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Conlan eases into last eight

BOXING: Michael Conlan won his last-16 bantamwieght clash easily at the World Championships after another comfortable victory in Almaty.

The Belfast man won every round on the judges' cards against Mexico's Brian Gonzalez today. He will now face tenth seed Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Joe Ward and Seán McComb cruised through their second round bouts in Kazakhstan yesterday.

Ward outclassed Poland's Mateusz Tryc in a unanimous decision in his light-heavyweight contest. The Moate boxer will face Norbert Harcsa in the third round.

McComb registered a 30-27, 30-26, 30-26 unanimous decision against Gildas Bangana of the Central African Republic. McComb will face Azerbaijan's Elvin Isayev in his next bout tomorrow.



CYCLING: Martyn Irvine proved he has put his injury nightmares behind when he finished in third place in the omnium at the Track Cycling European Championships in the Netherlands yesterday.

The Irishman took bronze in the multi-round competition, winning the points race on Saturday before excelling in the concluding disciplines yesterday to secure a podium finish.

The event was won by the Russian rider Victor Manakov, with the Dutchman Tim Veldt netting silver. Irvine made history last February when he became the first Irishman in 117 years to win gold at the Track Cycling World Championships.



MOTORSPORTS: Ballymena's Eugene Laverty won both races in the World Superbike Championship in Jerez, Spain, to finish second overall in the riders standings behind England's Tom Sykes.

Sykes did just enough to take the championship as he finished behind Laverty (Aprilia) and the Gold Bet BMW of Italian Marco Melandri.



SHOWJUMPING : Tipperary's Shane Breen claimed third place and a cheque for €18,000 in a tense World Cup Qualifier in Helsinki yesterday which saw only eight of the 36 starters managing to achieve a clear first round.

Breen and his own ten year-old stallion Balloon navigated a stylish zero-penalty start and in the jump-off came home clear once more in a time of 37.14.



BOXING: Barry McGuigan will offer Spain's Kiko Martinez or South Africa's Jeffrey Mathebula "an awful lot of money" to defend the IBF world title against Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton in Belfast.

Martinez defends the IBF belt against Mathebula, the mandatory challenger, in Alicante in December and Frampton will be directly in line to meet the victor.