Saturday 24 March 2018

In brief: Moriarty flies flag for Irish


IRELAND'S Julia Moriarty stormed back from last week's Fed Cup campaign to nail down a place in the second round of the ITF Women's Circuit event in Ipswich, Australia, WRITES PADDY HICKEY

The 680-ranked Moriarty ended the title hopes of Australia's Lejla Husic on a 6-3 6-2 scoreline, to set up a second round clash against the No 2 seed, America's 214-ranked Lauren Albanese.

But there was no joy in singles action for the three Irish men participating in the ITF Futures outdoor clay event in Bournemouth, England.

Dubliner Colin O'Brien faced the top seed, France's Eric Prodon, and exited 6-7 (1/7) 1-6. Mayoman Daniel Glancy bowed out 4-6 3-6 against the No 6 seed, Italy's Claudio Grassi, and Dubliner Barry King was eliminated by Britain's Daniel Cox 6-7 (4/7) 6-0 6-3.

However, O'Brien and Cluskey, and King, in partnership with Britain's Marcus Willis, advanced to the second round in the doubles.

Roche records podium finish


NICOLAS Roche finished an excellent third place behind Slovakian Peter Sagan in the first stage of the Tour de Romandie which ended with a decisive bunch sprint win after 175km into Fleuruer.

The 20-year-old Sagan now heads the general classification having finished second in the opening prologue on Tuesday. Roche is in 10th place overall, 16 seconds behind Sagan.

Over in Malaysia, Belfast's David McCann catapulted into the race lead after two stages in the Jelajah Malaysia five-day event.

His advantage is 20 seconds on his closest challenger Takumi Beppu.

Nationals a huge draw


A total of 52 swimmers from the US National Club Swimming Association will compete this week in the Irish National Championships which get under way at the National Aquatic Centre today.

The best U-18 swimmers in America competed in an event in Orlando last month, their reward was a trip to Dublin to compete with some of Ireland's elite at the four-day gala.

There are also a number of top UK swimmers taking part. Tennessee-based Barry Murphy will face the likes of Scottish swimmer Andy Hunter in the 50 metres freestyle while Olympian Ashling Cooney and Claire Dawson is also entered.

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