Thursday 19 October 2017

Welsh injury crisis for Gatland

Wales coach Warren Gatland is facing a Six Nations injury crisis after learning that Alun-Wyn Jones and Luke Charteris are poised to miss the tournament.

Jones, the 26-year-old Ospreys lock, and the 6ft 10in Newport-Gwent Dragons captain Charteris were Gatland's first-choice pairing as Wales reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in New Zealand.

However, the two are not only absent from Saturday's one-off Test against Australia at the Millennium Stadium, but face the likelihood of missing the Championship too.

It opens the door for two other Ospreys. Ian Evans will replace Jones to win his 17th cap, while Bradley Davies fills in for Charteris.



BOXING

David Haye, who announced his retirement last month, has been offered the chance to fight WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko next year.

"Team Klitschko is in negotiations with Haye and has made him an offer," a management official for the Ukrainian brothers said yesterday. "Now the ball is in Haye's court."

Haye, who lost his WBA world title to Vladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in July, quit boxing on his 31st birthday in October.

On Monday, Haye admitted a fight with Vitali was possible. "I haven't seen a contract but there are definitely talks going on," he said, adding a date in March was likely.

Vladimir, who holds the WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA belts, will take on former world cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeckon on December 10.

Vitali retained his WBC title in September with a technical knockout of Pole Tomasz Adamek in the 10th round.

CYCLING

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, who is awaiting the outcome of a doping appeal hearing, has confirmed he would compete in the London Olympics next year if possible.

The 28-year-old Contador, whose hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ended last week, was in the Danish capital for Team Saxo Bank's presentation of 29 riders for next season before heading to a training camp in Israel.

Asked if his main objective was to win next year's Tour de France, three-times Tour champion Contador said: "Yes... I know it is very difficult... but I will work very hard for this."

The Spaniard tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France, but was cleared by the Spanish federation (RFEC) last February, only for the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to appeal against the decision to the CAS.

Last week, sport's highest court finished the hearing and said a decision was not expected before the end of 2011.

Irish Independent

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