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Ireland squad for UAE named

CRICKET: Ireland have selected a 15-man squad to tour the UAE from January 4-19. The tour will comprise four One-Day Internationals, two against both Afghanistan and Scotland, and is part of the final preparations for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

IRELAND ODI SQUAD for Dubai: W Porterfield (Captain) (Warwickshire), A Balbirnie (Middlesex), P Chase (Malahide), A Cusack (Clontarf), G Dockrell (Somerset), E Joyce (Sussex), A McBrine (Donemana), J Mooney (North County), T Murtagh (Middlesex), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Leicestershire), P Stirling (Middlesex), S Thompson (Eglinton), G Wilson (Surrey), C Young (Bready).

IAAF crisis deepens

athletics: The son of IAAF president Lamine Diack has stepped down from his activities with athletics' world governing body pending an investigation into allegations of a cover-up of systematic doping in Russia.

Papa Massata Diack, who works for the IAAF as a marketing consultant, joins Valentin Balakhnichev, the president of the Russian athletics federation and the IAAF's treasurer, in agreeing to step down. IAAF legal adviser Habib Cisse has also taken similar actio