Wednesday 21 March 2018

Doolin future up in the air

IRELAND'S U-19 European Championship elite stage qualifier against Israel in Poland tonight could be Paul Doolin's last game as manager.

The 49-year-old Dubliner's contract with the FAI expires in July and no negotiations on a possible extension have been held.

Meanwhile, Paul Scholes has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until the end of next season.

Scholes came out of retirement in January and produced a number of impressive displays as United finished second in the Premier League.


JOE WARD should know his Olympic fate over the next 12 days when the Tripartite Commission meet to distribute their invitation places for boxers for London 2012.

June 3 has been mentioned as the possible date for the Tripartite Commission meeting, although this could be pushed back to June 11.

Ward, the current European champion, was controversially beaten 18-15 by Turkey's Muzaffer Bahram in the final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers in Turkey in April.

Shockingly, a frame-by-frame analysis of the light-heavyweight bout found that Ward hit the target with 32 head shots and one body shot.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association and Pat Hickey of the Olympic Council of Ireland have been working behind the scenes on Ward's behalf since the controversial defeat.


British professional Joe Jogia has been suspended by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) pending the completion of a betting investigation.

Jogia withdrew from his Snooker Shoot-Out match against Matthew Selt in January due to a leg injury, shortly after a bookmaker reported the contest had been the subject of unusual betting patterns.

Irish Independent

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