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Gillick furious with Jackson

ATHLETICS: David Gillick hit out at Bershawn Jackson's "stupidity" after a clash with the American ended his dream of a medal in the 400m at the World Indoor Championships.

The Dubliner was disqualified for his part in the incident after trailing in fifth, with only Jackson behind him, and an appeal from Ireland team boss Patsy McGonagle was dismissed.

Gillick -- who went into the Doha final with high hopes of a medal having qualified second fastest -- was adamant that he had done nothing wrong, laying the blame firmly on Jackson.

"A gap appeared on the inside of Jackson and I went for that gap and he blatantly came across me," said Gillick. "He should be disqualified because that action by him forced me to completely chop my stride.

"I'm bitterly disappointed. Unfortunately, another athlete's stupidity cost me."

Meanwhile, Irish sprinter Claire Brady, bowed out of her 60m semi-final when she finished sixth in a time of 7.40 seconds.

Roche finishes 11th

CYCLING: A fourth-place finish in yesterday's seventh and last stage saw Ireland's Nicolas Roche climb to 11th in the overall standings of the Paris-Nice race.

Roche finished 1 minute, 23 seconds behind overall winner Alberto Contador, who pipped Alejandro Valverde to the title.

Manny retains title

BOXING: Manny Pacquiao easily defended his WBO welterweight title with a points win over Joshua Clottey in Dallas.

Pacquiao scored a 120-108, 119-109, 119-109 verdict.

Meanwhile, John Duddy moved a step closer to a major middleweight title fight with a points win over Michael Medina.

England are stifled

CRICKET: Bangladesh put the brakes on England's hopes of securing a win with a day left in the first Test as Junaid Siddique and Aftab Ahmed halted their progress on day four.

The hosts were set a huge target of 513 to win, but with the score on 90-2, Junaid (24 not out) and Aftab (25no) were proving harder to shift.

Fed stumbles on

TENNIS: Roger Federer made hard work of beating Victor Hanescu at the BNP Paribas Open, but made it into the third round.

Federer, who has twice won the title at Indian Wells, hit 39 unforced errors before emerging a 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 winner.

NBA: Milwaukee 98 Indiana 94, Cleveland 104 Boston 93, Miami 104 Philadelphia 91, Orlando 89 Charlotte 96, Oklahoma City 119 Utah 111, Phoenix 120 New Orleans 106, Portland 109 Toronto 98, Sacramento 114 Minnesota 100