| 5.3°C Dublin

McGinley back in Morocco Duddy targets Pavlik battle

GOLF: Paul McGinley finally returns to action at the Hassan Trophy in Morocco tomorrow after recovering from injury.

"I've been doing my utmost to get my game and fitness back, but I'm not going with any expectations this first week," said the 43-year-old former Ryder Cup star.

"There was a lot more damage than I thought and the knee's still not great. But I'm keen to get back, and with good physio and gym work the prognosis is quite good.

"My left kneecap has disintegrated quite a bit over the years and the cartilage is just about gone."

The original cause was a broken kneecap playing Gaelic football when he was 19, forcing him to focus on golf.

McGinley has not been named as a vice-captain for this October's Ryder Cup yet because he does not want to rule out the possibility of making the side again but, first steps first, he is just glad to be teeing off again.

McCann retains Taiwan lead

cycling: Irishman David McCann's lead in the Tour de Taiwan remains intact after yesterday's third stage.

McCann finished the day in 11th place for the Giant Asia outfit, eight seconds adrift of stage winner Takashi Miyazawa of the Japanese National Team.

There is a flurry of domestic activity today, with events in Dunboyne, Westport and Carrick-on-Suir.

Elsewhere, Alejandro Valverde has failed to clear his name after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a two-year suspension for a doping offence.

Duddy targets Pavlik battle

BOXING: Derry puncher John Duddy could get a world middleweight title fight against Kelly Pavlik, who holds the WBC and WBO belts, before the end of the year.

But first he may have to beat Mexican contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who has won all his 41 fights but who is suspended from action until late June after he took the banned drug furosemide.

NBA: Indiana 99 Charlotte 94, Detroit 101 Cleveland 113, Miami 76 San Antonio 88, New Jersey 84 Atlanta 108, Memphis 104 Chicago 97, Denver 97 Washington 87, Phoenix 152 Minnesota 114, Sacramento 99 LA Lakers 106