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Cullen chosen for Belgrade

Published 26/11/2013 | 22:23

SLIGO'S Mary Cullen has been selected for the European Cross-Country Championships in Belgrade on December 8 despite not racing in the recent National Inter-Counties.

The Sligo runner has made the six-woman team ahead of Maria McCambridge (DSD) who finished sixth at the Nationals, but the DSD runner is named as first reserve.

West Waterford's David McCarthy also gets into the men's team ahead of Raheny's Mick Clohisey who finished one place ahead of him at the Nationals but Clohisey is named as the first reserve.

Athletics Ireland is not sending an U-23 women's team to the event where Fionnuala Britton and the Irish women are defending champions but a men's U-23 team will travel and includes Ferrybank's Shane Quinn and Mullingar's Jake Byrne, who were 42nd and 71st respectively at the American Collegiate Championships (NCAA) last weekend.

Basketball

Kobe Bryant has signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers believed to be worth in the region of $48m.

Bryant, 35, currently recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, joined the Lakers in 1996.

Boxing

George Groves has told Carl Froch to fight him again or retire as the fallout from their controversial world title fight continues.

Groves was pulled out of their super middleweight scrap in Manchester on Saturday by referee Howard Foster, who deemed the ninth-round punishment he was being subjected to was too much. Groves -- ahead on the scorecards and with a knockdown of Froch in his favour -- was furious, insisting he had been fit to continue.

Ballyliffin's Damian Mooney closed with a splendid 67 to finish ninth in the Titleist PGA Play-Offs in Turkey and earn his place in next May's BMW PGA for the first time since 2004.

Scotland's Greig Hutcheon eagled the third sudden-death hole to pip England's Matt Cort to the title.

Irish Independent

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