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Nevin pro talk is premature

BOXING: News that John Joe Nevin has turned professional with Amir Khan may have been exaggerated.

NEVIN, a silver medallist at the 2012 Olympics, was reported to have teamed up with Khan's stable. But the Mullingar bantamweight admitted he had signed nothing with Khan and that they were still in talks.

AIBA, the world governing body for amateur boxing, could be preparing an offer for him in AIBA Professional Boxing (APB), which will be introduced in 2013.

Radcliffe loses Lottery funding

ATHLETICS: Paula Radcliffe is determined to bounce back from the disappointment of losing her National Lottery support through UK Athletics.

The marathon world record holder admitted she expected to lose her place on the World Class Performance Programme for 2013 but has no plans to retire. The omission was the consequence of yet another summer of heartache as she missed London 2012 with a foot injury.

Pietersen row over

CRICKET: England consider the Kevin Pietersen text affair "closed" after the board apologised to its South African counterparts.

ECB chief executive David Collier had said Pietersen was "provoked" by South African players into sending the text messages which led to his exclusion from the England side.

Those remarks reignited a long-running controversy but, with Pietersen back in the fold, the ECB is keen to move on.

Trophy in Munster

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Rugby League World Cup trophy has been put on display in Limerick as tournament officials visited Thomond Park to announce the ticket selling arrangements for the Ireland and Australia group game in 2013.

The home of Munster rugby will be the only Irish venue to host a match in the tournament, with Ireland to play Australia on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

TRIATHLON: Alan Ryan got his rewards for hours of training in the sauna of a local hotel when he took third place in the 45-49 age group for Ireland at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Ryan finished the 3.8km swim in 1 hour 13 minutes and worked his way through the field in the 180km bike ride, finishing in just over five hours. He finished with a 3hr 10min marathon, to complete the course in 9:33:34.