In brief: Martinez eyes up Dublin double
Kiko Martinez hopes to do a double on Irish soil when he meets Arsen Martirosyan for the European super-middleweight title at the National Stadium in Dublin on September 11.
Martinez beat Bernard Dunne for the belt three years ago but dropped the European crown to Rendall Munroe -- who relinquished it to chase a World title -- in 2008.
The Spaniard, nicknamed 'La Sensación' will co-headline a Brian Peters-promoted European double-bill which also features Lisburn southpaw Brian Magee.
Magee defends his super-middleweight title against Armenia's Roman Aramian, while Anthony Fitzgerald meets Robbie Long for the Irish super-middleweight crown.
EU champion Paul Hyland, Gavin Prunty, Brendan Fitzpatrick and unbeaten Cork-based Cuban trio Alex Acosta, Mike Perez and Luis Garcia will also be in action.
Two-time Olympian and Irish record holder Andrew Bree leads the Irish squad's campaign at the European Long Course Swimming Championships, which get underway in Hungary tomorrow.
For the first time, Ireland have two open-water swimmers competing at a LEN European Championships -- Chris Bryan goes in the 10km race, while Andrew Meegan and Bryan are in action in the 5km swim tomorrow. The pool swimming starts next Monday.
Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will race for the Saxo Bank-SunGard team next year. Team manager Bjarne Riis said yesterday that the Spanish rider signed for two seasons.
Contador, who said last week he would leave the Astana team, confirmed the announcement on his website. Contador gives the team a new leader after Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck and his brother Frank announced last week they would leave the team.
Irish national coach Gene Muller's selection for this weekend's three-Test series of women's internationals against Belgium shows two changes from the squad he picked for the trio of Test matches away to Scotland last month. Louisa Healy replaces Pamela Smithwick in goal, while Kate McConnell gets her chance at the expense of Stephanie Quinn.
Gary Duff recorded Ireland's best finish in a World Championship target-shooting event yesterday, finishing 48th in the men's Prone Rifle match in Munich.
Duff scored 593/600, five points off the threshold to make the final and six off eventual winner and five-times world record holder Sergei Martynov.
With five quota places for London 2012 on offer, the event was hotly contested, 140 competitors vying for 71 places in the qualification round, which Duff achieved comfortably, scoring a 591/600.