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Sunday 21 January 2018

Bowe set to face Ulster in opener


Tommy Bowe is going back to Ulster for the start of the new Magners League season as his Welsh outfit Ospreys will begin the defence of their crown by travelling to Ravenhill on the opening weekend.

Bowe, who scored a try in the Welsh region's Grand Final success against Leinster in May, returns to face his former side on the weekend of September 3 to 5.

New Leinster coach Josef Schmidt faces a testing first game in charge as his side travel to face Glasgow Warriors.

This season's competition sees the introduction of two Italian sides, Benetton Treviso and Aironi Rugby, and the latter have been handed the task of travelling to face two-time champions Munster first up, while Treviso will host the Scarlets. Connacht's first game will be at home to the Dragons.

Michael Schumacher says he will drive for Mercedes again in 2011 -- because he has not reached his "final target" of winning an eighth world championship.

The 41-year-old returned to Formula 1 this season after three years in retirement, but has been well off the pace in the drivers' championship.

Schumacher said: "When I came back (the target) was to win another title. That's what I'm here for, very clearly. I'm confident I can achieve it."

Ahead of the German Grand Prix, Schumacher is ninth in the drivers championship, 109 points adrift of leader McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and 54 points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg.

There had been rumours that Schumacher, who signed a three-year contract, might stop at the end of this season.

WAYNE KELLY became the third Irish boxer to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal at the European Schoolboy Championships following a quarter-final win in Bulgaria yesterday.

Kelly, from the Brosna BC in Westmeath, blitzed Sandron Poletan of Bosnia & Herzegovina in Yambol City and was 12-0 up when the 50kg duel was stopped in the final round.

But there was quarter-final disappointment for Ireland's Clive O'Mara, Daryl Byrne, Craig Bonney and Mark McElhinney, who all lost their last-eight bouts yesterday.

Kelly, John Joyce, from the Moate BC Westmeath, and Michael Gallagher of Finn Valley Donegal will all be involved in semi-final duels today.

FORMER world champion Barry McGuigan will return to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs at the Ulster Hall in Belfast in September to promote the first of six shows.

The 'Clones Cyclone' fought in the famous Belfast venue no fewer than 11 times en route to claiming the WBA World featherweight title against Eusebio Pedroza in London in 1985.

Andy Lee will meet Missouri middleweight James Brian Cook in Oklahoma next Friday.

Irish Independent

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