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In brief: Thorpe admits legacy is on line

Ian Thorpe admits he risks tarnishing his legacy after deciding to resume his swimming career after a four-year lay-off.

Thorpe, who won nine Olympic medals, including five gold, before walking away from the sport at the age of 24 in 2006, announced his much-anticipated return at a chaotic press conference in Sydney yesterday.

The 28-year-old confirmed he has been back in training since September and is targeting a berth on the 100m and 200m freestyle relay teams at the 2012 London Games -- although he has not ruled out the individual events.

"I've had an almost flawless career and I put that at risk," Thorpe said. "There's things in swimming that I haven't done that I'd like to achieve.

"So that's the balancing act of where fear and motivation come in, and it's a great place to be -- on that edge -- when it comes to getting a performance out of yourself."


Dundalk Grammar became the first school to win the Leinster Senior Development Cup final for the second time by edging out Gorey Community School 7-3 at the ALSAA Groundsyesterday.

Gorey full-back Niall O'Brien struck a penalty for a 3-0 lead at the break that never looked enough with the strong wind. Sure enough, Dundalk hooker Laurence Steen burst over in the 43rd minute, with out-half Ultan Murphy converting.


Australia completed their highest ever run chase, meaning Jonathan Trott's career-best 137 proved to be in vain, as England suffered a morale-sapping two-wicket defeat in the sixth one-day international in Sydney.

Trott struck his second century of the series as England cast aside their recent batting woes to post 333-6. Dubliner Eoin Morgan hit a quickfire 21 off just 13 balls at the death.

But it was not enough as Australia, who were inspired by a 70-ball 82 from under-fire acting skipper Michael Clarke, completed a record chase on their home soil with four balls to spare and took a 5-1 lead in the series.


WORLD TITLE challenger Willie 'Big Bang' Casey was voted Boxer of the Year by Ireland's boxing writers at yesterday's National Boxing Awards at the Crumlin BC in Dublin.

Limerick-born Casey, who claimed European and Prizefighter titles last year, challenges Guillermo Rigondeaux for his WBA super-bantamweight title in Dublin on March 19.

Jamie 'The Nuisance' Kavanagh, a silver medal winner at the 2008 World Youth Championships, was named Prospect of the Year and his fellow Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald scooped the Irish Champion of the Year award.

Meanwhile, AIBA World Youth champion Joe Ward will meet James Corcoran in tomorrow's Irish Open Youth Championships light-heavyweight semi-final at the National Stadium in Dublin.

The winner will meet John McDonagh in Saturday's finals.

Irish Independent