Sunday 17 December 2017

Swann doubt for England

England's selection concerns ahead of the Test series in India have escalated after Graeme Swann flew back to England to be with his ill baby daughter.

Swann will miss the four-day warm-up match against Haryana, which starts today, and no date has been set for his return to India, although England insisted that the off-spinner would be back in time for the start of the four-Test series on November 15.

Elsewhere, Australia have been left red-faced on the eve of their home Test series with South Africa by publication of team tactics, which include targeting batsman Hashim Amla with verbal aggression and engaging him in "psychological warfare".

The leaked dossier, which has been published in newspapers in Australia, claims to contain secret plans for each South African player, including subjecting Jacques Kallis to a bouncer barrage and attacking leg-spinner Imran Tahir.

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IRISH amateur star Alan Dunbar finished just one shot off the bottom of the leaderboard after the first round of European Tour second stage qualifying at Lumine Golf & Beach Club in Spain.

The British Amateur champion, one of 16 Irish golfers playing in qualifying events at four courses across Spain, is tied for 73rd place following a four-over-par 75, 11 strokes behind early leader Liam Bond from Wales.

The highest-placed of any of the 16 Irish is Waterville's David Higgins, who shot a one-under 71 for a share of fourth in Valencia.

Today is the second round of four with around 80 players to go through to final qualifying, also in Spain later this month.


Joe Ward could meet the man who ended his Olympic dream when the British Lionhearts host the German Eagles in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) before Christmas, writes Bernard O'Neill.

Ward and Turkey's Bahram Muzaffer will both fight at the light-heavyweight class in the WSB. Muzaffer controversially beat Ward in the Olympic qualifiers in Turkey earlier this year but went out in the first round at London 2012.

"If I do meet him (Muzaffer) in the World Series it's something I'd look forward to," said Ward, who will box at the light heavyweight limit of 85kg in the WSB as opposed to 81kg in amateur boxing.

Irish Independent

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