Saturday 20 January 2018

In brief: Niland fails to take advantage


IRELAND'S Conor Niland failed to profit from a second chance in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Tallahassee, Florida.

After losing to Australian teenager Dayne Kelly in the final round of qualifying on Monday, Niland gained entry to the main draw as a 'lucky loser' when the No 2 seed, South Africa's Kevin Anderson, withdrew through injury.

But paired against Argentina's Brian Dabul, Niland again failed to make the second round. Niland seemed well in contention when he shared the first six games on Tuesday before play was suspended.

But on resumption yesterday Niland won only three more games, allowing Dabul to prevail on a 4-6 2-6 scoreline.


IRELAND have included five survivors from last year's Junior World Cup squad for June's renewal of the tournament in Sante Fe, Argentina.

Allen Clarke has named just one player who did not feature in the successful Six Nations campaign, with Leinster's Noel Reid coming into the squad that will face France, England and host nation Argentina in Pool B.

Rugby League

Rugby League Ireland (RLI) have launched an inter-provincial championship to provide a pathway into the international team.

The initiative was announced at the launch of the 2010 Carnegie League at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin, where officials also unveiled a new-look league format. Teams will play in three provinces -- Leinster, Munster and Ulster -- with the title decided by a play-off series.


TRIBUTES were last night being paid to former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died in hospital after falling ill at the weekend.

The Spaniard was widely regarded as the most powerful man in sport when he headed the IOC from 1980 to 2001.


Australian Cadel Evans produced a brilliant effort to overhaul Alberto Contador in the final metres and clinch victory in yesterday's Fleche Wallonne Classic.

Daniel Martin was best of the three Irish participants, finishing in 18th place, while his cousin Nicolas Roche was in 30th place. Philip Deignan's bad luck continued as he failed to complete the course, having also failed to finish in the Amstel Gold on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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