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UCC hit back for first win

RUGBY: Bottom club UCC recorded their first win in the All-Ireland League Division 1B with a 22-18 victory over third-placed Buccaneers at the Mardyke.

The visitors led 8-6 at the interval with Paul Harte scoring a try and Aidan Kennedy kicking a penalty. Brian Kingston replied with two penalties for the students.

Shane Layton scored a try for Buccs after the break and Kennedy converted and also added a penalty. Paddy Ryan replied with a try for the home side and Kingston converted and kicked three penalties.

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UL Bohemians turned a 19-point deficit into a 24-22 victory over Galwegians at Crowley Park.

Galwegians went in front with a penalty try after 12 minutes. Tadhg Leader and JJ Hanrahan had earlier traded penalties.

John Cleary set up a try for centre Colin Conroy before he crossed himself, with Leader adding both conversions to make it 22-3. But UL Bohs hit back with two penalties from Hanrahan to leave the score 22-9 at the break.

Hanrahan landed his fourth penalty before a Ben Martyn try, with Hanrahan's conversion leaving it 22-19.

UL Bohs then secured victory 10 minutes from time with a Sean Henry try.

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Ballynahinch squandered many opportunities before finishing level 21-21 with UCD at Ballymacarn Park.

'Hinch could have won the game late on but James Lash's conversion attempt was wide.

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Former Irish cricketer and Munster rugby player Jim Kiernan has passed away following a short illness. Kiernan was a brother of former Irish and Lions rugby captain Tom Kiernan and father of Irish and Lions centre Michael.

He played cricket for the Bohemian and Cork County Clubs and also represented Ireland. The Corkman was also a successful rugby player; in 1948 he won a Munster Schools' Senior Cup medal with Presentation Brothers College and went on to win Munster Senior Cup medals with UCC and Cork Constitution.

He also won a Cork Charity Cup medal in 1961 with Dolphin and played fullback for Munster. On two occasions during the 1970s and '80s he was a Munster selector and from 1984 to 1987 he was an Irish selector.

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GOLF: Overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen birdied three of the final four holes for a share of the lead on a topsy-turvy third day on the Africa Open leaderboard in East London.

Defending champion Oosthuizen started his round with three straight birdies but could not match the pace of Friday, when he vaulted into the lead with a stunning 62.

A bogey at the 11th saw him falling back into the chasing pack before a late recovery gave the former British Open champion a six-under 67 to be 21-under par for the tournament, which left him in a tie with countryman Tjaart van der Walt, who fired a 65.

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TENNIS: Sinéad Lohan's bid to qualify for her first ITF U-18 Circuit final since winning the title in Cobh last August ended in disappointment in Pontevedra yesterday as the Tramore native came up short in the girls' singles semi-finals when American Alexandria Stiteler prevailed 6-3 6-3.

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A merciless Andy Murray subjected Australia's Bernard Tomic to a 6-3 6-2 thrashing to deflate local fans and set up an intriguing final with Alexandr Dolgopolov at the Brisbane International.

Murray had ended Dolgopolov's barnstorming run to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last year and appears in fine fettle for the re-match after disposing of Wimbledon quarter-finalist Tomic.

Ukrainian Dolgopolov earlier overcame Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4 in the first semi-final.

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BASKETBALL: Daniel James returned from an eight-week lay-off as UCD Marian defeated Star 71-60 ahead of their all-Dublin clash with Northern Conference leaders Vincents in Belfield this afternoon (tip-off 3.10pm).

It was brother Conor, however, who made the most telling impact as he held Star's Paul Cummins to just six points after the break.

Meanwhile, a controversial last-second call at the NUIG Kingfisher gym consigned an injury-hit Moycullen to an agonising 59-58 defeat to UL Eagles in last night's Southern Conference clash.

Trailing by a point with nine seconds to go, UL broke up court and, although missing their first shot, a foul was then called in the fight for possession, with international Jason Killeen converting two from two from the free-throw line to hand the visitors a much needed win.

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cricket: Ireland's England Lions fast bowler Boyd Rankin grabbed a career-best 43 in a ninth-wicket stand of 95 as the ICC Combined XI scored 281 against England on day one of the three-day Tour Match in Dubai.

It was a chastening first day for England at the hands of Christi Viljoen, despite the immediate impact made by Stuart Broad on his return.

Broad, in his first match since injuring his shoulder at Lord's in September, took three wickets in his first three overs as an ICC Combined XI lurched to 10 for three and then a lunchtime 91 for six.

But if England thought they were in position to finish off their opponents' first innings quickly, they had not bargained for the scoring power of Viljoen (98) and Mohammad Shahzad (51).

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cycling: Robin Seymour of Team Worc was in magnificent form yesterday as he added to his tally of wins in the National Cyclo-Cross Championships in St Anne's Park, Raheny, Dublin.

Seymour won by well over a minute to bring his total of wins in the nationals to 18.

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