Saturday 16 December 2017

Egan looks for Ward revenge

BOXING: Four of the 24 boxers at this year’s Elite Championship finals can join the ‘high five club’ if they are victorious at Dublin’s National Stadium tonight.

St Michael’s Athy team-mates David Oliver Joyce and John Joe Joyce, Con Sheehan and John Joe Nevin go into the weekend’s deciders with four Elite titles apiece under their belts and are each one win away from adding to their impressive collections.

Ken Egan, meanwhile, will be seeking to become the first boxer in the 101-year history of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association to win 11 Elite titles.

Egan looked set to achieve his goal of winning 11 in-a-row last year but lost out to Joe Ward, the current European champion.

Tommy McCarthy, who faces Christy Joyce in the heavyweight final, reckons it could go right

to the final bell. “I think it could be very, very close, there might be just a point or two in it because both guys are so talented,” said McCarthy.

English bowlers rip into Pakistan

CRICKET: Stuart Broad and James Anderson hustled Pakistan out for 99, on a wicket-laden first day of the final Test at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Anderson (three for 35) struck in the first over, and there was no let-up from him and Broad (four for 36) after Misbah-ul-Haq had chosen to bat first. But Pakistan, bowled out in mid-afternoon, hit back with two wickets for Umar Gul – as the new ball again proved lethal and England stumbled to 19 for two at tea.

Only number six Asad Shafiq managed significant resistance as England delivered a fierce payback for their previously sorry performances here.

Palmer leads as play halted in US

GOLF: Texan Ryan Palmer holds a narrow lead after the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Palmer’s seven-under-par round of 64 yesterday put him one shot ahead of Webb Simpson at the event in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tied for third was an eight-strong group on five-under featuring Bubba Watson, who had three holes of his first round left to go after darkness halted play with 42 competitors still to finish.

Phil Mickelson and Justin Leonard were both three under, while Ian Poulter was level par after 15 holes.

NBA: Atlanta 77 Memphis 96, NY Knicks 102 Chicago 105, San Antonio 93 New Orleans 81, Sacramento 95 Portland 92, Golden State 119 Utah 101, LA Clippers 91 Denver 112.

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