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McMahon wins bronze at Europeans

SWIMMING:Ireland’s Sycerika McMahon won a bronze medal at the European short course championships in Chartres, France, yesterday.

She set three Irish records on one day to finish third in the 50m breaststroke final in a time of 30.34 behind Czech Republic’s Petra Chocova (30.02) and Rikke Pederson (30.25) of Denmark.

Having set an Irish record in the heats (30.88), the 17-year-old qualified as the third fastest in the semi-finals in 30.56. She set another record in the final.

Later, she was part of the 4x50m freestyle relay team with Jane Roberts, Shani Stallard and Clodagh Flood that finished eighth behind Denmark.

Clarke does double again

CRICKET:Michael Clarke propelled his extraordinary year to new heights yesterday, his second double century in consecutive innings against South Africa charged by his desire to “cash in” during the good times, the Australia captain said.

Clarke’s unbeaten 224, which drove Australia to a mammoth first-day total of 482 for five in the second Test, followed his 259 not out in the drawn first Test in Brisbane and made him the first player to grab four double-tons in a calendar year.

Camacho 'is brain dead'

BOXING:Three-time world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho is “brain dead” following a drive-by shooting in Puerto Rico, a doctor said yesterday.

Camacho (50) is in a coma and unresponsive, Dr Ernesto Torres, director of the Rio Piedras Medical Center, said.

Camacho “is clinically brain dead,” Torres said. “The tests showed a flat line, without any type of activity.” Doctors will meet with his mother, Maria Matias, and other relatives today to discuss options, Torres said.

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