Sport in Brief: Cycling - Bennett second in London finale
Ireland's Sam Bennett capped a fantastic Tour of Britain for the An Post Chainreaction squad with second place behind Mark Cavendish on the final stage in London yesterday, writes Gerard Cromwell.
Bennett's An Post team brought the Carrick-On-Suir rider to the front in the final kilometres and the 22-year-old almost repeated his stage-five victory when he tussled with Cannondale sprinter Elia Viviani for the wheel of Cavendish before ending the stage just behind the former Tour de France green jersey winner.
"I knew I was in the shop window this week," said Bennett afterwards. "I hope it gets people's attention now. The ultimate aim is to sign for a top pro team. I have nothing yet but hopefully, in the next few days, the phone will start ringing."
Donegal driver Donagh Kelly and his Derry co-driver Kevin Flanagan dominated the Clare Stages Rally at Shannon, taking their Ford Focus WRC into a six-second lead on the opening stage and staying in front all the way to win by 57 seconds.
At the finish, their nearest challengers were Monaghan brother and sister team of Stephen and Susanne Wright, whose Group N Production Lancer Evo kept the Impreza WRC of Kevin Barrett at bay by 17 seconds.
Ian Downey and William Kelly won the ALMC Autumn Endurance Trial in Co Meath.
ED JOYCE was named RSA International Player of the Year at the sixth annual Cricket Writers of Ireland dinner in Strabane.
The Sussex captain, who celebrated his 35th birthday yesterday, was the linchpin of Ireland's batting in 2013, making his highest score of 155 against the UAE, another century against Pakistan and a match-winning 96 not out against the Netherlands to secure qualification for the 2015 World Cup.
North County seam bowler Eddie Richardson won the CWI's Young Player of the Year, while Merrion captain John Anderson was voted RSA InterProvincial Player of the Year.
CORK Yacht club's Seafra Guilfoyle was yesterday crowned the ISA Junior All-Ireland Sailing champion for 2013.
Guilfoyle came out on top of a tightly contested nine-race regatta after going into the final race level with Finn Lynch. She secured fourth place in the medal race – enough to gain a two-point advantage over Lynch.
UCD'S international contingent were to the fore as they began the Leinster league season with a 4-2 win against YMCA. Shane O'Donoghue and Kirk Shimmins were among the scorers.
Another young prospect proved the matchwinner for Three Rock Rovers against league title holders Pembroke Wanderers. Teenager Luke Madeley's late drag flick decided the ding-dong battle at Grange Road.