Saturday 17 February 2018

No O'Brien bids in IPL auction

cricket: Ireland's big-hitting all-rounder Kevin O'Brien and his brother Niall failed to receive bids at the IPL auction in Bangalore yesterday. The O'Briens were among 136 foreign players vying for 29 spots in the IPL, which runs during April and May.

Kevin made headlines throughout the sub-continent last year when he scored the fastest World Cup century of all time during Ireland's sensational win over England when he hit 113 from 50 balls.

Top English players James Anderson, Graeme Swann, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara and Matt Prior also went unsold. Only Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan -- already contracted to franchises -- will be the only 'English' players to compete in this year's league.

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An unbeaten century by Younus Khan, the first of the series, took Pakistan to a superb position as they piled on a 180-run lead at the close of the second day of the third Test against England in Dubai.

The hosts ended the day on 222 for two in their second innings to leave England facing a third defeat in the three-test series unless the struggling tourists suddenly strike form.

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gaelic games: The Dublin hurling team has lost its longest-serving player with the news that Liam Ryan has decided to call time on his inter-county career.

Ryan, 34, was plagued with a hip injury last year, but despite his decision, Ryan won't be entirely lost to hurling in a playing capacity for some time yet, as he will continue to line out with his club O'Toole's.

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TWO periods of extra-time failed to separate neighbours Clare and Limerick when they clashed in the Waterford Crystal SH Cup quarter-final at Sixmilebridge last night.

Level at 0-13 to 1-10 at the end of normal time, they were still level after the regulation two periods of 10 minutes each way of extra-time.

Initially, Munster Council officials ruled that there would be no further play, but eventutally two further periods of five minutes each way was agreed and they were still level after this. Declan Hannon was the scorer-in-chief on the evening finishing with a tally of 1-11. He was the only Limerick forward to score on the day.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Barry-Murphy made a winning return as Cork manager yesterday as his side cruised past Kerry 5-18 to 1-14 in the quarter-final at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Goals from Ryan Clifford, Patrick Horgan and Eoin Murphy, added to a brace of net-busters from Brian Corry, inflicted the major wounds on a Kingdom side that were always struggling.

Elsewhere, six-time All Star Eoin Kelly came off the bench to shoot three points as Tipperary booked their place in the semi-finals with a 2-11 to 0-12 victory over University of Limerick at Nenagh. Tipp will face Cork in Clonmel next Sunday.

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Kilkenny CBS put in a disciplined performance when beating Good Counsel (Wexford) 1-10 to 0-7 in the Leinster Colleges SHC 'A' quarter-final at Thomastown yesterday to book a semi-final against St Peter's College (Wexford).

The winners took control from the off. With freetaker Ciaran Doyle in top order they raced 0-3 to no score in front after nine minutes. Right on the quarter hour, Philip Campion scrambled a delivery from Doyle to the net from close range, which left the Council in serious trouble from which they never recovered.

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COLM O Croinin scored both goals in a man-of-the-match performance as Colaiste Eoin, Stillorgan edged out Castlecomer Community School 2-10 to 1-12 after extra-time in this Leinster Colleges SHC 'A' quarter-final at Carlow.

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Two goals in either half by full forward Thomas O'Hanrahan ensured that All-Ireland champions St Kieran's College, Kilkenny reached the semi-final of the Leinster SH 'A' Championship when beating Dublin North 5-7 to 1-5 at rainswept Pairc Ratheniska yesterday.

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Andrew Kenny was the hero of the hour as he powered St Peter's, Wexford to a 1-11 to 1-9 victory over St Brendan's, Birr at Palmerstown yesterday to earn a Leinster Colleges' SHC 'A' semi-final outing against Kilkenny CBS.

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Galway hit 10 consecutive points in the second half to qualify for the All-Ireland Vocational Schools SH final at the expense of Tipperary in Athenry yesterday. They will meet a Kilkenny side who won 3-11 to 1-11 over Limerick.

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golf: Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie shot a steady five-under-par 67 to open up a one-shot lead at the Qatar Masters.

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts is second after a 68, with Swede Peter Hanson (69) and Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez (67) a stroke further back.

Peter Lawrie, Damien McGrane and Graeme McDowell all made the cut after second rounds of 73, 67 and 72 respectively. Garth Maybin, Paul McGinley and Shane Lowry missed out though, one shot outside the cut mark.

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RUGBY: A try in the 77th minute by sub Alex Hayman, converted by Jack Carty, gave Buccaneers a 16-15 victory over UCD in the AIL Division 1B at Belfield. In one of Buccaneers' rare line breaks, Hayman cut in to score under the posts. It was tough on the students who had led since the fourth minute.

Ballymena moved up to joint second position with a deserved 17-8 victory over Bruff in a hard-fought game in very heavy conditions at Eaton Park.

The visitors deservedly took the lead from a Brian Cahill penalty but Ballymena levelled after the break from a Luke Marshall penalty.

Good work by the home pack allowed Marshall to go in for a try which he converted and then shortly afterwards Andrew Kerr touched down for Marshall to again goal.

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