Thursday 21 September 2017

In brief: Khan counts cost of Sky squabble

Boxing

Amir Khan has lost "a big lump sum" by apparently refusing to lower himself to fighting on Sky Sports 3 this Saturday.

The WBA light-welterweight champion's defence against Derry's Paul McCloskey in Manchester was downgraded from Sky Box Office to the broadcaster's regular subscription channels before Khan yesterday confirmed he will instead appear on the minor pay-per-view station Primetime TV.

Sky took the MEN Arena card off Box Office after a strong undercard was weakened by withdrawals but Khan's camp were unhappy to be placed on Sky Sports 3 and not 1 or 2. It is believed Khan's long-term relationship with Sky has not necessarily been damaged, however.

"This is what happens in boxing," said Khan. "There are going to be times when there are pay cuts, but what drives me is all the training I've done.

"It's a big lump sum that's been cut but what can you do? I'm still young. My job is to fight. I just have to stay focused and bigger paydays will come."

Tennis

Kim Clijsters could miss the French Open after severely injuring her ankle at a wedding.

The US and Australian Open champion faces six weeks on the sidelines and is a doubt for Roland Garros where the tournament begins on May 17.

Meanwhile, Irish duo James McGee and Daniel Glancy yesterday clinched places in the qualifying final round on the France ITF Futures circuit.

Both received byes in the opening round of the indoor claycourt event in Angers, and in the second round Dubliner McGee, the No 2 seed, edged Hugo Nys 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 7-5.

Mayoman Glancy, seeded No 7, followed up with a 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 victory over France's Girat Magin.

Today, McGee faces New Zealand's No 9 seed Sebastian Lavie, while Glancy takes on France's No 14 seed, Antoine Hamard.

Dubliner James Cluksey, the No 10 seed, bowed out in the qualifying second round, against France's unseeded Sebastien Rocher on a 6-2 6-4 margin.

Elsewhere, Ireland's Amy Bowtell crashed out in the qualifying second round on the Turkey ITF Women's circuit.

After a 6-1 6-1 win over Antrim's Emily Madill in the first round of the outdoor hardcourt event in Antalya, the No 10 seed from Greystones lost 1-6 6-3 7-5 to Turkey's unseeded Melis Sezer.

Cricket

Shane Watson hit a record 15 sixes to guide Australia to a series-clinching nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in Mirpur yesterday.

The Queenslander ended on 185 not out after smashing the most sixes ever in a one-day international innings, as the tourists moved into an unassailable 2-0 lead with one game to play.

Watson's knock came from just 96 balls as Australia chased down their 230 victory target with 24 overs to spare.

Watson also broke two other records -- the most runs in boundaries in an ODI innings and also the highest score by an Australian in an ODI.

He also starred in the field with two catches and a wicket as Bangladesh limped to 229-7 from their 50 overs.

Irish Independent

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