Wednesday 22 November 2017

Frampton could face Martinez wait


CARL FRAMPTON may have to wait until late next year for a world title shot if Kiko Martinez retains his IBF super-bantamweight crown in Spain tonight.

The Spaniard puts the IBF belt on the line against South Africa's Jeffrey Mathebula in Valenciana and, if he wins, Martinez will make a voluntary defence next summer ahead of a mandatory one in the autumn.

Frampton, who beat Martinez in Belfast last February, will be at ringside in Valenciana tonight along with his manager Barry McGuigan.


Paul McGinley has vowed not to cash in on his stint as Ryder Cup captain by writing a book detailing what goes on behind the scenes at Gleneagles.

Mark James and Paul Azinger are among the previous captains to have gone into print about their time in charge of Europe and the United States in 1999 and 2008 respectively, but McGinley will not follow suit.

"I want the players to know that what happens behind the scenes next year stays there and they can be free and open," McGinley said. "I won't write a book."


Angelo Mathews produced a captain's innings to lead Sri Lanka to a nail-biting two-wicket win in the second one-day international against Pakistan in Dubai.

Chasing 285 for victory, Sri Lanka got home with just two balls to spare to level the five-match series at 1-1 heading into game three in Sharjah.

Mathews' 47 runs off 44 deliveries was enough to get his side over the line after Kumar Sangakkara (58) and Dinesh Chandimal (44) had laid the groundwork.

Sri Lanka's balanced batting performance proved enough for victory despite Ahmed Shehzad hitting a century as Pakistan racked up 284-4 from their 50 overs.


Shivnarine Chanderpaul has become the sixth highest run-scorer in Test history after posting an unbeaten 122 against New Zealand in Hamilton.

The West Indies batsman has now scored 11,199 runs in 153 Test appearances, overtaking Allan Border's 11,174.

New Zealand ended the second day in Hamilton on 156-3 after West Indies were bowled out for 367.

Irish Independent

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