Friday 23 February 2018

Morris denies Travis again


Ireland's David Morris ended the dream run of Sheffield amateur Mitchell Travis with a 6-1 win at the UK Championship in York.

The Kilkenny man only reached the tour this season after an 11th-hour entry into qualifying school – where he beat Travis in the final.

However, there was no joy for Fergal O'Brien as the Dubliner was on the end of a 6-1 drubbing from China's Ding Junhui.

Antrim's Mark Allen saw off Michael Holt in another match that went the distance, while Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised into the last 16 with a 6-2 victory over Marcus Campbell.

Chloe Magee led the Irish team to a 3-2 victory over Russia in a warm-up match before today's qualification rounds for the Carlton 100th Irish Open at Baldoyle, Dublin.

Magee had a good work-out against Natalya Perminova before taking the match 24-22, 21-17.

In the men's singles, Irish junior international Josh Magee beat Andrey Parakhodin 25-23, 21-16 and then Sam Magee and Jonathan Dolan sealed the victory when they beat Yartsev and Kargaev.

In today's qualification rounds Jonathan Dolan, who was Ireland's top junior player last season, leads a strong local entry in the men's singles, with 64 players fighting it out for eight places in tomorrow's main draw. European ranking points are at stake in the tournament, which has attracted 300 players from 35 nations.

PADDY BARNES' World Series of Boxing (WSB) debut could be in doubt because of the political unrest in the Ukraine.

The two-time Olympic medallist is slated to line out for Italia Thunder versus Armenia's Dan Ovanes of the Ukraine Otamans tomorrow week in Kiev.

But because of the political instability in the country the match could be shelved. If the clash does take place Barnes will fight at his natural light-fly limit. The Belfast orthodox moved up to fly for October's AIBA World Elite Championships, but was beaten in the quarter-finals.

Immortal Verse has broken the record for a broodmare sold in Europe after she went for 4.7m guineas at the December Mare Sale at Tattersalls in Newmarket.

The dual Group One winner, who is in foal to Dansili, was sold to Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland. She has been bought for a new partnership to be formed with Coolmore.

Irish Independent

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