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Paralympics: Awards scheme for Paralympians

IRELAND'S top Paralympians will be rewarded with a new awards scheme in 2012.

The inaugural OCS Irish Paralympic Awards will take place on December 7, following the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which take place from August 29 to September 9.

Ireland has a proud tradition at the Paralympics, winning five medals (three gold, one silver and one gold) in Beijing in 2008, and last year produced world champions in track (Michael McKillop), discus (Catherine O'Neill), hand-cycling (Mark Rohan) and track cycling (Colin Lynch).


ENGLAND spinner Monty Panesar is not worried about the effect Saturday's second-Test collapse against Pakistan will have on the team.

The world's No 1 ranked side were skittled out for 72 in Abu Dhabi when chasing just 145 to win and, as a result, went 2-0 down in the three-Test series.

Their inability to cope with spin has been a significant problem on tour, but Panesar, who took six second-innings wickets on his first Test appearance for 30 months, does not see there being any deep-rooted problems.

"As a team we have to adapt to changes and as a squad we have to stay tight and enjoy the challenge," he said.

"With the conditions (on Saturday), the Pakistan bowlers had luck with the conditions. They had a fourth-innings track and there were cracks involved."

On the subject of England's misfiring batsman, he added: "The batters have done exceptionally well over the last 18 months against all sorts of bowlers. They are determined, and I am confident that as a team we will work hard in the next few days to get the result we want in the third Test."


TEAM Telefonica led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of the Singapore Strait and into the South China Sea where the fleet face more than 1,000 nautical miles of tough upwind sailing to the finish of the third leg in Sanya, China.

The overall race leaders passed the Horshburg Lighthouse marking the end of the straits section of the leg with a lead of around 20 minutes over second-placed Groupama. Puma Ocean Racing were a further seven nautical miles behind in third after a fishing net they snagged earlier in the day took one hour to detach.

Irish Independent