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Ward ready to bounce back

BOXING: Irish light-heavyweight Joe Ward is relishing the chance to make his World Series of Boxing debut for the GB Lionhearts tomorrow after putting his professional ambitions on hold.

The 19-year-old Moate fighter was expected to move into the paid ranks after failing to qualify for the Olympics despite winning the 2011 European crown.

But Ward has instead joined compatriot John Joe Nevin in committing to the first season with the Lionhearts team, where he will join Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans and another Welshman, Andrew Selby.

Ward said: "Non-qualification, particularly in the circumstances, was a huge setback but the Olympic disappointment is behind me now and I am looking forward to the future with a lot of hope."

Horner going all out for Seb glory

F1: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner will going for broke this weekend to ensure Sebastian Vettel becomes a three-time world champion.

In holding a 13-point lead over Fernando Alonso going into the final race in Brazil, Vettel can finish as low as fourth and win the title, regardless of the 31-year-old Spaniard's finish.

"We have to approach this race as we have the previous 19," said Horner. "We have to go there, attack, and get the best out of ourselves, the car, the strategy, the drivers and reliability."

Irish name Kiwi Smith as coach

HOCKEY: New Zealander Darren Smith has been named as the new coach of the Ireland women's team. Smith spent six years as assistant coach with New Zealand men's team, who recently finished ninth at the Olympics.

The former Kiwi star played 212 games for New Zealand.

"I'm very honoured to be given the opportunity to work with the Green Army towards the Rio 2016 Olympics," Smith said.

Injured Finn will stay on India tour

CRICKET: Injured seamer Steven Finn could still feature on the Test tour of India after England opted against sending him home.

Finn will play no part in tomorrow's second Test due to an aggravation of the thigh complaint that kept him out of the series opener.

But scans offered some reason for hope and England now plan to play Finn in a three-day match for the England Performance Programme squad in Mumbai next week to test his fitness.


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