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McCloskey set for Khan bout

BOXING: Irish boxer Paul McCloskey looks to be the most likely candidate to challenge Britain's Amir Khan for his WBA world light-welterweight title as an agreement looks to be on course after weeks of wrangling about purses.

It is expected that an announcement on the fight will be made in the next 24 hours, with Manchester's MEN Arena the likely venue on April 16.

Cavan's Maguire takes lead in Amateur Open

GOLF: Leona Maguire set the pace to be the first-round leader of the Portuguese Ladies Amateur Open Championship in Aroeira yesterday.

The Cavan teenager, who started on the back nine, was four-under par at the turn and finished on a six-under 66 to lead by two shots from Karlijn Zaanen of the Netherlands.

Her sister, Lisa, shot 71.

Rocket targets speedy charge to shootout title

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan heads to Blackpool Tower looking to win £32,000 for an hour's work this weekend.

This weekend's Snooker Shootout in Blackpool is a 64-man tournament which will be contested on a one-frame knock-out basis, with each frame limited to 10 minutes. Players will be given just 20 seconds to play a shot in the first five minutes, coming down to 15 seconds per shot until time is up.

Contador to determine future after suspension

cycling: Alberto Contador will speak out for the first time since the Tour de France champion was handed a provisional one-year ban by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) for failing a doping test in last year's Tour.

The Spaniard may indicate whether he plans to follow through on his threat to quit cycling if the preliminary decision to suspend him stands.

The 28-year-old, who has denied using banned substances, did not train with his Saxo Bank team yesterday.

Exiles' Rautenbach handed stamping ban

RUGBY: London Irish prop Faan Rautenbach has been given a three-week ban for stamping on the head and shoulder of Munster flanker David Wallace.

Rautenbach was yellow-carded after the incident in Munster's Heineken Cup win at Thomond Park last weekend.

The subsequent citing was upheld with an initial suspension of five weeks reduced by two.

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