Monday 22 January 2018

In brief: Merrey inspires Temple cruise



Sister schools Mount Temple and Newpark will meet in the semi-final of the Leinster Schools (Section A) McMullen Cup Senior Cup following their respective wins over CBS Naas and Dundalk Grammar yesterday.

Adam Merrey was Temple's match-winner with 19 points in a 34-19 win. He was backed up by back-rowers Conor McGinley and Vincent Gavin against a two-try salvo from Naas' star man Adam Byrne.

Dundalk led 10-5 just before the break, thanks to a try from Robert Williams, but Newpark exploded into life, with Sam Crowe knifing in for two tries and Fergus Halpin bagging a hat-trick in the 36-10 win.

Aidan Sherlock blasted over in the 66th minute for the decisive try for Skerries Community College, quickly followed by a penalty from Kevin McGrath, in an 18-10 win over St Conleth's.

Tries from Eoghan Carron and Fergus Grant gave Skerries a slight advantage until St Conleth's struck back through kicker Roger Mannion and a try from Liam Feheny.


American investigators interviewed French police officers yesterday in a second day of meetings looking into allegations of doping by Lance Armstrong and other cyclists.

On Tuesday, the US delegation questioned representatives of the French anti-doping agency that has stored some of Armstrong's samples from the 1999 Tour de France.

The police agency has been involved in a French investigation of syringes and transfusion equipment found in a rubbish container after the 2009 Tour.

French officials say the material belonged to the Astana team that included Armstrong and 2009 Tour winner Alberto Contador.


Former world No 1 Carlos Moya yesterday announced his retirement at the age of 34 due to a recurring foot injury. The 1998 French Open champion said he would play one more event, in Seville next month.

Irish Independent

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