CYCLING: Nicolas Roche finished |48 seconds behind overall winner Tony Martin in the Tour of Beijing, taking 11th spot.
Martinn stayed out of trouble in the final day around the Chinese capital as Russia’s Denis Galimzyanov of Katusha sprinted to take the stage win.
Saxo-Bank’s Juan Jose Haedo took second place behind Martin, with Viviani having to settle for third, with a trio of British riders – David Millar, Chris Froome and Steven Cummings – next in line. Ireland’s Philip Deignan was 31st.
Tiger’s hot dog drama
GOLF: A spectator breached security at the Frys.com Open in California to throw a hot dog in Tiger Woods’s direction.
Former world number one Woods, on his return to the PGA Tour after a two-month break, was lining up a putt at the seventh green when a man burst from the crowd shouting “Tiger, Tiger” and launched the projectile.
The hot-dog did not come close to reaching its target, and security defused the situation in seconds as the man promptly lay on the grass and surrendered.
Tiger Woods finished in a tie for 30th after his third successive round of 68.
Slip-up costs Demons
BASKETBALL: UCC Demons were forced to give the points to Killester – despite leading by 18 points – when their game was abandoned in the fourth quarter yesterday due to condensation.
American Shawn Atupem slipped and fell after dunking the basketball, before technical officials found condensation on the court and called it off, giving Killester an unlikely three points.
In the women’s Superleague, DCU Mercy cruised past Ulster Rockets, UL beat Dynamos, Glanmire got past Liffey Centics and Wildcats saw off Brunell.
Walsh buoyed by Baku
BOXING: Ireland finished 13th in the rankings table at the 113-nation World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku, Azerbaijan.
John Joe Nevin, who claimed his second World Championships bronze, Darren O’Neill and Michael Conlan all qualified for London 2012. “We can take a lot of positives,” said Irish head coach Billy Walsh.
Hoey golfer of month
golf: Michael Hoey has been named The 2011 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month for September, the first time he |has won the award. Hoey won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship despite severe pressure from Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.
NFL: Buffalo 31 Philadelphia 24, Indianapolis 24 Kansas City 28, Minnesota 34 Arizona 10, NY Giants 25 Seattle 36, Pittsburgh 38 Tennessee 17, Carolina 27 New Orleans 30, Jacksonville 20 Cincinnati 30, Houston 20 Oakland 25, San Francisco 48 Tampa Bay 3, New England 30 NY Jets 21, Denver 24 San Diego 29, Atlanta 14 Green Bay 25.