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Thornton dedicates 64 to his baby boy

Golf: Simon Thornton dedicated his magnificent seven-under-par round of 64 to his new-born son after sealing his card for the 2012 European Tour international schedule with the best round of the final day at the Apulia San Domenico grand final.

The pressure had been on the Co Down player to secure any sort of European Tour card after a level-par third round of 71. But his star show on the final day -- earning him a share of sixth on 12-under, five behind winner Andrea Pavan -- secured Thornton (34) a top-15 place on the final Challenge Tour money list and his place on the main Tour.

"I'd like to dedicate that round to my son," he said. "I felt horrendous on Friday (with an illness), so to get through and get the card was great."

Nine Irish glove-up for Series business

BOXING: Nine Irishmen will compete in the new World Series of Boxing season which takes place in the Americas, Asia and Europe on Friday.

John Joe Nevin's Paris United, who claimed the inaugural WSB Team Championships last season, open their title defence against David Oliver Joyce's Istanbulls in Paris.

Dublin super-heavyweight Sean Turner and Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley have both signed for the Los Angeles Matadors.

Ken Egan's and Con Sheehan's Leipzig Leopards face Tyrone McCullagh's Mexico City on Saturday, and Willie McLaughlin's Milano Thunder are away to Patrick Gallagher's Mumbai Fighters.

Warne confirms Big Bash comeback

Cricket: Shane Warne's return from retirement has been confirmed after the Melbourne Stars announced the legendary leg-spinner will play for them in the inaugural Big Bash League.

The 42-year-old was presented at a packed press conference at the MCG after signing a one-year deal that will see him return to competitive action in his homeland for the first time in five years.

Swimming: Ian Thorpe's comeback bid suffered a setback today when he failed to qualify for the finals of the men's 100-meter freestyle and the 100 individual medley at a World Cup short course event.