Ireland crash to US defeat
IRELAND'S hopes of a high finish at the Electric Ireland Champions Challenge took a severe dent when they lost 3-1 to the USA at Belfield.
The home side appeared set for an enticing quarter-final tie against lowly Wales in the knockout phase when they led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of Niamh Atcheler's first goal in international hockey. But the US hit back in the second half.
India's one-run victory over South Africa in Colombo was not enough to give them a place in the World Twenty20 semi-finals.
With Pakistan's win over Australia earlier in the day having ended South Africa's hopes of qualification, India needed a large margin of victory to seal their passage and deny Pakistan a place in the next stage.
India reached 152-6, but were unable to restrict South Africa to a score of under 122 in order to qualify.
IRELAND claimed four wins out of six on the opening day of the 10th European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa, Russia.
Derry's Francie Stokes, Cork's Oliver McCarthy, Mayo's Matthew Davis and Dublin's Christopher O'Reilly registered wins at the Black Sea resort. Conor Quinn and Aaron McKenna both lost.
Any prospect of a player boycott of January's Australian Open can be ruled out after organisers announced a €24.1m prize pot -- the biggest in the history of the game.
It's likely that a higher proportion of the money will go to those eliminated early on, as lower-ranked players had claimed they were being exploited.
Stephen Lee will not face criminal proceedings over claims of match-fixing made in 2010. Lee has been cleared following an investigation into suspicious betting patterns in February of that year.
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