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Burdis books spot at Euros SWIMMING: Backstroke specialist Karl Burdis, from Donaghmede, qualified for May’s European Senior Championships in Hungary thanks to his 100m backstroke final win at the Carlton Irish Long Course Championships last night.

Burdis stood out on day two of the championships at the National Aquatic Centre when he won the final in 55.90 ahead of Brian O’Sullivan (58.98) and |Colm Dowling (59.50).

The 22-year-old, who is based at the NAC High Performance unit, now has his sights on making the London 2012 mark at the Euros, which are being held in Debrecen.

As expected, the women’s 100m backstroke title went to 2008 Olympian Melanie Nocher in 1:01.92.

Williams ends role

F1: Frank Williams is to step down from the board of Williams Grand Prix Holdings at the end of the month.

Williams, 70 next month, has decided the time is right for him to consider his role within the team.

Williams is to hand over his position on the board |to daughter Claire, who becomes the new director of marketing and communications. Williams, however, will continue to work full-time as team principal and also retains his majority shareholding.

Skirt affair sorted

BOXING: Women boxers will be allowed to choose between wearing skirts or shorts on their Olympics debut in London this summer after a change of heart by the International Amateur Boxing Association, who had considered making skirts mandatory.

No Djok’ for Novak

TENNIS: World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a second-set fightback by fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic to reach the semis of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Djokovic broke his opponent’s serve twice to take the first set but Tipsarevic blasted back in the second and held |set-point to take the match into a decider before the favourite prevailed 6-1 7-6.

Rubens goes Indy

AUTO: Rubens Barrichello officially confirmed his switch to IndyCar. The 39-year-old was released by Williams at the end of last season to bring to an end his 19-year career in F1.

NBA: Oklahoma City 105 Orlando 102, Phoenix 104 Minnesota 95, LA Clippers 108 Sacramento 100, Miami 107 Portland 93.