Sunday 17 December 2017

Rocket record in Welsh triumph


Ronnie O'Sullivan made a record 12th competitive 147 break to complete a 9-3 win over Ding Junhui in the Welsh Open final.

The Rocket led 7-1 after a one-sided opening session and, after Ding hit back with consecutive centuries, he pulled away again.

O'Sullivan rounded the match off in the ultimate style with a maximum, playing to the crowd as he switched to his left hand to sink the final black.

Roger Federer roared back from a set and a break down to subdue Tomas Berdych 3-6 6-4 6-3 in the Dubai Championships final for a 78th singles title.

Federer had recovered from a similar position to stun world No 2 Novak Djokovic in Friday's semi-final and the 32-year-old again struggled early on before he dug deep to claim a sixth Dubai crown.

CastleTroy's Chloe Ryan seemed poised for a place in the semi-finals of the Spanish Open Amateur Ladies Championship in Sotogrande when she stormed into an early four-hole lead over France's Anyssia Herbaut – but the Ireland international (19) faltered alarmingly and lost on the last green.

The men's championship was won by Daniel Manz, who beat Ireland's Rory McNamara in the second round.

Killester proved their worth with an impressive display which saw them trump league leaders C&S UCC Demons 93-69.

Elsewhere in the Men's Premier League, Dublin Inter failed to come away with a win after two losses, to UL Eagles (72-65) and Bord Gais Neptune (71-65).

Wexford driver Thomas O'Rafferty scored his first Super Final win at Mondello Rallycross, taking full advantage of a slow start by his two main rivals.

Derrick Jobb started from pole position, but his Escort had electrical problems getting away, while Kieran Curran's Corsa also dropped back down the field.

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