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In brief: Maguire set to appeal ban

Jason Maguire will appeal against the seven-day ban that rules him out of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The Irish jockey was given two riding suspensions for breaking rules, while on board Cool Mission during yesterday's meeting at Doncaster.

Maguire, who was found guilty of marking the horse and for using his whip with excessive frequency, was due to ride the Donald McCain-trained Peddlers Cross at Cheltenham.


Shahid Afridi picked up five wickets as Pakistan thrashed Kenya by 205 runs in their World Cup Group A match in Hambantota.

Afridi returned the best World Cup figures by a Pakistan bowler with his spell of 5-16 off eight overs as Kenya were bundled out for 112 in 33.1 overs.

Leg spinner Afridi tore apart Kenya's middle and lower order after half-centuries from Misbah-ul-Haq, Younus Khan and the Akmal brothers helped Pakistan post 317 for seven.

Kenya's cricketing pedigree came into question once again as they bowled a world-record 37 wides and again failed to bat out their 50 overs.


The Ireland U-20 team to play Scotland in the Six Nations tomorrow shows a number of changes from that which lined out against France a fortnight ago.

Martin Moore comes back in to the front line to partner James Tracy and Niall Annett with Michael Kearney returning to the second-row to partner Daniel Qualter.

Shane Buckley has been promoted from the bench along with centre JJ Hanarahan, who both make their first start of the series.


Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at the Nou Camp until summer 2012.

The 40-year-old will have been at the helm of his boyhood club for four years by the time it expires.

Irish Independent