Tuesday 16 January 2018

In brief: Lee camp confirm Duddy showdown

Boxing

ANDY LEE'S Detroit Kronk camp have officially confirmed that Lee will meet his fellow Irish middleweight John Duddy on March 12 at Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Both men are slated on the Sergio Martinez/Serhiy Dzinziruk undercard which will be shown live on American network HBO.

Limerick southpaw Lee said: "There has never been a better time for the fight. It is a fight were the stakes are high and that neither fighter can afford to lose; a defining moment in our careers."

Snooker

Graeme Dott tipped Ding Junhui to land his first Masters trophy after the Chinese cueman fired three centuries in a thumping Wembley win.

Scot Dott lost 6-2 to former finalist Ding in their quarter-final contest, as he failed to build on an opening-round shock win over John Higgins.

Ding made his centuries in a four-frame burst before the interval, and held himself together to see off last season's World Championship runner-up.

Victory over Mark Williams in the first round was followed by Ding saying he was growing comfortable with the surroundings at Wembley.

And Dott was full of praise, saying: "If Ding plays like that he can definitely win it."

Cricket

Twenty20 captain Paul Collingwood described Eoin Morgan as a "special talent" ahead of this morning's second clash with Australia in Melbourne.

While debutant Chris Woakes stole the limelight after holding his nerve to hit the winning run from the final ball, it was Morgan's composed 43 from 33 balls that formed the foundation of the chase.

The left-hander had spent the majority of the tour Down Under cooling his heels on the sidelines -- he had faced just 17 balls in two months -- but there was little sign of rustiness.

"Morgs has been superb in Twenty20 and one-day cricket," Collingwood said. "We probably keep leaving it up to him a bit too much if we are honest, but he showed his class again. He's been waiting in the wings, but when it comes to this form of the game he's a special talent."

Australia v England,

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Tennis

IRELAND'S Julia Moriarty yesterday suffered a surprise defeat in the ITF Women's Circuit in Glasgow.

Playing in her first tournament in Europe since last August in Finland, Australia-based Moriarty crashed out in the first round to British qualifier Lucy Browne on a 6-4 6-2 scoreline.

The Irish No 1 enjoyed a 243-place advantage in the world rankings on her opponent, at 755 to 998, but she struggled on her serve for most of the contest and was broken twice in the opening set and once in the second.

Irish Independent

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