Sports Digest: Olympian boxer John Joe Nevin to turn pro
“I have given a big part of my life to Connacht rugby and I feel that it is time for me to have a change and time for the province to have a change as well.
“I want to stress that this has nothing to do with any on field issues or performances or anything off the field.”
BOXING: Ireland won a record three gold medals at the 10th European Schoolboy Championships in Russia, with Cork southpaw Oliver McCarthy, Antrim’s James McGivern and Laois’ Michael Nevin all victorious . . .
RACING: Aiden O’Brien’s Camelot failed to deliver and finished seventh as Solemia won the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday . . .
RUGBY: Ulster saw off Connacht by 25 points to no score at Ravenhill to remain on top of the Celtic League table.
CORK’s dominance of the All-Ireland Senior Ladies football championship continued when they beat Kerry in Sunday’s Croke Park final to secure their seventh win in eight seasons. Armagh were too strong for Waterford in the intermediate final, while Antrim beat Louth in the junior decider . . .
SKRYNE’S Mick O’Dowd has been ratified as the new Meath football boss. Royals legend Trevor Giles and Sean Kelly will work as part of his backroom team . . .
KILKENNY hurling star TJ Reid faces two months out of action after fracturing his kneecap in the All-Ireland final replay win over Galway . . .
NEW Ross based schoolteacher Aidan O’Brien, a Westmeath native, is the new manager of the Wexford football team . . .
KILDARE midfielder Dermot Earley has undergone another knee operation in his bid to make a full return to the county side . . .
AIDAN O’Rourke, an All-Ireland medal winner with Armagh in 2002, is the new manager of the Louth football team . . .
THE Antrim County Board have appointed Frank Dawson as their new football team boss in succession to Liam Bradley . . .
JAMES McCartan is to continue as manager of the Down senior football team for another three year term . . .
KIERAN McGeeney’s status as Kildare manager has been ratified for another year by the County Board . . .
CONOR Counihan has been offered a new two-year deal to stay in charge of the Cork senior football team.
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