Friday 19 January 2018

Snooker: Doherty and O'Brien lose out

Ken Doherty
Ken Doherty

Fergal O'Brien and Ken Doherty both made their exit from the Australian Goldfields Open.

Dominic Dale proved too strong for O'Brien as he eased to a 5-2 triumph, while Marco Fu recorded a similar victory over former world champion Doherty.

Neil Robertson reached the quarter-finals for the first time with a routine 5-3 victory over Jamie Cope.

Robertson had not previously progressed beyond the last 16 in his home tournament, but hit back after losing the first frame to win four of the next five against Cope, which included breaks of 82, 83 and 91. The left-hander sealed victory in the eighth frame courtesy of a break of 68.


Irish Olympians Chloe Magee and Scott Evans, along with Sam Magee, will represent Ireland at the World Championships in Guangzhou, China next month – the biggest event on the badminton calendar.

Chloe Magee, who is ranked 41 in the world, will compete in the women's singles. She will also compete in the mixed doubles with her brother Sam – the pair are ranked No 36 in the world.

Evans, ranked No 50 in the world and winner of seven consecutive Irish national titles, is entered for the men's singles.


David Rudisha's defence of his world 800m title in Moscow next month is in doubt because of a knee injury, according to the Kenyan's Cork-born coach.

"He is progressing well, but I doubt if he will heal early enough to resume training for the world championships," said coach Colm O'Connell.

"We will give a comprehensive report on his condition after a week, then we will communicate to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and Athletics Kenya.

"His wild card (for the championships) is an advantage, but we are praying that he responds well to treatment."


Chaos reigned for the second day running at Royal Portrush, as the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship's carefully laid plans were torn apart.

Following the suspension of play because of fog on Tuesday, it was a case of deja vu yesterday as the Atlantic mist drifted over the Dunluce links again.

Around 90 players returned at dawn yesterday to complete their second qualifying round, some with as many as 13 holes still to play, and it was planned to then have the first knockout round plus eight second-round games played yesterday. Not even the first round got finished.

Headfort's Brian Casey did get a match completed, after he was declared winner of the Silver Medal as leading qualifier.

He took the medal from Ben Best (Rathmore) and Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) after they joined him on seven-under-par 137, when they completed their qualifying tests in the morning.

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