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Kearney fulfils Olympic dream

JUDO: Lisa Kearney (22) has become Ireland's latest Olympic qualifier and the first ever in women's judo.

The Belfast judoka, who weighs only seven-and-a-half stone, competes in the Under-48kg category and was knocked out in the second round of this week's European Championships in Russia.

But her two closest rivals were also beaten, which meant they can't overtake her in the rankings -- the top 14 in the world make the cut.

BOXING: Joe Ward will have a tense wait until at least May 20 to find out the decisions of the Tripartite Commission over invitation places for the Olympics.

The Irish southpaw was controversially beaten by Turkey's Bahram Muzaffer at the European AIBA Olympic qualifiers in Trabzon last week.

The IABA lodged an unsuccessful protest at the decision, but there is still an outside chance that Ward could get an invitation.

DARTS: Phil Taylor bounced back to winning ways in the McCoy's Premier League Darts with an 8-3 defeat of Simon Whitlock last night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Whitlock, aided by a 161 checkout, took a 3-1 lead in their clash but the 15-time world champion reeled off seven successive legs to ensure that he will end the regular season at the top of the league table.

PARALYMPICS: The Irish Paralympics movement have received a major boost as it has been revealed that Setanta Sports will broadcast the London Games live.

The channel will make 10-hours-a-day coverage available on 'freeview', which will give 1.3m households access to the Paralympics.