Monday 20 November 2017

Marco Fu advances to the Masters quarter-finals

Marco Fu of Hong Kong is pictured during the match against Great Britain's Judd Trump
Marco Fu of Hong Kong is pictured during the match against Great Britain's Judd Trump

SNOOKER: Marco Fu advanced to the quarter-finals of the Masters as he edged out Judd Trump 6-5 in an enthralling match at Alexandra Palace.

It was an arduous contest with neither man able to open more than a one-frame lead in the entire match, but 2011 finalist Fu claimed a decider which included nearly 40 minutes without a pot to progress.

When Fu eventually potted a red, he did not allow Trump back to the table and a break of 78 moved him into the quarter-finals.



Goalkeeper Stephen West enjoyed a baptism of fire as he earned his first international cap for Ireland in yesterday's 3-1 defeat to Spain at Egara.

The young netminder from Three Rock Rovers was beaten twice in the first half and once more after the break. UCD striker Shane O'Donoghue pulled one back before the end to lift the morale of the experimental Irish squad.

The sides, which drew 1-1 last Saturday, will meet again tomorrow to conclude the three-match series.



Spaniards Nani Roma and Marc Coma maintained their leads in the overall standings of the Dakar Rally after yesterday's eighth stage.

Roma finished only sixth in the car stage, but still leads 11-time champion Stephane Peterhansel by 23 minutes, 46 seconds in the overall. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar won the stage, 1:12 ahead of Peterhansel and 2:15 in front of Carlos Sainz of Spain.

In bikes, Coma leads fellow Spaniard Joan Barreda Bort by 38:08 in the overall. Jordi Viladoms, another Spaniard, is almost one and a half hours behind.

Frenchman Cyril Despres won the stage with Barreda Bort 2:09 behind and Coma trailing by 2:15.



Three-time Paralympic swimming medallist Dave Malone has been appointed performance manager with Paralympics Ireland.

Malone and Nancy Chillingworth, who has had to reduce her involvement due to increased family commitments, will be responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the organisation's annual performance programme.

Malone, S7 100m backstroke gold medallist from Sydney 2000 and silver medallist from Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004, has been head of Paralympic swimming since 2009.



Dave Walker, who coached the so-called 'Irish Brigade' of distance runners at East Tennesse State University in the 1970s, has died at the age of 82.

As an athlete, Walker raced track and also played NFL for Baltimore and Cleveland before coaching for five decades and he brought a succession of top Irish athletes to ETSU including Neil Cusack, Louis Kenny, Eddie Leddy and Ray Flynn, coaching many of them after their college careers had finished.

Irish Independent

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