Friday 28 April 2017

In brief: McCloskey given title rematch hope

Boxing

Amir Khan's promoter Oscar de la Hoya has hinted that Derry's Paul McCloskey could be given another shot at the WBA World light-welterweight champion.

The pair's fight was stopped in controversial circumstances after six rounds after an accidental clash of heads resulted in a doctor calling a halt to proceedings.

But De La Hoya, one of Khan's three promoters for the contest, stated that the Bolton-born boxer has other priorities, including the unification fight with WBC and WBO belt-holder Timothy Bradley.

"Yes, everybody wants a rematch. And you never know, right? Not in this game. Does he deserve a rematch? Yes, he does. But now we have to go and unify the title," De La Hoya said.

Nevin to star in first World Series decider

JOHN JOE NEVIN'S Paris United will meet Kazakhstan side Astana Arlans in the inaugural World Series of Boxing final in China next month.

The Arlans beat Los Angeles Matadors 3-2 in LA on Sunday night and 7-3 on aggregate to book their date with the Parisians.

That victory arrived 48 hours after Nevin's side overturned a first-leg 4-1 deficit to Baku Fires of Azerbaijan to win 5-0 on the night and 6-4 on aggregate in Paris.

Golf

Mourne's Reeve Whitson was the top Irish performer in the 72-hole Trubshaw Cup over the Ashburnham and Tenby Links in West Wales.

With a heavy sea mist delaying the start of the second day's play at Tenby, the important early-season event ended in darkness.

Whitson compiled a four-round aggregate of 287 with scores of 74, 73, 71 and 69. That put him in seventh place, 17 strokes behind runaway winner Oliver Farr -- who clinched the trophy for the second successive year -- but only six adrift of teenage international Rhys Pugh and Michael Hearne, who shared second spot.

Tennis

Andy Murray will decide today whether he is fit enough to play in this week's Barcelona Open.

The 23-year-old Scot had a scan yesterday on the elbow he injured in Monte Carlo last week and has been having treatment from his physiotherapist.

Murray has not practised since Saturday's semi-final against Rafael Nadal, when he had to have a cortisone injection in his right elbow to enable him to play the match. He had first felt the injury in his quarter-final the previous day.

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