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'Nevin should stay amateur'

BOXING: Billy Walsh has encouraged John Joe Nevin to turn down the chance to go professional and look to winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

WALSH is adamant the Olympic silver medallist would be better off staying amateur.

"For me no, he should stay amateur", the Ireland coach said.

"We have done really, really well over the last 10 years with the squad and managed to keep most of them amateur.

"Thanks to the funding from the Irish Sports Council they can stay amateur and train full-time.

"We have done well to hold onto them because of the system, and the boys have confidence in the system and the people that are around them."

Kohli hits 78no to beat Pakistan

CRICKET: Rising star Virat Kohli made an unbeaten 78 to lead India to an eight-wicket win over fierce rivals Pakistan in the World Twenty20 Super Eights.

Pakistan were dismissed for their lowest ever World Twenty20 total, 128, although it represented a recovery from 60 for five at halfway.

India lost Gautam Gambhir early but Kohli powered them home with three overs to spare.

Cronin wins third championship

MOTORSPORT: Keith Cronin won the British Rally Championship at the weekend for the third time, with a measured drive to third place in the final round, the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire.


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