Boxing: Ireland stars set for World Series
NINE Irishmen will compete in the new World Series of Boxing season which takes place in the Americas, Asia and Europe on Friday.
John Joe Nevin's Paris United, who claimed the inaugural WSB Team Championships last season, open their title defence against David Oliver Joyce's Istanbulls in Paris.
Dublin super-heavyweight Sean Turner and Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley have both signed for the Los Angeles Matadors, who meet Astana of Kazakhstan Sunday.
Ken Egan's and Con Sheehan's Leipzig Leopards face Tyrone McCullagh's Mexico City on Saturday and Willie McLaughlin's Milano Thunder are away to Patrick Gallagher's Mumbai Fighters.
Team Sanya has formally retired from the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race after sustaining serious damage to its bow soon after leaving Alicante for Cape Town last Saturday.
Mike Sanderson, CEO and skipper of Team Sanya revealed yesterday: "For sure if the watertight doors had not been shut, we would have been sunk."
Sanderson accepts that they face a major logistical challenge to get their boat to Cape Town and effect repairs in time to compete in the in-port racing there on December 10 and the start of the second leg to Abu Dhabi.
"The repair is no small task. We have to chop out about 20 feet of our hull and replace it -- normally a two to three-week job, which we will have to shoehorn into seven days. But this is the Volvo Ocean Race and we will do what we have to do to make it happen."
The Abu Dhabi team, which brought in a group of boat-builders yesterday to fit a new mast, hopes to resume sailing by tomorrow morning. Camper led the fleet through the Strait of Gibraltar, with Telefonica, Puma and Groupama close behind.
The New York Giants ended New England's 20-game regular season home winning streak with a last-minute touchdown drive reminiscent of their Super Bowl victory over the Patriots four seasons ago.
Eli Manning threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ballard with 15 seconds left to give the Giants a 24-20 win at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, where there were four fourth-quarter lead changes.
It was the first meeting between the teams since the Giants' Super Bowl victory in 2008 denied the Patriots a 19-0 season.
The Baltimore Ravens beat the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 with a similar late drive at Heinz Field as rookie Torrey Smith hauled in Joe Flacco's 26-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left.
The Green Bay Packers beat the San Diego Chargers 45-38. Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes for the Packers, who withstood a fourth-quarter rally to remain the NFL's only undefeated team. The San Francisco 49ers, who have gone eight straight seasons without a winning record, moved to 7-1 with a 19-11 win at the Washington Redskins.