In brief: Lohan shows true potential
PROMISING young Tramore player Sinead Lohan took another positive step in her tennis education when coming up trumps in her opening match in the ITF U-18 event in Copenhagen.
Lohan (15) ended the title hopes of Sweden's Viktoria Matejevic on a 6-3 6-4 scoreline, in the first round of qualifying in the girls' singles.
Today, Lohan, who won the National Indoors U-18 title after Christmas, takes on Greece's No 4 seed Tina Papaoikonomou.
Lohan's National Indoors final victim Grainne O'Neill is also taking part in the Danish event, but her world ranking position has earned her a place in the main draw.
WORLD and European lightweight champ Katie Taylor will take part in the Usti Nad Labem Multi-Nations in the Czech Republic next month.
The Bray woman has been named in a two-member squad along with Drimnagh BC middleweight Sinead Kavanagh for the tournament which begins on March 9.
Taylor's coach and father Peter Taylor and Immaculata Belfast coach Catherine Meli will be working the Irish corner for the prestigious box-off.
Meanwhile, defending flyweight champion Declan Geraghty has pulled out of the Elite National Senior Championships because of a hand injury.
David O'Loughlin of the An Post/Sean Kelly Team makes a welcome return to action on the roads of Portugal today in the Tour of the Algarve.
The Cong cyclist was involved in a horrific accident at the end of July 2009 in Germany which sidelined him for the rest of the season.
His team, who performed heroically in the recent five-day Etoile de Bessèges in France, winning a stage plus a third overall placing, are not swayed by the opposition.
They include Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Astana and the Team RadioShack duo of Andreas Klöden and Levi Leipheimer.
Last-gasp Paddypower.com Irish Derby winner College Causeway is included in the nominations for Ireland's Dog of the Year Award, which will be announced at a function in Limerick on Sunday, March 7.
nominations -- Dog of Year: Broadacres Turbo, College Causeway, Oran Classic.
Bitch of Year: Cabra Tiny, Maireads Fantasy, Skywalker Queen
Sprinter: Aho Tony, Carlows Pride, Inny Blue. Marathon: Corporate Attack, Ferdia Bound, Rough Quest. Brood Bitch: Cabra Dancer, College Tina, Maybe Baby.