GOLF: Pádraig Harrington sits four strokes off leader Ernie Els after finding his competitive edge in challenging conditions at the CA Championship in Miami.
After emerging from a howling gale on Thursday with an opening 70, Harrington's focus and short game were still sharp as he breezed into a tie for fifth on six-under.
Robert Allenby, Els' nearest rival on nine-under had yet another rollercoaster ride. After finishing his first round with four straight bogeys he swept into the lead with the first ever hole-in-one at the 232-yard 13th, fell back with a double-bogey six at 16, tied the lead again with an eagle three at the first, his 10th hole, but bogeyed his last hole.
Graeme McDowell finished his rain-interrupted round in style when he birdied his final two holes for a four-under-par 68, leaving him on two-under 142, while Rory McIlroy was five-over
BOXING: Katie Taylor's 42-bout unbeaten run was sensationally ended when she lost to former world champion Sofya Ochigava at the Usti nad Labem Gran Prix.
The Russian beat the Bray woman 8-1 in the semi-final, and the last time Taylor lost was to Turkish puncher Gulsum Tatar in Istanbul in May 2007.
Elsewhere, Irish champion Eric Donovan beat world lightweight champion Domenico Valentino 11-8 in last night's Ireland-versus-Italy clash in Dublin.
Ireland's World Youth champ Ray Moylette was also in top form, enjoying a 10-0 win over Vincenzo Manggiacapre.
Ireland sit 5-3 up with four bouts left and the two nations meet again tomorrow at the Donegal Celtic Club in Belfast.
Cook falls short
CRICKET: Skipper Alastair Cook fell short of a double century (173) but England remained in control of the first Test against Bangladesh, reaching 487-4 on day two in Chittagong.
Roche up to 13th
CYCLING: Nicolas Roche moved up to 13th place on the Paris-Nice leaderboard after yesterday's fifth stage to Aix-en-Provence.
Alberto Contador retained the yellow jersey.