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  • East crown heading for South Africa after Christo Lamprecht's success

    05 June 2018 07:19 2

    Just 12 months after Reece Black became the event’s youngest champion at the age of 17 years and 11 months, the six-feet seven-inch giant sliced seven months off that record as he followed a morning 69 with a one-under 71 on a scorching afternoon to win the title by two strokes from Kilkenny’s Mark Power on 14-under par. Last year I won the South African

  • U20 captain Caelan Doris targets win over Georgia

    05 June 2018 02:51 2

    Ireland captain Caelan Doris said they have turned their attention to getting a first win at the World Rugby U20 Championship on Thursday against Georgia. Ireland must win on Thursday in Narbonne to prevent losing all three pool games in the competition for the second year in a row. Their 9th place in Georgia last year left them with a lower seeding

  • Waterford chairman: Goal-line technology not worth the cost

    05 June 2018 02:51 4

    Waterford chairman Paddy Joe Ryan is not in favour of the GAA introducing goal-line technology. Despite their controversial loss to Tipperary, the Waterford chairman does not believe goal-line technology should be introduced Ryan was disappointed by referee Alan Kelly’s decision, following consultation with his umpires, to award Tipperary a 62nd-minute

  • Cora Staunton will return to AFL after Mayo championship duty

    05 June 2018 02:51 4

    Hopes are now high in Mayo that Staunton, a four-time All-Ireland winner, will return to the county fold for the championship after she missed the entire National League campaign following a successful debut season in Sydney. The 36-year-old became the first international player signed by a women’s Aussie Rules side in 2017 and capped a remarkable spring

  • Ireland bid to hit the ground running

    04 June 2018 06:20 3

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt expects the full complement of 32 players to train tomorrow on Queensland’s Gold Coast as the Grand Slam winners begin preparations for Saturday’s opening Test against Australia. The Irish squad landed in Brisbane on Saturday evening having left Dublin 24 hours earlier. They travelled an hour to Surfers Paradise on the shores

  • Steve Lennon and Willie O’Connor begin World Cup of Darts challenge

    31 May 2018 05:20 1

    The eighth running of the event gets underway in Frankfurt today, with top seeds Scotland, represented by Peter Wright and Gary Anderson, facing US duo Larry Butler and Darin Young. Lennon and experienced partner Willie O’Connor face former finalists Belgium. World No.56 O’Connor, from Cappamore in Limerick, has played at every World Cup while Lennon

  • Novak Djokovic safely into round three of French Open

    31 May 2018 02:27 1

    Novak Djokovic may not firing on all cylinders but the former world number one is safely through to the third round of the French Open. The Serbian, seeded only 20 due to his recent injury absence, will now face Spanish 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut after a straight-sets win over Jaume Munar, the 2016 champion winning 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 6-4. Tomas Berdych

  • Lucky loser Trungelliti makes most of reprieve

    29 May 2018 10:50 3

    Argentinian Marco Trungelliti, beaten in French Open qualifying last week, was back home in Barcelona on Sunday when, after a spate of withdrawals, he got the call to replace injured Nick Kyrgios. The 28-year-old had his family — mother Suzanna, brother Andre, and grandmother Daphne — staying with him, and within five minutes Trungelliti had packed them all into his car to embark

  • Relentless Rose shows taste for the traditional

    29 May 2018 02:37 4

    “If you are able to win at a course that has great history, has had great champions, and if I begin to look at the courses I’ve won at, this definitely strengthens that group even more,” Rose said after his closing 6-under 64 on Sunday in the Fort Worth Invitational. Along with the plaid jacket that comes with winning at Colonial, the longest-running

  • Laid-back Virgil Van Dijk may need to alter style

    26 May 2018 02:13 8

    The world’s most expensive defender has brought a calmness and composure to the Reds’ back four since arriving for £75m (€85.6m) from Southampton in January. Van Dijk has previously stated he does not suffer from nerves but accepted that approach almost cost him in their quarter-final second leg against Manchester City when they conceded a goal inside