News and Sport stories of the Day
Friday 17th September 2004
Europe not shocked by USA’s ‘Big Two’ pairing
If the tension and anticipation ahead of these Ryder Cup matches wasn’t enough already then it was ratcheted up a notch when the opening four-ball pairings were announced. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson against Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington.
More misery for Rangers
Ranger’s manager Alex McLeish last night admitted his side’s UEFA Cup return with maritime is nothing other than a season-saver that must be won.
McGee to mediate in faithful dispute
Eugene McGee, the man who masterminded Offaly’s historic 1982 All-Ireland Senior football triumph, is to mediate the impasse which has left the county’s senior footballers on strike.
The Antrim Senior All-Ireland winning team of 1979 will be introduced between the Senior and Junior Camogie finals – and the great Mairead McAtamaney-Magill will get another chance to lead the ladies out onto the pitch.
Captain joyce out of Tests
Ireland captain Padraig Joyce has pulled out of the squad to face Australia for next month’s International Rule Test Series.
Strider Donnelly hangs up spikes
Dermot Donnelly, widely regarded as the doyen of local distance runners over the past decade, has decided to hang up his spikes after a long and illustrious career.
Boyd heads Cycling Ulsters’ bid for glory
The ladies have centre stage when the TQ Papers International Stage Race takes place in Dublin this weekend. Cycling Ulster will field a strong team, headed by Limavady’s Mary Boyd, the current Ulster road race champion, ably supported by Ann McFarland (Omagh Wheelers), Jemma Donaghy (Phoenix) and Fiona Tracey (Roe Valley).
Assistant refs for the first
First Division clubs will have the benefit of assistant referees from September 25th. The decision was taken following a meeting of clubs, IFA representatives and members of the Northern Ireland referees Association.
Sutton dash Ballyclare shield bid
Ballyclare’s brave bid to win the Barton Shield Foursomes title at the first attempt was scuttled by Leinster representatives Sutton in the Bulmers final at Shannon.
Eugene Laverty is within striking distance of his first 125cc British Road Race Championships. The promising 18 year old Toomebridge rider, the youngest of three racing brothers, tops the table going into Sunday’s decider at Donnington Park.
Swimming star Emma may quit
Loughsborough student Emma Robinson, 26, is considering retirement following her return from the Olympic Games last month.
The new season gets under way tomorrow with a full programme of Powerade kirk Cup and Linden Cup matches, in addition to 36 other games at junior level.