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Taylor cruises into the last 16

BOXING: Ireland's leading Olympic medal hope Katie Taylor has won her last 32 bout comfortably to move one step closer to London.

The three-time world champion beat Tunisian Rim Juini 19-6 today at the AIBA World Women's Championships in Qinhuangdao, China.

Taylor must win a further four bouts to guarantee one of the three spots for European boxers at her weight division.

Gavin (17) wins Amateur

GOLF: Malahide CS student Gavin Moynihan etched his name on the Irish Amateur Open trophy alongside major winners Pádraig Harrington and Louis Oosthuizen yesterday when he produced a brilliant short game display and defied near gale force winds to clinch the title in dramatic fashion at Royal Dublin.

The 17-year-old closed with rounds of 76 and 75 to win by a stroke from 20-year-old Dutchman Robin Kind on seven over par 295.

Rheinisch's off to London

CANOEING: Eoin Rheinisch qualified for the Olympics Games for the third time at the weekend. The Dubliner finished 12th at the European Canoe Slalom Championships in Augsburg to take the first of two Olympic qualification places available to countries who had not already qualified.

Pozzovivo pinches stage

CYCLING: Domenico Pozzovivo of Colnago produced an inspired final climb to win stage eight of the Giro d'Italia at Lago Laceno, reaching the line 23 seconds clear of nearest rival Benat Intxausti of the Movistar team. Canadian Ryder Hesjedal retained the pink jersey.

Philip Lavery, meanwhile, of Node 4 held out by four seconds to land the Shay Elliott Memorial after 140km of racing in Co Wicklow.

Santos seals Madeira title

GOLF: Ricardo Santos shot a spectacular closing 63 to give Portugal their first European Tour win for 20 years. The 29-year-old turned a four-stroke deficit into a stunning four-shot victory on home soil at the Madeira Islands Open.

Federer conquers Madrid

tennis: Roger Federer left a lasting impression on the Madrid Open's controversial blue claycourt when he ground out a thrilling 3-6 7-5 7-5 victory over Czech Tomas Berdych to match Rafa Nadal's record of 20 Masters titles and replace his great rival as world number two.

UCD crowned champions

HOCKEY: UCD claimed the title of Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup Champions today with a 3-2 win over Loreto at Belfield yesterday. In the men's final, Cork Harlequins beat Railway Union 4-3.

NBA play-offs: Memphis 72 LA Clippers 82 (LA Clippers win the best-of-seven series by 4-3), Miami 95 Indiana 86 (Miami lead the best-of-seven series by 1-0).


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