Sunday 4 December 2016

Cycling: Cavendish looks bound for Sky

Published 27/09/2011 | 05:00

Mark Cavendish's World Championship win may have cemented his move to Team Sky, according to his Great Britain team-mate Geraint Thomas.

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Cavendish became only the second Briton -- and the first for almost half a century -- to don the coveted rainbow jersey after producing a trademark surge to victory in Copenhagen.

Thomas was a key part of the eight-strong unit which shepherded Cavendish to victory and which was made up mainly of Team Sky riders, whom it appears Cavendish is closer than ever to joining permanently.

"He's obviously been talking to them," Thomas said. "He wants to come, I think. Most of us there yesterday are in Sky and good mates of Cav. To be leading out the world champion next year would be really special."

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Philadelphia Eagles quarter-back Michael Vick did not fracture his hand as initially feared and he could play in the team's next game against the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Fresh scans showed Vick suffered a bruise to his right, non-throwing, hand rather than a break, which was the initial worry from X-rays taken.

Vick, who was playing a week after being knocked out of a game with a concussion, suffered his latest setback during the third quarter of a 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday and was removed from the game.

The Eagles are last in the NFC East with a 1-2 record.

Tennis

CONOR NILAND yesterday got back to winning ways after suffering a hat-trick of defeats.

In the wake of his US Open first-round reverse against Novak Djokovic four weeks ago, the Irish No 1 came up short against France's Julien Obry and Germany's Frank Moser in the St Remy and Metz Challenger events in France.

But Niland stopped the rot with a 6-4 6-3 win over Spanish wild card Ivan Arenas-Gualda in the first round of the Challenger tournament in Madrid. Niland now faces the No 4 seed, France's 93-ranked Eric Prodon.

Meanwhile, Davis Cup hero Barry King has decided to call time on his professional career at the age of 26. King cited the combination of injury and financial issues as the reasons for his dramatic decision.

SHOOTING

Former Irish Olympian Gary Duff won the National Prone Rifle Championships held at the Midlands National Shooting Centre of Ireland (MNSCI) in Tullamore.

Duff, representing Comber Rifle Club in Co Down, qualified for the final with a lead of two points over Sam Kelly from Dungannon, who was in turn seven points ahead of third-placed Cmdt Ray Kane (Defence Forces).

The top three positions remained the same after the 10-shot final, although Kane made up an impressive 3.8 of his seven-point deficit to Kelly's score.

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