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Cricket: Joyce cleared to play for Ireland

The International Cricket Council confirmed that Ed Joyce has been granted special dispensation to participate in the World Cup next February.

However, the ICC has declined the request from Cricket Ireland to have Hamish Marshall cleared to take part, meaning he will not be eligible for his adopted country until the start of April.

Joyce said: "Playing for Ireland again is something I've given a lot of thought to over the past few years and to be given the opportunity to do so is fantastic."

Casey 'in sights'

BOXING: Ex-Irish senior champion Carl Frampton believes he has what it takes to best European super bantamweight champion Willie 'Big Bang' Casey.

Frampton watched Limerick's Casey win the vacant European belt against Paul Hyland and said: "I saw a few things (in Limerick) that I will work on in the gym, ways I think they can be exploited," said Frampton.

F1: Red Bull's owner Dietrich Mateschitz has stirred the pot ahead of Sunday's season finale in Abu Dhabi by saying he does not want his team to "manipulate things like Ferrari do".

Mateschitz is adamant his team will not impose team orders on Vettel, saying a decision is the German's alone.

TENNIS: David Nalbandian swept aside Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-1 at the Paris Masters to meet Andy Murray in round two.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Amy Bowtell reeled off two victories yesterday to clinch a main draw place in the ITF Women's Circuit event in Loughborough, England.

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