Sport in brief: O'Rourke praise for Irish efforts
IRISH boxing chiefs will honour some of their top amateur boxers at their annual awards night at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin this Friday.
One World and two European titles were claimed in 2009 -- and the entire nine-man Irish senior squad claimed medals and the team-of-the-tournament award at the EU Championships in Denmark.
John Joe Nevin, Katie Taylor, Joe Ward, Ken Egan, Jason Quigley and the Irish senior team grabbed the headlines throughout a year which IABA President, Dom O'Rourke, described as "outstanding".
"On Friday night we will celebrate those achievements, and everyone involved with Irish boxing is looking forward to celebrating another outstanding year," O'Rourke said.
IRELAND'S John Morrissey (17) suffered the second setback to his Australian Junior Open preparations in the space of six days, crashing out in the first round of the ITF U-18 Grade One Copa del Café in San Rafael, Costa Rica yesterday.
The Dubliner had his hopes of getting back on track after last week's third-round exit in the Casablanca Junior Cup in Mexico dashed by unseeded American Bjorn Fratangelo, 7-5 3-6 6-2.
At 188, Fratangelo is 136 places behind 52-ranked Morrissey in the world U-18 ladder but, like the Irish player, he made the third round of the Grade 'A' Eddie Herr tournament in early December.
The first Irish Championship of the new decade takes place in St Anne's Park Raheny on Sunday. The event is the national cyclo-cross championship and will be promoted by the Dublin City University Cycling Club.
The defending champion Robin Seymour of Team Worc has decided not to defend his title, citing personal reasons. Seymour has dominated cyclo cross in the last 18 years, winning 16 titles, and his absence leaves Roger Aiken, of the Banbridge CC, the favourite to land the title at St Anne's Park.
Australia's double world 400m hurdles champion Jana Rawlinson has had her breast implants removed to improve her chances of winning 2012 Olympic gold.
The 27-year-old, who is set to re-marry former British hurdler Chris Rawlinson, says the £7,000 surgically-enhanced breasts had affected her running.