Monday 20 November 2017

Eli stars as Giants stun the Packers

GRIDIRON: New York quarter-back Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes as the Giants shocked the Green Bay Packers 37-20 at Lambeau Field to move within one win of a Super Bowl appearance.

Manning threw for 330 yards, sending the Giants to San Francisco for the NFC championship game on Sunday.

Elsewhere, the Baltimore Ravens repeatedly stole the ball, and snatched victory from Houston, beating the Texans 20-13 to advance to the AFC championship game for the second time in four years.

Baltimore now face New England after Tom Brady put an end to 'Tebow-mania' by tossing six touchdowns in a record-smashing performance as the Patriots demolished the Denver Broncos 45-10.

Demons to face Eagles

BASKETBALL: UCC Demons will face UL Eagles in the men's Superleague Cup final after they beat Neptune 84-66 at Neptune Stadium yesterday.

Trailing by 17 points, Neptune coach Mark Scannell lost the influential Ron Thomson to an ankle injury and soon afterwards had Ger Noonan fouled out as Demons booked their place against a UL side, who beat Killester 75-73, with Robert Taylor securing an overtime win.

Glanmire were dumped out of the women's Superleague Cup by UL, who will take on holders DCU Mercy in the final after they proved too strong for Killester.

Grace bags Joburg glory

GOLF: South African's Branden Grace carded a level-par 72 in his final round to win the Joburg Open and deny Jamie Elson what would have been a remarkable triumph.

Englishman Elson finished with a stunning nine-under-par 63, which gave him the clubhouse lead for much of yesterday afternoon.

But his wait for a mistake from Grace proved in vain as the local player calmly parred his way to victory on the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington's East Course.

Damien McGrane shot a level-par 72 to finish 12 shots behind Grace.

O'Sullivan defeats Ding

SNOOKER: Ronnie O'Sullivan warned he is far from being a snooker also-ran after sending defending champion Ding Junhui tumbling out of the Masters.

Ronnie O'Sullivan, 36, won 6-4 in the first round of the BGC Masters at Alexandra Palace, and as an invitational event, the Masters carries no world ranking points, so nothing O'Sullivan achieves in the coming week will have an effect on his rankings position.

He currently stands 16th, in real danger of being knocked out of the elite pack of players for the first time since the start of his career.

Peterhansel wins Dakar

AUTO: Stephane Peterhansel lifted the Dakar Rally trophy for the 10th time in his career as he cantered to victory in Lima, Peru. Having won the title six times on bikes, this was the Frenchman's fourth success in the car category.

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