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Lewis retains his World crown

Adrian Lewis retained his PDC World Darts Championships title with an emphatic victory in this year's final at Alexandra Palace last night.

The 26-year-old saw off fellow Stoke thrower Andy Hamilton 7-3 and land the £200,000 first prize and trophy. Lewis showed few signs of tiredness, despite a late finish to his semi-final against James Wade the previous night, to see off his tenacious 44-year-old opponent.

Lewis said: "It's not quite sunk in yet. I take everything on the chin and have a busy year ahead. This is (title) number two and I'll have a lot more.

"The fightback against James Wade last night won me the tournament. I believed in myself."

Asked how many times he could win the world title, he said: "At least 10."

"But Andy hit a lot of good shots - I want to see him in the Premier League because he deserves a place."


Neptune set aside the disappointment of Friday's derby defeat to UCC Demons to beat Southern Conference rivals UL Eagles 74-67 in the men's SuperLeague bank holiday match-ups yesterday.

Mark Scannell's side needed an upturn in fortunes after the morale-sapping derby defeat, which had the potential to derail what has been a hugely impressive campaign thus far.

"We didn't do ourselves justice the other night. Everybody, myself included, knew we needed to improve on that," said Scannell.

"We reacted well and now we can look forward to our next game against Belfast Star."

The Demons' challenge in the Southern Conference continues to gather momentum after an 88-65 win over Moycullen yesterday.


THE World Boxing Federation (WBF) have announced the launch of their new Gaelic/Celtic Championships, which will open up the door towards shots at WBF world titles.

Gaelic and Celtic parentage is the mark of eligibility for boxers competing in the championships, which are due to glove off this month.


Ashbourne driver Graeme Colfer inflicted a rare defeat on Eamonn Byrne on the second day of the ALMC Multi Venue Autotest at Punchestown Racecourse, finishing two seconds ahead after 20 tests.

Corkman Liam Cashman took third place ahead of racing driver Eoin Murray, with Daniel Byrne and Alan Auerbach completing the top six.

Irish Independent