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Retirement of O'Neill and Penrose

gaelic games: Former Footballer of the Year Stephen O'Neill has reportedly retired from inter-county football along with fellow Tyrone veteran Martin Penrose.

O'Neill, 34 next week, has been plagued by a succession of injuries in recent seasons but - when in the full of his health - ranked among the most sublimely gifted forwards of the past decade.

The three-time All Star enjoyed his crowning glory in 2005, when his second All-Ireland medal was followed by that Footballer of the Year award.

He previously retired in early 2008, only to return later that season and come off the bench in the All-Ireland final win over Kerry - although he declined to accept a medal on the basis that he "did not earn" one.

Reports indicate that 30-year-old Penrose - who was part of the '05 and '08 All-Ireland winning panels - has also called time on his Red Hand career.

Divers to make big splash at NAC

DIVING: Four English diving clubs have travelled for the first time to Dublin to compete in this year's Irish National Open Diving Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin this weekend.

There is a growing squad of Irish divers with an exciting contingent of novice and age group divers competing now at home and abroad. The four English clubs competing are Bradford Esprit, Plymouth Dacorum, Bradford and Harrogate.

Irish diving will also welcome Oliver Dingley, who dived for England in the Commonwealth Games in 2014, where he won bronze in the 3M springboard. Oliver has recently declared to dive for Ireland and is now training in the NAC. He hopes to represent Ireland in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Another exciting prospect is Irish diver Natasha McManus who will also be competing this weekend.

Wu is re-elected as IABA president

boxing: CK Wu was re-elected unopposed as president of the International Boxing Association for a third consecutive four-year term. At its congress, Wu, from Taiwan, said one of the priorities of his new term will be a continued expansion of the World Series of Boxing and the new AIBA Pro-Boxing competition, as the organisation pivots from overseeing amateur boxing to incorporating professionals into the Olympic Games and world championships.


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