Monday 19 August 2019

Irish defeated by Zimbabwe

CRICKET: Ireland suffered a six-wicket defeat by Zimbabwe in the first of two World Cup warm-up matches in Dubai yesterday after the dismissal of Ed Joyce led to a middle-order collapse.

Captain William Porterfield (66) and Joyce (45) had added 105 for the second wicket when the Sussex star was run-out by a deflected drive.

Ireland slumped from 111-1 to 154-8 before Andrew White (41) rallied the tail and to finish on a barely respectable 204 all out.

Zimbabwe paced their reply to win the 12-a-side non-capped match with 43 balls to spare.

Meanwhile, England face an anxious wait over the fitness of Dubliner Eoin Morgan as he is due to meet a specialist to assess his fractured finger.

Morgan's hopes of flying out with the team to the World Cup on Saturday hinge on how long the tests suggest he will be sidelined for.

Khan excited by McCloskey bout

Boxing: Amir Khan feels his WBA light-welterweight title defence against European champion Paul McCloskey on April 16 is a fight "the British public want to see".

The Bolton fighter announced he will face the Derryman at the MEN Arena in Manchester in his first fight in Britain since 2009.

"I'm delighted that this fight has finally been put together," said Khan. "This is a match-up the British public want to see and will be a fantastic fight between two of the best light-welterweights in the country."

Kubica out for a year after crash

Motorsport: Formula One driver Robert Kubica spent last night in an induced coma and is facing a year out of the sport after suffering horrific injuries in a high-speed rallying accident.

The 26-year-old Pole suffered serious injuries to his right hand, arm and leg in a accident on the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy.

Initial reports suggested Kubica was in danger of losing his hand, which was partially severed in the crash, although those fears were later rejected.

Duo make Euros

Swimming: Conor Turner (8.29.35 in the 800m frestyle) and Shani Stallard (2.33.63 in the 200m breaststroke) joined Northern Ireland's Sycerika McMahon in qualifying for the European junior championships on the last night of the Dave McCullagh Memorial long-course gala in Limerick.

NBA: Miami 97 LA Clippers 79, New Jersey 86 Indiana 105, NY Knicks 117 Philadelphia 103, Boston 91 Orlando 80.

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