IRELAND'S John Joe Nevin has gone back on top of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) bantamweight rankings following his win for Paris United over Milan's Vitaliy Volkov in Paris on Friday night.
The Irish senior champion beat the Ukrainian on a unanimous decision as United hammered the Italians 4-1 to move three points clear at the top of the WSB European Team Championships group after six matches.
Friday's win was the Cavan BC bantamweight's third victory from three outings in the WSB Team Championships, which will be decided over 12 matches.
The two top-ranked boxers in the bantamweight, lightweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight from the Team Championships qualify for the WSB Individual Championships, which has five Olympic places up for grabs.
If Nevin qualifies for the WSB Individual Championships then he will have to win just one fight to book his ticket for the 2012 Olympics.
MICKEY and Ciaran Tynan scored a commanding win in Co Monaghan MC's first Navigation Trial of the New Year, despite torrential rain over much of the 85-mile route based in Tydavnet.
In a high-scoring event, they were well clear of Garreth Beagan and Stephen Thornton, with former national champions Andy Mackarel and Liam Higgins in third place.
At Mondello Park, multiple Hewison Autotest champions Eddie Peterson and Eamonn Byrne took the top two positions in TDC's multi-venue event, driving a Mini and a Starlet respectively, with Piers MacFheorais beating Northern visitor Will Corry to third place from a bumper entry of 76.
TIPPERARY County Board officials were remaining tight-lipped last night on the sponsorship of their inter-county teams as the All-Ireland hurling champions began the 2011 competitive season without 'Enfer' on their jerseys.
As things stand, Tipperary are without an official sponsor and the players' shirts for yesterday's Waterford Crystal Cup match against Waterford IT in Clonmel were emblazoned simply with 'Tiobraid Árann' and not Enfer.