West Indies restrict Ireland
Ireland’s flirtation with cricketing history came to a disappointing end in Kingston’s Sabina Park on Friday when they lost their second Twenty20 international with the West Indies. Victory, following a famous six-wicket win on the same ground earlier in the week, would have given the Irish a first series win over a Test-playing nation. However, the West Indies drew on all their experience to win by 11 runs, hitting 96 for nine off their 20 overs after Ireland had won the toss and put them in to bat, and then restricting the Irish to 85 for eight in theirs. Gary WIlson led Ireland’s run chase with a brave 35 from 39 balls after they had slumpoed to 25 for four and he moved them on to 72 for seven before being caught and bowled by Dwayne Bravo.
McDowell stuns Mahan
Graeme McDowell made a stunning comeback for the third day in a row on Friday, beating Hunter Mahan in 21 holes to reach the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship quarter-finals. McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion from Northern Ireland, advanced to a quarter-final matchup against France’s Victor Dubuisson, who upset 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson one-up. South African Ernie Els defeated last year’s PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner one-up to book a last-eight match against rising US star Jordan Spieth, a two-and-one winner over countryman Matt Kuchar. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen beat the US’ Webb Simpson five-and-four to book his quarter-final spot against Australian Jason Day, who ousted South African George Coetzee three-and-one. The US’ Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler booked a quarter-final matchup with one-up triumphs over Harris English and Spanish star Sergio Garcia respectively.
Monaco move up
A last-gasp winner from defender Layvin Kurzawa lifted Monaco to a 3-2 victory over Stade de Reims and to within two points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Friday. Valere Germain headed them ahead in the eighth minute, only for Congolese midfielder Prince Oniague to level in the 53rd. Onziague was on hand again to level a second time in the 71st minute after Jeremy Toulalan had struck only his second career goal to put Monaco in front again on 63 minutes.
Mainz 05 hold Schalke 04
Schalke 04 missed the chance to go provisionally third in the Bundesliga on Friday after being held to a 0-0 draw by visiting FSV Mainz 05. Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann produced a fine reflex save to deny Shinji Okazaki’s volley in the 29th minute, in a first half of few real chances. Jefferson Farfan came closest at the other end before the break, when the Peruvian combined well with Max Meyer before his shot was deflected just wide of the far post.
Levante extend win streak
Levante UD drew 1-1 at Real Valladolid on Friday to extend their unbeaten streak to seven straight games in the La Liga. The draw let Levante provisionally move into seventh place before the rest of the 25th round of matches played this weekend. Valladolid remained in the relegation zone, with only one win in their past nine games. Levante struck first at Jose Zorilla Stadium when former Mallorca forward Victor Casadesus headed in Andreas Ivanschitz’s free-kick in the 25th minute.