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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Everard issue with line-up

Irish runner Ciara Everard (pictured) was shocked when she saw the final entries for today's 800m heats at the European Indoors in Prague.

The Kilkenny physiotherapist is an outspoken advocate of life bans for drug cheats. The 24-year-old made this final in Gothenburg two years ago and the winner, Ukraine's Nataliya Lupu, failed a drugs test last March so she presumed she would not feature.

"I thought she was banned!" Everard exclaimed of the return of the defending champion who also won silver at world indoors in 2012. Lupu got a nine-month ban for a stimulant which ran out on January 21.

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golf

This has been a good week so far for Ireland's Kevin Phelan.

On Sunday last, he finished joint second at the Joburg Open in South Africa, netting €80,600, the biggest prize of his fledgling professional career.

And yesterday, teeing it up in the Africa Open at East London GC in South Africa's Eastern Cape courtesy of his strong finish last weekend, Phelan posted an impressive five-under-par 67 for joint leadership alongside England's Matt Ford.

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Templeogue's progress in this season's Premier League has been outstanding but coach Mark Keenan is eager for his side to keep up their strong form in a bid to claim a Champions Trophy spot.

Keenan's side face Killester tomorrow and if they beat the 2014 champions and UL Eagles in the final round, they will clinch third place.

golf

World number one Rory McIlroy found himself nearer the wrong end of the leaderboard after a poor start to the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral last night.

McIlroy missed the cut in last week's Honda Classic and he struggled to one over par on the "Blue Monster".

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