Tuesday 20 March 2018

Pena vaults to the Olympics

Athletics: Irish pole vaulter Tori Pena (Finn Valley) has become the 14th Irish track and field athlete to qualify for the London Olympics after finally clearing 4.50m in America.

Elsewhere, Kilkenny's Joanne Cuddihy won the 400m in 52.37 in Melbourne, just outside the Olympic 'B' standard of 52.35.

Her younger sister Catriona ran a 55.83 personal best to end fourth in the 'B' race.

Ciaran O'Lionaird (Leevale) tuned up by running a lifetime best of 1:48.10 for 800m in Notre Dame, where Tallaght's Anthony Lieghio won his race in 1:49.34.

Breen streaks to Forestry victory

MOTORSPORT: Craig Breen, Ireland's World Rally Championship Academy winner and leader of this year's S2000 section of the WRC, won the Carrick-on-Suir Forestry Rally by a huge margin of three minutes and 21 seconds.

Care arrested for the third time

RUGBY: Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care was yesterday cautioned for a third drink-related incident in three months.

The 25-year-old, who was dropped from the England squad after his previous misdemeanours, was found urinating against a building following a night out in Leeds.

Care said it was down to "a small bladder (rather) than excessive drinking".

Lomu released from NZ hospital

RUGBY: Retired All Blacks rugby star Jonah Lomu has been released from an Auckland hospital after a week of treatment for a kidney ailment.

The 36-year-old former winger, whose condition was described as stable, revealed last month that the kidney he received in a 2004 transplant operation has now failed.

O'Connor stars as Irish second

Equestrian: Cian O'Connor was the Irish hero when his two clear rounds helped Ireland's showjumping team to a strong second-place finish in the first Nations Cup competition of this Olympic year in Florida.

NBA: Boston 115 NY Knicks 111 (OT), LA Lakers 93 Miami 83, Charlotte 101 New Jersey 104, Toronto 83 Golden State 75, Philadelphia 91 Chicago 96, Houston 103 LA Clippers 105 (OT), Phoenix 96 Sacramento 88, San Antonio 94 Denver 99.

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