Sport Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing by Donald McRae

This last week I started reading three recent boxing autobiographies or biographies, but didn’t get far with any of them. They weren’t awful, but weren’t good either – plodding, literally blow-by-blow accounts offering little insight into the moral, emotional and financial complexities of what Mike Tyson has memorably called “the hurt business”.

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GAVIN BRADY will forever curse a pair of unnecessary penalties and the squandering of the third semi-final race of his third attempt to win the Hoya Lymington Cup, writes Stuart Alexander.

Sailing: Law has qualifying success

DEFENDING champion Chris Law yesterday beat co-favourite Gavin Brady in his final pair of qualifying matches at the Hoya Lymington Cup. For good measure, Law then caught the man who had been second overall, Bertrand Pace, in their pre-start manoeuvres.

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NEW ZEALANDER Gavin Brady was setting the pace on the second, still breezy, day of the Hoya Lymington Cup yesterday, with defending champion Chris Law also settling into a speed that should ensure he makes the cut to the top six today.

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Boxing: Graham finds that time is running out

Herol Graham cannot realistically afford to wait too much longer for a third world title opportunity. That crucial point was recognised by his promoter, Frank Maloney, even though the 38-year-old enjoyed clear superiority over Vinnie Pazienza to retain his World Boxing Council international super-middleweight title at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.

Sailing: Smith's title as Charles makes his mark

Conditions were ideal here yesterday for Lawrie Smith to win the Ultra 30 Grand Prix championship. However, the top scorer in the fourth and final event in the series was Glyn Charles, who finished three days of racing with 35 points, one ahead of Smith and Eddie Warden Owen.

Sailing: Smith steals a march on Peters

A tie-breaker win in the last of eight races gave Lawrie Smith the overall prize in the third Frontera Grand Prix for Ultra 30s at Penarth, Cardiff, yesterday.

Boxing: De la Hoya finds answer for his critics

Oscar de la Hoya displayed some impressive punching power on Saturday in knocking out David Kamau, of Kenya, in the second round to retain his World Boxing Council welterweight title in San Antonio, Texas.

People & Business: From Ambassador to insurance missionary

Legal & General has appointed David Kerr from Ambassador Insurance, a subsidiary of Lloyds TSB, to develop its private medical insurance business. PMI itself has been a casualty of the recession and rising costs of private hospital care. L&G went into the business of providing insurance to cover medical bills only 18 months ago, marketing it first to its existing personal customers. Mr Kerr's job will be to convince small and medium-sized companies that this is a cost-effective service to provide or subsidise, that will pay dividends in improved health and employee loyalty.

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Andrew Preece chronicles a busy weekend for sailors in Cowes and France

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