in Brief: Irish duo opt for England
FORMER Cookstown players David Ames and Ian Sloan have declared for England with ambitions to play for GB in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
They follow in the footsteps of Iain Lewers (ex-Annadale) and Mark Gleghorne (ex-Instonians) in making the switch.
It is expected that the pair will have to spend three years in international limbo before appearing for England/GB.
Both men were part of the Irish squad that went desperately close to qualifying for the London Games last year.
Multiple Irish elite champions David Oliver Joyce and Ross Hickey will meet when Ireland's 'A' team clash with the Irish Army at the National Stadium tonight.
Joyce, the 2009 European Union champion, and Hickey, a bronze medallist at the 2008 European Championships, will cross swords at light-welter as part of a top-class 14-bout card.
Former elite champion Roy Sheahan, a gold medallist at the 2007 European Union Championships, will line out for the Army against Thomas Roohan.
Andy Murray fought back from the loss of the second set against qualifier John Millman to reach the third round of the Brisbane International.
The top seed beat the 23-year-old Australian 6-1 5-7 6-3 as he warms up for the Australian Open, which begins on January 14. Murray, the US Open champion, took more than two hours to overcome the world No 199 after receiving a bye in round one. The Scot will next play Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, who beat Lleyton Hewitt.
Elsewhere, David Ferrer breezed into the semi-finals of the Qatar Open in Doha.
Spaniard Ferrer, the top seed, brushed aside Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 6-3 6-0 in just over an hour, breaking four times and not facing a single break point on his own serve.
French second seed Richard Gasquet crushed Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1 6-3, but Gael Monfils crashed out to German qualifier Daniel Brands.