Monday 18 December 2017

In Brief: Taylor expects tough battle

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World champion Katie Taylor believes that English lightweight Chantelle Cameron will provide tough opposition in tomorrow's European Union Championships semi-final in Katowice, Poland, WRITES Bernard O'Neill.

Taylor booked her ticket into the last four with a 16-5 verdict over Italy's Marzia Davide at the Spodek Sports Centre yesterday.

Northampton native Cameron beat Spain's Jennifer Miranda 19-9 to set up the bout with Taylor.

"I'm expecting a tough fight (against Cameron). She's beaten some good opponents out here and her confidence will be high," said Taylor, who is guaranteed at least bronze.

Ireland's Lynne McEnery, Dervla Duffy and Kelly Harrington will all be involved in last-eight duels today, McEnery meeting Lidia Boussaida of France this morning.

Duffy and Harrington will face the Polish pair of Sandra Kruk and Oliwia Lucak in this afternoon's session.

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Bahrain's Grand Prix organisers insist they are ready to host the postponed race this season.

The current season had been scheduled to begin with the Bahrain GP in March until political unrest led to the event being called off.

The race's inclusion in the 2011 calendar has been in doubt ever since and the World Motor Sport Council meet in Barcelona tomorrow to decide whether to reschedule it.

Zayed Rashid Al Zayani, chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, believes the race could be rescheduled around the nearby Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.

"Things have calmed down tremendously in Bahrain. Life is back to normal. We are happy to have the race anytime, really," he said.

Shaquille O'Neal, who played 19 seasons in the NBA, has announced his retirement.

O'Neal, who played for the Boston Celtics last season, won four titles -- three with the LA Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. He made the announcement in a video he posted on Twitter.

Elsewhere, LeBron James took the opening step towards winning his first championship by leading the Miami Heat to a 92-84 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in game one of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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