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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Trump stung by Guodong

snooker: World number 51 Xiao Guodong defied a broken hand to dump Judd Trump out in the second round of the PTC Grand finals in Galway and reach the first quarter-final of his career.

But there was disappointment for Galway snooker fans as Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrew from his scheduled second round match against Ricky Walden after contracting glandular fever.

Chinese player Guodong stormed to a 4-2 win, ignoring doctors' advice not to play after breaking a bone in his hand while sleeping awkwardly three weeks ago.

O'Sullivan's withdrawal was accepted by tournament officials and automatically sends Walden through to the last eight where he will play Stephen Maguire, who beat Mark Davis 4-2.

Mark Selby progressed with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Ding Junhui.

Ding took the first frame with a break of 75 but Selby won four in a row to earn a tie against Stephen Lee.



UCD spring shock

BASKETBALL: UCD Marian stunned Bord Gais Neptune to reach the last four of the Men's SuperLeague play-offs and set up a mouth-watering all-Capital clash with fierce rivals DCU Saints tomorrow at DCU (3.30).

Marian belied a run of six straight defeats in the league to record a famous win at the Neptune Stadium and they will require similar heroics if they are to overcome Saints.

UL Eagles' semi-final clash away to UCC Demons is a repeat of this year's enthralling National Cup Final. On that occasion, Eagles prevailed but the Cork side have inflicted three defeats on them in league affairs this season.

In the Women's SuperLeague semi-finals, Team Montenotte host DCU Mercy while UL entertain Waterford Wildcats, with a home win expected for the reigning champs from Limerick.



De La Riva on top

GOLF: Unheralded Spaniard Eduardo de la Riva drilled in a birdie putt on the final hole to secure a one-shot lead after the second round of the Andalucia Open.

The 29-year-old, on eight-under 136 after carding a 69, is one ahead of Matteo Manassero (73) of Italy, tournament host Miguel Angel Jimenez (68) and his fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal (69), Ireland's Damien McGrane (68) and Tommy Fleetwood of Britain (69).

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