Boxing: Nevin's future still up in the air
NEWS that John Joe Nevin has turned professional with Amir Khan may have been exaggerated.
Nevin, a silver medallist at the 2012 Olympics, was reported to have teamed up with Khan's stable. However, the Mullingar bantamweight admitted yesterday that he had signed nothing with Khan and that they were still in talks.
AIBA, the world governing body for amateur boxing, could be preparing an offer for Nevin in AIBA Professional Boxing (APB), which will be introduced next year.
APB boxers will be paid a salary and will retain their Olympic status. Under current rules, pro boxers are banned from the Olympic Games.
England now consider the Kevin Pietersen text affair "closed" after the board apologised to its South African counterparts.
ECB chief executive David Collier had said Pietersen was "provoked" by South African players into sending the text messages which led to his exclusion from the England side this summer.
Those remarks reignited a long-running controversy which overshadowed the season but, with Pietersen back in the fold, the ECB is keen to move on from the saga.
South Africa called for an apology following Collier's suggestions that the Proteas had used underhand tactics to unsettle Pietersen.
Now an attempt has been made to finally draw a line under the controversy, the process of restoring Pietersen to the side will continue.
Pietersen is due to start meeting senior players and management and could be added to the squad which travels to India later this month.
The Rugby League World Cup trophy has been put on display in Limerick as tournament officials visited Thomond Park to announce the ticket selling arrangements for the Ireland and Australia group game in 2013.
The home of Munster rugby will be the only Irish venue to host a match in next year's tournament, which is being hosted by Wales and England.
Thomond Park is amongst a list of 20 tournament venues -- it will host Ireland's clash with tournament favourites Australia on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in front of an expected global TV audience of over 20 million. The game is expected to deliver an additional €2m in revenue for the area.
Ireland's other group opponents are England and Fiji.
Alan Ryan got his rewards for hours of training in the sauna of a local hotel and in the heat of his attic when he took third place in the 45-49 age group for Ireland at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
Ryan finished the 3.8km swim, his weakest discipline in 1 hour 13 minutes, 121st in his division, but worked his way through the field in the 180km bike ride, finishing in just over five hours. He left enough in the tank to finish with a 3hr 10min marathon, completing the course in 9:33:34.