In brief: O'Donovan and Kenny get call
Niall Kenny and Mark O'Donovan have been chosen as Ireland's lightweight men's doubles pair for the European Championships, which open today in Portugal.
The pair were part of the lightweight quad that won a stunning silver medal at the World U-23 championships in Belarus two months ago.
But they will be hard-pressed to reach the 'A' final alongside crews with the pedigree of Linus Lichtschlag and Lards Hartig, the Germans who took the silver medal at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne two months ago.
The second Irish crew in Portugal includes Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan, who are back together again for the first time since the first World Cup regatta of the season four months ago in Slovenia, where they reached the 'A' final.
FORMER Connacht coach Michael Bradley has returned to the game as technical assistant with All-Ireland League Division 2 side Midleton.
Terry Kingston is now director of rugby at the newly promoted east Cork club, replacing Hamish Adams, and he asked his former international team-mate and fellow Ireland captain to help out with the back line as they gear up for the new season.
"I know Terry a long time and was delighted to help out," said Bradley. "It's an excellent set-up and I expect to be working with them for around six weeks. It's good to keep my hand in."
Bradley was recently honoured with the Magners League Chairman's Award, recognising the work he put in over seven years work with Connacht.
Stephen Maguire and Mark Williams both crashed out of the Shanghai Masters to lower-ranked opponents yesterday.
World No 5 Maguire squandered a 3-2 lead to lose 5-3 to Mark Davis while Williams, ranked six, lost 5-4 to Graeme Dott.
Sam Barry went agonisingly close to clinching a place in the doubles quarter-finals in the US Junior Open in New York.
The Limerick player and New Zealand's Ben McLachlan were pipped by Brazilian duo Karue Sell and Bruno Semenzato 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 10-7.