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Doherty faces Selby opener

Snooker: Ken Doherty will face a tough opening match in the World Championship after he was drawn against Masters champion Mark Selby in the first round.

Doherty, the 1997 world champion, booked his place in the Crucible showpiece by overcoming Joe Swail and Jimmy White in last week's qualifiers in Sheffield.

Fellow Irishman Fergal O'Brien plays Neil Robertson, while Mark Allen faces Tom Ford.

Three-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been handed a tricky tie against China's Liang Wenbo, while defending champion John Higgins faces Barry Hawkins.

Russian next for flawless Taylor

boxing: World lightweight champion Katie Taylor racked up her 42nd win in a row and her 63rd win in 64 outings with a 9-0 quarter-final verdict over Italian southpaw Marzia Davide at the Usti nad Labem Grand Prix in the Czech Republic.

However, her Irish team-mate Sinead Kavanagh bowed out of the tournament against Bulgarian Desisvala Lazarova.

Taylor, who has yet to concede a point in two bouts at the tournament, meets 2006 world bantamweight (54kg) champion Sofya Ochigava of Russia in today's 60kg semi-final.

Contador takes Paris-Nice lead

Cycling: Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador seized control of the Paris-Nice race when he snatched a solo win in the fourth stage to lead a Spanish 1-2-3 yesterday.

The Astana rider snatched the yellow jersey from German Jens Voigt and now leads Alejandro Valverde by 24 seconds.

Nicolas Roche failed to match the blistering pace, but still came home in 17th place. He moves up six places to 15th overall at 1.22. His cousin Daniel Martin is in 61st place at 5.50.

Cook fires a fifty

Cricket: Acting captain Alastair Cook struck an unbeaten half century as England made a strong start on the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh.

Cook was on 55 at lunch, with Jonathan Trott on 13 after England were surprisingly sent into bat after Bangladesh won the toss.

Debutant Michael Carberry (30) was the only wicket England lost in the opening session.

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