Saturday 16 December 2017

Manassero new star in Castellon Joyce bags U21 title

GOLF: Matteo Manassero became the youngest winner on the European Tour on Sunday with victory at the Castello Masters, eclipsing the field by four strokes.

Manassero's success will hoist him comfortably into the world's top 100 after only his 10th event as a professional.

Meanwhile, American Jonathan Byrd won the Las Vegas Open on Sunday, an ace at the fourth extra hole giving him a play-off victory over Britain's Martin Laird and Australian Cameron Percy

Kuerten heartbreak

Equestrian: Jessica Kuerten finished fourth in Saturday's Grand Prix in Helsinki, Finland, but her mare Castle Forbes Cosma lowered the very last obstacle to deny her a place in the jump-off.

At the 3-Star fixture at Odense Shane Carey won the Grand Prix with Lancero, while Cian O'Connor was in the ribbons at the 4-Star in Caen, France.

Meanwhile, Irish-breds topped the Studbook rankings at the World Breeding Championships for Young Event Horses.

Joyce bags U21 title

Boxing: Davey Joe Joyce bounced back from a two-year injury exile to claim an U21 title in the 85kg category at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

Light-heavyweight Christy Joyce won a 5-1 verdict over John Tighe. Crumlin BC claimed two belts through Evan Metcalfe and Stephen Carroll in the light-fly and welterweight categories.

Motorsport: Ireland's Craig Breen was selected as one of six youngsters to contest six rounds of next year's FIA World Rally Championship after a two-day Pirelli Star Driver Shoot-out.

In Skibbereen, Welshman Melvyn Evans took his sixth win out of 10 events, almost a minute ahead of Dubliner Kevin Barrett.

Rugby League: Wakefield's Dale Ferguson scored two tries as Scotland came from behind to wrap up the 2010 European Cup with a 42-22 win over Ireland.

Tennis: Roger Federer equalled Pete Sampras' mark of 64 career titles as he beat Florian Mayer 6-4 6-3 in straight sets in the final of the Stockholm Open.

MLB: The San Francisco Giants advanced to the World Series against Texas Rangers, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 to clinch the National League Championship Series 4-2.

NFL: Atlanta 39 Cincinnati 32, Chicago 14 Washington 17, Tampa Bay 18 St Louis 17, Carolina 23 San Francisco 20, Baltimore 37 Buffalo 34 (OT), Tenessee 37 Philadelphia 19, Kansas City 42 Jacksonville 20, Miami 22 Pittsburgh 23, New Orleans 17 Cleveland 30, Seattle 22 Arizona 10, San Diego 20 New England 23, Denver 14 Oakland 59, Green Bay 28 Minnesota 24

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