Tuesday 21 November 2017

In brief: Taylor set for title defence in Korea

Ireland's Katie Taylor
Ireland's Katie Taylor

OLYMPIC champion Katie Taylor could defend her World Women's Elite title in South Korea later this year.

The championships were originally slated for Canada, but the tournament may now be hosted in Seoul or Incheon in October.

Taylor will be aiming for her fifth successive belt at the Worlds since claiming lightweight gold in New Delhi in 2006.

The Bray woman will also be targeting her sixth successive European lightweight title in a host country to be decided this year.

Taylor beat Russian southpaw Sofya Ochigava in the 2012 World final just a few months before she defeated her in the Olympic final.

Ochigava has not fought in any international tournaments since London 2012. Taylor also overcame Ochigava in the 2011 European final in Rotterdam.

Basketball

Glanmire's Sarah Kenny's free throw claimed the U-18 National Cup for her side over Cork rivals Singleton, winning the game 68-67 in the last minute.

That down-to-the-wire display was followed by a performance just as gutsy from Irish U-18 captain Sean Flood, who poured in 32 points to lead his Templeogue team to the Men's U-18 National Cup title over favourites Letterkenny Blaze, on a 58-47 scoreline.

Led by an exemplary defensive performance from MVP Stephen O'Hanlon, that saw him curtail the talents of Neptune's Roy Downey, KUBS blew Neptune away in the second half to win the Men's U-20 National Cup 75-56.

Meanwhile, Titans' MVP Chris Coyne got them over the line for a 68-65 success against Kilkenny in the Men's National Shield.

Hockey

Monkstown moved a giant step closer to capturing the Leinster League title for the first time in a generation as they beat Three Rock Rovers 6-3 in a nine-goal thriller.

Rovers entered the fixture at Rathdown unbeaten but were always second best in a hugely entertaining contest.

Davy Carson struck a hat-trick for 'Town, who last won the league back in 1982, with Andy Ward, Kyle Good and Richard Sykes also on target as the team pulled clear at the top of the table.

South African Jody Hosking led the Three Rock resistance, scoring one and setting up two for Johnny Bruton. The result allowed Pembroke Wanderers to move clear in second spot as they defeated UCD 2-1, though Rovers have a couple of games in hand.

Motorsport

Despite having to nurse his car through 15 of the 20 tests because of engine problems, Eamonn Byrne was well clear of his nearest rival in TDC's Multi Venue Autotest at Mondello Park, finishing 23 seconds ahead of Eddie Peterson's similar Toyota Starlet.

Two more Starlets in the hands of Alan Auerbach and Daniel Byrne followed, with the Escort of Christopher Evans and JJ Farrell's Corsa completing the top six.

Irish Independent

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