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Khan 'mystery man' comes under fire


Amir Khan's trainer Freddie Roach claims he knows the 'mystery man' seen at ringside during the Briton's controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson last month, and does not believe he is an International Boxing Federation (IBF) official.

Richard Schaefer, chief executive officer of Golden Boy Promotions, said yesterday the man had been identified as Mustafa Ameen, an IBF official who was given accreditation for the fight.

But Roach says he knows Ameen and that he'd no need to be ringside. "(Ameen) has no credentials; he's not a member of any boxing organisation," Roach said. "There's no reason for him to be at ringside."

EUROPEAN Youth bronze medalist Joe Fitzpatrick advanced to the semi-finals of the Open Youth Competition at Dublin's National Stadium yesterday.

The Belfast flyweight recorded an inside-the-distance win over Sammy Joe Gavin.

Riverstown BC duo David Roche and Eugene Brady also claimed victories yesterday, as did Canal BC flyweight Kurt Walker over Kieran Kenny.


Marion Hughes finished second with Heritage Fortuna in the World Cup Grand Prix in Dubai on Saturday.

The Kilkenny-born rider was pipped by Saudi Arabia's Abdullah Al Sharbatly, who was more than three seconds quicker in the jump-off.

Sharbatly clinched victory riding the Irish-bred Larkhill Cruiser, which previously enjoyed a superb career in speed classes with Ireland's John Floody and Cian O'Connor.


England's batsmen struggled on the second day of their three-day warm-up game against an ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI in Dubai.

Alastair Cook (76) was the only player to pass 20 against the ICC XI's pace attack, led by Afghanistan's Hamid Hassan (2-26) and Ireland's Boyd Rankin (2-49).

With England reeling on 185-8 -- 96 behind on first innings -- captain Andrew Strauss declared. The ICC XI lost early wickets but finished the day on 90-5, 186 ahead.


Defending champion Steven Ferguson increased his lead in the Hewison Trophy Autotest series by scoring his fifth win of the season in yesterday's Midland MC event in Longford, half a second ahead of Robin Lyons at the finish.

Alan Kilkenny had a masterful drive in MEC's Sporting Trial at Ashford to take his fifth win this season.


KILLESTER stunned UCC Demons in Cork with an 85-82 win. The DCU Saints beat UCD Marian to continue their recent good form.

Neptune secured a vital win over Belfast Star and UL Eagles edged a one-point win over Moycullen. In the Women's Superleague, UL kept their 100pc record going with a 57-46 win over Wildcats, while Glanmire earned an 82-60 away win at Ulster Rockets.

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