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TENNIS: McGee nets spot in second round

Published 01/08/2011 | 05:00

IRELAND'S James McGee yesterday clinched a qualifying second round place in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Trani, Italy.

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The Irish Open champion saw off the challenge of Mexico's Cesar Ramirez in the outdoor clay-court tournament on a 7-6 (7/0) 7-5 margin.

Today, the 515-ranked Castleknock man takes on the No 6 seed, Brazil's 430-ranked Leonardo Kirche.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon hero Conor Niland's ranking of 173 is good enough to earn himself a place in the main draw of the outdoor hardcourt tournament.

Elsewhere, Tramore's Sinead Lohan captured the girls' singles titles in the ITF U-18 Circuit Grade 5 event at Dublin's Donnybrook Club

boxing

KEN EGAN'S Miami Gallos and his Irish team-mate John Joe Nevin's Paris United have been drawn in the same group in the World Series of Boxing.

Last season's format is to be dropped by world amateur boxing chiefs in which the WSB Championships was contested across three continental groups.

Instead, the 2011/12 championships will be contested across two Inter-continental groups comprising of six teams each.

The top four teams in each group will go through to the play-offs, with the top team in one group facing the fourth place team in the other group and the second place team in one group taking on the third place team in the other group.

The WSB season gloves off on November 11.

Motorsport

WATERFORD driver Craig Breen finished second at the World Rally Championship Academy Rally in Finland at the weekend.

The 20-year-old Irish star just 2.6 seconds behind winner Egon Kaur at the finish.

In front of a huge crowd at the first Irish Festival of Speed at Adare Manor, Co Limerick, Sylvie Mullins of Ballyvaughan snatched the lead on the final run from Hillclimb/Sprint champion Simon McKinley to win by just over half a second.

Northern Ireland's Eugene Laverty claimed two second places at the World Superbike Championships in Silverstone yesterday.

He lost top spot in both races to Carlos Checa, missing out in the opening race by three seconds. This win now tightens Checa's grip on the world title.

This is a boost to Laverty whose form improved over the weekend.

"I was going for a victory but two seconds will have to do. I have got to be happy. It was a better second race for me," he said.

However, Laverty is likely to be disappointed wishing to dedicate the result to his brother John who is in hospital owing to a high speed crash at Oultan.

"I wanted to win for my brother. Hopefully this has cheered him up a bit."

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