Thursday 19 October 2017

Taylor targets trio of warm-up bouts

BOXING

WORLD lightweight champion Katie Taylor will be aiming for a Euro hat-trick in her home town of Bray next month.

The European champion will meet Sandra Brugger of Switzerland, Cindy Orain of France and Ingrid Egner of Norway over three nights at the Royal Hotel in Bray on February 24, 25 and 26 as part of her preparations for the AIBA World Women's Championships in China in May.

Crucially, the World Championships, where Taylor will be aiming for her fourth gold medal in a row, will act as the only Olympic qualifier for female boxers.

Meanwhile, Taylor has scooped the 2011 Amateur Boxer of the Year award on the influential women's boxing website WBAN.

GAELIC FOOTBALL

Donegal legend Brian McEniff has formally joined the Louth backroom team as a selector, having helped out manager Peter Fitzpatrick in an informal role over the last two seasons.

Gerry Cumiskey will continue as a selector, while Declan Mussen remains on as trainer.

Louth are also expected to recruit Armagh's Johnny Murtagh, who plays his club football in Dublin, in the coming weeks on an inter-county transfer.

Cricket

English cricketers were last night granted a three-month amnesty to report corruption in the game.

The offer was made by the England and Wales Cricket Board after the former Essex fast bowler Mervyn Westfield pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe to bowl badly during a match in 2009.

Westfield faces a prison term when he is sentenced next month. In a last-minute change of plea at the Old Bailey in London yesterday, he admitted to receiving corrupt payments for an over he bowled in a Pro40 match against Durham at Chester-le-Street. The match was played in September 2009.

Since Westfield was first accused in 2010, he had steadfastly denied any wrongdoing. Westfield is accused of taking £6,000 to leak 12 runs in his first over in the match. It went for 10 but he received the money anyway.

He later boasted about the fix to a team-mate, Tony Palladino, who reported it and was scheduled to give evidence at the trial.

The details of the case will be outlined at the sentencing hearing next month.

Irish Independent

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