Sport in brief: Irish crown in Taylor's sights
Katie Taylor is looking to add a national title to her world and European crowns next month as she enters the Elite Irish Senior Championships for the first time.
Until this year, women were not admitted to the blue-riband event of Irish amateur boxing, which will be run at the National Stadium over three weekends from February 19.
Olympic medalists Ken Egan and Paddy Barnes will take part, as will World and European Youth champions Ray Moylette and Jason Quigley, and last year's World Senior Championships bronze medalist John Joe Nevin.
Egan is bidding for his 10th successive national title; 2008 Olympian John Joe Joyce moves up to welterweight.
"The Elite Championships will be the hardest to call in years," said Ireland coach Billy Walsh. "There is a lot of quality in all weights and there are three or four in some categories who will be there or thereabouts."
Oranmore hold out to secure hat-trick
Calasanctius Oranmore held off a valiant Abbeyfeale fightback to land a third straight U-19 A Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup title at the National Arena in Tallaght yesterday.
Eibhlis Dillon shot a series of three-pointers in the final quarter to keep the pressure on Calasanctius, who had surged into a 31-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
But Oranmore's experience showed, with Ciara Newell making some vital baskets in the closing stages.
However, Abbeyfeale did not leave the Arena empty-handed, with Lorraine Scanlon capturing the MVP award thanks to game-stats of 21 points and a phenomenal 27 rebounds.
Roche to make French return
Nicolas Roche kicks off his season in the five-day l'Etoile de Bessèges, which begins in France today.
The Irish Road Race champion has targeted a Tour de France stage win this year.
Also on the start-line will be the An Post/Sean Kelly Team, who had their first outing last Sunday in the GP Cycliste la Marseillaise in France. The team includes Irish pair of Paidi O'Brien and Conor McConvey.