Saturday 16 December 2017

Quigley returns as good as gold

JASON Quigley will arrive back in Ireland tonight as the European U-23 middleweight champion, following a commanding 17-11 victory over German Elite champion Dennis Radovan in Russia.

But Mullingar's Hugh Myres had to settle for silver after he was edged out by a single point (11-10) by Armenia's 2009 AIBA World Junior champion Kariun Sogomonyan in Kaliningrad.

Donegal man Quigley, boxing superbly on the counter, took the first two rounds 5-3 and 5-3 and also won the final one 7-5 to seal an impressive win.

The Finn Valley BC orthodox, who was the 2009 European Youth champion and whose dad Conor and Zaur Antia were working in corner, was delighted to collect his second European gold.

He said: "I've had five hard fights out here. There's grown men and Olympians at this tournament. It was very tough and competitive and I'm delighted to come through it and win gold."

McIlroy golfer of year

GOLF: World number one Rory McIlroy has been named the European Tour golfer of the year.

McIlroy succeeds Luke Donald as winner of the award, having also replicated the Englishman's achievement of winning both the Race to Dubai and US PGA Tour money list in the same season.

The 23-year-old Irishman captured his second major title in August, winning the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by a record eight shots, matching the winning margin of his maiden major triumph in the 2011 US Open.

Wiggins to back Froome

CYCLING: Defending champion Bradley Wiggins will have no problem helping Chris Froome attempt to take his Tour de France title should Dave Brailsford select him as team leader.

Froome expects to spearhead Team Sky's bid for a second straight Tour win and said had been told by team principal Brailsford that would be the case.

And Wiggins is quoted as saying: "We're very fortunate that we have two people that can win the Tour de France. It could be Chris Froome on the day, it could be me, but once we get on that line we all have a professional obligation."

Pietersen 'reintegrated'

CRICKET: England are looking forward to a harmonious future, with Kevin Pietersen "reintegrated".

The batsman is set to commute his four-month England and Wales Cricket Board contract into a full annual one, having satisfied his employers that all is well again after his summer of discontent.

Pietersen agreed a four-month deal in September to take part after all in the Test tour of India -- which ended on Monday with a first series win since 1984-85.

NBA: Washington 95 Atlanta 100 (OT), Cleveland 99 Toronto 113, Brookyln 90 Utah 92, Miami 103 Minnesota 92, Chicago 100 Boston 89, Milwaukee 98 Indiana 93, Dallas 107 Philadelphia 100, Denver 112 San Antonio 106, LA Lakers 101 Charlotte 100, Golden State 103 New Orleans 96.

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