Tuesday 12 December 2017

In Brief: Cited Mafi doubt for Exiles opener

RUGBY: Munster's Lifeimi Mafi could miss Saturday's Heineken Cup opener away to London Irish after the centre was cited for a dangerous tackle on Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy during last Saturday's Magners League clash.

Mafi was lucky to escape a red card for the incident which occurred after 19 minutes of the Lansdowne Road match. He was yellow-carded in the second half for a high tackle on Rob Kearney.

Mafi, who was cited under rule 10.4 (e) and 10.4 (a) for "an alleged late tackle and allegedly punching or striking", was appearing before an IRFU disciplinary panel in Belfast today and could be ruled out for the early stages of Munster's European campaign if found guilty.

It's a Butcher brawl for Barnes in gold search

BOXING: Ireland's European light-flyweight champion Paddy Barnes will begin his challenge for a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi with a preliminary round bout on Thursday.

The Holy Family BC fighter, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 Olympics, will meet Scotland's Iain Butcher in the last 16 at the Talkatora Stadium.

Barnes is part of a nine-man Northern Ireland boxing squad competing at the Games in India.

Tyrone McCullagh, who claimed bronze for Ireland at the 2010 European Championships, will be in the ring on Saturday.

O'Connor takes K Club Lady clear in Kentucky

EQUESTRIAN: Cian O'Connor and the mare K Club Lady were best of the Irish in the opening speed competition of the World Show Jumping Championships in Kentucky with the team's only clear round.

Irish opener Denis Lynch with the 12-year-old gelding Lantinus had eight faults and Dermott Lennon had one fence down and a heel in the water to end with the same tally of faults.

However, O'Connor steered Michael Smurfit's talented K Club Lady through a foot-perfect round, and ended up 12th overall at the end of the 121-strong class.

Cork's Billy Twomey was unfortunate to bring a rail down as he tackled the final combination on the course with the mare 'Tinka's Serenade', and was 44th. Like the eventers, the show jumpers are looking for one of the five Olympic qualifying places available.

Century of victories for 'privileged' star Brady

NFL: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrated his 100th career win in last night's 41-14 rout of the Miami Dolphins. "I am privileged to be the quarterback on this team and I hope I'm here forever," said Brady.

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