Cricket: Dockrell named Player of Year
GEORGE DOCKRELL has been named International Player of the Year at the fifth annual Cricket Writers of Ireland awards dinner in Malahide.
The 20-year-old Leinster spinner, who pipped last year's winner Paul Stirling, claimed 37 wickets for Ireland in 2012 at an average of 14.2, established himself at Somerset and became the most economical Twenty20 bowler in the world.
Stylish Belfast batsman James Shannon was voted Young Player of the Year, despite being two years older than Dockrell.
KATIE TAYLOR will be presented with AIBA 2012 World Female Boxer of the Year award in Armenia in December, when Tyrone's Michael Gallagher will collect the Best World Referee and Judge award.
This will be the third time Taylor has scooped the award in the last four years.
Ireland's Dan Martin has climbed into the lead in the King of the Mountains competition on stage two of the Tour of Beijing.
Some aggressive riding by Martin saw the 25-year-old Garmin Sharp rider pull away from the lead group on the second-category ascent of Gao Ya Ku and take maximum points at the summit of the first mountain of the five-day World Tour race.
Last year's overall winner Tony Martin, of Germany, went clear on the descent and soloed home to stage victory, 46 seconds clear of the chase group, and donned the yellow jersey of race leader.
The Irish Martin took sixth on the stage and moves up to sixth overall, 56 seconds behind the German race leader. "To get the King of the Mountains jersey is a nice reward, but the real aim is the general classification, to try and score some all-important UCI points for the team," he said.