Thursday 22 February 2018

Haye's Klitschko dreams frustrated

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David Haye's hopes of facing one of the Klitschko brothers before the end of the year are effectively over after the Ukrainian heavyweight champions lined up other opponents.

After former world champion Shannon Briggs claimed on Thursday he will take on WBC champion Vitali, the Klitschkos revealed yesterday IBF/WBO holder Wladimir will meet Samuel Peter in a rematch.

Last year, Haye's negotiations about a fight with Vitali fell through and a back injury forced him out of a bout with Wladimir.

He managed to wrest the WBA title from Nikolay Valuev before setting his sights on a clash with one of the brothers this year.

Haye and his manager-trainer Adam Booth have been unable to reach an agreement with the Klitschko camp, with one major issue believed to be television rights in the siblings' adopted homeland of Germany.

Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara dug in for a resolute 42 not out as the second Test against India petered out to a tame draw yesterday.

As the game headed to an inevitable draw, play was called off an hour before the scheduled end with the hosts on 129-3 in response to the Indian first-inning lead of 65.

Before the tea break, India had bagged three wickets -- Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana and Mahela Jayawardene -- to give the hosts a minor scare, but Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera negotiated the entirety of the final session with relative ease.

Andy Murray survived a wobble to beat Tim Smyczek 6-1 4-6 6-2 and book his place in the Farmers Classic quarter-finals in Los Angeles.

In his first event since Wimbledon -- and first since splitting with coach Miles Maclagan earlier this week -- the Scot showed signs of rustiness.

He struggled with his serve as he lost the second set before composing himself to seal victory in the third.

Murray will face Colombia's Alejandro Falla for a place in the semi-finals.

GREYSTONES' Ciaran Fitzgerald closed the door on his junior world ranking tournament career in style when he won the ITF U-18 Grade 5 event at the Rushbrooke Club in Cobh.

Top seed Fitzgerald left no doubt about his superiority in yesterday's final, overwhelming Cypriot opponent Photos Photiades 6-1 6-3.

Fitzgerald managed to break Photiades twice in the opening set, and an early break in the second set meant that the writing was on the wall for the visiting player.

The girls singles competition may have showcased a star of the future.

Unseeded French player Oceane Dodin, who defeated Britain's No 2 seed Pippa Horn 6-2 7-6 (7/4) in the final, and Ireland's Sinead Lohan in the semi-finals, won't be 14 until next October.

Irish Independent

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