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Egan and Barnes go down in Baku

BOXING: Olympic medal holders Kenny Egan and Paddy Barnes are out of the World Championships in Baku after comprehensive defeats, but six Irish boxers remain in the hunt for Olympic places, writes Cormac Byrne.

Egan failed to see out the three rounds in his bout with Cuban Jose Larduet Gomez. The Neilstown boxer trailed 23-11 after the second round and was retired just a minute into the third after he received a standing count.

"I have only had a few fights at heavyweight and it's still very much a work in progress," he said. "I'm not a full grown heavyweight yet. It's not over yet."

It was the second major disappointment of the day for the Irish after Beijing bronze medallist Barnes crashed out 20-12 to unseeded Philippino Mark Barriga.

However, John Joe Nevin, David Oliver Joyce and Darren O'Neill all joined Michael Conlon, Roy Sheahan, Joe Ward and Con Sheehan in the last 16 and all, except Sheehan, are just one win away from Olympic qualification.



McIIroy 'will not suffer burnout'

Golf: Rory McIlroy's manager has poured cold water on suggestions the US Open champion is facing a burnout by playing nine tournaments in five countries over the next 11 weeks.

McIlroy arrived in Seoul today for this week's Korea Open and a One Asia Tour event he finished third in two years ago.

The 22-year old then heads to China, Bermuda, Turkey, Shanghai, Asia, and Hainan Island, also in China, before ending his year at the $2.75m Hong Kong Open, the Dubai World Championship and Asia's Tour Championship in Bangkok in December.

Despite the amount of frequent flying miles he's going to clock up, his manager Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler believes McIlroy will handle the workload.

"There's no concern of Rory suffering burnout," Chandler said. "He's purposely scheduled a fortnight's holiday halfway through the run of events."

DARTS: World champion Adrian Lewis crashed out of the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix as John Part produced a remarkable comeback to win 2-1.

James Wade opened the defence of his title in confident mood at Dublin's New Citywest Convention Centre, beating Steve Brown 2-0.

Raymond van Barneveld defeated Mervyn King in straight sets. Van Barneveld will take on Andy Smith in the second round, after the Englishman defeated Ireland's William O'Connor 2-0.

NFL: Tampa Bay 24 Indianapolis 17.