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Hockey: Brennan lift for Glenanne

Injury-ravaged Glenanne have international Joe Brennan back in harness as they struggle to retain their Leinster league title, WRITES David Medcalf.

But the classy defender limped his way through the midweek game against Railway Union, which ended in a 3-3 draw, in the wake of recent knee surgery.

Brennan, nevertheless, expects to be available once more for Saturday's key fixture against YMCA in Milltown as he seeks to retain his place in the Ireland squad.

While the return of Brennan may be a boost for the team from Tallaght, long-term injuries to Filip Jaros (ankle), Gary Shaw (groin) and Roland Rixon-Fuller (hamstring) leave them far short of full strength.

Meanwhile, Railway Union's Mark English is doomed to spend time on the sidelines after being red-card on Tuesday. The striker was sent off for shoving Glenanne player-coach Graham Shaw. Railway may rest him for Saturday's game with Three Rock Rovers in the hope of persuading the authorities to go easy on him.


Bernie Ecclestone has given organisers of next year's US Grand Prix another week to save the Texas race by proving they have the finances in place.

Ecclestone had wanted organisers to sign a contract by yesterday, but extended his deadline to next Wednesday when the World Motor Sport Council will ratify the 2012 calendar.

"The deadline hasn't been met, so we are still trying to make it happen," Ecclestone said. "They need to get some money and a pen -- as soon as possible."

Financial backers of the Austin, Texas race include billionaire businessman Red McCombs. The Circuit of the Americas officials have said they will pay Formula One's sanctioning fee, but a dispute over signing a final contract and the long-term financing has not been resolved.


Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich will find out in January whether he'll get a lifetime ban from cycling for links to doping.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has said it expects to rule "in approximately six weeks" on an appeal filed by the International Cycling Union.

Cycling's governing body challenged the Swiss Olympic committee which dropped an investigation into Ullrich's links with Operation Puerto, a 2006 Spanish probe into doping in sports.

Ullrich, the 1997 Tour winner, is German, but raced with a Swiss licence.

Irish Independent