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In brief: Box-offs for Euro places

Boxing

Published 25/05/2011 | 05:00

Irish boxing chiefs will hold box-offs at Dublin's National Stadium next Friday and Saturday for positions on the team for next month's European Elite Championships in Ankara, Turkey, writes Bernard O'Neill.

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Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce and his St Michael's Athy team-mate Roy Sheehan, Donegal's Willie McLaughlin, and Waterford's Craig McCarthy will fight it out for the welterweight position.

A decision will be made on whether the St Michael's pair of David Oliver Joyce and Eric Donovan, and Elite champion Michael McDonagh box off for the lightweight place.

European champion Paddy Barnes, European silver medallist Darren O'Neill and World Senior bronze medallist John Joe Nevin are also on the team for Ankara, along with World Youth champion Joe Ward.

Ward (17) more or less claimed his place after beating Olympic silver-medalist Ken Egan in this year's Elite light-heavyweight final.

Cycling

Alberto Contador put in a stunning 12.7-kilometre mountain time trial to win his second stage of this year's Giro d'Italia yesterday and strengthen his grip on the overall lead.

The Saxo Bank-Sungard rider completed the 16th stage to Nevegal in 28 minutes and 55 seconds.

Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas was second in the stage, 34 seconds behind Contador.

There was a minute's silence beforehand in honour of Spanish rider Xavier Tondo, who died this week in a freak domestic accident. Contador wore a black armband and later dedicated the victory to his compatriot.

Golf

US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III is among eight golfers to earn a spot in the British Open at the final international qualifying event in America.

England's Brian Davis shot a six-under-par 66 to win the event at Gleneagles Country Club in Texas, by one shot over Chad Campbell. Play was cut to 18 holes from 36 because severe thunderstorms caused a six-hour suspension to play.

Sergio Garcia withdrew because of an infected fingernail on his left hand. The Spaniard can still qualify through US PGA Tour events leading up to the Open, which will be played on July 14-17 at Royal St George's in England.

Love shot 66 to earn a 25th consecutive start at golf's oldest Major.

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