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O'Brien in switch to Leicestershire

NIALL O'BRIEN aims to be a role model at Leicestershire after signing a three-year deal to switch from Northamptonshire.

No stranger to spiky exchanges with fellow players and authority in the past, O'Brien appears far happier with life these days and, along with opening the batting and keeping wicket, he will be expected to help develop Leicestershire's youngsters.

O'Brien played for Railway Union in Dublin before embarking on a professional career with Kent in 2004 and then moving onto Northants, where he spent six seasons.


Bernie Ecclestone has once again denied that that his position as Formula One chief executive is under threat after a German bank demanded that he pay up more than $400m in damages.

BayernLB estimates that it lost that amount when one of its employees -- Gerhard Gribkowsky, who has since been jailed for eight years -- was 'bribed' by Ecclestone into selling its stake in the sport to CVC Capital Partners in 2006.

Ecclestone denies paying bribes, claiming instead he was "shaken down" by Gribkowksy, who had threatened to make bogus claims about him to the tax authorities.

Ecclestone's travails dominated the build-up to the Indian Grand Prix where Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel will be looking for a fourth consecutive win.


Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals in London because of continuing problems with his knee.

The world No 4 has not played since his shock second-round loss to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June.


SEAN ST LEDGER expects to return to full fitness in time for next month's friendly with Greece at the Aviva Stadium.

The Leicester defender was struck down with a hamstring problem ahead of Ireland's 6-1 thrashing by Germany.

IRELAND came from behind to beat hosts Serbia 3-2 in the final game of their qualifying group for the U-19 Women's European Championship finals.

Serbia had hit back to lead 2-1 after being stunned by an early goal from striker Katie McCabe but goals from skipper Denise O'Sullivan and Emma Hansberry gave Dave Connell's side a deserved 3-2 win.


ANDY LEE'S legendary coach Emanuel Steward has died after a short illness with a stomach disorder. The Hall of Fame coach, who trained over 40 World champions including Oscar de la Hoya, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Andy Lee, was 68 years old.

Irish Independent