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Shiming no go as pro: Barnes

BOXING: Paddy Barnes is not convinced his Olympic nemesis Zou Shiming will make an impression in the pro ranks.

Shiming, a national hero in China, has announced he is turning pro with USA-based Top Rank promotions.

"Zou is an incredible talent who is beloved in the People's Republic of China," said Top Rank chief Bob Arum in Beijing.

Shiming (31) is considered by many to be the greatest amateur light-fly of all time.

However, Barnes, the first Irish boxer to win two Olympic medals, stalked the Asian ace all the way to a 15-15 tie in London but lost on countback.

"I don't think he'll make an impression (in the pro ranks). He's 31 now and I don't think he'll change his style," said Barnes.

"But it's not going to make a difference because he's a big name in China and he'll make lots of money."



McQuaid leaves Olympic post

Cycling: Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union, has stood down from the panel assessing host cities for the 2020 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed.

The Irishman's position as UCI president has been under scrutiny following the Lance Armstrong scandal, with an independent commission set up to establish the relationship between the UCI and the Texan.

McQuaid has been replaced by Patrick Baumann, secretary general of basketball's world governing body.

Meanwhile, Team Sky's Geraint Thomas retained the leader's ochre jersey in the Tour Down Under by 14 seconds as second-placed Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter closed the gap with victory in stage three for Team Blanco.



Mickelson: Tax talk was 'dumb'

Golf: Phil Mickelson has described comments he made about his taxes as "dumb".

The four-time major champion hinted after last week's Humana Challenge he was considering making "drastic changes" because of soaring US tax rates, but has since said he should have kept his thoughts on his finances to himself.

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