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Sunday 19 August 2018

Maguire sees off O’Sullivan

SNOOKER: Stephen Maguire triumphed on a re-spotted black in the final frame to see off Ronnie O’Sullivan (pictured) at the China Open in Beijing today.

The 31-year-old Scot fluked a treble into the middle pocket to seal a 5-4 win in the most dramatic fashion, booking him a semi-final place against Stephen Lee, who beat reigning champion Judd Trump 5-3.

Trowbridge cueman Lee secured a fourth ranking event semi-final appearance out of the last five with his triumph over Trump.

The evening session will feature home favourite Ding Junhui against Ali Carter, with Neil Robertson taking on Peter Ebdon in the other quarter-final.

Vettel called a ‘cry baby’

F1: Narain Karthikeyan has continued his war of words with Sebastian Vettel this week by accusing the double world champion of acting like “a cry baby”.

Vettel was left fuming with Karthikeyan after Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix during which he suffered a puncture to his left-rear tyre following a collision with Karthikeyan’s HRT.

In the immediate aftermath Red Bull star Vettel vented his anger, saying: “Just like on the normal roads you have some idiots driving around.”

Karthikeyan has now come out fighting, saying: “One does not expect a professional sportsman to be such a cry baby.”

Leddy to face Taylor

BOXING: Louisiana-born Liz Leddy, who boxes out of the Portland BC, replaces fellow American N’yteeyah Sherman as the lightweight opponent for Katie Taylor in the Peter Crotty Memorial Tournament in Dungarvan tomorrow.

World number one Taylor also headlines against Leddy in a 15-bout St John’s BC-hosted show at the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork tonight.

Broad flying to England

CRICKET: England seamer Stuart Broad is to fly home after being ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka with a calf strain. Broad played in England’s first Test defeat in Galle despite struggling with a sprain to his left ankle in the build-up to the match.

He then suffered an injury to his right calf during the game and was in visible discomfort as he batted in the second innings.

England sent him for scans today and have opted to fly him home for rehabilitation.

Hession in California

ATHLETICS: Paul Hession’s bid to make the European and Olympic 200m finals this summer sees him flying to California today for a month’s training camp, where he will hook up with David Gillick.

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