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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Puspure is an eighth wonder

ROWING: After her victory with an international women's eight at the The Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts, Sanita Puspure is back in Ireland for this weekend's rowing trials at Inniscarra, Co Cork. For the Boston regatta, Puspure, winner of a bronze medal at the European Rowing Championships earlier this year, was selected for an international eight who took on and beat the American Olympic and world champion crew.

A day earlier, Puspure had finished fourth in the double sculls paired with Canadian quad sculler Carling Zeeman.

TEN-PIN BOWLING: Ireland's Chris Sloan not only won the Dubai International Youth Ten Pin Bowling Open but also finished 12th in the open tournament. In the youth final, Sloan, who was No 2 seed, beat top seed Mustafa Al-Mouswai of Kuwait.

In the open competition, he did brilliantly to qualify for the last 16 and then finished 12th. At senior level, Paul Scott was competing at the European Champions Cup in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he made the quarter-finals, while Amanda Larkin was 12th in the women's tournament.

HOCKEY: Former Irish women's hockey captain Alex Speers had announced her retirement after eight years on the Irish team and 164 caps. Speers, who began her club hockey career for Pegasus in Belfast, won her first cap at the age of 18 in 2006. Highlights of her career included captaining the Irish women team during the London Olympics qualification tournament and winning Champions Challenge bronze in front of a home crowd at the National Hockey Stadium in Belfield in October 2012.

BADMINTON: Scott Evans went out in the opening round of the men's singles at the Yonex French Badminton Open in Paris. Against the No 7 seed Yun Hu from Hong Kong, Evans put up a good fight, winning the second set and leading 9-3 in the third before Hu stormed back to nail down victory. Earlier this month, Evans reached the final of the Bulgarian Open.

Chloe Magee made it safely through the opening rounds of the women's singles, and in the mixed doubles, where she played with brother Sam, also made the last 16.

KICK BOXING: Seven times world champion Barbara Delaney, who has dominated Irish kickboxing for many years, has announced her retirement. Delany's most recent victory came at the Artane Beaumont Recreation Centre in Dublin, where she beat Spanish champion Katy 'Pacwoman' Diaz for the WIMAAO Pro World full contact title.

In a tough ten rounder, Delany won 10-7 and later said that she was calling it quits - although she might be tempted back if the right fight came along.

VOLLEYBALL: Naas made it three wins from three when they beat defending champions DVC in the women's premiership in Naas last weekend.

Naas closed it out in the fourth set top the league table, ahead of NUIG, also unbeaten but with a match in hand. A lot more open is the men's league, with the two Ballymum Patriot teams, UCD and NUIG all in contention.

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