Monday 27 January 2020

In brief: Niland's French dreams shattered


Conor Niland's dreams of making the first round of the French Open were ruthlessly ended as Germany's Julian Reister defeated him in the second qualifying round at Roland Garros yesterday.

Reister's 6-2, 6-4 victory belied the ATP world rankings that saw the Irishman sit three places higher at 169. The German dominated the opening set and though Niland made a better fist of things in the second he was ultimately powerless to avoid a straight-sets defeat.

Boxing: Thiam purse for Lee defeat withheld

MAMADOU THIAM'S purse has been withheld pending an investigation following his loss to Andy Lee at the University of Limerick last Saturday, Boxing Union of Ireland chief Mel Christle has confirmed.

Senegal-born Thiam retired in the interval between the second and third rounds at UL claiming he suffered a back injury.

Cycling: Pozzato delights Giro's home fans

Team Katusha's Filippo Pozzato recorded the first Italian stage win in this year's Giro D'Italia after a tight sprint finish to stage 12.

The 206-kilometre haul from Citta Sant'Angelo to Porto Recanati did not hold a repeat of stage 11's sensational events, which led to an entirely new top 10. That remains unchanged, with Australian Richie Porte retaining the race leader's pink jersey.

Hockey: Symmons brace earns Loreto draw in Rome

Nikki Symmons earned Loreto a 2-2 draw with Scottish side Kelburne in their opening match of the EuroHockey Club Championship Trophy in Rome, her second-half equaliser coming from the penalty spot.

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