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HSI calls for Lynch meeting

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) yesterday issued a statement insisting that the governing body has made a significant effort to resolve the issues which have led top rider Denis Lynch to threaten to abandon the Irish show jumping team, writes LOUISE PARKES.

HSI also repeated its offer to meet with the Germany-based Tipperary man, which it said he had "repeatedly declined".

Earlier this week it was revealed that, due to issues, including his poor relationship with Irish chef d'equipe Robert Splaine, Lynch might now declare for Germany. However the 34-year-old rider later indicated that riding for Ireland remains his No 1 priority.

Lance Armstrong admits that age has finally caught up with him ahead of his final international race in Australia, but the 39-year-old is confident the future is bright for his Team RadioShack.

The American, who ends an illustrious international career at the Tour Down Under, said his team had taken on a new edge with the presence of Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen.

"I can't deny my age -- that is something that three years ago I perhaps thought I could deny, but I can't," he said.

"The addition of Robbie is the biggest change. We have never had a top sprinter."

Mark Allen overcame tournament favourite Neil Robertson 6-4 yesterday to seal a semi-final place at the Masters.

Allen made five half-centuries to the world champion's four in a match that lasted over three hours.

Robertson went 4-3 ahead, but the Antrim native drew level in the next and then compiled a composed break of 75 to move within one frame of victory, which he completed in impressive style.

PAUL McCLOSKEY'S coach John Breen is confident a fight between his man and WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan will happen.

Unbeaten Derry southpaw McCloskey, the reigning European champion, is top of the queue to face the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in Manchester on April 16.

"Paul wants the fight and Khan wants the fight so I don't see any reason why it won't happen," said Breen.

Meanwhile, John Joe Nevin remains unbeaten in the World Series of Boxing after racking up his third win in a row for Paris United against Milan last night.

Irish Independent