Sunday 18 February 2018

In brief: Pembroke cruise into play-off spot


Title holders Pembroke Wanderers cruised into the play-offs of the Irish League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Dublin neighbours Corinthians.

However, the other three places in next month's top four remain up for grabs with just one series of games still to play.


Cathal McCarthy of the Edge CC soloed to victory in the Tommy Sheehan Memorial Trophy held in Carrick-on-Suir yesterday.

Shortly after the start, a quintet moved off the front of the main group and were never caught. Towards the end, McCarthy moved ahead to win in style with Wyley in second place.


Sergio Martinez of Argentina recovered from a knockdown to defeat champion Kelly Pavlik and win the WBO and WBC middleweight titles in Atlantic City on Saturday.

Martinez was knocked down in the seventh round, but recovered to inflict a cut above Pavlik's right eye that turned the bout back in his favour in the ninth. The Argentinian built on that momentum and earned a unanimous points victory.


Ireland's Conor Niland reeled off two straight set wins to power into the final round of qualifying in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Tallahassee, Florida.

Niland initially put American Marcus Fugate to the sword on a 6-4 6-2 scoreline, and he followed up with a 6-3 6-2 win over Canada's Chris Klingeman.

Today, the 226-ranked Limerick man, who is the No 1 seed, takes on Australian Dayne Kelly, with the winner advancing to the main draw of the $50,000 outdoor tournament.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal produced a simply breathtaking performance to brush aside Fernando Verdasco in the all-Spanish final at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Nadal was in awe-inspiring form as he easily dispatched Verdasco 6-0 6-1 in one hour 25 minutes to win his sixth consecutive title.


In an exciting finish, Alan Kilkenny was the winner of MEC's Freeman Cup Sporting Trial at Ashford when an extra section was needed after three drivers tied for top place.

Irish Independent

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