeks after the German moved into a one-stroke lead at 10-under par after three rounds of the KLM Open at Hilversum.

The 25-year-old Kaymer, in his first event since capturing the US PGA, birdied his closing two holes in a round of 66 to finish ahead of Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (65) and Sweden's Christian Nilsson (68).

Belfast's Michael Hoey (66) heads the Irish at five-under par with former KLM Open winner, Darren Clarke (67) and last year's runner-up Peter Lawrie (69) next best at four-under par.

Shane Lowry (69) remarked he holed his longest putt in a month, a 30-footer, in eagling the 12th to be at one-under par.

Down's Simon Thornton (70) is at level par and one clear of Ballyclare's Gareth Mabyin (72), who doubled the last in the company of fellow Ulsterman Clarke.

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CRICKET: Merrion lifted their first Irish Senior Cup when beating Railway Union by 36 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method at Balrothery.

Railway looked to be set for a win after an unbeaten 141 fourth wicket partnership between Kevin O'Brien and Trent Johnson that saw 84 runs scored in the last five overs to end 317-3.

However, 14 fours from Dom Joyce (72 no) and 12 fours from Greg Clarence (70 no) ensured Merrion's run rate was superior in the rain-affected game.

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