Friday 19 January 2018

New labour deal ends NFL lockout


The four-and-a-half-month NFL lockout has come to an end after the players' union and 32 team owners reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The team owners last week gave their support to the new CBA, and yesterday it was the turn of the players to rubberstamp the deal, with their representatives lending their unanimous support to the agreement.

The new labour deal is valid for 10 years and does not contain an opt-out clause which precludes the possibility of renegotiation.

"It's been a long time coming," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "Football is back and that's the great news for everybody.


Tour de France winner Cadel Evans of Australia has climbed to the top of the International Cycling Union's official world rankings.

Evans used his victory in cycling's greatest race on Sunday to rise from fourth to first in the season-long standings. Alberto Contador, who won the Giro d'Italia in May but finished fifth in the Tour, remains in second place.

The Spanish rider could lose his victories in the Giro and 2010 Tour when the Court of Arbitration for Sport rules on his positive test for clenbuterol one year ago. A three-day CAS hearing opens next Monday.

Philippe Gilbert of Belgium is third in the rankings. He led for much of the season following his domination of the one-day spring classics.

Nicolas Roche has moved up six places to 158.


NEWLY CROWNED Irish Open champion James McGee has received a favourable opening-round draw in this week's ITF Futures event in La Spezia, Italy.

No 7 seed McGee, who shocked France's No 1 seed Charles-Antoine in the final at Fitzwilliam last Saturday to collect his first adult singles world ranking title, takes on Italy's Federico Raffaelli today.

If unseeded McGee overcomes Raffaelli, he will likely face the No 6 seed, Italy's Luca Vanni, in the second round of the clay court tournament.

Elsewhere, Dublin teenager Oisin McCormack yesterday advanced to the second round of qualifying in the Futures event in Bad Waltersdorf, Austria after a 2-6 6-0 6-3 win over Slovenia's Marko Novac.


IRELAND'S Caoimhin Agyarko/ Hynes bowed of the AIBA World Junior Championships at the last-16 stage in Kazakhstan yesterday.

The Holy Trinity BC Belfast featherweight lost out 12-9 to Aliyov Noraliev of Uzbekistan at the Sports Palace in Astana.

John Nevin, John Stokes and Martin Conroy will all be involved in last-16 duels in the Kazakh capital this afternoon.

Nevin meets India's Kumar Naveen and Stokes faces Scotland's Samuel Ball, while Conroy clashes with Egypt's Amir Elsaey.

Irish Independent

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