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• Kell Brook to get world title chance
• Geraint Thomas leads Paris-Nice race


Kell Brook's challenge for the world welterweight title remains on schedule, even though the IBF champion, Shawn Porter, has been granted leave to defend against Paulie Malignaggi next month. The IBF ruled that Malignaggi and Porter must confirm before they sign to fight that the winner will defend the title against the unbeaten Sheffield boxer. If Porter-Malignaggi does not happen, Porter's next defence must be against Brook. "It is great news for Kell after a frustrating period," said his promoter, Eddie Hearn." Kevin Mitchell


Geraint Thomas has taken the overall lead of the Paris-Nice race after finishing second during the fourth stage. Tom-Jelte Slagter of the Netherlands won, with Thomas the only one who could keep up, so Team Sky's Welshman moved three seconds ahead of the previous leader John Degenkolb. Thomas will be the favourite to keep the yellow jersey in the fifth stage, which takes the peloton over 95 miles from Crêches-sur-Saône to Rive-de-Gier and features four modest hills. Mark Cavendish, meanwhile, also leads the Tirreno-Adriatico after his Omega Pharma-Quick team won the opening time trial. AP

Winter Paralympics

Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell made it three medals from as many events on their Winter Paralympics debut by racing to slalom silver. The visually-impaired skier and Powell, her guide, had a 0.55sec cushion in first place and then produced a solid second run but they were edged out by Russia's Aleksandra Frantceva. It still secured yet another trip to the podium, following their silver in the downhill and bronze in the super-G, and earned Britain a fourth medal in Sochi. PA © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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