Monday 20 November 2017

In Brief: Roche slips back in rain

cycling: Daniele Ratto of Italy fought off cold temperatures and rain in the mountains to win yesterday's gruelling 14th stage of the Spanish Vuelta while Vincenzo Nibali withstood his rivals' attacks to protect his overall lead.

Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) – second overall after Friday's stage – struggled on the final climb and lost seven minutes to slip back to sixth place overall, just over four minutes behind Nibali.

Ratto, a Cannondale rider, broke away from the group and had time to savour his victory as he made his final push to the summit finish of the 156-kilometre (97-mile) route, starting in Baga and finishing in the principality of Andorra.

Cold temperatures made worse by the rain in the Pyrenees forced veteran Ivan Basso to abandon the race with signs of hypothermia.

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olympic games: Tokyo will host the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 after seeing off rivals Madrid and Istanbul in a dramatic vote. It will be the second time the Japanese capital has hosted the Games having previously done so in 1964.

The vote by the International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires saw Tokyo win the first round of voting with Istanbul and Madrid polling the same number of votes.

A tie-break saw Madrid eliminated by four votes to set up a final round between Istanbul and Tokyo with the Japanese city emerging triumphant.

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Ladies football: Valerie Mulcahy scored 2-3 as champions Cork advanced to an eighth TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC final in nine seasons with a 2-9 to 0-11 victory over Kerry at Semple Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Cork took the game to Kerry from the start and built up a 1-3 to 0-1 lead within 12 minutes. Mulcahy struck for her second goal in the 28th minute as Cork led 2-5 to 0-7 at the break. Kerry twice got to within three points of the Rebelettes as Cork were relatively non-existent in the second half, sitting back and soaking up the pressure. But the Kingdom could never quite get close enough to threaten an upset against the favourites.

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Niamh Lonergan scored the match-winning point with the last kick of the game as Tipperary staged a sensational comeback to stun Fermanagh 2-9 to 2-8 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship semi-final at Semple Stadium yesterday.

The winners, despite registering 13 wides in total, managed to score 1-2 in the final minute to set up a final meeting with Cavan at Croke Park on September 29.

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golf: Scotland's Craig Lee fired a 10-under 61 to surge into a two-shot lead after the third round of the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland yesterday.

Lee birdied the first six holes, and had 11 birdies overall, to equal the lowest round in a European Tour event this year to give him a 16-under total of 197. Three players were tied for second – Dane Thomas Bjorn, the 2011 champion, Alejandro Canizares of Spain and Victor Dubuisson of France.

Padraig Harrington is the best of the Irish ten shots off the pace after a third round 72 with Gareth Maybin two shots further back on four under overall after a third round one under 70. Michael Hoey shot a 75 yesterday and is on two over par overall.

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cricket: The Hills secured the Leinster League title yesterday following their seven-wicket win over Phoenix. The Skerries side can thank a third-wicket partnership between South African Nicklaus Pretorius (72) and Conor McLouglin (54no) as they chased 159 in a Duckworth Lewis reduced game. Early wickets saw The Hills struggling at 18 for 2 but Pretorious, who hit 14 fours, dominated when he came to the crease.

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rugby: South Africa secured their biggest win on Australian soil and their first in five attempts when they smashed the hosts 38-12 in the Rugby Championship in Brisbane yesterday.

Prop Coenie Oosthuizen put the visitors in front after six minutes and their advantage was extended with late tries from captain Jean de Villiers, Zane Kirchner and Willie Le Roux.

The win in front of 43,715 spectators at Lang Park was the Springboks' first victory at the venue in eight attempts and puts them on top of the Championship ahead of a meeting with New Zealand.

The Kiwis remain unbeaten after scrumhalf Aaron Smith scored two tries within three minutes in the first half to set them on course to a 28-13 win over Argentina in Hamilton.

The All Blacks took a 15-10 lead to half-time, helped by a conversion and penalty to flyhalf Dan Carter who became the first player to surpass 1,400 points in tests.

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handball: Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy sealed a third successive All-Ireland 60x30 Senior Singles title when he saw off a game Eoin Kennedy in the final in Williamstown, Co Galway yesterday.

The 26-year-old Mullingar right-hander took a 10-1 lead in game one but eight-time champion Kennedy came roaring back and levelled at 20-all, before McCarthy closed out the game with a precise pass shot down the left.

The second game was tight for long periods before McCarthy's younger legs helped him pull away to seal a 21-20, 21-9 victory after a sensational match.

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FORMULA 1: Lewis Hamilton has admitted to driving "like an idiot'' as Sebastian Vettel dominated qualifying for today's Italian Grand Prix to claim the 40th pole position of his Formula One career.

After a run of four successive poles, Hamilton blew his qualifying in the second session at Monza and will start a miserable 12th in his Mercedes.

At the head of the field will be reigning three-times world champion Vettel, and in the ideal scenario as he has Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber alongside him on the front row for company.

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