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Boxing: Sherman out of bout with Taylor

AMERICAN lightweight N'yteeyah Sherman has withdrawn from her clash with Katie Taylor in Waterford, WRITES BERNARD O'NEILL.

The Ohio puncher was slated to meet Taylor at the Dungarvan Sports Centre tomorrow but picked up a facial injury in training last Tuesday and has been ruled out.

Louisiana-born Liz Leddy, who boxes out of the Portland BC, replaces Sherman on tomorrow's card for the Peter Crotty Memorial Tournament.

Taylor also headlines against Leddy in a 15-bout St John's BC hosted show at the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork tonigh when she will be aiming for her 124th win from 131 outings since her first official bout in Dublin in 2001.

The weekend's double-header with Leddy will be Taylor's last competitive fights before the AIBA World Women's Championships and Olympic qualifiers in China in May.

Motorsport

India's Narain Karthikeyan has told Sebastian Vettel not to act like a "cry baby" after the Formula One champion called him a "cucumber" for causing a collision at last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel finished 11th and out of the points at Sepang after tangling with the HRT driver. The 24-year-old German, now sixth overall and 17 points off the lead, directed his anger at Karthikeyan.

"For a world champion to say things like that is really shameful," Karthikeyan said. "For a driver who has achieved so much to take out his frustrations on me is really sad. You don't expect a professional sportsman to be such a cry baby."

Snooker

World champion John Higgins suffered a second-round exit to Peter Ebdon at the China Open yesterday.

Higgins looked on course to progress when he led 3-1, but Ebdon battled back gamely to sneak through 5-4 in a closely fought final frame. Ebdon will meet Neil Robertson in the last eight after the Australian brushed aside Stephen Hendry 5-3.

Earlier, world number one Mark Selby withdrew from the tournament with a neck injury. Selby has had to concede his second-round match with Ding Junhui. Ding will next meet Ali Carter after the Englishman beat Lu Ning 5-1.

Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated Mark Williams 5-1 and Stephen Maguire edged out Ricky Walden 5-4. There were also wins for Judd Trump, who beat Stuart Bingham 5-3, and Stephen Lee who won by the same score against Graeme Dott.

Beach volleyball

The world governing volleyball federation, FIVB, has introduced new uniform guidelines for women's beach volleyball ahead of this year's London Olympics, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

Previously there were two uniform choices for female players -- a one-piece body suit or a bikini with a maximum side-width of 7cm.

Now, there are two extra choices. Players can wear shorts of a maximum length of 3cm above the knee and sleeved or sleeveless tops.

Irish Independent