Friday 20 April 2018

In brief: Vijay puts India on front foot

India's Murali Vijay
India's Murali Vijay

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India dominated the first day of the final Test against South Africa as only one wicket fell before bad light stopped play in Durban.

Murali Vijay (91 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (58no) held firm after the loss of Shikhar Darwan in the morning session to close on 181-1 early in the third session.

Darwan fell to the bowling of Morne Morkel for 29, caught by Alviro Peterson with the score on 41.

India then navigated the second session without losing another wicket in Durban before the failing light prompted the umpires to call an early halt to proceedings in the 61st over.

SHAW CRACKER FIRES GLENANNE TO GLORY

A Christmas cracker of a goal from Richie Shaw earned Glenanne the Neville Cup with a 1-0 victory over YMCA at Serpentine Avenue.

He collected the ball from a rebound after his brother Gary was denied by YMCA goalkeeper Iain Walker and planted it home to give Glenanne the lead.

But there was no way back into the contest for YMCA, although Jamie Tobin forced a goal-line save from Stephen Brownlow.

In Munster, UCC gave Cork C of I a real scare in the Peard Cup final as the students led 3-1 at one stage. But C of I reeled them in to tie the match which was decided in favour of the favourites 5-3 in a penalty shootout.

DEFEAT FOR MURRAY ON RETURN TO FRAY

Andy Murray's first match since undergoing surgery in the autumn ended in a straight-sets defeat at the hands of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

World No 4 Murray has been out of action since going under the knife in September to correct a back injury and went down 7-5 6-3 in the first round of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

The contest went with serve to 6-5 before Tsonga converted his first break-point chance with a precise lob to take the opener. And in the second set, two breaks for Tsonga on successive Murray service games gave the Frenchman victory.

RODGERS READY FOR PACKERS COMEBACK

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will return to start Sunday's game for the NFC North division title against the Chicago Bears.

Coach Mike McCarthy has said that Rodgers will be back after missing seven NFL games because of a left collarbone injury.

Green Bay have won just two out of eight games since Rodgers went down during a 27-20 loss to Chicago on November 4. But the Packers have managed to hang on with a shot to win a third straight division title with a victory over the Bears at Soldier Field.

Irish Independent

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