Friday 15 December 2017

Nibali a surprise new Tour leader

CYCLING: Italian Vincenzo Nibali had completed the fourth stage of the Tour of Spain yesterday and pedalled four kms back to his Astana team bus for a shower before he learned he had moved into the race lead.

A late split in the pack on the hilly stage to Fisterre, won by Spain's Dani Moreno, allowed Giro d;Italia winner Nibali to move ahead of American Chris Horner and claim the lead.

"I'm surprised, I had no idea there was a gap and didn't know I was leader, I was on the team bus," said Nibali, who was rushed back to the finish area in a team van so he could accept the leader's jersey.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche finished the stage in tenth place to remain third overall. He is now eight seconds adrift of the leader and maintains his lead in the mountain classification. Dan Martin has risen five places in the general classification and lies in 28th place.



GAELIC GAMES: O'Toole's regained second spot in the Dublin AHL Division 1 table following their comfortable 2-19 to 0-10 victory over Craobh Chiaráin at Blunden Drive last night.

The hosts, who now lie a point behind leaders Ballyboden St Enda's with two games remaining, dominated from the opening whistle with Liam Ryan excelling from centre-forward, hitting five points from play.

Craobh remained in the hunt through three points from the lively Robbie Mahon but the concession of a 28th minute goal to Ciarán Kimmage ensured they trailed by 1-10 to 0-8 at the interval.

With Conor McStay and Philly Brennan starring in the central defensive positions, the Larriers pulled away after the break and sealed their win through points by Conor Carton, the excellent Michael Carton and a goal by substitute Seán O'Keeffe.



CRICKET: The England team have apologised for any offence caused during the celebrations of their Ashes series win at the Kia Oval on Sunday.

Some of England's players are alleged to have urinated on the pitch hours after the series ended on Sunday night.

In a statement, the team have now apologised if any of their actions caused offence.

"The England cricket team would like to state that during our celebrations after winning the Ashes at no time was there any intention to disrespect Surrey CCC, the Oval or anyone else involved in the game we love," the statement read.

"As a team we pride ourselves on respecting all things cricket including the opposition and the grounds we play at."

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