Tuesday 23 January 2018

Athletics: Britain fights to ban cheats for life

The British Olympic Association (BOA) will take its fight to keep a lifetime ban for drugs cheats to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

The BOA is challenging the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) policy that the ban is "non-compliant" with its code. "We take a different view -- we believe it is about our selection policy," said BOA chairman Lord Moynihan.

Sprinter Dwain Chambers, who has served a ban, could compete at the 2012 London Olympics if the BOA loses. Both the BOA and Wada are looking for Cas to make a decision before the end of April 2012. The BOA imposes a lifetime Olympic ban on any British athlete banned for more than six months for a doping offence. However, the policy contradicts Wada's global anti-doping code.

RACING

Coolmore's various individuals and partnerships are responsible for 78 of the 442 yearlings revealed yesterday for the 2013 Epsom Derby. Andre Fabre's Pour Moi recorded a last-gasp victory in the famous Classic for the John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith axis in June.

A first French-trained winner of the race for 35 years, his success has prompted an increase in the number of Gallic nominees, with 48 of the initial entries based there.

Sheikh Mohammed's delegation of 43 is the biggest for a single owner, and includes a colt by Medaglia D'Oro, sire of the 2009 Preakness heroine Rachel Alexandra. The yearling, named Superfection, is a half-brother to last year's Kentucky Derby victor Super Saver, and cost €920,000 at Fasig-Tipton sales in August.

Jackie Bolger, wife of Jim, whose New Approach triumphed at Epsom in 2008, is responsible for eight entries, while the Aga Khan has 28 engaged in the Group One that will be worth at least €1.5m.

SCHOOLS' RUGBY

Centre Dan Casey put the finishing touches to a brave comeback by CBC Monkstown to ensure a replay of the Leinster Schools Junior League final against Roscrea after the score finished 15-15 at Templeville Road yesterday.

It had all looked so good for CBC early on when they jumped into a 10-0 lead through a try by full-back Sean O'Donnell and five points from the boot of out-half Ben Mahon.

Roscrea struck for a lightening try from No 8 Peter Gavin in their first attack of the second-half. The rampant Gavin pounced for his second in the 46th minute and with fly-half Tim Foley adding a conversion and a penalty, it was a long way back for CBC.

However, this was the signal for the Monkstown forwards to show their composure and discipline as they went through a multi-phase movement that concluded with Casey knifing over in the right corner in the 50th minute for levelling score.

Roscrea -- T Carroll; A Tynan, R Wharton, D Lavelle (capt), J Fox ( J Murphy 41); T Foley, R Ryan; J Buckley, R Nerney, D Nagle, C Carroll (M Jordan 35), S Meagher (C O'Lerary 51), D Kelly, M Keane, P Gavin.

CBC Monkstown -- S O'Donnell; D Spillane (A Proctor 51), D Casey, J Halwax (capt), S Sweeney; B Mahon, E McCabe; C Byrden (C Wade 51), V Law ( A Holmes 51), E O'Mahony, A Byrne ( D Keenan 51), J McAteer, M Hallam, T O'Callaghan, M McGrath.

Ref -- A Lynch (Leinster Branch).

Wing Simon Williams pulled his hamstring striking the winning points for Kilkenny to overcome Castleknock 15-14 in the Leinster Schools Senior League final at Donnybrook yesterday.

This was a tit-for-tat affair from the moment Kilkenny prop Shane Delahunt burst over for the first try in the 13th minute. Castleknock fly-half Robert Troy (two) and Williams kicked penalties to leave it 8-6 to Kilkenny at the break.

Castleknock replacement fly-half Eoin Hanlon slotted a penalty to take the lead. Then Darragh Henry created for full-back Eoghan Quinn to notch a Castleknock try on 52 minutes.

Kilkenny No 8 Ross Deacon powered over in the 64th minute and Williams' conversion slipped them into a one-point lead they held to the end.

Castleknock -- E Quinn; M Mellett, T Farrell (capt), D Sweeney, S McEntaggart; R Troy (E Hanlon 34), R Gleeson (D Henry h-t); J Fahy (M Bennett h-t), D Perry (K Scanlon h-t), O McKevitt, E Murphy, S Carroll, S Condon (N O'Riordan h-t), J O'Neill, P Nalty.

Kilkenny -- HR Thomas; T Bulfin, S Sterling, R Bailey-Kearney, S Williams; E Kelly, D Leybourne; G Condell (J Baker 60), R Foot, S Delahunt (capt), J Holland-Brennan, G Mullins (J Walsh 60), H Crowley (J Moynan 66), M Triggs, R Deacon.

Ref -- N Behan (Leinster Branch).

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