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Crash blocks Cav sprint bid

CYCLING: Mark Cavendish was unable to contest the finale of the opening stage of the Tour of Denmark as local rider Magnus Cort claimed victory.

The 180km first stage from Silkeborg to Varde featured a 10km finishing circuit and Cavendish, who won the 2011 world title in Copenhagen, was caught up in a crash involving his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team-mate Stijn Vandenbergh.

The Manxman was racing for the first time since the Tour de France, where he won two stages to take his overall tally to 25.

In the Tour of Poland, American Taylor Phinney triumphed on stage four. The 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins remained 49th, with three days left.


Irish in medal surge

BOXING: Ireland are guaranteed a record-equalling 10 bronze medals, at least, from the 2013 European Schoolboy Championships in Dublin.

Dublin's Paul Ryan and Sligo's Jordan Myres won their quarter-finals at the Citywest Hotel to improve Ireland's medal haul to 10. They join Barry McReynolds, Dominic Bradley, Sean Whelan, twins Jason and Jamie Harty, Leon Gallagher, Aaron McKenna and Jordan Joyce in tomorrow's semi-finals. Irish team manager Paddy Gallagher said: "Our boys won't be content with bronze."


Ward exits with win

GOLF: Louthman Simon Ward bade a winning farewell to the amateur ranks after holding off Kilkenny's Paul O'Hara to win a gripping South of Ireland Open final on the first extra hole. It his second win at Lahinch, seven years after his maiden victory, and the 26-year-old now goes in search of fresh challenges in the professional ranks.


Bubka in drug call

ATHLETICS: IOC presidential candidate Sergei Bubka expects the body to approve sanctions for doping offences by athletes' entourages at a meeting of their executive board in August.

"It is clear, I am chair of the Entourage Commission and we are working right now for entourage sanctions," said the former Olympic pole vault gold medallist.


Jess out of Worlds

ATHLETICS: Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has withdrawn from the Great Britain team for the World Championships in Moscow with an Achilles injury.

The heptathlete has had the problem all season, although she did compete at the Anniversary Games at London's Olympic Stadium last weekend.


Pietersen fit to play

Cricket: Kevin Pietersen has been declared fit for the third Test at Old Trafford against Australia in an unchanged England team. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first.