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Ireland fail to make an early splash

Swimming: All four of Ireland's competitors failed to advance from their heats on the opening day of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

Barry Murphy, 28, has been hoping to progress to the 
semi-finals stage of the 100m, but he could only finish third.

The Irish record holder was upstaged in his heat by compatriot Nicholas Quinn, who clocked a personal best of one minute 2.11 seconds as he filled the runner-up berth.

Dan Sweeney claimed fourth in a lifetime best of 1:02.79.

Brendan Hyland finished seventh in the 50m butterfly.

Hyland returns to the pool this morning in the 200m freestyle, while Sycerika McMahon and Fiona Doyle will take to the water for the first time in heats of the 100m breaststroke.

Joyce: Pressure was on in Sofia

Boxing: David Oliver Joyce admits the pressure was on to win gold at the European Union Elite Championships in Sofia - but knew he had done the hard work in advance.

The St Michael's Athy lightweight added his latest medal to featherweight golds at this level in 2008 and 2009 by beating Otar Eranosyan of Georgia on Saturday.

"It's a tough tournament," Joyce said. "We knew going out there that there was a bit of pressure in this tournament to get another gold medal so it made it a little bit tougher going out there.

"I had four tough fights. I knew I had the fitness, and the hard work was put in in the gym. It's been a bit of a break so it's nice to get the gold medal back in Ireland again."

Broad left out for one-dayers

Cricket: Strike bowler Stuart Broad, one of the heroes of England's 3-1 test series victory against India, has been left out of a 15-man squad for the five one-day internationals between the two teams.

Broad, who played for England at The Oval despite having abroken nose and two black eyes following an injury sufferedduring the fourth test match in Manchester, will miss the seriesto have specialist examination and treatment of a chronic rightknee injury.


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