Swimming: Murphy claims national record
DUBLINER Barry Murphy showed he is in perfect form ahead of London 2012 when he set a new Irish senior record for the 50m butterfly at the Canada Cup in Montreal at the weekend, WRITES Mark O'Driscoll.
Murphy placed fifth in the final with a new national best of 24.42.
While Murphy was warming up for the Olympics, the Irish team at the European junior championships finished off a great week of record-breaking performances in Antwerp.
Brendan Hyland (17) added two new records -- for a total of nine overall -- a time of 4:31.48 in the 400m individual medley and -- with Sean O'Brien, Brian O'Sullivan and Curtis Coulter -- a new standard for the boys 4x100m Individual Medley Relay of 3:57.83.
Kilkenny's Jane Roberts continued her good form with another personal best in the 50m Butterfly, 28.62. On Saturday, Co Down teenager Curtis Coulter set a new personal best of 1:52.52 in the heats of the 200m freestyle and went 1:52.23 in the semi-finals to finish 10th overall.
Merrion are the first club through to the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup semi-finals. The 2010 winners' five-wicket defeat of Civil Service North on Saturday was the only game to be played.
Set 252 for victory in 45 overs, after a delayed start, Merrion lost both openers with just six on the board, but captain John Anderson and Tim Lang put on 147 for the third wicket in 23 overs, 92 by Lang, before Anderson upped the tempo and finished 110 not out.
The other three quarter-finals will be played this Sunday, with North County and The Hills both finding themselves with home draws. If a game is abandoned, the replay must take place on their opponents' ground, so the Balrothery side will entertain holders Waringstown and The Hills will host favourites YMCA.
Railway Union have to forgo the comfort of a home tie against Donemana with a trip into the lions' den where the North West side have won their last five games in the competition, reaching the final in both 2008 and 2009.
Irish heavyweight champion Tyson Fury edged a step closer to a clash with one of the Klitschko brothers after stopping Vinny Maddalone at the Hand Arena in Somerset on Saturday.
The win saw undefeated Fury improve to 19 victories (14 KOs) and also collect the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt after punching out a fifth-round TKO over the veteran New Yorker.
Fury (23) dominated the opening frames and wobbled Maddalone with some big shots in the fourth before the fight was stopped in the fifth.
"I'm still undefeated. I would like to say I'm ready for anyone in the world. Klitschkos, bring them on, Americans, bring them on," said a bullish Fury.
However, promoter Mick Hennessy played down talks of a Kiltschko fight for now and looks set to target ex multi-divisional world champion Tomasz Adamek for Fury's next outing.