Boxing: Egan tipped for Leopards spot
IRISH heavyweight Ken Egan is being courted by the Leipzig Leopards ahead of the start of World Series of Boxing (WSB) season on November 11.
The German side are also understood to be interested in capturing Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan.
Egan was signed to a three-year deal with Miami Gallos in the WSB, but is now a free agent after the American side went bust. The Leopards, Astana Arlans of Kazakhstan and the Mumbai Fighters of India are the three sides expressing an interest in the Irish duo.
However, Egan appears to be leaning toward Germany and could ink a deal this weekend. If he signs with the Germans he'll drop back down from heavyweight to the WSB light-heavy limit of 85kg.
The light-heavy limit in regular amateur boxing is 81kg. Meanwhile, the Astana Arlans and the Mumbai Fighters are chasing Ireland's European champions Joe Ward and Ray Moylette.
Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray advanced to the third round of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, although only the Spaniard had to step onto the court.
The top-seeded Nadal easily beat countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-2, while Murray received a walkover when his opponent, Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, pulled out with a thigh injury.
Murray, the defending champion, hasn't played a match yet in Shanghai. He received a bye in the first round. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was knocked out by Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-4.
The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor recommended yesterday that Riccardo Ricco receive a 12-year ban for a second doping offense.
Ricco has not raced since he was rushed to a hospital after falling ill at his home in February. The doctor who treated him reportedly told police that Ricco admitted transfusing his own blood.
The new case will now be decided by CONI's internal anti-doping court, with Ricco also facing an inquiry from the public prosecutor in Modena.