Wednesday 12 December 2018

Mullen wins silver at World U23s

CYCLING: Ireland's Ryan Mullen (right) has won a silver medal in the U-23 men's individual time trial on the second day of the Road Cycling World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

The 20-year-old finished less than half a second behind the winner, Australia's Campbell Flakemore, over the 36.15km distance.

Mullen, who beat bronze medallist Stefan Kueng, will bid for a second medal in the under-23 road race on Friday.

Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins missed out on a medal by just over two seconds in the team time trial.

The quartet of Dario Cataldo, Vasil Kiryienka, Kanstantsin Siutsou and Wiggins stopped the clock in one hour, four minutes and 7.14 seconds after losing Salvatore Puccio and Geraint Thomas early on.

American team BMC Racing emerged victorious on the 57.1km course, 37.29secs faster than the British team.

Orica-GreenEdge were second, while Omega Pharma-QuickStep took third on the final ride of the day.

In the women's race Specialized-lululemon won in 43:33.35 ahead of Orica-AIS and Astana BePink Women Team.

Garcia backs up Venus win

TENNIS: Caroline Garcia followed up her first-round win over Venus Williams with a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) upset win over fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska yesterday at the inaugural Wuhan Open.

The 20-year-old Frenchwoman went for broke, continuing to hit big ground strokes despite piling up unforced errors as she tried to keep Radwanska on the back foot.

"It's pretty different game between Venus and Radwanska, but I did the same game for myself," Garcia said. "Against these kind of girls like Radwanska you have to do (this kind) of game ... sometime you can miss, but I knew it was the only way I can win this today."

Maria Sharapova beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a second-round night match that lasted more than two hours. Jelena Jankovic beat Christina McHale 6-4, 6-4.

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