Monday 19 March 2018

Kavanagh aims for fireworks on debut

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IRISH prospect Jamie Kavanagh is planning to making a nuisance of himself at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night and is promising fireworks on his pro debut.

The Dubliner, who claimed silver at the 2008 AIBA World Youth Championships in Mexico, meets Tennessee-born Willie Ware at lightweight on the Amir Khan versus Paul Malignaggi undercard and Kavanagh wants to get off the mark with a bang.

"Making my debut at Madison Square Garden is a dream come true and the plan is to make the most of the occasion and to get my professional career off to a winning start," he said.

LOUK SORENSEN'S lengthy absence from tournament action proved his undoing as he crashed out of the ATP Challenger Tour Biella Open in Italy.

The Ireland Davis Cup ace, who was only playing his second match after a three-month lay-off due to a hamstring injury, lost out to Belgium's 216-ranked Yannick Mertens, who is placed 13 above the Irishman in the world rankings.

Sorensen started well, however, dropping only game in the opening set of the Turin clay event but 22-year-old Mertens levelled after a second-set tie-break, and he quickly asserted his authority in the decider to clinch a quarter-final place on a 1-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 scoreline.

France's Jerome Pineau won the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia as Vincenzo Nibali retained the race leader's pink jersey yesterday.

Pineau (QuickStep) was the victor on the 162km stage from Novara to Novi Ligure as a three-man breakaway held off the peloton until the finish after surging clear early on in the day.

France's Julien Fouchard (Cofidis) was second and Japan's Yukiya Arashiro (Bbox-Bouygues Telecom) third. Italy's Nibali (Liquigas), who took the maglia rosa with Wednesday's team time-trial win, remains 13 seconds clear of team-mate and compatriot Ivan Basso in the general classification standings.

England stormed into the final of the ICC World Twenty20 with a crushing seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia.

A potentially tight semi-final tussle never came to pass after England restricted their opponents to 128 for six -- and then knocked off that inadequate total with four overs to spare. Sri Lanka, who won the toss, paid for losing early wickets.

Pakistan or Australia will earn the right to face England on Sunday at Kensington Oval, when they meet in today's second semi-final.

Irish Independent

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