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Argie warm-up for London 2012

HOCKEY: Ireland's women's team will take on South Africa, India and hosts Argentina in two four-nation tournaments in Buenos Aires before Christmas. The two-week trip will provide valuable match practice for the squad in the run-up to next year's London 2012 qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Alan Giles has retired from the Irish men's team. Giles, now 30, made his debut against France just over two years ago. He will continue to play club hockey with Pembroke Wanderers.

BADMINTON: Irish international players Tony Stephenson and Sinead Chambers made it an Ulster double in the Autumn Open at Terenure.

In the men's singles final, Stephenson beat his Alpha team-mate Scott Burnside in straight sets.

Defending champion Chambers was up against Jennie King of Mount Pleasant in a repeat of last year's women's singles decider.

Despite King's best efforts, it was Chambers who again came out on top, winning in straight sets.

King and Chambers later teamed up to beat top seeds Pauline and Fiona Glennon in a thrilling women's doubles final that went to a tie- breaking third set. In the men's doubles final, defending champions, Dan Magee and Niall Tierney, of Mount Pleasant, beat the new Alpha pairing of Tony Stephenson and Tony Murphy in three sets.

TUG OF WAR: Ireland beat Sweden to win the 680kg title at the European Championships in Minehead, England, with a team dominated by members of the legendary Boley club from New Ross in Co Wexford.

GYMNASTICS: After taking a first ever bronze medal for Ireland at the Salamunov Memorial World Series Cup in Maribor, Slovenia, Kieran Behan leads a strong Irish team at next week's World Championships in Tokyo.

MODERN PENTATHLON: After topping their qualification pools, Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe and Eanna Bailey finished 14th and 16th at the Junior European Championships in Drzonków, Poland.

Natalya Coyle finished 15th in the women's competition. In the mixed team competition, the Irish pair of Coyle and O'Keeffe finished fifth.