Monday 18 December 2017

Cricket: Dropped Watson weighs up future

Australia vice-captain Shane Watson is considering his future after being one of four players dropped for the third Test against India – with skipper Michael Clarke suggesting the sanction was imposed for more than one breach of discipline.

Watson, along with James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson, was told he would not be considered for this week's must-win match in Mohali.

He later left the team hotel and flew home to be with his pregnant wife.

"Any time you are suspended from a Test match, unless you have done something unbelievably wrong – and obviously everyone knows what those rules are – I think it is very harsh," Watson said.

"In the end I have got to live with it. That is the decision they have made and at this point in time I am at a stage where I have to weigh up my future with what I want to do with my cricket in general."

Boxing

French lightweight champion Estelle Moselly will meet Katie Taylor in two bouts in an international double-header in May.

The Irish Elite side take on France at the Green Glen in Millstreet, Cork on May 3 and at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast 48 hours later. Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, Darren O'Neill and Adam Nolan will box in both internationals.

European senior and U-23 champions Joe Ward and Jason Quigley and Willie McLaughlin will also be in action.

Meanwhile, Barnes and Conlan are part of an eight-strong Irish male squad that depart for the Usti nad Labem Grand Prix in the Czech Republic today.

Cycling

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali has taken the overall lead from Chris Froome, while Peter Sagan won the penultimate stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race.

Nibali attacked on a dangerous downhill section during the rainy 209km leg (130-mile) that started and finished in Porto Sant'Elpidio. The Italian was joined by Sagan and Joachin Rodriguez for the final section and Sagan easily won the three-man sprint.

Nibali finished second and Rodriguez third, both two seconds behind. Nibali will take a 34-second lead over Froome into today's concluding 9.2-km individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.

Motorsport

For the second time inside a fortnight, Donegal cousins Declan and Brian Boyle scored a start-to-finish win, leading all the way in the Hotel Ballina/Kevin Kennedy Motors Mayo Stages Rally.

Their Impreza WRC finished the nine stages a commanding 89 seconds ahead of Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan, with these two crews a long way in front of their opposition, headed by the Escort of Russell Woods.

Irish Independent

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