In Brief: Haye focuses on his recovery
BOXING: David Haye insists he is solely focused on trying to fully recover from shoulder surgery rather than making any decision about his boxing future.
The former WBA heavyweight champion has been advised by doctors to seriously consider hanging up his gloves after undergoing a five-hour operation in Germany last week to reconstruct his right shoulder. However, Haye, who had been due to fight Tyson Fury in February, is concentrating on getting a clean bill of health and not on whether or not he will retire from the sport. "I'm not really thinking about boxing at all," he said.
ROSBERG FASTEST IN RAIN
FORMULA 1: Persistent rain emerged the victor on Formula One's final Friday practice session of the season, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg quickest thanks to his time set early in the day.
Rosberg's lap of one minute 24.781secs – around an Interlagos circuit regarded as one of the finest in the world – was posted when the conditions were at their optimum, and even then that was a damp track. Compare that to the best practice time of 1:13.188secs of a year ago from eventual race winner Jenson Button in his McLaren, and it offers up an idea as to the stark difference in settings.
WALES PASS TONGA TEST
RUGBY: A shadow Wales team last night unconvincingly beat Tonga 17-7 at the Millennium Stadium.
First-half tries by centres Owen Williams and Ashley Beck put Wales in control, but an anticipated runaway win did not materialise due to a combination of numerous errors and resilient Tongan defence. All the scores came in the first 34 minutes
Full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked two conversions and a penalty while Wasps wing Will Helu touched down for Tonga, with fly-half Latiume Fosita converting.
IRISH ONE GAME AWAY
RUGBY: Ireland are one win away from a place in the World T20 finals after cruising to a 48-run victory over Group A minnows Uganda in Abu Dhabi. Middle-order batsman Gary Wilson struck 40 from 27 balls in a total of 147-4 as Uganda were restricted to 99-7. Ireland need to beat second-placed Hong Kong tomorrow to automatically reach the finals.
G-MAC LIKES IT TOUGH
GOLF: Graeme McDowell insisted he was revelling in the Major-style challenge served up by Royal Melbourne during this week's World Cup of Golf, despite the fact only 14 players in the 60-man field completed the first two rounds below par at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Simon Thornton was the only Irishman to make the cut in the South African Open. Thornton got through on two-under, 10 behind joint leaders Charl Schwartzel and Marco Crespi.