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Sunday 17 December 2017

Freire makes it first for Spanish in Tours

CYCLING: Oscar Freire corrected a cycling oddity when he became the first Spaniard to win the Paris-Tours classic yesterday.

The race, often described as a world championship for sprinters, has been held since 1896 -- and it was fitting for the three-time world champion, probably his country's greatest sprinter, to set the record straight.

basketball: Killester head coach Mark Keenan was disappointed with his side's performance despite a dramatic victory in Saturday's 79-74 Dublin derby win over DCU Saints. "It was a very frustrating game," said Keenan. "I am not happy with the performance but happy we got the win."

CRICKET: Sachin Tendulkar hit his 49th test century to help India reach 224-2 at lunch on the third day of the second and final test against Australia today. Tendulkar became the first man to score 14,000 test runs yesterday.

MOTOGP: Jorge Lorenzo has been crowned MotoGP world champion after finishing third in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. The Fiat Yamaha rider came home behind race winner Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso, which was enough for him to secure the title with three races to go.

TENNIS: World number two Novak Djokovic demolished Spain's David Ferrer 6-2 6-4 in the China Open final today.

NFL: Buffalo 26 Jacksonville 36, Cincinnati 21 Tampa Bay 24, Cleveland 10 Atlanta 20, Detroit 44 St Louis 6, Indianapolis 19 Kansas City 9, Washington 16 Green Bay 13 (OT), Carolina 6 Chicago 23, Baltimore 31 Denver 17, Houston 10 NY Giants 34, Arizona 30 New Orleans 20, Oakland 35 San Diego 27, Dallas 27 Tennessee 34, San Francisco 24 Philadelphia 27.

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