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No Olympic joy for Irish pair

ATHLETICS: It was a disappointing day for Irish 50km race walkers Jamie Costin and Colin Griffin in Dudince, Slovakia yesterday.

Both athletes were trying for the Olympic 'A' standard time of three hours 59 minutes, but Costin dropped out at 32k and Griffin was disqualified 10km later after a third warning flag.

However, it wasn't all bad news as Brendan Boyce hit the 'A' standard for the second time in six months. The Donegal race walker now looks a certainty to be on the Irish team for London after he knocked six seconds off his personal best time of 3:57:58.

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rugby: Clontarf scored a crucial victory in their bid to become All-Ireland League Division 1A champions when they beat third-placed Young Munster 24-17 at Clifford Park.

Willie Staunton missed five penalties for the home side who found themselves 10 points behind after 15 minutes. Barry O'Mahoney swept in for a try, which Richie Lane converted, to add to an earlier penalty.

Andrew Burke had a Young Munster try with Staunton's conversion hitting the upright and then the crossbar before dropping over and a drop-goal by Staunton tied it up at 10-10 after 43 minutes.

Niall Treston and Killian Lett had Clontarf tries before Mark Doyle got in for Young Munster five minutes from time.

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First-half tries from captain Matthew D'Arcy and Darren Hudson saw St Mary's College record a 31-13 victory over Blackrock College to move joint-top with Clontarf.

A Robert Keogh penalty and drop-goal kept Rock within touching distance (14-6) at the interval but their hand was weakened by the 43rd minute sin-binning of centre Brendan Macken.

Mary's took advantage with a Gavin Dunne penalty before the impressive D'Arcy put Conor Hogan through for a try on 57 minutes. Blackrock struck back and flanker Richard Liddy crossed for his side's first try just three minutes later and left Keogh with a simple conversion. However, a late try from Hogan (his second) gave Mary's five valuable points from this tie.

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GOLF: Damien McGrane holds a one-shot lead over 18-year-old Matteo Manassero and Jose Manuel Lara going into the final day of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

McGrane and Lara both have eight holes of the third round to complete while Manassero has three left after high winds yesterday meant five and a-half-hours play was lost.

The 40-year-old Irishman started the day three behind clubhouse leader Phillip Price but with 13 holes of his second round remaining.

McGrane birdied the seventh, ninth and 10th to pull level with former Ryder Cup hero Price, before two-putting the long 15th for birdie to take the outright lead.

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basketball: Captain Mazvydas Cepliauskas hit the winning basket for Ballon in a pulsating Men's Division 1 League final at the National Basketball Arena yesterday.

Ballon brought a very vocal support with them and they were rewarded with some terrific basketball which was went right down to the wire.

In a tension-filled final quarter, Aurimas Statkus hit two crucial baskets for Ballon before Paul Freeman tied the game for Titans with 16 seconds remaining.

But in the crucial play after the final time-out Cepliauskas scored from the edge of the key with two seconds remaining.

The women's final, meanwhile, saw Castleisland overcome Tralee 58-47 in an all-Kerry decider with Eileen O'Connor turning in an MVP display with 25 points.

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hockey: After yesterday's results, the Men's and Women's Leinster Senior League titles are down to a straight battle between Glenanne and Monkstown in the men's campaign and Railway Union and UCD neck and neck in the women's going into next weekend's combined finish.

Glenanne kept their one-point lead with a 2-1 away win over YMCA, all the goals coming in the first half and Eddie O'Malley notching the winner before half-time.

Monkstown, who scored a 2-0 win over Fingal, face Pembroke this afternoon and then tackle Glenanne next Saturday.

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