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Final dream for Taylor

boxing: Olympic champion Katie Taylor was fighting today for a historic fifth consecutive World Elite title after beating Junhua Yin in the lightweight semi-final in Jeju, South Korea yesterday.

The Olympic champion advanced on a TKO after the Chinese corner threw in the towel seconds after the start of the fourth and final round.

Yin appeared to have suffered an injury to her right hand. Taylor was leading 30-27 and 29-28 on two of the judges' cards at the time of the stoppage. A third judge surprisingly had Yin 29-28 in front.

Taylor found the target with the majority of the cleaner and more solid shots in the opening round, but the second frame was closer against the tricky Chinese southpaw, the current Asian champion. However, Taylor upped the tempo to take the third before Yin's corner dramatically threw in the towel. The Bray woman was due to face Azerbaijan's Yana Allekseeva in 60kg final this morning.

Kelly clinches title

auto: Dubliner Declan Kelly yesterday clinched his first National Rallycross Championship by winning the Super Final at Co Kildare MC's final round of the series at Mondello Park, with his Ford Fiesta leading the Escort of former champion Tommy Graham across the finish line in the main race of the day.

Title rival Thomas O'Rafferty mounted a strong challenge by winning on the last three outings, but in the third qualifying heat, the two Fiestas touched, with O'Rafferty spinning into a bank, damaging his car too badly to take any further part.

Fed: Win for boys

tennis: Having stolen the limelight from Davis Cup stalwart Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer quickly turned attention towards his Switzerland team-mates after securing the winning point in the final against France yesterday.

Federer crushed Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 to give the Swiss a 3-1 win over the hosts, and a first Davis Cup victory, but the 17-times grand slam champion refused to be the hero.

"I'm really happy for all the guys in the team," he said.

"Stan put so much effort and he played an unbelievable weekend, that's what gave me the opportunity today. I'm very much aware of that, this one is for the boys."

Manny still a hero

boxing: Filipinos erupted in jubilation as the country's boxing hero Manny Pacquiao outclassed American challenger Chris Algieri to retain his WBO welterweight title in Macau. Pacquiao dominated the former kickboxer. Pacquiao knocked down his younger, taller opponent, six times in the 12-round title fight.


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