Thursday 23 November 2017

Mixed bag for Irish in Youths

Current AIBA World Junior Champion Ciara Ginty
Current AIBA World Junior Champion Ciara Ginty

Boxing: Ireland won one and lost one at the 105-nation AIBA World Youth Championships and Olympic Youth qualifiers in Bulgaria.

European Junior champion Johnny Joyce eased past Egyptian welterweight Mohamed Hikal on a unanimous decision in Sofia.

But Wayne Kelly exited the tournament after dropping a unanimous decision to Kazakh southpaw Ayan Kalibekov after three close rounds.

Eight members of the Irish squad remain in the last-32 stage of the tournament, which is the only qualifier for August's Youth Olympics in China.

Current AIBA World Junior male and female champions Willie Donoghue and Ciara Ginty, Christina Desmond and Michael Gallagher will be in action today. Desmond, a silver medallist at the 2013 AIBA World Youths, meets Russia's Ekaternina Serova in a key bout in the women's middleweight class.

Tennis

Clay court machine Rafael Nadal recovered from a stuttering start to beat Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-1 and reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world No 1, whose eight-year reign in the principality ended last year, conceded an early break but eventually proved too much to handle for Gabashvili on centre court.

"I started little bit slower. But he was playing very, very aggressive, hitting very strong, with no mistakes," said Nadal.

"Always the first match, the thing you want at the beginning is get in rhythm, play some long points."

Former world No 1 Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he breezed into the third round with a 6-1 6-2 hiding of Czech Radek Stepanek.

Eighth seed Milos Raonic of Canada beat South Korea's Lu Yen-hsun 6-7 6-2 6-1. Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka enjoyed a 6-0 6-2 drubbing of Marin Cilic.

Monte Carlo Masters, Live, Sky Sports 3, 9.30

Formula One

A return to the technology which propelled Nigel Mansell to his championship triumph more than two decades ago is being considered by rule-makers in a bid to reduce spiralling costs.

Active suspension – which was banned ahead of the 1994 season after Williams mastered the technology and dominated the sport for two seasons – is one of a number of draft proposals drawn up by the FIA, after it was forced to abandon plans for a cost cap due to opposition from the top teams.

Irish Independent

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