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Cook weighs up ODI future

CRICKET: Alastair Cook is considering his future as England's one-day international captain after his side lost the limited overs series against Australia with yesterday's seven-wicket thrashing in Sydney.

England's disastrous tour Down Under continued as they lost their third consecutive ODI after being whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes series.

"I think English cricket needs a little bit of a change," said Cook, who leads England in tests and the 50-over format.

"We'll talk over a lot of things. I think there will be some changes. We have kept losing games of cricket and I haven't been able to turn it around."

Doubles blow for Irish

BADMINTON: The Irish players bowed out of the men's doubles quarter-finals at the 2014 Swedish Open.

In the men's singles, 19-year-old Jonathan Dolan lost out in a close three-set match to home player Jacob Nilsson but had more success in the doubles, playing with partner Sam Magee.

The Irish had a good start, beating Americans Mathew Fogarty and Bjorn Seguin, 21-11 21-6. The pair followed up with a great win over Danes Niclas Nohr and Nikolaj Overgaard, 18-21 21-12 21-17, setting up a last-eight clash against the number three seeds, Dutch men Jelle Maas and Jacco Arends. But this proved to be one round too far as the Irish pair bowed out in two sets, 21-15 21-9.

BOXING: Current AIBA World Junior male and female champions Willie Donoghue and Ciara Ginty advanced to next Friday's Open Youth Championships finals following semi-final wins at Dublin's National Stadium at the weekend. Donoghue saw off the challenge of Thomas Mongan and Ginty edged out current European Union junior champion Amy Broadhurst on a split decision in a very tight lightweight decider.

CRICKET: Ireland Women pulled off a superb six wicket win against Pakistan in their Twenty20 International in Doha. Chasing 98, Ireland got home with two balls to spare thanks to an unbeaten 30 from Cecelia Joyce, who shared a vital partnership of 44 with twin sister Isobel (28).