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In brief: Barrable lands Coleman award

Motorsport Boxing cricket

Published 20/11/2010 | 05:00

Motorsport: Circuit racing convert Robert Barrable has won Irish rallying's top scholarship, the €50,000 Billy Coleman award.

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The 23-year-old former Irish Formula Ford champion from Swords, Dublin, who switched to stage rallying at the beginning of last year, won three separate championships this season on his way to the Coleman award.

Victory in both the Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland series and its UK equivalent, as well as winning Class R2 in the MSA British Rally Championship, proved Barrable's adaptability to a variety of different conditions and surfaces.

He also finished eighth overall in the International Rally of the Lakes and ninth in the Cork 20 International in his 1.6 litre Citroen C2R2 Max. He now plans to graduate to a full assault on the British Rally Championship.

Barrable beat off competition from the cream of Ireland's rising talent, such as Michael Carbin, Ian Downey, Damien McCarthy, Darren McKenna, Kevin O'Connor and Mark Wedlock.

Boxing:

IRISH senior champ John Joe Nevin got Paris United off to a perfect start with a convincing win over Vincenzo Picardi of Milan in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in Milan last night.

Nevin earned a unanimous decision over the Italian bantanweight over five, three-minute rounds at the Palasharp in Milan.

The Nevin-Picardi clash was the first of five bouts between Paris and Milan in the four-team European WSB group.

The top teams in the Asian, Americas and European groups and the best runners-up qualify for the semi-finals. Nevin pocketed a cheque for $5,000 for his win.

Ken Egan, who is signed with Miami, will be in action in the WSB next Tuesday. Miami host Los Angeles in their first group match at the American Airlines Arena.

Cricket:

Tim Bresnan short-circuited the international ambitions of two of Australia's most promising young batsmen, Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson, with three wickets as Australia 'A' attempted to make England bat again during their Tour match in Hobart.

Bresnan earlier clubbed 36 at the tail end of England's innings to help to take the total past 500, and then found a way through when no one else could. If Australia's hopefuls made hard work of things, at least some of the seniors began to find form in the final round of state matches before the first Test.

Mike Hussey made what could have been a career-saving hundred for Western Australia, Shane Watson took five wickets for New South Wales and Mitchell Johnson augmented a ton with the bat with five wickets.

Ian Bell fell eight runs short of a double-hundred. There were useful runs for the lower middle order once Paul Collingwood had been bounced out by Clint McKay for 89.

Philip Hughes provided some resistance as he passed 50 to help the hosts to 128-3, 165 runs behind overall.

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