Friday 23 March 2018

In brief: Roche builds on Tour momentum


Ireland's Nicolas Roche, fresh from finishing 15th in the Tour de France, has placed eighth in Spain's top one-day race, the San Sebastien Classic.

Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez fended off the challenge of Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov for victory in a tough new version of the race on Saturday.

One of three riders who broke away on a second assault on the daunting Jaizkebel ascent -- a climb in previous race editions which was only tackled once -- Caisse d'Epargne rider Sanchez outsprinted Vinokourov at the finish by a bike length.

Third place, 34 seconds back, went to 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre of Spain, with compatriot Haimar Zubeldia in fourth.


IRELAND men's hockey coach Paul Revington has called up U-21 captain Brian Doherty to play against Malaysia later this month.

The Corinthians player is set to make the breakthrough to senior grade in defence on August 18, in two of the four matches against the visiting Malaysians.

Aside from his shrewd tackling in defence, the confident Dubliner packs an impressively powerful shot in attack at the penalty corners.

The four-match series also allows hard-working midfielder Jason Lynch an opportunity to step up his performances to the top level.

Lynch learned his hockey in Cork but has become the Lynch-pin (pun intended) playmaker with Lisnagarvey since moving to Ulster.


Goldikova further cemented her place among the greats as she took her Group One tally to 10 when winning the Prix Rothschild at Deauville for the third consecutive year.

Freddie Head's five-year-old wonder mare blitzed the opposition with another incredible performance.

Leading a furlong and a half out in the hands of Olivier Peslier, the 1/3 shot won in brilliant style from Music Show.


An Irishman is among a rowing crew that has broken a 114-year-old record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Ray Carroll, a 33-year-old from Galway, was one of the quartet of rowers who completed the voyage in a gruelling 43 days and 21 hours.

The team also included 41-year-old Don Lennox from Glasgow, 39-year-old Livar Nysted from the Faroe Islands and skipper, 37-year-old Leven Brown from Edinburgh, Scotland.

The crew left New York on 17 June and arrived at the quayside in the Isles of Scilly yesterday afternoon.

Irish Independent

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