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Opening sweep for Ireland's elite

IRELAND'S elite boxers recorded four wins from four on the opening day of the 11-nation Ostrava Grand Prix in the Czech Republic city of Ostrava yesterday.

Cavan bantamweight John Joe Nevin, a bronze medallist at the 2009 AIBA World Championships, and Eric Donovan chalked up quarter-final wins along with Con Sheehan and Sean Turner.

Nevin, who will sign with Paris in the World Series of Boxing after this tournament, recorded a shut-out 10-0 verdict over Barak Filip of the Czech Republic.

St Michael's Athy lightweight Donovan, who claimed bronze at the 2010 European Senior Championships in Moscow, beat Zerqiri Lirido of Kosovo 7-1, while EU heavyweight champion Sheehan earned a 7-0 win over Petruskevicius Aidas of Latvia and Drimnagh super-heavyweight Turner beat Sour Pavel of the Czech Republic 7-2.

Shakib Al Hasan produced a brilliant all-round performance in the fourth one-day international against New Zealand yesterday to help Bangladesh to a maiden series victory over top-flight opposition.

Bangladesh won by nine runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Shakib smashed 106 runs off 113 balls under pressure to guide Bangladesh to a competitive 241 all out before taking 3-54 as New Zealand were dismissed for 232.

Unheralded New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson had threatened to spoil the party with 108 off 132 balls, but Bangladesh managed to hold their nerve in the final over and dismissed him with three balls left.

IRELAND'S James McGee qualified for the quarter-finals of the ITF Futures event in Greece by beating the unseeded Slovenian Tom Kocevar-Desman 6-3 7-6 (7/2).

However, fellow Dubliner Barry King was beaten 7-6 (8/6) 6-1 by Latvia's Adrians Zguns.

Westwood-Leopardstown's Norah Glynn won both her singles and doubles matches as Ireland women's over-65 team scored a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in the ITF World Super-Seniors Championships in Antalya, Turkey.

Elsewhere, Jurgen Melzer caused a big upset by beating world number one Rafael Nadal in the third round of the Shanghai Masters.

The Austrian had never taken a set off Nadal in three previous matches but thoroughly deserved his 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory. Second and fourth seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both made smooth progress into the quarter-finals.

Irish Independent