Monday 18 December 2017

Irish saved by Van der Merwe

CRICKET: Albert van der Merwe claimed a career-best 6-27 in Mombasa, Kenya, yesterday as Ireland turned the tables on the hosts to secure a thrilling 10-run victory in the InterContinental Cup.

The YMCA off-spinner and left-armer George Dockrell again took all 10 wickets between them as Kenya were dismissed for 108, chasing a modest target of 119 to win the match.

Ireland retain top spot in the table after their third straight outright win but their deficit on first innings cost them points.

Ponting to captain Australia

CRICKET: Ricky Ponting is to captain Australia again after he was named as skipper for this Friday's one-dayer with Sri Lanka in Sydney.

With current leader Michael Clarke ruled out with a hamstring injury, national selector John Inverarity has turned to 37-year-old Ponting, who stepped down as captain last March.

Meanwhile, Alastair Cook is determined his England team will keep their cool in victory, just as they have had to so often in defeat.

Cook's limited-overs career-best 137 was soon followed by another personal high of 4-34 from bowler Steven Finn as England won the first one-day international with Pakistan in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Chisora: 'Swagger' is decisive

BOXING: Dereck Chisora insists his fearlessness and "swagger" will prove decisive when he bids to shock Vitali Klitschko this weekend.

Chisora, 28, takes on the Ukrainian WBC champion in Munich as the rank outsider on Saturday, attempting to dethrone a man who has reigned supreme for four years since coming out of retirement.

"Maybe this will be the toughest test of his career," said the Briton. "It will be a great fight, the public will love it. Vitali has been around a long time. He is the king of the sport but it's about time that somebody came in who is not scared of anyone."

McEnroe makes doubles return

TENNIS: John McEnroe made a brief return to play an exhibition doubles match yesterday on the opening night of the SAP Open, teaming up with young American Jack Sock to beat Gael Monfils and Steve Johnson 6-4 6-4 in a lighthearted match.

McEnroe showed the deft skill at the net that made him one of the game's best doubles players ever in a match that included three players young enough to be his children.

Davis puts age limit on ranking

Snooker: Steve Davis revealed his motivation was to keep his ranking lower than his age after producing one of his best performances in recent years to knock Ali Carter out of the Welsh Open.

Carter led three times in the all-Essex clash, but Davis' tactical mind remains sharp and the the 43rd-ranked six-time world champion hit two centuries in a 4-3 win to meet Shaun Murphy in the last 16.

Judd Trump cruised through 4-0 against Fergal O'Brien to set up a clash with the winner of Stuart Bingham's match with Mark King.

NBA: Charlotte 89 Philadelphia 98, Orlando 102 Minnesota 89, New Orleans 86 Utah 80, Milwaukee 96 Miami 114, Dallas 96 LA Clippers 92, Golden State 102 Phoenix 96.

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