Friday 15 December 2017

McGinley: I'm tough enough

GOLF: Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley insists he is ready to be ruthless when required as he looks to lead Europe to an eighth victory in the last 10 contests at Gleneagles next year.

McGinley insists his affable nature does not mean he will be afraid to take the tough decisions: "I understand that along the journey that all captains take, some tough decisions have to be made. Some have been made already and some will be made going forward.

"I'm prepared for that and I'm prepared for the fact that not everybody is going to agree.

"I've seen the template, I've seen what works and I just want to make that template better and roll it out again."



GAELIC GAMES: An injury time goal by Seamus Keane helped Ballyboden St Enda's narrowly overcome Raheny by 1-8 to 1-6 in their Dublin AFL Division 1 encounter at St Anne's Park.

The win propelled 'Boden to top spot in the table with Keane's calmly taken goal a fitting conclusion to a second-half that ebbed and flowed.

The visitors looked sharp from the outset, with wing-back Stephen O'Connor impressing and points from Andrew Kerin and Kenny Naughton helping to build a 0-5 to 0-2 interval lead.

Raheny bounced back after the break with Ciarán Murphy showing well at midfield and a deflected goal added to points by David Henry, Gavin Ivory and Donal Ryan looked to have set them on course for victory until Keane's late intervention.



ATHLETICS: Two-time European 100 metres hurdles champion Nevin Yanit has been banned from competing for two years for doping, the Turkish Athletic Federation has confirmed.

Yanit won the gold medal in the 60-metre hurdles at the European Championships, in which Ireland's Derval O'Rourke finished fourth. O'Rourke is now set to be promoted to the bronze medal position for that race as Yanit will be stripped of her gold medal. The 27-year-old Yanit tested positive for a banned substance during a meeting in Dusseldorf on February 8 this year.



CYCLING: Orica GreenEdge rider Michael Matthews won stage five of the Vuelta a Espana after coming out on top in a sprint finish in Lago de Sanabria as Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead at the top of the general classification.

Vincenzo Nibali finished safely in the main peloton to keep the red jersey ahead of Chris Horner and Ireland's Nicolas Roche.

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