Other sport in brief: Bolt's second Laureus award
ATHLETICS: Usain Bolt was yesterday named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the second year in succession, while Britain's Jenson Button was honoured for winning his first Formula One world title.
Bolt won the 100 and 200m at the World Championships last year, breaking his own world records in both for good measure, and also took gold with his Jamaican team-mates in the 4x100m relay at the event in Berlin, Germany.
The Jamaican superstar is the first man to hold the world and Olympic 100 and 200m titles at the same time after his staggering performances in the German capital and at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Asked whether last year had been as good a year as 2008, when he won three Olympic gold medals, Bolt said: "For me it was even better because I had a car accident and bounced back, and it shows me that, with hard work and determination, anything is possible."
Taylor into last eight
Boxing: World lightweight champion Katie Taylor and her Irish counterpart Sinead Kavanagh advanced to the quarter-finals of the Usti nad Labem Grand Prix in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Kenny Egan has withdrawn from a two-match international against Italy at the National Stadium tomorrow night after picking up flu.
Roche finishes third
CYCLING: Nicholas Roche finished third yesterday in the third stage of the Paris-Nice race in Aurillac as Liquigas rider Peter Sagan won the stage. Team Saxo Bank's Jens Voigt finished fourth to seize the leader's yellow jersey.
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