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Paddy Barnes

Paddy Barnes

Paddy Barnes

Boxing: TWO-TIME Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes is in the light-fly mix for the National Elite Championships, which begin on Friday at Dublin's National Stadium, WRITES Bernard O'Neill.

The Belfast puncher entered at 49kg yesterday, just a few months after he moved up to flyweight (52kg) for the World Elite Championships in Kazakhstan.

Barnes, who is ranked at No 3 in the world at flyweight, missed the 2013 Elite Championships because of an illness. Subsequently, Hughie Myers won the light-flyweight title and will be seeded No 1 for the 2014 championships.

Meanwhile, World No 2 ranked Jason Quigley, the defending middleweight champion, hadn't registered by 1.30pm yesterday, a few hours before the 6.0pm deadline.

Ninety-eight male boxers and 27 females had entered up to Tuesday's deadline. Katie Taylor is also in the mix and the Olympic champion learned yesterday that she will bid for her fifth successive women's title at the World Championships in Jeju, South Korea between November 13 and 15.

Soccer

UCD lifted the Colleges and Universities Premier League title for the fourth time in the competition's eight-year history with a 2-0 win over IT Carlow at Frank Cooke Park.

A goal in each half courtesy of Dean Clarke and Cillian Morrison clinched the final for the Belfield outfit.

UCD dominated early on and were unlucky not to score in the first minute when Robert Benson rounded the Carlow goalkeeper.

Carlow came agonisingly close to going ahead in the 22nd minute, but Eric Molloy's shot from twenty yards out hit his own team-mate Dean Broaders as the ball arrowed towards the top right-hand corner of the net.

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Carlow were left kicking themselves three minutes later when UCD took the lead through star striker Dean Clarke, who got under a bouncing ball on the edge of the penalty area and lobbed it over advancing IT Carlow goalkeeper Seamus Houghton.

Carlow very nearly scored an equaliser on the stroke of half-time, but Molloy's shot on the edge of the box flew inches over the crossbar.

Morrison scored the clincher with 20 minutes left, tapping in Clarke's beautiful cross from close range.

IT Carlow – S Houghton, N Haverty, J Dermody, R Kenny, S Last (C), A Humphries, E Molloy, S Dunne, D Broaders, S Skelly, A Mulligan. Subs: C O'Keefe (Last 73), T Croke (Dunne 77), M Kelly (Broaders 86), G Bell (Molloy 86).

UCD – M McGinley, N Wright, C Butler, T Boyle, T Dent, R Murray, C Morrisson, T Molloy, D Clarke, R Benson, S Belhout (C). Subs: T O'Halloran (Murray 70), C Cannon (Morrison 83).

Ref – R Glynn (Dublin)

Cycling

Sam Bennett and Nicolas Roche finished in 23rd and 47th place respectively on the same time as stage winner Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisolon on the first day of the Tour of Oman.

Roche is competing in his first race of 2014 after a winter disrupted by a knee injury.

Today's second stage is another chance for Bennett and the sprinters to impress.

Meanwhile, the world of cycling was in mourning last night with the news that Belgium rider Kristof Goddaert died after crashing during a training ride in Antwerp yesterday.


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