Friday 24 November 2017

In brief: Taylor and Dong to renew rivalry


Three-Time World lightweight champion Katie Taylor will meet China's Cheng Dong in a repeat of the 2010 and 2008 AIBA World finals in Wexford on Sunday night, WRITES Bernard O'Neill.

Taylor, who beat Dong in China in '08 and in Barbados in 2010, has been named in a 12-strong Irish squad to meet China at the Brandon House Hotel in Wexford on Sunday.

Both nations will also clash at the Dungarvan Sports Centre on Wednesday week and at the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday, March 25. Recently crowned Elite light-heavyweight champion Joe Ward will wear the Irish 81kg vest against Fenlong Meng in Sunday's meeting.

Nine of the Irish champions from last month's Elite Championships have been included in Sunday's squad.


Annika Sorenstam, the world's greatest female golfer, has linked up with the Irish Ladies Golfing Union to boost junior girls golf.

Sorenstam and 'Golf Digest Ireland' magazine are joint sponsors of the ILGU Junior Medal competition, and part of the prize for the winners is lunch with Annika.

Qualifying competitions will be played nationwide, with the top 60 qualifying for a final at Seapoint GC on August 23. For further details visit


Imrul Kayes scored an unbeaten half-century as Bangladesh kept their quarter-final hopes alive by crushing Holland by six wickets in their World Cup Group B match in Chittagong.

Opener Kayes scored 73 off 113 balls to complete Bangladesh's domination after their bowlers bundled out Holland for a paltry 160.

Pakistan secured their quarter-final berth with a seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in a rain-affected Group A clash at Kandy.

Two interruptions meant Pakistan were set a revised target of 162 in 38 overs, and World Cup debutant Asad Shafiq's unbeaten 78 off 97 balls -- backed by Mohammad Hafeez's 49 -- helped see them through.

Irish Independent

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