Byrne banned for Twickenham trip
Lee Byrne will miss Wales' Six Nations opener against England after picking up a two-week ban following his brief appearance as a 16th player during the Ospreys' Heineken Cup victory over Leicester last weekend.
The Lions full-back admitted a misconduct charge, but he looks certain to appeal the suspension. He is staying at the Welsh training camp in the hope of winning a reprieve and playing at Twickenham.
The Ospreys were fined E25,000 after they also pleaded guilty to misconduct. However, the disciplinary panel ruled there had been "no material effect on the match." The result therefore stands, and Ospreys will meet Biarritz in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.
Leicester's demand to be reinstated was not met.
THE Ryston in Newbridge, Co Kildare, chalked up three wins at last night's IABA Open Youth semi-finals at the National Stadium.
Stephen Tracey, at the expense of his own club-mate Hugh Myres, Chris Phelan and John Joe Nevin all marched into tonight's finals.
Donegal lightweight Paul Kelly nearly pulled it out of the fire against Jonathan Carroll in a top class three-rounder, but the St Seachnalls club-man held out to book a deserved ticket into the 60kg final.
- Former WBA super-bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne has led the tributes to coach Peter Perry, who passed away yesterday following a long battle with illness.
Perry, from Inchicore in Dublin, was head coach at the CIE boxing club in Dublin and helped steer Dunne to 13 titles in the amateur ranks.
BARRY KING celebrated his first call-up to the Ireland Davis Cup team by scoring an emphatic first-round win in the ITF Futures event in Murcia, Spain yesterday.
The Dubliner, who will link up with Louk Sorensen, Conor Niland and James McGee for the March 5-7 clash against Turkey in Dublin, beat Photos Kallias of Cyprus 6-1 6-3.
Colin O'Brien, who was axed from the Irish team to make way for King, lost 6-2 3-6 7-5 to Cesar Ferrer-Victoria. King and O'Brien, seeded No 3 in the doubles, beat Mario Gomez and Andres Herrero-Pagan 6-0 6-1 to clinch a quarter-final place.
Today, unseeded King takes on No 5 seed Ignacio Coll-Riudavets.
Ronnie O'Sullivan set up an appetising semi-final against John Higgins and almost made a 147 break in his ruthless demolition of Antrim's Mark Allen at the Welsh Open.
The Rocket won 5-2 and finished the match by reeling off four frames in quick succession.
Higgins enjoyed a 5-2 win over Masters champion Mark Selby.