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McCabe stars in Irish victory

HOCKEY

Published 27/07/2011 | 05:00

Ireland made a great start to the INSEP Five Nations event in Paris yesterday as they saw off highly-rated Korea 5-1, writes David Medcalf.

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A couple of rare strikes from Spanish-based midfielder Geoff McCabe inside the opening six minutes set the ball rolling at Avenue de Tremblay. And the Irish were four up by the break, with Mikey Watt and Andy McConnell also scoring.

Korea rallied briefly and pulled one back on 42 minutes. However, Watt then claimed his second and Ireland's fifth. The Irish now face world No 1 side Australia today.

BOXING

MAYO'S Martin Conroy and Dublin's John Stokes are through to the quarter-finals of the AIBA World Junior Championships following wins in Astana, Kazakhstan yesterday.

Middleweight Conroy hammered Amir Elsaey of Egypt by a 23-5 score, and Stokes beat Scottish bantamweight Sam Ball 9-6.

He will now face Artem Melkonyan of Russia today, and Conroy meets German Dmitar Tilev. If both Irish boxers win this afternoon they will be guaranteed at least a bronze medal apiece.

Cavan flyweight John Nevin bowed out, losing 14-6 to Kumar Naveen of India.

cycling

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed that Alberto Contador's doping case, due to be heard next week, has again been rescheduled and will likely take place in November.

Contador learned in May that he would be free to defend his Tour de France title after the CAS announced the case would be heard after the race.

The Spaniard (28) is waiting to discover whether the CAS will overturn a Spanish cycling federation decision to clear him of any wrongdoing following a positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour.

equestrian

The Irish squad for the all-important Aga Khan Cup at next week's Discover Ireland Horse Show was announced yesterday evening by team manager Robert Splaine.

The Corkman has selected the team that put up a spirited performance to finish joint-second at the prestigious fixture in Aachen, along with rising star Nicola FitzGibbon.

Billy Twomey, Denis Lynch, Shane Sweetnam and Shane Breen were off the pace after the opening round at the German venue 12 days ago, but they rallied superbly second time out.

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