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In brief: Saints shatter Killester's run

Basketball : Killester's unbeaten record in the Men's SuperLeague, which stretched back to February 28, came to an end yesterday as they went down 88-81 at DCU Saints.

Killester had 10 wins out of 10 ahead of this fixture, but Vinny O'Keeffe's DCU side stunned the champions with a complete team display. Martins Provizors and Mark Nagle shared 38 points, while Eoin Darling and Emmet Donnelly shot 15 points apiece.

"You are never going to beat Killester by 20 points," said O'Keeffe. "But we had a fantastic team performance and even when they started coming back, we still held our heads."

Neptune returned to winning ways against Ulster Elks by virtue of a 74-56 result. Ger Noonan led the way for the Cork side with 20 points.

Elsewhere, the UL Eagles maintained their fine form, beating Moycullen 79-45.

The Limerick side put in another superb performance ahead of the National Cup semi-finals, with Cameron Mitchell contributing 30 points.


FIONNUALA Britton continued her good form with a record-breaking win in the Tom Brennan Memorial 5km road race in the Phoenix Park on New Year's Day.

Britton, pipped for a medal at the recent European Cross-Country Championships, put in a powerful display of front-running to win in 16 minutes and 39 seconds, 16 seconds inside Roisin McGettigan's previous course record.

Her Sli Cualann team-mate Deirdre Byrne was second in 17:03, with Raheny's Lorraine Manning third in 17:18.

"It's a good feeling to be back winning a race again, more especially as I know I should have won a medal in the Europeans, but you always learn from these experiences," said the Wicklow athlete.

Front-running also paid dividends for Tallaght AC's Tomas Fitzpatrick, who won the men's race in 14:54, 11 seconds clear of Annadale's Eddie McGinley (15:05), with North Down's Niall Robinson (15:41) taking third.


Ronnie Griffin took a last-minute victory in the first motor sport event of the New Year, TDC's Autotest at Mondello Park. He held second place, close behind leader Pat Lee, for the first two laps, starting the final set of four tests four seconds behind.

The rivals were level as they started the final test, with the Dubliner two seconds quicker than his Wicklow opponent. Christopher Evans was third.

Irish Independent