In brief: Taylor storms into last eight
WORLD lightweight champion Katie Taylor and her Irish team-mate Sinead Kavanagh advanced to the quarter-finals of the Usti nad Labem Gran Prix with preliminary-round wins in the Czech Republic yesterday.
Taylor beat Sweden's Kosovare Buzuku 8-0 and Drimnagh middleweight Kavanagh edged past Martina Jindrova of the Czech Republic 9-7. Taylor will meet Italy's former European featherweight champion Marzia Davide today.
Meantime, 10-times Irish senior champion Ken Egan has withdrawn from the Irish squad to face Italy in a two-match international at the National Stadium tomorrow night after picking up the flu.
David Watkins' clinical late finish handed St Andrew's their first Leinster Schoolboy's Senior Cup title since 2004, ending Wesley's run of five straight victories at Grange Road yesterday.
The tricky winger reacted quickest to snap up Stephen Nolan's ball close to the end-line and kept his wits to lift the ball over Rob Fitzgerald for the crucial strike seven minutes from time in their 1-0 victory. Wesley had beaten Andrew's comfortably in two league games en route to winning that title as well as picking up the All-Ireland school's crown last October.
Andrew's, though, had the answers in each sector with Irish U-18 international Richard Sykes an imperious presence at sweeper.
Wesley's U-14 side claimed the Minor Cup, beating Newpark 6-1 with Ruan McGuinness netting twice.
St Andrew's -- S West (capt), M Cronin, A Gaw, R Sykes, F Maher, R Anderson, J Beirne, M Styles, S O'Halloran, D Cole, S Nolan, J Donnellan, G Garrett, S Spence, D Watkins, C Stephens
Wesley -- R Fitzgerald, C Quinn, R Burke, D McCrea, P English, N Megarity, S Doherty, T Samuel, C Motyer (capt), L Chadwick, K Shimmins, S Madeley, A White, J Lewis, A Malcolm, D Sturley, A Roberts, S Margetson.
Nicolas Roche finished an impressive third as he again displayed his eagerness to upstage the favourites in the third stage of Paris-Nice yesterday. In the dash for the line in Aurillac, Peter Sagan of Liquigas took his first world calendar win ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez and Roche. Daniel Martin finished 54th on a stage shortened because of snow.
Conor Niland yesterday beat Turkey's top player Marsel Ilhan for the second time in four days, following up his Davis Cup trouncing by winning 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7/4) in the first round of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Sarajevo.