Friday 24 November 2017

Amazing Grace in record books

golf: South African Branden Grace is suddenly a European Tour star, just a month after he flew to Spain to fight for his future.

The 23-year-old qualifying school graduate yesterday became the first player on the circuit since Fred Couples in 1995 to follow a maiden win with another victory just a week later.

And Grace's latest success was not just any old win after he beat Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a play-off to capture the Volvo Golf Champions on their home soil at Fancourt.

Fionnuala back on form

ATHLETICS: Fionnuala Britton got back to winning ways with victory at the Antrim IAAF Cross-Country International.

After disappointment in Seville last weekend, Ireland's European champion left several Ethiopians in her wake. Britain's Emma Steel gave the Wicklow runner her toughest competition, but the Kilcoole star got away in the final 600m to win by seven seconds.

Moylette dream hits Wall

BOXING: Ray Moylette's Olympic dream is over after he slipped to a shock defeat to Martin Wall of the Crumlin BC in the Elite Championships quarter-finals at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Moylette, the current European light-welterweight champion, is ranked eighth in the world by AIBA.

Robertson back to work

SNOOKER: New BGC Masters champion Neil Robertson returned to league duty today -- just hours after winning the second most prestigious title of his career.

The 2010 world champion defeated Shaun Murphy 10-6 in last night's final at Alexandra Palace, but the Australian must compete in a minor two-day event in Essex.

Wilson claims fifth title

GOLF: Mark Wilson overcame a shaky start to claim his fifth PGA Tour title in the Humana Challenge. The 37-year-old recovered his composure to play the last eight holes in four under par for a closing 69 for a two-shot victory.

Killester suffer shock loss

BASKETBALL: Lowly Moycullen caused the shock of the weekend by humbling reigning champions Killester with a 64-58 win in Oranmore, while DCU Saints eked out a thrilling 86-85 victory over Bord Gais Neptune.

Ireland make Alpine bow

skiing: Ireland will be represented at a world Alpine event for the first time at the World Schools Ski Championships in Aosta Valley, Italy, from March 5-10. Topflight Sports for Schools, Ireland's leading ski tour operator, are the main sponsor of the team.

IRELAND -- Boys' squad - S Power (Colaiste Choilm, Swords), R Sharkey (King's Hos, Dublin), C Comerford (Newpark, Dublin), K McNamara (Mt Temple, Dublin), C O' Neill (Terenure Coll, Dublin), J Harrison (Lurgan Coll, Armagh).

Girls' squad - L O'Riordan (Ins of Education, Dublin), E Flynn (Loreto Foxrock, Dublin), E Ainsworth (Alexandra Coll, Dublin), C O'Leary (St Angela's Coll, Cork), M Byrne (Notre Dame, Dublin).

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