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Nevin beaten in Lionhearts bout

Boxing: Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin lost to Serbia's Branimir Stankovic in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in Wales last night.

Nevin, boxing for the British Lionhearts, dropped a split decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-48) to the Italia Thunder lightweight at the Celtic Manor in Newport.

Nevin, who has moved up from bantamweight to lightweight for the WSB, beat Stankovic on a split decision lining out for Paris United in the WSB earlier this year.

But the Serb, who was trailing on points going into the fifth and final round, finished strong to exact sweet revenge.

Hatton eager to 'redeem'

BOXING: Ricky Hatton is determined not to let his emotions get the better of him when he returns to the boxing ring against Vyacheslav Senchenko tonight.

The 34-year-old's personal troubles since his last fight three and a half years ago have been well documented as battles with spiralling weight, drink, drugs and depression left him suicidal.

But over the last five months he has got himself back in shape, and a sell-out crowd will hope to see the victorious return of a local hero at Manchester Arena.

Hatton said: "It will be a very emotional night for me. I've got a few more things to think about this time -- how I let everyone down, how I disgraced myself. I'm here to redeem myself."

Panesar out to stall India

CRICKET: Spinner Monty Panesar hopes England can restrict India to a manageable first-innings total when play resumes in the second Test today.

The hosts ended Day 1 on 266-6, a position which seemed unlikely when Panesar's four-wicket haul reduced them to 169-6. But an unbroken 97-run partnership from in-form Cheteshwar Pujara (114 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (60 no) got India back on an even footing.

Having conceded a mammoth first-innings score in the opening Test, which ultimately led to their defeat, the tourists are keen to limit India's run-scoring in the morning.

Panesar said: "We must look to restrict them to maybe 100 runs and then we can see how things go for us."


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