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Published: 13:59 | 17/4/16

Katie Taylor back to winning ways

Taylor defeated Bulgaria’s Svetlana Staneva

Katie Taylor bounced back from her surprise defeat at the European Olympic qualifiers on Turkey on Friday by defeating Bulgaria’s Svetlana Staneva in a box-off to claim third spot in the lightweight division.

The current Olympic champion was back to her imperious best as she won all four rounds to record a unanimous point’s victory over Staneva.

Taylor was superior throughout and almost ended the bout in the third round when a flurry of shots brought the Bulgarian to the canvass after she attempted a swing but missed the Bray boxer.

The 29-year-old will now switch her attention to world championships in Kazakhstan where a semi-final spot would assure her of qualification for Rio.

In other Irish boxing news, David Oliver Joyce qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time with victory in his lightweight box-off against home favourite Volkan Gokcek.

The St Michael’s Athy boxer, who missed out on qualification for the 2008 and 2012 games, went through in a final-round split decision to join his cousin Joe Ward, Paddy Barnes, Mick Conlan, Steven Donnelly, and Brendan Irvine on the plane to Brazil.

Blame players for Bracewell exit, Wilson says

22:53 | 13/9/17

Ireland batsman Gary Wilson says the players are to blame for John Bracewell's exit as the national team's head coach.

Dockrell looking forward to Gayle test

18:08 | 12/9/17

Ireland off-spinner George Dockrell has fond memories of the last time he faced West Indies' destructive opener Chris Gayle in a one-day international.

Winning Grand Tour Triple Crown is 'humanly impossible', says Roche

12:24 | 11/9/17

Following Chris Froome’s historic Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana double, 1987 Triple Crown champion Stephen Roche has said a Grand Tour Triple Crown is “hum...

Hickey steps down from IOC's executive board

09:43 | 11/9/17

Ireland's former Olympic chief Pat Hickey has stepped down from his role on the International Olympic Committee's executive board.

Ford appointed new Ireland cricket head coach

11:13 | 9/9/17

Graham Ford has been announced as the new head coach of the Ireland cricket team.

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