Tuesday 16 January 2018

In brief: Hook to face Boks as surgery put off


OSPREYS star James Hook will make a surprise appearance for Wales against South Africa on Saturday, but Shane Williams is out of that match and the tour to New Zealand.

Hook, who helped Ospreys beat Leinster in last Saturday's Magners League final, continues at centre alongside Jamie Roberts after pleading to play and delaying shoulder surgery, but he will not tour Down Under.

Williams also has shoulder problems, so Tom Prydie switches to the left wing, with Leigh Halfpenny on the right. Andy Powell returns to the bench following disciplinary action.


All-Ireland Senior Hardball champion Eoin Kennedy continues the defence of his crown this weekend when he takes on Limerick's Seamus O'Carroll.

O'Carroll is also set to feature for the Limerick senior footballers on Sunday as they take on Waterford in the Munster Championship.

O'Carroll had a 21-11, 21-19 win over Kerry's Dominick Lynch in his quarter-final game.

Dubliner Kennedy collected his 21st senior All-Ireland title last year. On the other side of the draw, No 2 seed Dessie Keegan faces fellow Ballaghaderreen man Vinnie Moran.


Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has confirmed that he will ride in this month's Tour de Suisse.

The 38-year-old American is using the race, from June 12-20, as part of his build-up to the Tour de France.

Armstrong's preparations for the Tour de France, which begins on July 3, were hampered when he crashed out of last month's Tour of California.


DAVIS CUP ace Barry King yesterday flattered to deceive in the opening round of the ITF Men's Futures event in Lanzarote.

Unseeded King gave himself hope of pulling off a shock victory when he took the first set on a tie-break in his match against No 3 seed Joao Sousa.

But from that point on, the 618-ranked Dubliner's game gradually unravelled, and this allowed 372-ranked Sousa to boss the rest of the contest before clinching a second-round place on a 6-7 6-2 6-1 scoreline.

King will be hoping to gain some consolation in the doubles, where he teams up with the USA's Ashwin Kumar.


England's selectors have recalled left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom for the second Test against Bangladesh after all-rounder Tim Bresnan was ruled out through injury.

Bresnan took four wickets in England's first-Test victory at Lord's but has been ruled out of the second and final Test, which starts on Friday at Old Trafford, with a stress fracture to his left foot.

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