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Shaw gives all in losing sprint

CYCLING: Austrian Andreas Mueller (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleangteam) staved off a lung-busting performance by Mullingar man Damien Shaw (Louth Team ASEA) to emerge victorious on stage seven of An Post Rás into Drogheda.

The duo jumped the lead breakaway of eight riders with only one kilometre to go, going head-to-head up the final ascent to the line, but it was Mueller who took the chequered flag in the end.

Race leader Lukas Postlberger (Austrian Tirol Cycling Team) was involved in a crash after no more than 10 minutes' cycling, but he dusted himself off and joined the race again.

Best County Rider again went to Ian Richardson (Dublin UCD), while Ryan Mullen (An Post Chain Reaction) retained the Under-23 jersey.

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Alberto Contador took a commanding lead in the Giro d'Italia with a big performance in the 14th stage - a 59.4-km individual time-trial won by Vasil Kiryienka.

The Spaniard finished third, 14 seconds behind Team Sky's Kiryienka, who clocked a time of 1:17.36. Tinkoff-Saxo leader Contador now leads Fabio Aru by 2.28 after the Astana rider finished 29th.

Costa Rica's Andrey Amador is third ahead of a today's 15th stage, a 165-km trek up to Madonna Di Campiglio.

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cricket: Alastair Cook and Ian Bell survived a torrid final session to guide England to 74 for two on the third day of the first test against New Zealand but the hosts still face a tough task to save the match.

England trail by 60 runs after New Zealand were bowled out for 523, Kane Williamson contributing a patient 132.

England lost debutant opener Adam Lyth for 12, caught by Tim Southee in the slips off Trent Boult, and Gary Ballance was bowled by Southee for a duck to give New Zealand a scent of victory.

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GAELIC GAMES: Jerry Fallon's eight-point tally helped Roscommon book their place in the Nicky Rackard Cup SH final with a 1-16 to 0-14 win over holders Tyrone at Omagh.

The Connacht men went five ahead with a string of Fallon frees, but Tyrone dominated the second quarter, and Damian Casey's stoppage-time free tied it up at 0-9 each at the break. Adrian Murphy's goal two minutes into the second half helped the Rossies restore their five-point advantage, and they maintained the difference right to the end.

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ARMAGH will join Roscommon in the final following yesterday's convincing 1-19 to 1-12 victory over Donegal.

The Orchard side were stronger throughout and never looked in trouble, even after Donegal's Ronan McDermott closed the gap to four points with a goal. Armagh had led by six points at half-time after Eoin McGuinness' 11th-minute goal.

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Longford secured their Nicky Rackard status with an extra-time 2-20 to 2-16 win over Louth in Mullingar.

While there was little to choose between the two sides, Longford had a four-point lead and looked to have established control by the 55th minute. Louth, though, hit four unanswered points to bring the game to extra-time.

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Christy Moorehouse's accuracy from frees was key as Wicklow secured Christy Ring Cup status with a 1-18 to 1-11 win over Mayo.

The Bray Emmets clubman fired seven points, including five in the second half, in a game where Wicklow were inaccurate early on before settling into a well-merited win.

A Enan Glynn injury-time goal handed Wicklow a 1-7 to 0-4 interval lead, and although David Kenny netted on the restart, Wicklow held on.

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ATHLETICS: Thomas Barr continued his good form with a 400m hurdlers victory at the IFAM meet in Flanders, Belgium, yesterday.

Barr clocked 49.50, and the Waterford hurdler finished over a second clear of Belgian Michael Bultheel, who clocked 50.61. Jason Harvey, meanwhile, was third in 51.61.

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