Magee 'devastated' by failed drug test
FORMER Irish Olympian and WBA interim super-middleweight champion Brian Magee's suspension is a warning to all athletes about unregulated sports supplements.
The Lisburn southpaw tested positive for Oxilofrine immediately after losing to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark last December. He had taken a supplement because of a stomach complaint in the build-up to the fight.
He has subsequently been hit with a six-month ban after testing positive. He avoided a two-year suspension after demonstrating that the substance was an unlabelled ingredient in a sports supplement he had taken.
The suspension has been backdated to January and so will be lifted next week, and the 38-year-old says he is taking legal representative after being forced to put his career on ice.
"After the fight the test came up positive. I was devastated, I didn't know what the hell was going on," said Magee. "We ended up getting all the vitamins tested ourselves and one of them came back contaminated.
"Once I knew I took an immediate suspension because I knew I was innocent and I wanted to cooperate fully and clear my name."
DUBLINER Colin O'Brien recovered from a mid-match wobble to nail down a second-round place in the FBD Irish Open at Fitzwilliam LTC.
The Malahide man rallied after dropping the second set to beat Italian Luca Serena 6-3 5-7 7-5 and set up a last-16 showdown against No 3 seed, Britain's Tom Farquharson.
In other first-round contests, home players Peter Bothwell, Julian Bradley and Robert Dudley all bowed out of the competition.
SYCERIKA McMAHON fears her funding could be cut as a result of not being eligible to compete in her main events, the 50m and 100m breaststroke, at next week's World Championships in Barcelona.
The London 2012 Olympian said that she was informed by Swim Ireland that she was unable to compete due to not having hit the FINA 'A' standard time between July 1 last year and July 1 this year.
McMahon had clocked the 'A' time when winning a silver medal at the European Long Course Championships last May and believed that was enough. The 18-year-old can only now compete in the 200m individual medley and 100m freestyle.
Ireland's Chris Bryan finished 16th at the Open Water 10km.
AUSTRALIAN bowler James Pattinson will take no further part in the Ashes after being diagnosed with a stress fracture of the lower back.
No replacement has been called up ahead of this week's warm-up game against Sussex. The likes of Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and the in-form Chadd Sayers could be called up from the Australia A squad playing in South Africa, while the selectors could opt to recall Mitchell Starc.