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Sports Update: All go for Joe to KO at Castle.

THE wheel will turn full circle for WBO super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe when he defends his title for the 11th time in the glorious surroundings of Cardiff Castle on August 17.

The 30-year-old Newbridge southpaw made his professional debut in the open air nine years ago, when he demolished Paul Hanlon inside a round on the undercard of the Lennox Lewis-Frank Bruno heavyweight showdown 100 yards away at the National Stadium.

Calzaghe said: "I find there's more of an atmosphere indoors but I like the idea of fighting out in the open and it'll be great to make history with the first fight in this amazing venue."

The Welshman is still in the dark as to the identity of his opponent. One leading candidate, Dana Rosenblatt, ruled himself out when he was badly cut in a bout in Boston last weekend

And mandatory challenger Freeman Barr is a last resort, with neither Sky Sports nor their American colleagues, Showtime, keen on the Bohemian.

Puerto Rican Felix Trinidad has quit the ring.

The 29-year-old former welterweight and middleweight world champion, suffered the only defeat of his 42-fight career last September against Bernard Hopkins.

SNOOKER: This year's 2002 Regal Masters - at Glasgow's Thistle Hotel between September 24 and 29 - will see the world's top 11 players chasing a top prize of pounds 65,000 from a record prize fund of pounds 205,000.

Defending champion John Higgins is top seed, with newly crowned Embassy World Champion Peter Ebdon at two, world No.1 Ronnie O'Sullivan at three, and Mark Williams at four - that quartet seeded through to the quarter-final stage.

SQUASH: Scotland's John White and Martin Heath are well placed in the 2002 Super Series standings as the season reaches its halfway stage.

Australian-born White is in third place after reaching the British Open Final, while Heath is eighth.

CRICKET: Paul Collingwood is set to become the first Durham cricketer to play for England on his home ground against fellow NatWest Series table-toppers India at Chester-le-Street today.

ICE HOCKEY: Ayr Eagles look set to lose Ryan Risidore to Superleague rivals Sheffield Steelers.
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