RUGBY: Ulster have rejected an accusation from Stade Francais president Max Guazzini that Stephen Ferris changed his evidence before the ERC disciplinary appeal panel that upheld scrum-half Julien Dupuy's ban for eye-gouging.
"We believe that Stephen Ferris has maintained a consistent version of events throughout the hearings," said Ulster's operations manager, David Humphreys. "The ERC has made its decision and, as a result, Ulster Rugby considers the matter closed and will be making no further comment."
Dupuy's 24-week ban was cut by one week at an appeal.
Rocket is unhappy
SNOOKER: Ronnie O'Sullivan was again underwhelmed with his performance after beating Peter Ebdon 6-3 in the Masters quarters.
There appeared little to be unhappy with early on as the Essex potter raced into a 4-0 lead in just over an hour, but O'Sullivan was unhappy with how he finished the contest.
"I would rather be 3-0 down and hit a bit of momentum than be 3-0 up and feel like I'm stalling," said O'Sullivan.
Lance eyes Ironman
CYCLING: Not satisfied with his comeback to top-level cycling, Lance Armstrong has set himself a new challenge -- to compete in the Hawaii Ironman.
Armstrong has targeted the 2011 or 2012 event in Kona, depending upon when his final Tour de France event will be.
Hatton rues camp
BOXING: Ricky Hatton claims a poor training camp left him feeling like a "man going to the gallows" on the night of his defeat to Manny Pacquiao.
"I was walking to the ring that night like a man going to the gallows. I was down on weight early, I was sparring a lot earlier than normal and consequently I peaked too soon," said Hatton.
Sainz nears victory
MOTOR RACING: Carlos Sainz won the 12th stage of the Dakar Rally to move closer to overall victory.
Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah, who remains his nearest rival, is five minutes 20 seconds behind with two stages remaining.
Pietersen 'is value'
CRICKET: Paul Collingwood believes Kevin Pietersen may yet be the man who helps them close out a famous series victory in South Africa -- despite his third successive single-figure score.
Collingwood said: "His way of playing is being an attacking batsman. Let's hope it comes off in the second innings."
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