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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Poynter heroics in vain

Cricket: Stuart Poynter scored his maiden century for Ireland inspiring a late fightback which ended just 28 runs short against Sri Lanka A at Stormont.

The Durham wicket-keeper batsman scored a quite brilliant 109 from just 88 balls (11 fours, 2 sixes) as Ireland finished on 255 all out chasing Sri Lanka A's total of 283.

Andrew White was given the honour of leading the team onto the field on the occasion of becoming Ireland's most capped player - finally overhauling Kyle McCallan's 226 appearances.

The teams meet again at the same venue tomorrow (10:45am), before the final game at Coleraine on Sunday.

F1 going back to Mexico

Motor Sport: Formula One will return to Mexico for the first time in 23 years after it was announced the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will be included on the 2015 calendar.

There have been long-standing reports that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been negotiating with those who could put the wheels in motion for a comeback to the Mexico City location and now events company Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento (CIE) have confirmed a five-year deal has been struck.

"It is a fact," CIE president Alejandro Soberon said. "Start your engines, F1 will return to Mexico next year.

"This is Mexico's time."

Ecclestone was not present at the announcement, but said: "I feel it is the right for F1 for and Mexico."

Lewis Hungary for treble

Motor Sport: Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to win his third straight Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday and fifth overall as he chases Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for the championship lead in the last race before the summer break.

Hamilton won in 2012 and 2013 and was fourth in 2011. He also took the top spot on the podium in Hungary in 2007 and 2009.

"I don't really have any secrets there," Hamilton said. "I've just been very fortunate in that race and it's a circuit I really enjoy. It's one where you can really attack ... so perhaps it suits my driving style a little bit more than some others. The championship is proving a big challenge for me but that's how I love it."

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