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McQuaid rails at 'vendetta'

CYCLING: The dispute between world cycling and the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) has intensified over the decision to disband the independent inquiry into the Lance Armstrong drugs scandal.

The International Cycling Union's (UCI) Irish president Pat McQuaid has been criticised for scrapping the commission.

But he hit back last night, accusing WADA president John Fahey of having a "personal vendetta" against cycling.

McQuaid said: "I would urge the president of WADA one more time to try to set his personal vendetta and crusade against cycling aside and to support the UCI in doing what is right for cycling."

Fahey said: "Pat McQuaid stated that the UCI 'will co-operate fully with the commission'... and urged all other interested stakeholders to do the same. This failure to cooperate makes our task impossible."

St Michael's see off Castleknock

Rugby: Leinster Schools Senior Cup holders St Michael's deservedly emerged unscathed 14-3 but not before Castleknock, inspired by dynamic flanker Jack O'Neill and all-action scrum-half Daragh Henry, had asked the most searching questions.

The reigning champions had all the answers to reach the last eight, with the final score fairly reflecting the balance of play.

AthIetics Ireland in New Balance deal

ATHLETICS: Athletics Ireland has announced a major new kit sponsorship deal with New Balance, which replaces the organisation's previous long-time sponsor Asics.

The Boston-based company described it as a "multi-year" deal, but it is believed to be for three years with future options.

New Balance also significantly added two-time European cross-country champion Fionnuala Britton to their individual stable of top athletes, which means the Wicklow runner will also now wear their footwear.

A-Rod dope claims

Baseball: The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez was ensnared in another doping investigation after the The Miami New Times reported baseball's highest-paid star was among a half-dozen players listed in records of a Florida clinic the paper said sold performance-enhancing drugs.

'A-Rod' issued a statement denying the allegations.

NBA: Cleveland 95 Golden State 108, Detroit 90 Milwaukee 117, Portland 106 Dallas 104, LA Lakers 111 New Orleans 106.