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Derval's injury fear alleviated

ATHLETICS: THE back injury which kept Derval O'Rourke from competing in the National Championships at the weekend will not rule her out of London 2012, her coach has revealed.

There were major fears over her participation when she was forced to pull out of the 100m hurdles in Santry after suffering back spasms.

It is not known when the Leevale athlete can resume training but fears over her Olympic participation have dissipated.

"It's not as bad as we first feared, she already had more mobility today," her coach, Sean Cahill, said.

Meanwhile, the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) have refused to be drawn into the controversy surrounding the women's 4x400m relay team.

The OCI revealed a request for an appeal from a solicitor representing Kilkenny athlete Catriona Cuddihy who was demoted from the London-bound team over the weekend.

McLaren boss defends team

FORMULA 1: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh is adamant morale is not an issue within his organisation following a wretched weekend at the British Grand Prix.

Despite overwhelming support at Silverstone for Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the McLaren duo trailed in eighth and 10th behind Mark Webber.

"It's tough, but we've been through all sorts of highs and lows as a team, and we're resilient enough," said Whitmarsh.

"But the drivers know, and we know, we need to work on the car, make it better, understand the tyres. Those are the things that are part of our job.

"So we'll be pushing hard. I don't think we need to build morale, everyone is going to be pretty focused to try and achieve that."

Lance counters 'corrupt' USADA

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong has launched legal action against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and claimed they offered "corrupt inducements" to other cyclists to testify against him.

The seven-time Tour de France winner, 40, filed a lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order against the agency. Armstrong strenuously denies USADA's charges.