Exiles face wait on CHC decision
YEAR-LONG bans are still hanging over the chairman and secretary of London's county board despite them flying back to Ireland earlier this week for an appeal hearing, WRITES Cliona Foley.
London felt they were free to play Westmeath hurler Brian Smyth, a London-based student, for their footballers against Leitrim last month. But his home club, Killucan, argued that his transfer had not been officially completed and Croke Park hit the player and the two officials with the mandatory 48-week suspensions for playing an illegal player.
The player and officials made their case to the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) mid-week, but it was only part-heard and adjourned until next week so their fate still hangs in the balance.
The CHC also ruled that it was not proven that PJ Kelleher, a member of the Clare hurlers' backroom team, had verbally abused a linesman during their NHL game with Carlow but said it was open to the CCCC to investigate the matter further.
THE Irish boxing squad are guaranteed at least three bronze medals at the 32-nation Prime Ministry Tournament following wins for Katie Taylor, Ray Moylette and Gary Molloy in Turkey.
But European youth champion Jason Quigley bowed out at the last-eight stage following a 4-1 reversal to Turkey's Adam Kilicci.
Moylette beat Onur Sipal 2-0 and will now face Hungary's Gyula Kate in today's semi-final. Molloy, meanwhile, faces flyweight Khalid Yafai today following a 7-2 victory over Moldova's Alexander Riscan.
Taylor came through via a 7-0 decision over Bulgarian Demista Dliseeva. She'll meet Turkey's Melek Irkan in the last four.
Meanwhile, Ken Egan and John Joe Joyce bowed out -- Joyce was beaten 7-2 by Erol Ozkal, while Egan lost 1-0 to Vladimir Cheles.
THE first event of the Rowing Ireland Grand Regatta series takes place tomorrow at Skibbereen Rowing Club, with over 500 crews taking part.
Queens University are the in-form club at the moment and, with two crews entered in the Men's Senior Eights, they will face a strong composite crew from University Limerick/Castleconnell.
The Men's Senior Four, meanwhile, will be contested by Garda BC, St Michael's, Galway RC, Shandon RC and Shandon BC.
A daring ambush through rugged terrain by Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez on stage five of the Tour of the Basque Country handed the Katusha rider a victory that propelled him into third place overall yesterday.
Fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde still leads with a one-second advantage over American Chris Horner, followed by Rodriguez at 34 seconds. Ireland's Daniel Martin lies in 16th, exactly two minutes behind the leader after finishing 19th yesterday.