Monday 20 November 2017

Sutcliffe lands Hickey repeat

BOXING: Crumlin's Philip Sutcliffe beat Tyrone McKenna 13-8 last night to set up a repeat of last year's national final with Grangecon's Ross Hickey.

Sutcliffe will be out for revenge after losing last year's final to the Narraghmore man, while European champion Ray Moylette will also be in action today in the light-welterweight division. Athy's Roy Sheehan was also victorious last night, stopping Mark Fitzpatrick in the second round of their bout while 12-4 to the good.

Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce completed an Athy double by easily overcoming Kieran Forde 17-9 and both boxers are back in action today.

London 2012 Olympian Darren O'Neill will be in action tonight along with Ken Egan who will be looking to win back the light-heavyweight crown he lost to Joe Ward last year.

Egan is in against fellow Dubliner Michael Frayne in the preliminary rounds of the National Senior Boxing Championships. Olympian Eric Donovan from the St Michael's club in Athy faces off against James Tennyson (St Paul's) in another of today's bouts.

Kearney new Irish manager

RUGBY: Michael Kearney has been appointed the new national team manager.

The Meath man succeeds Paul McNaughton and comes into the position with a strong record in rugby. He is also a successful businessman as a franchise specialist. "My focus now is to get up to speed as soon as possible and give whatever support is necessary to Declan (Kidney), the coaches and players as we head into the championship," said Kearney.

ATHLETICS: Olympic distance-running great Kenenisa Bekele has been suspended by the Ethiopian federation for not reporting to a training camp in a move that could keep him out of the London Games. Bekele, winner of the 5,000 and 10,000m in Beijing, was among 35 Ethiopian athletes who were suspended. The group includes Tirunesh Dibaba, winner of the 5,000 and 10,000m women's titles in Beijing.

RALLYING: Sebastian Loeb strengthened his grip at the top of the leaderboard following day three of the Monte Carlo rally. Loeb dominated the opening two days, winning eight of 10 stages to take charge of the World Rally Championship's season opener and extended his advantage further still today.

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