Saturday 24 February 2018

Lisa Maguire takes Euro title

golf: Teenage sensation Lisa Maguire held her nerve in the most testing of conditions in the Netherlands yesterday to become the first Irish winner in the 25-year history of the European Women's Individual Amateur Championship.

And to make it a day to remember, Stephanie Meadow bagged the silver medal.

Maguire started the day four strokes clear and increased that lead at one stage to eight before being pegged back to just three.

But in the end she could afford a double-bogey six on the final hole and still romp home by four strokes.

Danielle McVeigh, the other Irish player to make the cut, carded a final-round 78 to be 21-over par, which gave her a share of 19th place.

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TENNIS: Irish Davis Cup player James McGee struck it lucky in the finals of the Green Property Men's Irish Open €15,000 Futures event in sunny Fitzwilliam LTC yesterday.

McGee stormed into an early lead when he took the first set 6-3 before France's Charles Antoine Brezac broke back in the second set to lead 3-0. McGee took the next six games in a row to finish the set 6-3 and take home his first Futures title.

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SNOOKER: Ken Doherty's hopes of striking it rich at the Australian Goldfields Open were sunk yesterday when World No 1 Mark Williams delivered another nugget of a performance to win 6-2.

Having beaten Stephen Maguire, Liang Wenbo and Mark Selby to reach his first world ranking tournament semi-final for five years, Doherty had high hopes of collecting the €44,000 first prize but Williams always had the edge.

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ROWING: Neither Irish women's crew made the finals at the Under 23 World Championships in Amsterdam.

This was especially disappointing for Claire Lambe and Sarah Dolan in their lightweight double semi-final which was dominated by the Greek pair of Triantafyllia Kalampoka and Christina Giazitzidou. The Irish duo trailed in sixth.

In the semi-finals of the openweight single, Cork's Lisa Dilleen finished fifth.

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athletics: Ireland will have two medal hopefuls on the last day of the European Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia this afternoon.

Ciara Mageean was already in the final of the women's 1,500m, and yesterday Tomas Barr showed his rich potential when he also qualified for the final of the 400m hurdles.

Meanwhile, Kate Veale set another Irish record yesterday when she clocked 12:18.86 for the 3,000m walk in Tullamore.

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gaelic games: A solid second-half performance saw Waterford beat champions Kilkenny 0-15 to 0-9 to book their place in this year's All-Ireland MHC semi-finals where they will meet Dublin.

Waterford took control of the game in the opening quarter and, led by Donal Breathnach (0-2), were four points clear after 15 minutes (0-5 to 0-1). A fine score from long range by Gavin O'Brien swelled their lead to five points in the closing seconds of the half (0-9 to 0-4).

Meanwhile three goals in five first half minutes saw Galway cruise past Antrim by 8-26 to 0-12.

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LADIES FOOTBALL: All-Ireland senior football champions Dublin walloped hapless Kildare by 22 points in a one-sided round 1 qualifier at Pearse Park, Longford.

At the midway point, the Sky Blues had established a 3-7 to 0-1 lead, with player-of-the-match Noelle Healy, Sinead Aherne and Lindsay Peat scoring the first-half goals.

Sligo, meanwhile, advanced to the second round of qualifiers with a surprise seven-point victory over Armagh.

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cRICKET: England bowler Stuart Broad hailed a "team effort" after his return to form helped give his side a healthy lead against India in the first Test.

Broad, whose place had been under threat for this match, led the England attack at Lord's with four for 37 as they dismissed the tourists for 286 on the third day, a deficit of 188.

While Sachin Tendulkar failed to earn his hundredth international century, fellow veteran Rahul Dravid enjoyed his first Lord's century for the tourists, producing an unbeaten 103 and became the second highest run scorer in the history of Test cricket but admitted he had been allowed to "slip by quietly" amid the hype surrounding Tendulkar.

England will resume on five without loss in the hope of tightening their grip on the match with two days remaining.

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Merrion won their first Leinster Senior Cup for 51 years at Malahide yesterday, when they triumphed over North County by the smallest possible margin, writes Ger Siggins.

Needing 10 off the last over, Eddie and Terry Richardson scrambled just eight runs off Dom Joyce's first five balls, before Eddie was bowled for 34.

It was a thrilling end, with Merrion racking up 271-7, thanks to an opening stand of 123 between Joyce (66) and Kade Beasley (44), and another of 87 between John Anderson (46) and 17-year-old Tyrone Kane (66).

The youngster displayed enormous maturity, and when North County seemed to be cruising towards their target he struck once again. In a stunning spell, man-of-the-match Kane whipped out Greg Hay, John Mooney and Adam Coughlan to leave County reeling.

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formula 1: Mark Webber secured back-to-back pole positions for the first time in 14 months to leave Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the shade at the Nurburgring.

The surprise is that Lewis Hamilton managed to split the Red Bull pair and will line up second for today's German Grand Prix, the 26-year-old missed out on pole by just 0.065 seconds.

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