Friday 13 December 2019

In brief: Turner back on song for Killester


Killester opened the defence of their men's Superleague crown with a drubbing of Moycullen in the first weekend of Irish basketball's premier competition.

Jermaine Turner carried on from where he left off last season, recording the biggest personal point tally of the weekend with 33 in their 107-70 win.

"Jermaine is well able to score but today was a real team performance," said Killester head coach Mark Keenan.

"We have a big squad and we must ensure we keep everybody ticking over. Michael Hennebry came in and did well and it shows how competitive the squad is."

Elsewhere, Paul Kelleher began his reign as head coach of UCC Demons with a 93-84 success at home to Ulster Elks, while Neptune outlined their intentions for the season by thumping Belfast Star 105-59 in a one-sided contest on Saturday night.


Ducati's Casey Stoner made it back-to-back MotoGP wins with victory in the Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi.

Stoner started the race third on the grid but was leading at the end of the first lap, putting pole-sitter Andrea Dovizioso and second-placed Valentino Rossi in the shade.

Dovizioso and Rossi came in second and third respectively but could not live with Stoner's consistency over 24 laps and the Australian triumphed by just under four seconds.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Sebastien Loeb secured an emotional win on home soil to claim his seventh World Rally Championship title with two rounds remaining.


A brace of goals from Australian Phil Marshal gave YMCA victory in the Neville Cup yesterday on their visit to Railway Union. The extra-time win put YM in good heart as they prepare to make their debut in the Irish Hockey League next weekend.

Close-season signing Marshal showed his worth as an out-and-out striker as his side tuned up for their opening IHL joust with Monkstown.

Monkstown emerged from the weekend in good shape themselves as they won by the odd goal in seven against Railway in the Leinster League. Then they showed no mercy to Clontarf in the Neville, cruising three up by the break so they could afford to rest some of their stars before winning by five.


Former women's world No 1 Maria Sharapova struggled into the second round of the China Open yesterday with a laboured 6-4 7-6 victory over unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova.

The Russian struggled to find consistency but did manage to avoid the fate of fourth seed Samantha Stosur, who lost to Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova 2-6 7-6 7-5.

Venus Williams pulled out due to injury just before the competition began, following her sister and world No 1 Serena, who withdrew earlier. US Open champion Kim Clijsters also pulled out of the event earlier in the week with a foot injury.

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