A round-up of today's other stories in brief
Taylor wins AIBA ambassadorial role for the run-up to Rio 2016
BOXING:Katie Taylor has been named International Boxing Association (AIBA) Ambassador for women’s boxing worldwide in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. AIBA president Dr Ching Kuo-Wu presented Taylor with her award at their Annual Awards Banquet in Yerevan, Armenia, yesterday.
Dr Wu said: “She is now a role model to youngsters around the globe and we are looking forward to working closely with her in the build up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”
Taylor was in the Armenian capital to accept her third AIBA Best World Female Boxer of the Year Award to cap an incredible year in which she claimed Olympic and World gold in England and China.
“It is an honour for me to be nominated AIBA Women’s Boxing Ambassador”, said the 26-year-old. “I cannot wait to start in this role. I want to help further elevate women’s boxing to ensure it sits at the pinnacle of sporting achievement.”
Meanwhile, Tyrone’s Michael Gallagher, who won the referee and judge award at the London Olympics, was presented with his second AIBA World Referee and Judge Award.
Ukrainian heavyweight Usyk Oleksandr, collected the AIBA Best Male Boxer of the Year Award.
Caddies brawl at Australian Open
GOLF:Officials are investigating a brawl between two caddies during the opening round of the Australian Open, the PGA Tour of Australasia said yesterday. Grant Buchanan, who was caddying for James Nitties, and Matt Kelly, who was on Marc Leishman's bag, exchanged blows near the putting green on Thursday at The Lakes course.
Meanwhile, Charl Schwartzel leads by four shot clubhouse lead after a second successive round of seven-under-par 65 at the Thailand Championship.
Tapp turns on extra funds for Cricket Ireland
CRICKET:Cricket Ireland has received an early Christmas gift after it was confirmed yesterday that they have been awarded extra funding of €1.16 million from the ICC after becoming the first member to finalise an agreement under the organisation’s Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (Tapp).
The funds are earmarked to help set up a first-class cricket structure in Ireland, the development of an academy system and to facilitate fixtures against full member countries.