Monday 18 December 2017

Schumi can win - Bernie

MOTORSPORT: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is hoping Michael Schumacher can finally rediscover the winning habit this season.

Where once championships, race wins and pole positions flowed like confetti, Schumacher, heading into the final year of a three-season deal with Mercedes, has yet to even step back on the podium since his return.

“It would be nice to see him in a car where if he doesn’t win it’s his fault and not the car because he’s still capable of winning,” said Ecclestone.

Best targets Aviva slump

RUGBY: Rory Best admits Ireland’s record at the Aviva Stadium is unacceptable as they seek to avoid a fourth successive defeat on home soil.

Wooden spoon favourites Italy visit Dublin armed with the belief they can secure a first victory over Ireland in the Six Nations.

Strengthening their resolve is the knowledge Ireland have won just three times in nine

matches since returning to their rebuilt home.

“We’re not happy with our home record and it’s something we’ve talked about,” Best said.

“It’s something we want to address, but we can only do that one game at a time.

“We’ll give Italy the respect they deserve.”

Terenure have master Brewer

RUGBY: Terenure lived up to their billing as favourites for the Leinster Schools Senior Cup with another competent performance as they eased into the semi-finals at Donnybrook with a 22-8 win over Gonzaga yesteday.

The Ranelagh school pushed them all the way but Harrison Brewer was at the centre of the D6W team’s supremacy.

Stirling raid

CRICKET: Paul Stirling smashed an unbeaten 65 to lead Ireland to a Twenty20 victory over Kenya in Mombasa yesterday and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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