Monday 20 November 2017

Baraclough signs new deal with Sligo

SLIGO ROVERS manager Ian Baraclough has ended speculation over his future by signing a new one-year deal, WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL.

The Englishman, who led the Bit O'Red to league success in his first season in charge and then followed it up with FAI Cup triumph this year, had been in discussions with the club in recent months and agreement was finally reached this week. His assistant Gary Stevens has also agreed in principle to stay on board for the 2014 campaign.

Baraclough is keen to get back into the game across the water at some stage, but is now looking to build on the work of the last two years.

Meanwhile, Athlone Town should make progress on the appointment of a new manager over the weekend.

Roddy Collins, a leading candidate for the Derry City job, will not be staying on in the Midlands after steering the club back to the top flight.

Former Drogheda United boss Mick Cooke and Mervue United boss Johnny Glynn are in the frame to replace him.

IRELAND'S young boxers blasted out a Black Sea semi-final hat-trick to guarantee the squad at least three silver medals at the European Junior Championships in Russia.

Dublin's Martin Stokes, Kildare's John Joyce and Galway's Frankie Cleary are through to today's finals after earning unanimous decisions in Anapa yesterday.

St Michael's Athy BC ace Joyce beat Hungary's Mark Kontrecz to set up today's 63kg final with Russia's Shakhin Aslanov.

Stokes went down under a left from Anatoly Zhirnov in the first round yesterday, but the Mulhuddart BC bantam responded magnificently to dominate the Russian in the final two frames.

England's Ryan Garner (Southampton ABC) awaits in today's 54kg decider.

Cleary, who boxes out of the Olympic BC, beat Azeri light-fly Umid Rustamov.

Normal order was restored for second practice ahead of the United States Grand Prix following a bizarre initial session. Fog and an antenna fault with the medical helicopter caused lengthy delays during the morning run, which was topped by Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel down in 18th.

Newly-crowned champion Vettel was back on top of the pile at the end of the afternoon outing, however, spearheading a one-two with team-mate Mark Webber. In Vettel's sights tomorrow is the prospect of setting a record for consecutive number of wins in one season, with the 26-year-old on a run of seven in a row.

Novak Djokovic got Serbia off to a flying start in their Davis Cup final with the Czech Republic in Belgrade.

Fresh from his ATP Finals win over Rafael Nadal in London, the Australian Open champion ploughed through Radek Stepanek 7-5 6-1 6-4 to give his nation first blood in the best-of-five tie.

Irish Independent

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