Saturday 24 February 2018

Sport In Brief

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GAELIC GAMES: Dingle's Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne won a first Hogan Cup title with an inspired second-half display at Croke Park, defeating St Patrick's Maghera 1-8 to 1-6.

Conor Glass smashed home a 12th-minute goal to get the defending champions Maghera up and running, and two Danny Tallon points kept them on top.

A disciplined defensive effort restricted the Dingle side to two first-half points from Seamus O Muircheartaigh and Tomas O Se.

Maghera led by 1-4 to 0-2 at the interval, but Chorca Dhuibhne dominated the second half, after Riobeard O Se had rifled in a 32nd-minute goal. O Muircheartaigh, Maitio O Flatharta and Tom O Suilleabhain added points, and they held on for victory with a defensive shut-out.

Scorers – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: R O Se 1-0, S O Muircheartaigh 0-3 (2f), T O Suilleabhan 0-2 (2f), M O Flatharta, B O Suilleabhain, T O Se 0-1 each.

St Patrick's Maghera: C Glass 1-1, D Tallon 0-2, P McAtamney, C Cassidy, C Convery (f) 0-1 each.

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Super sub Declan Hyland's goal 10 minutes from time gave Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig a dramatic 1-11 to 1-10 victory over Scoil Aodhain in the All-Ireland Colleges SF 'B' final.

Conor Kavanagh's early goal put Dublin's Scoil Aodhain ahead, but they were unable to finish off the chances they created to pull away. Hyland's strike and Sean O'Donoghue's six-point haul proved the difference.

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CYCLING: Alberto Contador won the Tour of Basque Country for a third time yesterday, confirming the Spaniard's strong return to form with his second title of the year.

The Tinkoff-Saxo cyclist defended the lead he established on the opening day during the race's sixth and final stage, an individual time trial in which he finished second behind winner Tony Martin.

After going a year without a multi-stage race title, Contador has now won the Tour of Basque Country and the Tirreno-Adriatico, to go with runner-up finishes at the Tour of Algarve and the Volta a Catalunya.

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Britain won gold in both the men's and women's tandem and set two world records on the second day of the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Paralympic champion Neil Fachie and pilot Peter Mitchell claimed gold in the 1km time trial, while Sophie Thornhill and pilot Rachel James rode to victory in 1:05.912 in the women's tandem B final.

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RUGBY: Bath maintained their Aviva Premiership play-off hopes after claiming a dramatic 18-17 victory over 11-man Gloucester at Kingsholm.

The home side had two players sent off – substitute prop Sila Puafisi and scrum-half Tavis Knoyle – while they also finished the game with centre Mike Tindall and hooker Huia Edmonds in the sin-bin. Bath, who had three players yellow-carded themselves, prevailed through a 79th-minute penalty try after Gloucester collapsed a maul.

Centre Harry Trinder's 71st-minute try looked to have edged Gloucester home – fly-half Billy Twelvetrees chipped in with four penalties – while Bath captain Stuart Hooper scored a try and George Ford kicked two penalties before an incident-packed finale.

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Newport Gwent Dragons' European hopes took a knock as they slipped to a 45-27 defeat to Benetton Treviso.

Mat Berquist kicked 20 points and Ludovico Nitoglia, Luke McLean, Michele Campagnaro, Manoa Vosawai and Matteo Muccignat scored tries for the Italian side.

Matthew Screech, Ross Wardle and Cory Hill crossed for the Dragons, who also had two Jason Tovey penalties to show for their efforts. The visitors, given hope of European action next season following this week's agreement, started with promise and led 6-3 through two Tovey penalties, either side a Berquist effort.

However, Nitoglia crossed and three more successful penalties gave the hosts a 19-6 interval advantage. Two tries early in the second half, from McLean and Campagnaro, strengthened the home side's position. Although Screech crossed for the Dragons, Vosawai's try ruled out realistic hopes of victory.

Wardle and Hill went over again for Lyn Jones' side as the game neared its conclusion – but in between Muccignat touched down to keep the Dragons at arm's length.

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BOXING: Belfast bantamweight Michael Conlan claimed gold at the Feliks Stamm Memorial in Warsaw, Poland yesterday.

But Tipperary super-heavy Dean Gardiner has to settle for silver after losing out to Cam Awesome of the USA on a unanimous decision in the 91kg + plus final. Conlan beat Poland's Sylwester Kozlowski on a unanimous decision to finish on top of the 56kg podium. Ireland will be taking home one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, courtesy of top-four finishes for Dean Walsh and David Oliver Joyce.

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TENNIS: Fourth-seeded Marcel Granollers will face eighth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in an all-Spanish final at the Grand Prix Hassan II after both won their semi-finals yesterday.

Granollers beat No 6 Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-1 6-4 and Garcia-Lopez got the better of countryman Roberto Carballes Baena 6-2 6-7 (6) 6-4.

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Ireland have improved two places, from 61st to 59th, in the Davis Cup rankings of 130 nations after last weekend's 3-2 play-off win over Egypt at Castleknock Club.

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