| 4.1°C Dublin

Yates set to start again at Tinkoff

CYCLING: Sean Yates has admitted to disappointment at the way things ended for him at Team Sky in 2012, but he is feeling refreshed after a two-year absence from the WorldTour and excited to be "back in the big time" with Tinkoff-Saxo.

Yates, 54, added that while he did not "wish anyone ill", his job now was to ensure that his new team beat his old one.

Yates, who has been signed as a directeur-sportif for the Danish-Russian squad managed by Bjarne Riis and owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Tinkov, retired from professional cycling in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal in 2012 - citing ill-health and a desire to spend more time with his family. Yates and Dave Brailsford, Team Sky's general manager, denied at the time that his exit had anything to do with the team's 'zero-tolerance' policy over doping.

The American, Bobby Julich, and the Dutchman, Steven de Jongh, left Sky at around the same time after they admitted to doping in their careers, but Yates insisted that he could leave with his "head held high".

Speaking at the Tinkoff-Saxo winter training camp in Gran Canaria, Yates, who rode with and then later directed Lance Armstrong to the last of his seven - now rescinded - Tour de France titles, stood by his 2012 comments but admitted that the episode had left a sour taste. "I haven't said that much about it but obviously I was disappointed," he said. "That was then. I've moved on and I have really enjoyed the last two years. Being at home more."

Ex-champions

Terrell (75) dies

BOCING: Former heavyweight boxing champion Ernie Terrell, best known for his punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in the famed "What's My Name?" fight in 1967, has died at the age of 75.

Terrell beat Eddie Machen in 1965 to claim the vacant World Boxing Association heavyweight crown and successfully defended the title in his next two fights before losing it to Ali in a lop-sided bout on February 6, 1967.

The pair slugged it out over 15 rounds at the Astrodome in Houston where a fuming Ali made Terrell pay for refusing to call him by his adopted name, instead referring to his birth name of Cassius Clay.

In the build-up to the fight, Ali had promised "I'm gonna punish you" and in the ring he danced around his opponent with a flurry of jabs and punches while shouting out; "What's My Name?"


Privacy