Thursday 23 November 2017

Sports in brief

Hickey to stay on in EOC role

athletics: Pat Hickey was unanimously re-elected as president of the European Olympic Committees until 2017. The election took place on Friday in Rome at the EOC General Assembly, writes Marie Crowe.

Hickey has been EOC president since 2006 and in 2009 was also re-elected unopposed. He is president of the Olympic Council of Ireland and a member of the International Olympic Committee executive board. He was the only candidate for president.

Britain's Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Games organising committee, was elected to the EOC executive committee. Coe was one of 17 candidates vying for 12 spots.

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GOLF: Home favourite Charl

Schwartzel will take a one-stroke lead into today's final round of the South African Open after carding a third-round 69 for a 15-under-par total of 201 that sets him up for a title that has previously eluded him.

Schwartzel, who is the highest-ranked South African golfer, leads from Italian Marco Crespi and Dane Morten Orum Madsen after five birdies yesterday. Irishman Simon Thornton shot a 75 and is one-over entering the final day.

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An Irish golf club was left wondering what might have been after weather disrupted the final round of the Golfplan Insurance PGA Pro-Captain Challenge in Turkey.

Killeen Golf Club, represented by PGA pro Brian Cosgrove and captain Art O'Molloy, carded a level-par 71 at Antalya Golf Club to finish seven strokes behind joint winners Kedleston Park and Windermere.

They were denied a chance of improving their overnight position when persistent thunder and lightning forced the final round of the £25,000 event to be abandoned.

"Standing on the first tee and having your name announced was special. I definitely had a few nerves and I think that showed in my performance but Brian has improved tremendously having had to cover for me!" said O'Molloy.

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RUGBY UNION: Juan Imhoff's try and 14 points from Nicolas Sanchez lifted Argentina to a scrappy 19-14 win over Italy at a soggy Stadio Olimpico yesterday.

Winger Imhoff slid in to score in the 20th minute and although Italy's Michele Campagnaro crossed for a try in his first international start, Tommaso Allan's four missed penalties proved costly for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Australia scraped past Scotland 21-15 for the third straight victory of their end-of-season European tour yesterday. The Wallabies' patched-up back line scored tries through Israel Folau in the first half and winger Chris Feauai-Sautia at the start of the second, with Christian Lealiifano booting the rest of the points at Murrayfield.

Greig Laidlaw's boot kept the Scots in it but a familiar lack of cutting edge out wide proved their undoing.

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A brace of tries from JP Pietersen gave South Africa a 19-10 victory over France in Paris, as the Springboks claimed their third win of the autumn internationals series despite a below-par performance.

Morne Steyn kicked three penalities and two conversions for his side. Yoann Huget crossed over to give the hosts some hope, but France defended poorly all night and Patrick Lambie's late penalty killed off their hopes.

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BOXING: Four Irish boxers are through to today's finals at the Elite Tammer Multi-Nations in Tampere, Finland. London 2012 Olympian Darren O'Neill, George Bates and Conrad Cummings won their semi-finals yesterday.

O'Neill and Cummings KO'd England's Jake Ball and Sweden's Johan Carisson in the first round of their light-heavyweight and middleweight fights. Bates got Ireland's semi-finals campaign off to a winning start with a classy victory over Hungary's Milan Fodor yesterday.

But Beijing 2008 Olympian John Joe Joyce lost out to Finland's Antti Hietala on a unanimous decision in a repeat of the 2012 Tammer final which Joyce won. Current Irish Elite champion Hugh Myers is also through to today's finals following his 49kg semi-final victory on Thursday. In the 91kg semi-final, Dean Gardiner lost via knockout to Belgium's Suren Nazaryan.

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Greyhounds: Lochnamon Bridie, trained by Paul Hennessy, added the €25,000 Irish St Leger to her Oaks title, when she made every yard in front to score for Bill Chawke from Tyrur Sugar Ray.

For trainer Hennessy it was compensation for a narrow defeat last year and he also supplied Jaytee Hellcat, whichwas third. It's the first time since 1973 that the Oaks and Leger double has been achieved.

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Basketball: Neptune overcame a 12-2 first-quarter deficit to beat UL eagles in last night's Munster derby in Cork. Eagles had a couple of threes early on but with Ian McLoughlin defending well on Neil Campbell, the home side eventually prevailed on a 79-71 scoreline.

Killester forward Mariano Gomez made his first start for the club this year as Jonathan Grennell's team maintained their unbeaten run away to Templeogue on a 88-62 scoreline.

In Glasnevin, Dublin, a series of baskets from Martin Provizors and Eoin Darling was enough to see DCU Saints defeat UCD Marian 79-63.

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