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McQuaid re-elected to Olympic council

CYCLING: Embattled International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid has been re-elected to serve on the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations Council (ASOIF), cycling's world governing body has announced.

McQuaid is seeking re-election for a third term as UCI president this year, despite his leadership coming under scrutiny, particularly in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

Following a ballot of 28 international federations in St Petersburg, the Irishman was successful in his bid to serve a second four-year term on the ASOIF Council.

"Thank you for placing your trust in me," International Olympic Committee member McQuaid said in a UCI statement.

"It is very important for cycling to be represented on these two bodies.

"One of the pioneering sports at the Olympic Games, cycling now has four disciplines on the Olympic programme and as president of the UCI I wish to continue our contribution to the Olympic movement, its values and all that it stands for."

Sergey Bubka (International Association of Athletics Federations) and International Boxing Association president Wu Ching-kuo took the two other available places.


More teams join Mercedes row

F1: A further three teams have criticised Mercedes for joining with Pirelli in what they believe was an illegal in-season test earlier this month.

Lotus, Force India and Marussia yesterday weighed into the debate over Mercedes' decision to join forces with the Italian tyre manufacturer for a 1,000km test at the Circuit de Catalunya between May 15 and 17, three days after the Spanish Grand Prix.

Formula One's sporting regulations state only a two-year-old car piloted by a test driver can be used for such purposes, yet Mercedes employed their current model and regular drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Red Bull and Ferrari were the only teams to lodge a protest after news of the tyre test broke ahead of last Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, but support is now beginning to emerge from elsewhere in the paddock.


England wrap up Test series

CRICKET: Graeme Swann took six wickets and 10 in the match as England dodged the rain over Headingley to wrap-up a 247-run second Test victory over New Zealand yesterday and secure a 2-0 series triumph.

New Zealand were bowled out for 220 after surprisingly being asked to bat last in a game that appeared to be at England's mercy.

England's gameplan was nearly scuppered, though, by persistent light rain and delays.