Friday 23 February 2018

Phelan gets Tour career off to flyer


WATERFORD'S Kevin Phelan (23) made a brisk start to his career as a professional on the European Tour with an impressive two-under-par 70 to share 15th place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek, South Africa.

Q-School graduate Phelan lay five off the lead of Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen, winner of last week's South Africa Open.

Gareth Maybin was Ireland's best after a 69, while Damien McGrane signed for a 72 after a heart-rending triple-bogey seven at his last hole, the ninth. Peter Lawrie also shot 72.


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Australia have recalled Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick Cummins for tomorrow's Test match against Wales in Cardiff.

They were among six players banned for one game by coach Ewen McKenzie "inappropriate" amounts of alcohol in the build-up to their match against Ireland.

Ashley-Cooper will start at centre in place of Mike Harris, with wing Cummins replacing Chris Feauai-Sautia.

Christian Leali'ifano moves to his preferred position at No 12, while the starting pack remain unchanged following the win over Scotland.

Fly-half Quade Cooper will win his 50th cap having returned to the international fold under McKenzie.


The first official football game in Ireland took place 130 years ago yesterday when Dublin University Association Football Club (Trinity College) beat Dublin Association FC 4-0.

Trinity went on to become a founding member club of the Leinster Senior League in 1892 and remain the oldest active football club in Ireland.

They play St Mochta's in the third round of the FAI Intermediate Cup on Sunday when the club will launch their new sponsorship deal with Datapac, one of Ireland's largest and most successful ICT solutions and services providers.

The NFL has announced the dates for next season's games at Wembley.

The Oakland Raiders will face the Miami Dolphins on September 28 before the Atlanta Falcons take on the Detroit Lions on October 26. Finally, the Jacksonville Jaguars -- who have committed to playing a game at Wembley each year until 2016 -- will meet the Dallas Cowboys on November 9.

Ireland's David Morris advanced to the second round of the UK Championship with a surprise 6-4 victory over Jamie Cope, but Ken Doherty suffered a 6-5 defeat to world No 99 John Astley.

Irish Independent

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