Sport in Brief - Donoghue off to flying start in Sofia
Boxing - WILLIE DONOGHUE got Ireland's campaign off to a winning start at the 105-nation AIBA World Youth Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria yesterday, writes BERNARD O'NEILL.
The current AIBA World Junior champion beat Iraqi southpaw Kdhim Al-Saedi on a unanimous decision (29-28 29-28 29-28) over three rounds.
The St Michael's Athy BC man will now meet Germany's Domenik Hirsch in the last-32 on Thursday.
Current European and EU Youth champions Gary Cully and Kristina O'Hara and Tiernan Bradley will be in action in the last-64 of the tournament today.
Ireland are using a 12-strong squad for the World Youths, which are also acting as the only qualifier for August's Youth Olympics in China.
The top-five men in each weight class and the top-five women in the fly, light and middle classes in Sofia will qualify for China.
The world's most successful Olympian, Michael Phelps, is to come out of retirement and compete at a domestic meeting in the United States next week.
USA Swimming announced on its website that Phelps is due to race at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona, which runs from April 24-26.
The USA Swimming report stated: "A record-setting 22-time Olympic Games medallist, Phelps, is expected to swim competitively for the first time since winning six medals, four of them gold, at the 2012 London Olympic Games."
Phelps, now 28, won 18 Olympic gold medals: six in Athens, eight in Beijing and four in London.
Ireland seniors beat the Scottish Vets 9-3 at Donabate GC in the annual women's match for the Mary McKenna Trophy.
The Irish led 3-1 from the first-day foursomes and clinched overall victory by taking the singles 6-2.
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