Wednesday 21 February 2018

Boxing: Medals in sight for Ireland team

KIERAN Molloy, Willie Donoghue and John Joyce joined Sean Conroy in the last-eight of the World Junior Championships after claiming wins in the Ukraine.

All four will be in action today knowing victory will guarantee at least bronze in Kiev. Molloy hammered out a unanimous decision over Korean lightweight Gangtai Kim and will meet Joshua McKay of Australia. Donoghue was in against Uzbekistani puncher Oybek Juraev and earned a split decision to set up a last-eight duel with Ukrainian light-fly Georgi Ivanov.

Joyce, who outclassed Cuba's Yoelvis Diaz on Tuesday, posted a unanimous decision over Sweden's Adam Chartoi and faces Korea's Byeonghee Jang this evening. Conroy secured a last-16 win on Tuesday and is in against Bakhronjon Fozilov of Uzbekistan.

Ryan Green, Lewis Crocker and Kevin Kehoe bowed out of the tournament following reversals to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

European Cycling Union vice president Harald Tiedemann Hansen feels Pat McQuaid will need a "sledge hammer" to defend himself in his bid to be re-elected president of the International Cycling Union.

The UCI Congress will vote for the world governing body's next president on September 27.

British Cycling president Brian Cookson is challenging McQuaid for the leadership of the international governing body in what is becoming an increasingly bitter election contest – and a process which is still in dispute after McQuaid failed to secure a nomination from either his home country, Ireland, or Switzerland, his current place of residence.

McQuaid now wants the UCI Congress to vote in a rule change to allow him to be nominated by Thailand and Morocco. On Tuesday, McQuaid issued a strongly-worded statement in response to corruption allegations.

Kimi Raikkonen will race for Ferrari next season in a two-year deal that takes the 2007 world champion back to the glamour team he left in 2009 and creates the strongest pairing in Formula One.

Ferrari said that the 33-year-old Finn, currently with Lotus, will replace Brazilian Felipe Massa alongside Spain's double world champion Fernando Alonso. Alonso, who has a contract to the end of 2016, had left little doubt that he would have been happy to continue with Massa and thanked the Brazilian for his support in their four years together.

Donabate's Ireland's Pat Doran, Pauline Walsh of Headfort and Canada's Diane Williams lead the field by one stroke after the first round of the Irish Senior Women's Open Strokeplay at Castlerock GC.

In appalling conditions, the trio braved the elements to shoot 79s – one stroke ahead of 2010 Champion Helen Jones (Royal Portrush), Gertie McMullen (The Island) and Marianne Towersey (USA).

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