HUGH MYRES has fired a warning shot across the bows of two-time Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes ahead of February's Irish Elite Championships.
The Kildare light-flyweight, who ran Barnes close in the 2012 Elite 49kg final, guaranteed Ireland at least one bronze medal at the European U-23 Championships in Russia by beating French southpaw Ory Georges 17-10 in the quarter-finals.
Kildare heavyweight Christy Joyce was stopped in the second round by Ukrainian Gevory Manukyn, while Dublin welter Thurles Moran lost 12-9 to Pavel Kostromin of Belarus.
Joyce fired the Eagles into a 1-0 lead after earning a split decision (48-47 47-48, 48-47) over Liverpool lightweight Sam Maxwell. But Ward, who won on his WSB debut last month, restored parity for the Lionhearts after German light-heavyweight Satula Abdulai retired at the end of round four with a hand injury.
Elsewhere in the WSB, Eric Donovan beat Branimir Stankovic on his debut to help the Astana Arlans of Kazakhstan beat Italia Thunder 3-2. It was a unanimous decision against the Serb, who beat Olympic silver medallist and Lionhearts star signing John Joe Nevin on a split decision last month.
LAOIS minor hurling boss Seamus 'Cheddar' Plunkett has agreed to take over the senior team after the O'Moore County's exhaustive trawl to find a manager embarrassingly failed to turn up anyone else interested in the job.
Plunkett and Castletown's Paul Cuddy, two highly respected former players, had been given the job to find a replacement for Teddy McCarthy who, like the previous incumbent Brendan Fennelly, stepped down after just one season.
Debutant Joe Root's 73 runs and three more wickets from James Anderson combined to put India under pressure on day two of the final Test in Nagpur. Root (21), a surprise inclusion for this match which England must at least draw to complete a series victory, rose to the occasion with a 229-ball knock in an England total of 330.
Anderson (3-24) has been reliable and often expert all tour – and after he induced an India wobble to 87-4 at stumps, the value of Root's fine effort was apparent. Sachin Tendulkar's miserable series continued when Alastair Cook recalled Anderson to take the veteran master batsman's wicket for a record ninth time in Tests.
Contrary to earlier reports, it seems likely there will be a Circuit of Ireland Rally in 2013. But, the historic event will not be part of the new Eurosport-backed European Rally Championship as had been recently proposed.