Monday 11 December 2017

In brief: Villegas for Adare Pro-Am


SPIDERMAN Camilo Villegas will drop into Adare Manor for July's JP McManus Pro-am, WRITES KARL MacGINTY

Villegas has agreed to join defending champion Padraig Harrington in a star-studded field at the two-day event in Co Limerick on July 5 and 6.

The Colombian (28) has never performed in front of Irish fans before. Villegas will be a big draw at the McManus invitational. Tiger Woods had told good friend McManus he'd once again play his event, but that was put on hold when he took 'indefinite' leave from golf.

However, with the World No 1 expected back in action as early as next week's Tavistock Cup match at Isleworth, Woods could well turn up in Adare the week before the British Open at St Andrews.


FIRST-half goals by Gavin Ward and Pat O'Callaghan enabled Charleville CBS to beat St Brendan's, Kilarney 2-1 to claim the honours in the FAI Munster Schools Junior Cup final.

Ward opened the scoring as early as the the fifth minute. St Brendan's drew level in the 22nd minute when Jamie Spillane drove a terrific 30-yard free-kick into the top corner of the net.

But then O'Callaghan scored what proved to be the winner from the penalty spot in the 26th minute.

CHARLEVILLE CBS -- Roche; Morrissey, Casey, O'Brien, Bridgeman; Kelleher, Copps, Ward, Keane (Mullins 81); Dillon, O'Callaghan.

ST BRENDAN'S -- Sullivan; Egan, Sheahan, Moynihan, Duggan; Walsh, Templeman, Fitzgerald (Keane 40), Ahern; Spillane, Devane.


Cork City FORAS Co-op, who secured a superb draw on their competitive bow in Derry last Friday, have met with a setback after it emerged three new signings have failed to receive international clearance.

Manager Tommy Dunne travelled to Derry with just 13 players, as Cork were waiting on clearance for Declan Edwards, Admir Softic and Samuele Emiliano.

They were able to sign free agents after the close of the transfer window for the League of Ireland, but they have learned that contractual situations at the previous clubs of the three players in question mean they cannot sign for Cork until July.


Ireland's Daniel Martin suffered a high-speed crash in the final run-in to a dramatic second stage of Paris-Nice, which was won by France's William Bonnet.

Martin wasn't seriously injured and managed to finish the stage. Lars Boom (Rabobank) leads the overall standings with the defending champion Luis-Leon Sanchez back in third place. Nicolas Roche avoided the carnage and finished in 35th position.

Irish Independent

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