Friday 19 January 2018

Sport in brief: Danes hold on to claim World title golf

Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark (R) celebrates with teammate Thorbjorn Olesen after winning the World Cup of Golf. Photo: AFP/Getty
Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark (R) celebrates with teammate Thorbjorn Olesen after winning the World Cup of Golf. Photo: AFP/Getty Sportsdesk

Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen shot a six-under-par 66 in the final round fourballs to give Denmark a first World Cup of Golf triumph by four strokes at Kingston Heath.

Irish duo Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell also shot 66 on the final day but finished in ninth place. The Danes started the day with a four-shot cushion, and seven birdies, including one at the last when Olesen curled a 20-foot putt into the hole, combined with a single bogey was enough to hand them victory on 20-under for the tournament.

French duo Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque led the chasing pack with a sparkling nine-birdie 63 to share second place on 16-under with China's Wu Anshun and Li Haotong (65) as well as American pairing Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker (66).


Conor McGregor has relinquished his featherweight title, with Jose Aldo replacing the Irishman as the category's undisputed champion.

The move was triggered by a sequence of events that followed light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier's withdrawal from his scheduled title defence against Anthony Johnson on December 10 due to injury.

McGregor, who knocked out Eddie Alvarez this month to claim the lightweight crown and become the first fighter in the promotion's history to hold two UFC belts simultaneously, had said he did not want to give up either title.

He won the featherweight crown by defeating Brazilian Aldo in 13 seconds last December.

In order to keep a title bout on the UFC 206 card, officials asked McGregor to relinquish his featherweight title so Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis could fight for the interim UFC featherweight championship.

The winner will then face Aldo in 2017 for the unified belt.


It was another memorable visit to the capital for Cork Constitution on Saturday as they ran out 30-10 winners over Dublin University at College Park.

There was little to separate the teams during the first half, but a scoring blitz over the closing 40 minutes, capped by an excellent individual try from captain Niall Kenneally, has moved Con up to third in Ulster Bank League Division 1A.

Pacy winger Colm Hogan's 26th-minute try for Trinity, brilliantly converted from the touchline by James Fennelly, had the students ahead before Tomas Quinlan's third penalty gave the visitors a 9-7 half-time lead.

However, converted tries from forwards Liam O'Connor and Conor Kindregan and impressive centre Kenneally made it one way traffic after the break.

In Division 1B, former leaders UL Bohemians suffered their second defeat in three games as Naas player-coach Johne Murphy emerged as his side's hero in a 13-10 victory with a 78-minute drop goal keeping his side in fifth place.

Fellow former professional Fionn Carr, who will travel to Dubai with the Ireland Men's Sevens squad this week, crossed for Naas' first half try.


Relieved Glenanne threw the form book out of the window as they claimed their first win of the EY League campaign at the expense of national champions Lisnagarvey.

Olympian Shane O'Donoghue set the Tallaght men on the road to a long-odds victory at St Mark's and Roland Rixon Fuller added a second.

Paul Gleghorne's strike for 'Garvey threatened a revival but Gary Shaw picked off an insurance score on the break.

While the holders floundered and Banbridge's fixture with Cork CI was frosted off, Monkstown took the opportunity to go top of the table. A brace from Davy Carson and one from Lee Cole saw off UCD, with ex-Monkstown player Jazze Henry the sole scorer for the students at Belfield.

Meanwhile, the club's women remained four points ahead of UCD in their league as they beat Pembroke Wanderers 4-1 thanks to an Anna O'Flanagan hat-trick.


Double European Touring Car Rallycross champion Derek Tohill scored his third win in a row at Mondello Park to clinch the Parts for Cars National Championship for the first time on home ground.

The Dubliner's Fiesta Mk 7 dominated every race it contested, taking the day's main event, the Super Final, by a clear 14 seconds from the Mitsubishi of Noel Greene.


Fergal O'Brien became the first player to compile five centuries in a best-of-11 frame match as he came from behind to defeat Barry Hawkins at the UK Championship on Saturday. O'Brien rallied from 4-2 down to win 6-5 and set up a meeting with Stephen Maguire.

Last night, Judd Trump was beaten 6-2 by 21-year-old Oliver Lines, who joins his father Peter in the last 32 of the tournament.

Ronnie O'Sullivan recorded his second straight whitewash with a 6-0 win over Rhys Clark.

Irish Independent

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