Friday 21 July 2017

F1: Green light for second US race

THE United States is set to host two races in the 2013 Grand Prix season after many failed attempts to establish the sport in the country.

Plans are already well advanced for a race at a new facility in Austin, Texas, next year and the New York skyline is favourite to form the backdrop for a second event.

Several cities tried and failed to become the established home of F1 in the US, with a race being run in New York, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Indianapolis staged the race eight times up until 2007, but irrevocable damage was caused to its reputation in 2005 when only six cars took part following a dispute over tyres.

boxing

KEN EGAN and Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan have both signed one-season (six-month) contracts with the Leipzig Leopards in the World Series of Boxing.

The Germans' first outing of the new season will be a home match against Mexico City on November 11.

Egan will fight at light-heavy for the Germans and hasn't ruled out moving back to that division, having failed to make an impact at heavyweight at the recent World Championships.

TENNIS

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki rallied to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 5-7 6-2 6-4 in her opening round-robin match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Wozniacki wasted a 4-2 lead in the third set but broke again when Radwanska netted a forehand on the Dane's second match point. Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-2 6-4 in the other group.

HOCKEY

Loreto goalkeeper Louisa Healy has been included in a 26-strong Ireland training squad ahead of December's trip to Argentina, two years after stepping down from international duties.

The panel has a largely familiar look to it, with Julia O'Halloran the only absentee from the 18 players who featured in the European Championships.

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