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Saturday 21 October 2017

Munster left stunned by Edinburgh

Rugby: Edinburgh pulled off a shock win - only their second in their last 24 visits to Ireland - as Anthony Foley's Munster were beaten 14-13 in their Guinness PRO12 opener at Thomond Park last night.

New fly-half Tom Heathcote coolly slotted three penalties to give Edinburgh a deserved 9-5 half-time lead, with CJ Stander touching down for the hosts while Tomas Leonardi was in the sin-bin.

Edinburgh were briefly down to 13 men when Leonardi's fellow flanker Hamish Watson was singled out for a ruck offence, but Jack Cuthbert dotted down in the 48th minute to leave Foley's misfiring side nine points adrift.

Stander's second try set up a tense final quarter but Munster failed to score again with Ian Keatley, who had an off-night with the boot, narrowly missing a last-gasp long range penalty.

Navarro wins 13th

cycling: Daniel Navarro of Spain surged forward and hung on to win the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta while countryman Alberto Contador kept the overall leader's red jersey on Friday.

Contador fended off several charges by Alejandro Valverde to retain a 20-second overall lead. Rigoberto Uran remained in third, 1:08 behind.

Dan Martin came in ninth and stays in 11th, while Philip Deignan was 90th and remains in 60th in general classification.

Dunbar going pro

CYCLING: Caroline Wozniacki returned to a grand slam final for the first time in five years after opponent Peng Shuai collapsed during the second set of their semi-final.

Wozniacki was leading 7-6 (7/1) 4-3 when Peng began to struggle, apparently with severe cramp. The Chinese player received a lengthy medical time-out but she managed to play only five more points before dropping to her knees on the court. Peng eventually had to be helped away in a wheelchairt.

Mercedes quickest

Formula One: Normal service was resumed as feuding Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished one-two come the culmination of practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton ultimately finished 0.061secs adrift of Rosberg in FP2. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was the best of the rest.

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