Thursday 21 November 2019

Tennis: Morrissey exits Copa del Cafe

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John Morrissey's hopes of netting the boys' doubles title in the International Tennis Federation U-18 Grade One Copa del Cafe in San Rafael, Costa Rica were yesterday dashed at the quarter-final stage.

The 17-year-old Dubliner, who suffered a shock defeat in the opening round of the boys' singles, and Hungary's Mate Zsiga, the top seeds, crashed out to Canadian pair Nikolai Haessig and Edward Nguyen, the No 5 seeds.

After Haessig and Nguyen had battled back to level at one set all, the Canadians took a decisive grip in the deciding champions' tie-break (first to 10 points) before prevailing on a 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 10-4 margin.

Italian motorcyclist Luca Manca remains in critical condition following a crash in the Dakar Rally in which he sustained life-threatening head injuries.

One of Manca's doctors said that the 29-year-old's condition had improved slightly but that he would remain in an induced coma for at least five days to control swelling on the brain.

"He's pretty good and stable given his critical condition," Dr Alberto Munoz said.

Munoz said it was impossible to know what neurological damage the accident may have caused.

Manca, racing in his first Dakar, crashed only 10km into the 418km sixth stage through the Atacama Desert in northern Chile from Antofagasta to Iquique.

A 28-year-old woman was killed when a vehicle taking part in the race veered off the course and hit her during the opening stage of this year's race.

Last year, French motorcyclist Pascal Terry died during the rally.

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is confident his team will not only beat the Cincinnati Bengals but also go on to win the Super Bowl four weeks from now.

The Jets travel to Cincinnati tonight to begin a play-off campaign they hope will lead to Miami and Super Bowl XLIV on February 7.

Ryan is looking at this Wild Card game for his Jets to pick up where they left off last Sunday when they crushed the Bengals, the AFC North-champions, 37-0 in the final game of the regular season.

"We're trying to win this thing," Ryan said this week. "That's our goal. To get to this point and not have that as your ultimate goal, you're not going to be successful."

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