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Taylor: It'll be a really tricky fight

BOXING: Katie Taylor says she expects a "tricky, tricky fight" in the semi-final of the AIBA World Women's Elite Championships in Jeju, South Korea tomorrow.

The Bray had received a walkover in the quarter-final in the early hours of yesterday morning.

She was due to meet Sofya Ochigava in the last-eight, but the Russian picked up an injury in her last-16 bout and didn't show. Taylor will now face Jinhua Yin on tomorrow after the Chinese fighter beat Bulgaria's Denista Eliseeva.

"There are no easy fights at this stage of the competition anyway, so no matter who won the fight it was going to be difficult," said Taylor.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge. The Chinese boxers have such a strong team and it's going to be a tricky, tricky fight."

The winner of Sunday's semi-final will face Estelle Mossely of France or Azerbaijani Yana Allekseeva for the 60kg gold medal.

Nibali disowns Astana dopers

CYCING: Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has disowned the four "idiots" in the Astana organisation who have failed doping tests in the last three months to leave the team's status in question.

The International Cycling Union had already asked its Licence Commission to review the team's status after three cases in recent months, and with that process under way the team was hit with a further failed test on Wednesday with news that young rider Victor Okishev had tested positive for steroids.

Brothers Valentin Iglinsky and Maxim Iglinsky and Ilya Davidenok - who like Okishev is on Astana's third-division feeder team - tested positive in separate tests in August. Maxim Iglinsky was part of the Astana team which helped Nibali win the Tour in July.

However, Nibali has insisted he has nothing to do with the cases and revealed his anger at the damage to his team's reputation.

"If people want to associate me with these cases, they don't understand anything," the Sicilian said.

"They are four idiots that have nothing to do with me."

The Iglinskys tested positive for EPO, while Davidenok tested positive for steroids.