Sunday 25 February 2018

In brief: Quigley, Barnes sign up for Italia

BOXING

WORLD silver medallist Jason Quigley and two-time Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes are to fight for Italy in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

Finn Valley middleweight Quigley, ranked No 2 in the World by the International Boxing Association, has fought in the WSB in the past with the Los Angeles Matadors.

Both boxers are expected to feature in the Italia Thunder squad for next Friday's opening match away to Argentina.

Tennis

RAFAEL NADAL dashed Tomas Berdych's hopes at the ATP World Tour Finals with a win over the Czech that put Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka into the semi-finals.

The Spaniard had already qualified for the last four but in beating Berdych 6-4 1-6 6-3 he also sent Wawrinka through as Group A runner-up.

Wawrinka had earlier beaten already-eliminated Spaniard David Ferrer in three sets.

The hard-hitting Berdych pushed world No 1 Nadal hard throughout the match but faded at the end of the deciding set when he double-faulted twice in the eighth game to drop serve.

Nadal then completed victory after nearly two hours of engrossing action with a screaming forehand winner.

Cricket

A five-wicket haul from debutant Mohammed Shami helped India to wrap up a comprehensive victory over West Indies by an innings and 51 runs in Sachin Tendulkar's penultimate Test.

Ravi Ashwin had earlier completed his second Test century as India added 82 more runs to their overnight score to finish on 453.

Off-spinner Ashwin then chipped in with three wickets as the tourists collapsed from 101-1 to 168 all out in Kolkata.

Soccer

Spain have called up striker Diego Costa for the first time after he rejected his home country Brazil.

Costa (25) confirmed his wish to play for Spain last month and could make his debut against Equatorial Guinea or South Africa next week.

The Atletico Madrid striker has scored 13 goals in 12 La Liga appearances this season, and played for Brazil in friendlies against Russia and Italy in March.

Irish Independent

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