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In brief: Morgan gets England call

WHILE Ed Joyce will be back in an Ireland jersey for next month's World Cup, Dubliner Eoin Morgan has been included in the English squad for the tournament.

Sussex star Joyce is back in the Ireland fold -- the Bray native opened the batting for England in the last World Cup.

Meanwhile, batsman Morgan -- who failed to make the Ashes team in the recent series win over Australia -- is likely to be England's emergency 'keeper should injury befall Matt Prior.

Albert van der Merwe was the big winner in Ireland's squad as coach Phil Simmons adopted a safety-first approach when naming his squad of 15 players, with injury-stricken Regan West a notable absentee.

The squad will travel to Dubai on January 28 for a training camp, and have warm-up games against New Zealand and Zimbabwe before their first Group A tie with Bangladesh on February 25.


JOHN DUDDY has admitted that a quote from former WBA world featherweight champ Barry McGuigan helped him make up his mind about retiring.

Derry middleweight Duddy shocked the boxing world on Tuesday by announcing that he is throwing in the towel -- and the New York-based fighter insists he won't be back.

Duddy was in line to collect a purse in excess of $100,000 to meet Andy Lee in Connecticut on March 12. But late on Tuesday evening he announced that he had lost his love for the game which saw him win 29 of 31 fights (18 KOs) since 2003.

"He (McGuigan) once said: 'Fighters are the first people to know when they should retire and the last to admit it.' I know that it's time for me to retire from boxing, and I'm admitting it," said Duddy.


IRELAND'S Colin O'Brien turned the form book upside down yesterday when he dumped out Britain's Richard Bloomfield in the ITF Futures event in Sheffield, WRITES Paddy Hickey.

Playing in his first world ranking tournament since November, the 614-ranked Dubliner sent 356-ranked Bloomfield, the No 5 seed, packing on an emphatic 6-3 6-2 scoreline in the first round.

The Malahide left-hander's reward for his success is a second-round clash today against British qualifier Liam Broady.

Dubliner Barry King failed to join O'Brien in the second round, the Knocklyon man losing 6-4 2-6 1-6 to France's Vincent Stouff.

Irish Independent