In brief: Stirling blasts record score
PAUL STIRLING smashed a record-breaking 177 in Toronto last night as Ireland took immediate revenge for a narrow defeat by Canada on Monday evening to square their one-day international series at 1-1.
Records tumbled as 20-year-old Stirling smashed the highest 50-over score by an Irish player -- beating Kevin O'Brien's 142 against Kenya in 2007 -- in a total of 325-8 which was also the biggest by Ireland in an ODI.
Canada could not even get into a position to challenge and with off-spinner Albert van der Merwe taking a career-best 5-49, Ireland eased home by 92 runs.
Stirling owed his team-mates after dropping Ashish Bagai early in the Canadian skipper's match-winning innings on Monday and quickly made up for it last night as he reached his century from only 97 balls.
The Belfast youngster then opened up with his full array of power shots and had collected five sixes and 21 fours when he was finally caught, having faced 134 balls.
To put Stirling's effort into perspective, it is the 13th highest score by any player in an ODI -- joining the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Viv Richards on the all-time list -- and no Irishman has ever struck more boundaries in one innings.
There was to be no second great escape in as many days for Ken Doherty at the Shanghai Masters in China.
After recovering from 4-2 down to beat Pakistan's Mohammad Saijad 5-4 in the wild-card play-off round on Monday, Doherty lost 5-4 to Graeme Dott.
Dott, who prevailed when the pair met in last year's Welsh and China Opens, led 3-1 and 4-3 before Doherty forced a decider with a run of 86. But Doherty did not pot a ball in the all-important ninth frame as Dott, aided by a 70 break, booked a meeting with Mark Williams.
IRELAND'S Katie Taylor has been chosen from over 300 boxers to read out the Boxer's Creed at the opening ceremony for the AIBA World Women's Championships in Barbados tomorrow.
In a first for an Irish boxer, Taylor, who will be aiming for her third AIBA World lightweight title in a row at the tournament, will recite the creed which calls for fair play.
Sam Barry faces a huge challenge in the US Junior Open today against No 3-ranked Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the boys' singles second round.