Sport in brief: Lynam's Slade Power seals July Cup
HORSE RACING: Slade Power claimed a summer sprint double by easing to victory in the July Cup at Newmarket yesterday.
Trained by Eddie Lynam, the five-year-old was a heavily-supported 7/4 favourite following his maiden Group One victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes last month and although he got warm before the off, it clearly had no effect on his performance.
Tropics, the 66/1 outsider, finished second with the John Gosden-trained Gregorian finishing strongly to grab third ahead of American runner Undrafted.
Lynam’s other star sprinter, Sole Power, and Aidan O’Brien’s Due Diligence were both non-runners in the Group One race.
James Anderson and Joe Root’s world-record 10th-wicket stand extended England’s salvage operation against India at Trent Bridge.
Even after Root (154 no) and Anderson, with a career-best 81, put on 198 to take the hosts to 496 all out, England may need a few more sporting anomalies to win this first Test.
Two late wickets saw India falter marginally to 167-3 at stumps, Murali Vijay (52) and Cheteshwar Pujara (55) getting themselves out in successive deliveries to set up a fascinating final day’s play.
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Sparkling centuries from Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers helped South Africa to a comfortable 82-run victory over Sri Lanka yesterday in the third one-day international and a 2-1 series win.
Opener de Kock struck 128 off 127 balls and captain De Villiers 108 off 71 as South Africa posted 339-5 for its highest one-day international total against Sri Lanka. The home side was then bowled out for 257 in 44.3 overs.
The platform for a huge score was set by De Kock, who struck 12 fours and three sixes for his fifth century in 18 ODI games, while De Villiers smashed 11 fours and four sixes for his 17th century.
Sri Lanka started briskly but could not put up a fight even as captain Angelo Mathews top-scored with 58.
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Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from bowling in international cricket due to an illegal action. The 29-year-old was reported by the on-field umpires during last month’s one-day international series with England, and was ordered to undergo testing by the International Cricket Council.
Four deliveries sent down in the fourth ODI at Lord’s were deemed to be in breach of the 15-degree elbow extension permitted under ICC rules, and he has been suspended from bowling internationally with immediate effect.
The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division games between Limerick and Derry City, which had been scheduled for Friday, and Sligo Rovers and Bohemians, which had been fixed for yesterday, have both been postponed with Rovers and Derry both in action in the second qualifying round of the Europa League this week. Derry entertain Belarus side Shakhtyor Soligorsk and Sligo Rovers travel to Norway to take on Rosenborg. Both games are on Thursday.
Dundalk, who play Croatian side Hajduk Split on Thursday, have rescheduled their Premier Division fixture against Athlone Town to next Sunday.
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Belgium defender Sebastien Pocognoli has joined West Brom on a three-year contract from Hannover.
The Baggies announced yesterday they had paid an undisclosed fee for the 26-year-old left-back who saw his chances of going to the World Cup ended by injury. The 12-cap international has played for Genk, AZ Alkmaar and Standard Liege.
Rory McIlroy declared himself happy with his Open preparations after bouncing back from a familiar Friday failing in the Scottish Open yesterday.
After a seven-over-par 78 on Friday, the 25-year-old responded with a more sedate 68 yesterday to finish three under par and was happy to take the positives ahead of the year’s third Major championship at Hoylake.
“I feel much more prepared going into next week. It’s just about getting rid of these bad stretches of holes or these bad second rounds or whatever it is. If I can get rid of that, then there’s no reason why I can’t go next week and really contend.”
Meanwhile, Englishman Justin Rose rocketed to the top of the leaderboard after an impressive five-under-par round of 66.
Local favourite Marc Warren of Scotland completed a scintillating round of 66 to join Rose on 10-under, while Irishman Shane Lowry hit a three-under round of 68 to leave him five shots off the leaders.
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Stephanie Meadow has announced she wants to represent Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro following the example of fellow Northern Ireland golfers Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, who already said they will represent Ireland.
Meadow, 22, turned professional last month and has made a sensational start to her pro career, finishing third at the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst. From Jordanstown in Co Antrim, she followed her US Women’s Open performance by finishing joint-third at the European Masters, thanks to a course record-equalling 63 at Buckinghamshire. However, she missed the cut at this week’s Women’s British Open.
Sam and Chloe Magee went out of the mixed quarter-final of the US Open, losing to No 1 seeds Maneepong Jongjit and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.
The Magees started well, taking the first game. The Thailand pair fought back to take the second. In the final game the spectators were treated to a number of long rallies with the Thailand pair coming out on top. After the mid-game interval they pulled away to win a pulsating hour-long match.
The Irish competitors at the European Junior Championships in Dordrecht, Holland continued their good form yesterday with another Irish junior relay record set.
Ben Griffin (breaststroke) and James Brown (butterfly) joined Danielle Hill (backstroke) and Laoise Fleming (freestyle) in smashing the Irish 4x100m medley mixed team relay record, setting a new standard of 4:07.33.
Meanwhile, Fleming clocked 1:06.64 in the 100m backstroke and Emma Reid was second in her heat of the 50m freestyle while Niamh Kilgallen (1:13.89) and Dearbhail McNamara (1:13.74) missed out on semi-finals in the 100m breaststroke. .