Friday 23 February 2018

O'Sullivan surges into semi-finals snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan stormed into the semi-finals of the UK Championship with a 6-2 victory over Mark Williams.

O'Sullivan dropped just three frames in his first four matches, but Williams held his own in the first mini-session, scoring a fine 70 to level at 2-2 in York.

The Rocket then dominated, notching three successive 50s as he stepped up his bed for a sixth UK title.

Earlier, Mark Selby won a brutal battle against John Higgins 6-5 after five hours of captivating snooker climaxed in a nail-biting deciding frame.

rugby

The Ireland Women's Sevens side won the Challenge Cup at the Dubai Sevens yesterday after hard-fought victories over America and Spain.

Alison Miller bagged a brace of tries as Ireland ran out 28-5 winners against America in the semi-final.

They then managed to overturn a 12-0 half-time deficit to beat Spain 14-12 in the final, with skipper Lucy Mulhall leading the fight back with a fine try.

Ireland finished ninth overall.

paralympics

RIO medal winners Eoghan Clifford and Katie-George Dunlevy claimed the outstanding awards at the Irish Paralympic Awards last night.

Cyclist Clifford claimed gold (in the C3 road time trial) and bronze (C3 individual pursuit) at this year's games in Brazil.

Dunlevy also came home with two medals on the bike: gold (in B time trial event) and silver (B road race).

Teenager Noelle Lenihan, who won discus bronze, was named Young Paralympian of the Games as Niamh McCarthy won the Outstanding Games Debut Performance for her discus silver medal.

golf

Stephanie MEADOW slipped back down the leaderboard at the LPGA Qualifying School after a third round of 73 left her on level par.

She started the day one place outside the top 20 but struggled, with a bogey at the first and a double at the ninth causing the most damage.

Soccer

Nottingham Forest missed two penalties but still beat nine-man Newcastle 2-1 in the Championship.

An own goal proved decisive on a night when Magpies goalkeeper Darlow saved first-half spot-kicks from Nicklas Bendtner and Henri Lansbury - after firstly Jonjo Shelvey and then Paul Dummett had been red-carded for incidents in the box.

Irish Independent

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