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Sharvin tastes Brabazon glory

GOLF: Cormac Sharvin continued his season of success when he lifted the English men's open stroke-play title for the Brabazon Trophy over the Hollinwell course at Nottingham yesterday.

The 22-year-old star from Ardglass became the first Irishman since Rory McIlroy in 2006 to hold aloft the famous Trophy.

Sharvin finished with a solid 70 for a 72-hole aggregate of seven-under-par 281. That total gave him a one-stroke victory over fellow Irishman and Walker Cup player, Gavin Moynihan.

In what was an excellent tournament for the Irish, Jack Hume of Naas ended in joint third place with the English pair of Charlie Danielson and Paul Kinnear, all carding totals of 284, four-under par. And Paul Dunne tied for ninth spot, with Kevin LeBlanc and Dermot McElroy tied 11th.

These performances will almost certainly cement places for Sharvin, Moynihan and Hume in the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup side at Royal Lytham and St Annes in September.

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BRITAIN'S James Morrison, chasing his second win of the year, powered into a two-shot lead with a five-under 67 in the third round of the BMW International Open in Munich.

The 30-year-old, brimming with confidence after his Spanish Open victory last month, was 16-under for the tournament, two ahead of compatriot Chris Paisley (66), and is five shots ahead of the leading Irishman, Michael Hoey, who shot a round of one-under 71 - six shots more than his round of 65 on Friday.

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SOCCER: Some dogged defending after Alan McNally's first goal for the club saw Bray beat Sligo 1-0 and leapfrog them out of the Premier Division relegation places.

Managerless Sligo fell behind on seven minutes as Bray defender McNally forced the ball home after Chris Lyons' shot came back off a post.

Sligo responded well, with Gary Armstrong, Morten Nielsen and Raffaele Cretaro bringing fine saves out of Bray 'keeper Stephen McGuinness. Bray defender Niall Cooney then twice cleared off the line from Eoin Wearen and Liam Flatley as Trevor Croly's side held on for a big win.

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The Irish Paralympic football team were defeated 2-0 by hosts England last night in the 5th/6th place play-off at the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships, in St George's Park. In what was an entertaining game of 7-a-side football two great individual goals from the home side sealed the win.

The result sees Gerard Glynn's Irish side take sixth place overall at these Championships but most importantly, secure themselves a much coveted qualification place at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Ireland missed out on qualification for the London 2012 Paralympic Games by just one spot so to secure a place in the eight team tournament for 2016 is an achievement that cannot be understated.

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EQUESTRIAN: Ireland's Joseph Murphy claimed a superb second place finish in the CIC3* event at Hopetoun, in Scotland

Partnering Electric Cruise Murphy negotiated the show jumping and cross-country phases at the expense of only two time penalties in the latter to finish on a final tally of 47.00.

The Mullingar rider was well clear of third-placed Louise Harwood of Great Britain but there was no catching Nicola Wilson, also of Great Britain, riding One Two Many who finished on 43.80.

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GAELIC GAMES: A spirited Longford performance secured them a Leinster minor football final place following a hard-earned 1-9 to 0-8 victory over favourites Meath at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

A fortuitous first-half goal from Cathal McCabe and a series of points from Jayson Matthews and Conor Berry set them on their way.

The hosts dominated this encounter for long periods, with Peter Lynn, Cillian Lee and Jayson Matthew their main instigators.

Meath, however, turned things around brilliantly in the second half with four unanswered points to draw level. It wasn't to be, though, with a brace of points from Berry, McCabe and Peter Lynn enough to seal the victory for Longford.

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CONOR Glass kicked seven points as Derry scored a surprise 0-11 to 0-10 win over Ulster minor football championship favourites Donegal.

On a dramatic evening in Clones, Donegal could have stolen the win late in the day.

With 30 seconds of the three minutes of added time remaining, Donegal - trailing by two at the time - were awarded a penalty. However, Conor Doherty's effort flew over the crossbar, leaving Glass and Derry heading for the final.

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ATHLETICS: Mick Clohisey, running with Raheny Shamrock AC, took the honours in this year's Irish Runner 5 Mile race in the Phoenix Park with a course record time of 23:48. Kevin Maunsell finished second, almost a minute behind, in a time of 24:30, followed by Gary Thornton in 24:37.

Clohisey said: "I'm delighted with the win today. It was a challenging course in rather humid conditions but the 5-Mile is not too bad in comparison to the Half Marathon."

He will compete in the Berlin Marathon in September.

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CRICKET: Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara will quit international cricket after the second Test against India this year, the 37-year-old said.

Meanwhile, England fast bowler Chris Jordan will be out for between four to six weeks with a side strain.

The injury rules him out of contention for the start of the Ashes against Australia, which starts in just over a week's time.

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TENNIS: Belinda Bencic claimed her first WTA Tour title, beating ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the Eastbourne International final. Bencic, 18, from Switzerland, whitewashed her 13th-ranked Polish opponent to record a 6-4 4-6 6-0 victory.

Radwanska, 26, who won this title in 2008, is a former world No 2 and was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2012. Bencic goes into Wimbledon tomorrow having reached two grass-court finals this month.

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