Thursday 14 December 2017

Murphy heads Ireland hopes

Swimming

Days after securing her place at the London Olympics, Grainne Murphy returns to the pool today to compete at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Szczecin, Poland.

Murphy joins Olympians Melanie Nocher and Aisling Cooney, along with Nicholas Quinn, Dan Sweeney, Bethany Carson, Clare Dawson, Jane Roberts and Shani Stallard at the four-day event.

All nine of the Irish squad are in action today. Cooney and Nocher compete in the 100m backstroke heats. Murphy goes in the 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley. Heats begin at 8.30 this morning (Irish time).

boxing

KEN EGAN and Con Sheehan have been named in the Leipzig Leopards team to meet Baku Fires in a top-of-the-table clash in Azerbaijan on Saturday.

Egan, who will be making his debut for the German side, fights Azerbaijani light-heavyweight Magomedau Ramazan.

"I'm looking forward to getting in there and putting in a good performance," said the Dubliner.

Tipperary super-heavyweight Sheehan meets Abdullayev Abdulkadir, also of Azerbaijan.

Belfast's Patrick Gallagher of Mumbai Fighters meets Russell Lamour of the Los Angeles Matadors tomorrow.

Meanwhile, European Youth silver medallist Gary Sweeney is in action as the the National Intermediate Championships conclude with finals in all weight categories at the National Stadium tomorrow.

Sweeney (18), from the Mike Flaherty BC, meets Donegal cruiserweight Denis O'Donnell.

cycling

The An Post Sean Kelly team has confirmed the resignations of high-profile riders Niko Eeckhout, Mark Cassidy, Peter Ghyllebert and Gediminas Bagdonas for the 2012 season.

The team will start their preparations for the new season with a training camp in Calpe on Monday.

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