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In brief: Kenny hit with six-month ban

WEXFORD Youths defender Chris Kenny has received a six- month ban from the start of the Airtricity League season after testing positive for cannabis, WRITES Ruaidhri O'Connor.

The Irish Sports Council and the FAI yesterday confirmed that the 20-year-old underwent a urine test after his side's 1-0 First Division defeat to Cork City Foras on August 6 and was informed of his ban at an Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel hearing.

Kenny has 14 days to appeal the ban which will rule him out of action -- at any level -- until September.

Meanwhile, Stephen Bradley was yesterday confirmed as the latest addition to the St Pat's squad for the new season. He was released by Shamrock Rovers after helping them to win the league last season and will be a welcome addition to Pete Mahon's squad. The Saints also confirmed they have re-signed defender Neil Harney.

World No 1 Rafa Nadal suffered a rare second-set meltdown before recovering to beat plucky Slovakian Lukas Lacko and join rival Roger Federer in yesterday's Qatar Open quarter-finals.


Nadal, suffering from a fever this week, took the first set on a tie-break before collapsing in the second, where he won just 11 points.

The Spaniard recovered brightly at the start of the final set to race into a 4-0 lead, but dropped his serve for a fifth time in the match before closing out a 7-6 0-6 6-3 win. He will play Latvian fifth seed Ernests Gulbis for a place in the last-four.

Federer will face sixth seed Viktor Troicki in the last- eight after the Serbian eased past Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.


Wladimir Klitschko should feel ashamed of himself for opting to fight Dereck Chisora rather than set up a unification bout with David Haye, says to the latter's manager and trainer Adam Booth.

Haye, the WBA champion, has been engaged in protracted negotiations with the Ukrainian, who holds the IBF and WBO titles and is regarded as the world's best heavyweight as holder of the 'Ring' belt.

But Klitschko will instead honour his agreement to fight Haye's fellow Londoner Chisora, on April 30, after a stomach injury forced the champion to pull out of their proposed clash last month.

Booth said: "There were lots of people that know Wladimir really didn't want this fight yet. It's a shame. It's embarrassing for boxing that the unification fight isn't going to happen now."

Irish Independent