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McQuaid fails in president vote

CYCLING: Pat McQuaid suffered a blow in his campaign to be allowed stand for a third term as head of cycling's world governing body at the weekend when domestic cycling clubs voted against nominating him as a candidate in the forthcoming UCI presidential elections.

After an original decision to back McQuaid by Cycling Ireland's board members in April was deemed invalid due to a breach of federation rules, the Irish governing body bowed to pressure from domestic clubs to allow them to vote on the decision at Saturday's EGM at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin.

A total of 188 delegates from 60 Irish cycling clubs turned up and after an hour-long debate, 91 voted against the nomination and 74 voted for McQuaid.

Sharvin has fire in belly

GOLF: Cormac Sharvin was attempting to stay in dreamland as he teed up in the Amateur Championship today.

Just five days after becoming the shock winner of the Irish Close Championship, only five years after taking up the game, the Ardglass star will be determined to show that his success at Connemara was no flash in the plan over the Princes and Royal Cinque Ports links courses.

The Down man will hope to follow in the successful footsteps of another Northern Irishman, Alan Dunbar from Rathmore, who won this title at Troon a year ago.

Ireland have it all to do

CRICKET: Australia A ended the third day of their tour match against Ireland in the ascendancy. The hosts resume today on 51 for three and needing a further 250 for victory.

Following Australia A's overnight declaration, Paul Stirling hit his eighth century for Ireland. His innings was ended on 115 by Brad Haddin.

Ireland captain Kevin O'Brien declared on 186 for four – still 126 in arrears – in a move designed to take the game forward after Saturday's rain.

What followed was a big push by the Aussies, with opener Nic Maddinson smashing 113 from just 63 balls before skipper Haddin called off the carnage with the lead exactly 300.

James Shannon (11 not out) and Andrew White (2no) will be at the crease when play resumes today.

Costa wins Swiss title

CYCLING: Portugal's Rui Costa claimed the Tour of Switzerland for a second successive year after winning the final time trial stage in Flumserberg yesterday.