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Egan eyes O'Sullivan record

BOXING: Jim O'Sullivan is keeping his fingers crossed that the final bell will toll on his unique status as the only Irish boxer to win 10 Irish senior titles at the Elite National Senior Men's Championships, which begin at the National Stadium this evening.

O'Sullivan claimed 10 Irish senior belts at light middle, light heavy and heavyweight between 1980 and 1990 boxing out of the St Patrick's club in Enniscorthy.

That record is under threat from Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan, who became the first Irish boxer in the history of the IABA to win nine senior titles in a row when he beat Tommy McCarthy in the 2009 light heavyweight final.

Egan, World Champion Katie Taylor, World and European Youth Champions Ray Moylette and Jason Quigley, John Joe Joyce, Darren O'Neill and Con Sheehan will be just some of the stars in action at the 2010 deciders.



Roddick into quarters again

TENNIS: Defending champion Andy Roddick reached the quarter-finals of the ATP Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis for the ninth successive year with a straight-sets victory over China's Yen-Hsun Lu.

The American triumphed 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 in his second-round match to set up a last-eight meeting with compatriot Sam Querrey.

Querrey, the eighth seed, encountered few problems in seeing off Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-4 6-0.

In the WTA Cellular South Cup, top-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova enjoyed a straight-sets passage to the semi-finals, but second seed Melanie Oudin and third seed Kaia Kanepi crashed out.

Cycling: The stage win and overall lead of the Tour of the Algarve went to HTC-Columbia's Andre Greipel yesterday after a punishing 207.5km in icy cold conditions from Sagres to Lagos. It was a bad day at the office for the Irish contingent of the An Post/Sean Kelly team, with David O'Loughlin and Ronan McLoughlin finishing over 18 minutes in arrears of the German Greipel.

Meanwhile, Tom Boonen sprinted to a narrow victory in the fifth stage of the Tour of Oman to close the gap on overall leader Daniele Bennati.

NBA: Cleveland 116 Denver 118 (OT), LA Lakers 86 Boston 87


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