Thursday 22 February 2018

In Brief: No new winner for tainted Tour titles

Seven successive Tour de France races from 1999-2005 were officially declared without winners after the International Cycling Union (UCI) decided nobody would replace the disgraced Lance Armstrong as champion.

The decision, supported by Tour organisers, was widely expected given that so many riders finishing behind Armstrong, who was stripped of his titles and banned from the sport for life on Monday, have also been associated with doping offences.

The sport's governing body also called on the American and other disgraced riders to return prize money they had received and said it would set up a "fully independent external commission" to investigate allegations made against it over the Armstrong affair.

Armstrong was formally stripped of his seven titles on Monday when the UCI ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency's decision to ban the 41-year-old Texan for life and nullify his results from August 1998 onward.

"The management committee decided not to award victories to any other rider or upgrade other placings in any of the affected events," the UCI said in a statement.

HOCKEY

St Andrew's claimed their third All-Ireland Schoolboys championship with an impressive 3-1 victory over Wesley in Lisnagarvey.

Final-quarter goals from David Nolan and Lee Cole were decisive, thwarting Wesley's attempted comeback after Ian Stewart cancelled out Jordan Larmour's eighth-minute goal.

They were deserving winners, holding sway for much of the tie with Cole -- son of former Irish international Didi -- central to matters and skipper Mark Loughrey imperious at the back before his departure due to an injury.

St Andrews -- J Carr, M Loughrey, B Campbell, G Brown , J Henry, A Service, E Foy, L Cole, C Hynes, J Larmour, D Nolan Subs: R Hohn, W King, E Buttanshaw, A Bailey, R Couse.

Wesley -- L Micklem, N Pelow, D Winn, J Dayrmple, K Eickstedt, K Shimmins, I Stewart, D Williams J Roberts, D Walsh Subs: A Oglesby, J O'Donovan, D Shirley, S Ronan, S Dagg.

HANDBALL

World handball champion Paul Brady is still on course for a final rematch with American Luis Moreno after both men advanced to the semi-finals of the US Open in Los Angeles. Cavan man Brady started sluggishly in his quarter-final against former American No 1 Emmet Peixoto but, having been 9-8 down, he reeled off 13 successive points to win game one 21-9.

He powered through the second game 21-8 to seal his last-four place. Moreno easily defeated Minnesota's Andy Nett, whom he partnered to doubles glory at the Worlds.

Brady defeated Moreno 21-19, 21-10 in an epic World Championships final 10 days ago at CityWest and the pair are fancied to meet again for $10,000 in the final of this tournament tomorrow.

BOXING

THE International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) has lifted its ban on USA Boxing and all amateur boxing activity is now free to proceed.

AIBA banned USA Boxing for three months this week after its former president, Hal Adonis, made controversial statements to the 'New Yorker' magazine last May.

Adonis (75) was removed as president of USA Boxing after his comments but was retained on the board, a move that prompted AIBA's ban. However, following an appeal by USA Boxing, AIBA president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu lifted the sanction.

The two-year ban from all amateur boxing activities placed on Adonis remains.

Irish Independent

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