Monday 27 January 2020

Seventh Barcelona crown for Nadal

KING of clay Rafael Nadal produced another strong display to overpower David Ferrer and claim the Barcelona Open for the seventh time.

A week on from securing his eighth Monte Carlo Masters, Nadal beat third seed Ferrer 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 in two hours 40 minutes. The top seed saved five set points to take the opener before battling past his fellow Spaniard in the second.

SOCCER

CORK Youths League overturned a deficit against the DDSL yesterday at Tolka Park to win 3-1 and claim their first FAI Inter-league Youths cup since 1978.

After losing last year's final to Kilkenny in extra-time, the Rebels' hopes of ending their drought looked grim early in the second half when they fell behind to Alan O'Sullivan's header. However, back came the Leesiders to equalise through Sean O'Callaghan's penalty and extra-time goals by Corey Long and Conor O'Driscoll settled it.

SWIMMING

SWIM Ireland performance director Peter Banks hailed his swimmers after Ireland claimed a narrow victory in the three-day Celtic Tri-Nations at the National Aquatic Centre, WRITES mark o'driscoll.

Ireland took the title when they finished the final day on 30,380 points, just ahead of the Scots who ended with 30, 248. National performance director Banks said: "It is great to win the Tri-Nations at home. Our team was a mixed group with both juniors and seniors and all worked hard to produce this result."

Olympic hopefuls Melanie Nocher (200m backstroke) and Sycerika McMahon (50m breaststroke) both won their respective events.

MOTORSPORT

Former double British Rally champion Keith Cronin, from Cork, made a tremendous comeback after taking a year's break by winning the Pirelli International Rally in Carlisle. Following a duel with his Citroen team-mate Jarkko Nikara, Cronin won by 17 seconds.

Dubliner Aron Smith took seventh and eighth places in the first two Thruxton rounds of the British Touring Car Championship, while teenager Niall Murray from Firhouse finished second in both of the British Ginetta Junior series races, leaving him in second position in the points table.

GOLF

Leona Maguire stumbled at the weekend to drop down to fifth spot at the Helen Holm Scottish Ladies Open Stroke-Play Championship at Troon.

The 16-year-old from Slieve Russell had started brilliantly with a 68 on Friday to share the opening-round lead but slumped to 75 the following day to fall off the pace.

The teenager carded a final-round 77 for a 54-hole total of 220 -- five-under-par. That gave her a share of fifth, five strokes behind Welsh winner Amy Boulden. Maguire was well clear of the next best Irish player, Castleroy's Chloe Ryan, who finished on level-par 225 after rounds of 76, 73 and 76.

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