IRISH CHAMPION Paddy Barnes can secure at least bronze and a measure of revenge for his team-mate Michael Conlon at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi today.
The reigning Euro champ and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist meets Australian light-flyweight Andrew Moloney in the quarter-finals -- 48 hours after Moloney's twin brother Jason eliminated Conlon on a count-back following a 10-10 draw.
Meanwhile, Darren O'Neill, a silver medal winner at the 2010 European Championships, will wear the light-heavyweight vest on the Irish Elite team for the Ostrava Grand Prix in the Czech Republic. The Kilkenny middleweight moves from 75kg to 81kg in place of Ken Egan who is due to depart for the USA next week to take his place on the Miami team for the World Series of Boxing. Irish head coach Billy Walsh has confirmed a nine-man squad for the Czech tournament, which will take place between October 13 and 17.
Elsewhere, a Pre Elite squad has been named for the Tammer Multi Nations in Tampere, Finland, between October 13 and 18. EU champ David Oliver Joyce, ex-EU champ Roy Sheahan, Declan Geraghty, Ryan Lindberg and 2008 European bronze medalist Ross Hickey make up the five-man Irish team for Finland.
Mageean claims 10th spot on senior debut
Down teenager Ciara Mageean was 10th in the Commonwealth Games 1,500m final in Delhi yesterday, in a time of 4:10.85.
A silver medallist at the World Juniors this summer, these championships in Delhi are the Portaferry 18-year-old's first senior tournament and she was always going to struggle in such an experienced field, from which Kenya's Olympic champion Nancy Jebet Lan'gat took gold in 4:05.26, ahead of New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin (4:05.97) and Scotland's Stephanie Twell (4:06.15).
Taylor battles back in classic
Phil Taylor came back from the dead to defeat Gary Anderson and reach the semi-finals in a classic at the World Grand Prix at Citywest last night. Roared on by the partisan Dublin crowd the Scottish star led 3-2 and the 'Power' looked in trouble. But he settled his nerves and stormed back, winning the last two sets 3-0 and finishing on a double six to secure a place against Adrian Lewis.
In the other quarter-finals, Raymond van Barneveld 's maintained his quest for a third consecutive final as he cruised past Barrie Bates with a 4-1 victory. He raced into a 3-0 lead but Welshman Bates took the fourth to give himself a chance. But Van Barneveld hammered home his advantage in the fifth set, wiping the board en route to a 3-0 win -- finishing on a double 10. He will play England's James Wade in a battle between the world's second and third-best players in tonight's clash.