Tuesday 16 January 2018

Barnes to get Taylor ready for action

BOXING

KATIE TAYLOR will spar with Paddy Barnes in Bray on Saturday ahead of her battle with a former US marine at the Mansion House in Dublin.

Taylor is due to meet Melissa Parker on November 29 before she renews acquaintances with Finnish lightweight Mire Potkonen in Ballywaltrim 24 hours later.

The Bray card, which will feature Taylor's fellow London 2012 Olympian Adam Nolan, is sold out, but there are some tickets left for the Mansion House clash.

Rule-makers have acted to reduce the influence of the armchair police – but have stopped short of ridding the game of these vigilantes altogether.

The R&A and the United States Golf Association have announced that, from the beginning of next year, players will not be penalised if slow-motion replays show that their ball has moved when at rest, but that the "movement was not reasonably discernible to the naked eye at the time."

Scotland'S hopes of qualifying for the World Twenty20 finals were dented by a 92-run defeat by Kenya in Dubai.

It was the Scots' third defeat, having already lost to Bermuda and Afghanistan in the eight-team Group B, with their sole victory coming against Nepal.

Kenya reached 183-7, helped by Ragheb Aga's 52 not out off 25 balls. Scotland briefly threatened to chase the score but Kenya spinner Steve Tikolo (42) took four wickets for two runs in eight balls to wrap up the win.

Tikolo also impressed with the bat, crashing an 11-ball 20 as Kenya raced to 45-1 in the fourth over.

newport Gwent Dragons' teenage winger Hallam Amos will make his Wales debut against Tonga in Cardiff on Friday.

Amos (19) is one of 11 changes to the side that beat Argentina 40-6 last Saturday, with only Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Rhodri Jones and Justin Tipuric surviving.

James Hook and Lloyd Williams are paired at half-back, with Ian Evans coming in to the second-row and Andrew Coombs at blind-side flanker.

Ospreys' No 8 Ryan Jones will captain the side.

Hook is Gatland's third out-half of the autumn series – Rhys Priestland played in the defeat against South Africa and Dan Biggar started in the win over Argentina.

Irish Independent

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