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Gold haul gives IABA due credit

The impressive form of Ireland's women boxers in the AIBA World Youth and Junior Championships where lightweight Ciara Ginty won Junior gold, welterweight Christina Desmond won Youth silver and light-flyweight Jacqui Lynch earned Junior bronze shouldn't have come as a major surprise.

The systems the AIBA and boxing clubs around the country have in place have been reaping huge dividends for Irish women boxers, as witnessed in the results from the EU Women's Championships during the summer when not alone did Katie Taylor make it five EU titles in a row, but 14 of her team-mates also earned medals including gold for Jacqui Lynch; GrĂ¡inne Gavin and Amy Broadhurst all taking Junior gold and gold for Christina O'Hara at Youth level.

Ciara Ginty won EU bronze then, so to step up to World gold so quickly has been particularly impressive. And for Christina Desmond to replace her EU bronze with World silver is equally laudable. It's proof that, despite criticism, the IABA is doing plenty right.

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With Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen set to join Fernando Alonso at Ferrari, teammate Romain Grosjean knows he has an opportunity to finally shed his F1 "black sheep" tag. Many still feel the French driver is too dangerous and immature. The question is will Lotus, who've been having cash-flow problems, make Grosjean their top driver?

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Preparing to host FIFA's 2022 World Cup, Qatar is building nine stadiums, an airport, a metro, highways and innumerable hotels. The country has imported more than 1million migrant labourers.

A fatal industrial accident demands an investigation of safety standards. In two months in Qatar this summer, 44 Nepalese workers died in work-related fatalities. Surely it's time for FIFA to reconsider their decision to stage the Finals there?

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Mayo legend Liam McHale seems to be in demand. Already I've heard his name mentioned in connection with at least two credible Leinster counties. But which two? Dublin isn't one of them ...

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is asking his players for a better performance in front of goal. And it's expected that the club's bosses will be asking fans for a better performance on the away trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. In the recent past the FA has been concerned that West Ham supporters have indulged in anti-Semitic chanting at Spurs' games. Joint-chairman David Sullivan says: "We have many Jewish supporters of our own. We hope a tiny minority of our supporters don't let us down."

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With a series of wins as caretaker boss that have lifted Carlisle United from third from bottom to 14th in League One, one-time Home Farm talent Graham Kavanagh has been named as manager. The former Ireland international is doing well.


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