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Lynagh able to leave hospital

RUGBY: Former Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh has been released from hospital, two weeks after suffering a stroke.

Lynagh, who won the World Cup with Australia in 1991, was admitted after complaining of blurred vision and headaches following a long-haul flight from London, where he now lives, to Brisbane.

He tweeted: “Almost exactly two weeks after my stroke, I have been released from hospital. A long way to go, but a big step in the right direction.”

Lynagh won 72 Test caps and retired from international rugby in 1995 as the world record points scorer with 911, a total which remains an Australian record. He scored the late winning try against Ireland in the 1991 World Cup quarter-finals at Lansdowne Road.

Criteria change for cricketers

CRICKET: The qualification period for cricketers born overseas to play for England has been extended from four to seven years, which could have a bearing on the Irish team.

The regulation will apply to all male cricketers who begin residence in England after their 18th birthday. For those who start to live in the country before they are 18, the period of qualification will be four years.

Meanwhile, Australia coach Mickey Arthur has thrown his support behind former captain Ricky Ponting’s bid to contest a fifth Ashes cricket series against England next year.

Katie leads Ireland to China

BOXING: Irish head coach Billy Walsh says that consistency of performance will be the key for Katie Taylor and the Irish women’s team at the AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in China.

Taylor, the current World lightweight champion, Cavan BC flyweight Ceire Smith and Drimnagh BC middleweight Sinead Kavanagh have been named in a three-strong Ireland squad for Asia.

The Irish squad depart on Thursday for the tournament which will yield places for London 2012.