Wednesday 17 January 2018

In Brief: Red cards for Horan, Reddan

Golf: Disqualification came like a bolt from the blue for veterans Barry Reddan and Michael Horan as a vicious thunder and lightning storm took them out of the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Lahinch.

Fortunately for the brave pair, it wasn't an act of God that removed them from the championship but a rules official, who sent them packing for playing on during an hour-long suspension in play which had been called due to an electrical storm late in the afternoon.

The red card was certainly a shock to 67-year-old Reddan from Co Louth, the 1987 champion, who has been making the annual pilgrimage for more than 40 years.

Believing he had polished off Horan on the 17th after they had opted to play on when play was suspended. "It is a question of discontinuing play immediately and the boys were on the 15th," Liam Harkin, match secretary of the Munster Branch said. "They decided in their wisdom that they were on the 15th and it was the fine and sensible thing to do to play the last few holes in the lightning. The rules are quite clear."

"We went up the back of the green and sheltered for five minutes until it eased off and my opponent suggested going on again and I said, 'whatever suits' and off we went and played in," Reddan said.

With both players disqualified, Dromoland Castle's Tony Cleary will receive a bye into Monday's third round.

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Michael Hoey opened up a five-shot lead ahead of the final round at the M2M Russian Open at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club near Moscow. Hoey carded six birdies and an eagle, with a bogey on the 11th the only blot on his round, to move to 14-under par and open up a gap to England's Matthew Nixon and Sweden's Rikard Karlberg.

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Bernhard Langer seized a three-shot lead after the third round of the Senior British Open yesterday, mastering Royal Birkdale with superb links play for a four-under 66. David Frost of South Africa shot his third straight 68 to sit alone in second place.

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Paralympics: Orla Barry netted a stunning silver medal in the F57/58 Discus at the IPC World Championships in Lyon's Rhone Stadium yesterday.

The 22-year-old had been in sensational form in the lead-up to the championships, throwing an unofficial world record at the test event in May and following up with another mark over 30m at the Morton Games last week.

She delivered when it counted most, though, breaking the world record for the F57 classification with her final throw of 31.08. That earned her 1,002 points but it wasn't enough to reel in Nassima Saifi of Algeria, whose own world record for the F58 classification of 42.05 gave her a tally of 1,031 points.

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Athletics: London Olympian Mark Kenneally showed a return to form by convincingly winning the men's 10,000 metres in 29:21.68 at the National Senior Championships in Santry, a full 300 metres clear of Eddie McGinley.

Meanwhile, Tori Pena finalised preparations for next month's World Track Championships by setting a new championship record of 4.40 metres in the pole vault to take gold.

Maria McCambridge of Dundrum, south Dublin, was a runaway winner in the women's 5,000m. McCambridge lapped almost the entire field on route to an impressive victory in a time of 15:55.44. Next up for the DSD athlete will be the marathon at the World Championships.

Irish heptathlon record holder Kelly Proper of Ferrybank won three national titles. She won the long jump with a leap of 6.25m and later took the 200m title in a time of 23.64 from clubmate Niamh Whelan. Proper then ran the anchor leg for Ferrybank in the 4x100m relay as they stormed to victory in 46.96 seconds.

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Soccer: Richard Brush returned to haunt his former team, as Shamrock Rovers earned a point in a scoreless draw against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds last night.

Brush saved David McMillan's early second-half penalty and pulled off a couple of other superb stops, as the reigning champions endured a frustrating night in their attempts to get back in the title race. Rovers also hit the post twice on the night, through McMillan's second-half effort and Joseph Ndo's first-half free-kick.

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Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton scorched to his third pole position in a row for Mercedes in searing track temperatures at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, lapping the Hungaroring circuit in one minute 19.388 seconds to deny Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean qualified third for Lotus with Hamilton's German team mate Nico Rosberg fourth.

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Cricket: Ireland's women face Pakistan tomorrow with a place in the next ICC World Twenty20 at stake. Should they lose that, they will have a second chance against Netherlands on Wednesday.

Jeremy Bray's charges lost yesterday's final group game to Sri Lanka who clinched the win – and a semi-final against Netherlands – with five overs to spare, but the home side showed enough to suggest they can accomplish their goal.

It was a bittersweet day for Ireland captain Isobel Joyce, who was playing her 100th international. She went home last night laden with gifts from host club Merrion, where she and the rest of her illustrious family have played since they could hold a bat.

But one run and one wicket was a poor return for the greatest all-rounder Ireland has produced.

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Tennis: Ireland's James Cluskey claimed his second doubles title within a fortnight on the ATP Challenger circuit. Competing in the outdoor hardcourt event in Guimares, Portugal, near Porto, the 26-year-old Dubliner teamed up with Austria's Maximilian Neuchrist for a 6-7 (2/7) 6-2 10/8 win over Spanish duo Roberto Ortega-Olmedo and Ricardo Villacorta-Alonso.

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