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In brief: McEwan named as Lee opponent

Boxing: UNBEATEN Scottish middleweight Craig McEwan has been named as Andy Lee's opponent for March 12.

Both men will clash on the undercard to the Sergio Martinez/Serhiy Dzinziruk fight at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.

Limerick southpaw Lee was slated to meet his fellow Irish middleweight John Duddy on the Connecticut card, but Duddy -- snubbing a $100,000-plus pay day -- announced that he was retiring this week. California- based McEwan has won 19 from 19 (10 KOs) going into the clash.

Lee has claimed 24 wins from 25 (18 KOs) and is hoping that a win in Connecticut will be the springboard to a world title shot this year. The Lee versus McEwan fight will also feature two star trainers as Emanuel Steward will be in Lee's corner and Freddie Roach in McEwan's.


England slipped to a 46-run loss in the second one-day international in Hobart after failing to chase down Australia's 230 all out.

Doug Bollinger did the majority of the damage with 4-28, including the key dismissals of Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen in successive balls, as England were bundled out for 184 in 44.5 overs.

Bollinger had earlier combined in a record ninth-wicket partnership, for an Australian pair, of 88 with Shaun Marsh (110), whose second one-day century proved decisive in a low-scoring encounter. Australia now lead 2-0 in the seven-game series.


American racer Cameron Meyer became the fourth overall leader of the Tour Down Under in as many stages after he claimed victory on the 124km course from Norwood to Strathalbyn.

Meyer was involved in a four-strong breakaway group and outsprinted Dutchmen Thomas de Gendt and Laurens Ten Dam to win the fourth stage, which was good enough to earn him a 10-second lead over Ten Dam in the overall standings.

American legend Lance Armstrong, competing in his final race outside the United States, was 85th over the fourth stage to sit 81st in the general classification.


Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas and American Boo Weekley share the lead after the second round of the Bob Hope Classic. Rookie Vegas, the first Venezuelan to play on the PGA Tour, added a 67 to his opening 64 to lie 13-under-par.

And he was joined at the top of the leaderboard by former Ryder Cup player Weekley, who added a 66 to his opening 65.

American duo Charles Howell and Chris Couch are a shot off the pace, with England's Brian Davis a shot further back on 11-under after a 66 on the Nicklaus Course at PGA West, one of four used for the 90-hole event.

Irish Independent