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Pair picked to manage Mayo

GAELIC GAMES: On the night before they had hoped to be playing in the All-Ireland final, the Mayo senior football team interview committee have opted to recommend Noel Connolly and Pat Holmes for the position as joint managers of the Mayo senior team.

The committee formally met with the executive of the Mayo County Board yesterday where they made the recommendation. Kevin McStay, who was also in the running for the position, was informed of this intention and wished Connolly and Holmes the very best with their future endeavours.

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GOLF: Lee Westwood continued his steady improvement ahead of this week's Ryder Cup with a solid third-round 68 in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor yesterday.

The experienced English former world No 1, who needed a wildcard to make Paul McGinley's European team, eagled the 18th and collected three birdies to finish on three under par, 11 shots behind leader Joost Luiten.

Dutchman Luiten conjured up six birdies in a flawless round of 65 to go two shots ahead of overnight leader Shane Lowry, who carded a round of 68.

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Alan Thomas birdied the 19th hole to secure the AIG Senior Cup for Tramore against Co Sligo.

"This is by far the happiest time I've ever had on a golf course and I've probably never shook so much on a golf course in my life the last two days," said Thomas after surviving a cliffhanger against Co Sligo's Steffan O'Hara in the decisive match.

All-square playing the last, Thomas decided to call it a half when both players faced tricky par putts.

It seemed like Sligo, the cup-holders, had the early momentum, especially with Mark Morrissey coming good in the final match for the reigning champions, but that dramatic half on 18 saw the title decided on 19.

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FORMULA 1: Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix by out-qualifying his Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg by a mere seven- thousandths of a second on Saturday.

Hamilton claimed his sixth pole of the season with a time of one minute and 45.681 seconds, and it could prove crucial on a tight and twisty Marina Bay circuit.

The top eight cars were separated by just half a second - a remarkably small margin on what is one of the longest circuits on the F1 calendar.

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GAELIC GAMES: St Gall's just edged out Bryansford to claim their sixth FBD Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland football 7s title at a packed Glenalbyn.

The Antrim men were locked with the runners-up and another Down club, Castlewellan, on five titles, and held on to move to the top of the roll of honour.

This was the Antrim side's fifth title since 2005 and while Corofin ended the Ulster dominance since then last year, it was back to normal this time round with all four semi-finalists coming from the northern province. A closely-fought contest was settled when Andrew McLean hit a scorching goal for St Gall's.

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ATHLETICS: Gary O'Hanlon eased to victory at yesterday's SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park. O'Hanlon had some two minutes to spare on Trevor Power, winning in 1:09:43, after making a move just before half-way.

Former Polish international Patricia Wlodarczyk took the women's title in 1:22:54, just eight seconds clear of Raheny Shamrocks' teammate Fiona Stack, while Dundrum South Dublin's Justine O'Connell Urell took bronze in 1:24:40.

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RUGBY: Holders Clontarf had to come from behind before winning 22-16 at Dolphin and make it two wins from two in the AIL.

A great start by the home side saw Dolphin race into an early 13-0 lead with a try from Eamon Mills and a conversion and two penalties by Rory Scannell.

Clontarf hit back with tries from Robert McGrath and David Joyce, with Joyce converting his try to leave it 13-12 at the interval.

The same player then put Clontarf ahead with a penalty on 52 minutes and crossed for his second try which he also converted minutes later for a 22-13 lead.

Five minutes from time, Rory Scannell kicked a penalty to secure a losing bonus point for Dolphin.

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A DRAMATIC injury-time penalty from Scot Deasy saw Lansdowne take a 16-13 away win over Cork Con. Gerry Hurley opened the scoring with a penalty for Con but Lansdowne hit back with a try from Ian Fitzpatrick and Deasy converted and then added two penalties for a 13-3 interval lead.

Tries from Niall Kenneally and James Murphy brought the home side level, but Deasy gave the visitors the points with his late strike.

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BADMINTON: Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle have lost out in the quarter-finals of the doubles at the Polish Open.

The Irish pair, playing in their first international event at this level away from home turf, looked impressive as they beat local players Magdalena Jaworek and Aneta Walentukanis in three straight games to reach the quarter-final stage.

However, the Irish pairing lost out to the number four seeds Simona Kononykhina and Olga Lipkina of Russia in a match that went the distance.

The Russian pair won the match 3-2 with a 11-7 victory in the deciding fifth game.

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cricket: Gareth Breese enjoyed a fairytale finish to his cricket career as Durham won the Royal London One-Day Cup after beating Warwickshire by three wickets in a nail-biting final at Lord's.

Breese was playing his final game for Durham before retiring and the 38-year-old took three wickets, two catches and scored an unbeaten 15, including the winning runs that secured the trophy.

Durham looked to be in a commanding position when they bowled their opponents out for 165 but Warwickshire came back strong as off-spinner Jeetan Patel took four for 25.

It was Durham though who held their nerve as Mark Stoneman made 52 before Ben Stokes (38no) and Breese steered their side to victory in only the club's second ever Lord's final.

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SAILING: Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey completed their week of racing in the 49erFX at the World Championships in Santander yesterday.

The duo, who only teamed up together late last year, wrapped up an intense event in 24th place from 55.

As the 13th nation they finished outside the top 10, which would have earned Ireland its fourth Olympic qualification place for sailing.

The next opportunity to qualify for the Rio Games will be at the 2015 World Championship.

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