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GAA world mourns after double tragedy


Barry Nash. Picture credit: Paul Mohan/ Sportsfile

Barry Nash. Picture credit: Paul Mohan/ Sportsfile

Barry Nash. Picture credit: Paul Mohan/ Sportsfile

GAELIC GAMES: The GAA has extended its sympathies to the family of Limerick's Shane Hourigan who died tragically yesterday morning in a car accident.

The inter-county hurling referee, aged 40, was a member of St Mary's Seán Finns, Rathkeale Club and a member of the National Hurling Referee's panel for three years.

GAA President Liam O'Néill said: "It was with great regret that we learnt of the tragic loss of Shane following a car accident. He was regarded as one of the Association's most promising hurling referees and was highly respected by his peers.

"Our thoughts and prayers and those of the wider GAA membership are with his wife Marie, son Shane, mother Ellen, his immediate family and wide circle of friends at this sad time."

In another motor accident, 18-year-old Clare handballer Barry Nash (right) died on his way from his home in Clare to UCD in Dublin.

Munster Council chairman Robert Frost paid tribute to the two deceased men, saying: "It was with great sadness and shock that we heard of the sudden loss of Shane Hourigan and Barry Nash.

"Both made a great contribution to Cumann Lúthchleas Gael and their tragic deaths at such young ages are a huge loss to their families, friends and communities."

Fury and Chisora set for rematch

BOXING: Frank Warren hopes to stage a rematch between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora which would serve as a World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title eliminator.

Chisora and Fury are set to fight on the same bill at the Copper Box Arena on February 15. Chisora tops that bill after it was announced he will face American Kevin Johnson.

Fury will go up against Argentina's Gonzalo Omar Basile as part of the undercard.

Fury beat Chisora on points when the pair last met in July 2011 for the British and Commonwealth belt, but has been frustrated in his plans to fight David Haye, with two bouts against the former world champion, who has been advised to retire following shoulder surgery, falling through.

Warren had previously suggested Chisora and Fury could meet in June in an all-British clash, with Upton Park the preferred venue.

"They're the two best heavyweights in Europe, maybe the world, except for Wladimir Klitschko," he said.

Bailey ready for T20 challenge

CRICKET: Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey is confident his side will be ready for anything new England try to throw at them during the three-game series.

England's beleagured squad will be refreshed by four fresh faces for the series – three of whom have spent the past month playing in Australia's Big Bash League.

Alex Hales, Luke Wright and Michael Lumb have all enjoyed some rare English success Down Under this winter, but Bailey believes his side are prepared for them.

The Tasmanian is set to lean on Cameron White – who captains Wright at the Melbourne Stars – for information before tomorrow's opener in Hobart.

"We'll tap into that and hopefully most of our bowlers have seen, played with or against most of those guys," Bailey said.