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Stokes leads medal charge

BOXING: Francie Stokes claimed his second win in 24 hours to guarantee Ireland at least a second bronze medal at the 10th European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa, Russia yesterday.

THE Derry teenager (Oak Leaf BC) registered an impressive 11-7 win over Rahim Pashayev of Azerbaijan to join Mayo's Nevan Fannon in the last-four.

Both boxers will meet Russian opponents in the semi-finals tomorrow. Overall, Ireland recorded six wins out of nine, with John Sweeney, James McGivern, Kieran Molloy, Bret McGinty and Michael Nevin also progressing.

Dunbar eyes top six

GOLF: British amateur champion Alan Dunbar led Ireland into action in Turkey today as they go in search of glory in the World Amateur Team Championships for the Eisenhower Trophy.

The trio of Dunbar, teenager Gavin Moynihan and Kevin Phelan will attempt to improve on the sixth-placed finish achieved by Ireland in the 2010 event in Buenos Aires.

No risk for Hamilton

F1: Lewis Hamilton insists his move to Mercedes is not a gamble, despite admitting he will not be fighting for the Formula One title in 2013.

Hamilton will leave McLaren after a 14-year partnership when he makes the move to join the German marque on a three-year contract at the end of 2012.

When asked if he felt he had taken a risk in joining Mercedes from 2013, Hamilton said: "I don't. Not really."


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