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Athletics: Irish squad off to Germany

Published 28/02/2012 | 05:00

A 13-strong Irish Elite squad fly out to Germany today to begin a training camp in Hennef. London 2012 Olympians Michael Conlan, John Joe Nevin and Darren O'Neill have been included.

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Elite champions Paddy Barnes, Michael McDonagh, Ross Hickey, Adam Nolan, Joe Ward, Tommy McCarthy and Con Sheehan also travel.

Barring injury, the above seven will represent Ireland at the final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers in Trabzon, Turkey in April.

Elite female champions Ceire Smith and Sinead Kavanagh also travel, along with Steven Ward.

Ireland will train before competing in the Chemistry Cup Multi-Nations which gloves off in Halle, Germany on March 13. The squad have one final camp in the Ukraine next month before heading to Trabzon for the qualifiers.

Cricket

England won the Twenty20 series against Pakistan yesterday to add to their one-day international triumphs after Kevin Pietersen's 62 led to a five-run victory that was sealed on the final ball.

Jade Dernbach restricted Pakistan's chase to 124-6 when he bowled captain Misbah-ul-Haq for 28.

Dernbach finished with 2-24 but it was captain Stuart Broad's penultimate over that put the pressure on Pakistan's batsmen.

Shahid Afridi took two off Dernbach's first delivery of the 20th over but was run out next ball. Although Dernbach then bowled a wide, he conceded just three singles before knocking back Misbah's stumps.

Tennis

IRELAND'S James McGee crashed to a qualifying first-round exit in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Morocco yesterday .

McGee entered his contest against Belarus' Alexander Bury as a clear favourite, holding a ranking of 352 compared to his opponent's 586.

But after a three hour and two minute battle in the outdoor clay court event in Meknes, the 24-year-old Dubliner came up short on a 7-5 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 margin.

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