In brief: China misery for Doherty
Published 29/03/2011 | 05:00
Ken Doherty's season ended in abject anti-climax when he was ousted from the China Open by a local wild card entry yesterday.
After a miserable time on the table of late, Doherty was hoping to close on a positive note in Beijing. Instead, he was soundly beaten 5-1 by Li Hang, who was relegated from the world ranking tournament tour last year.
Doherty was outscored 329-38 as Li overpowered him by establishing a 4-0 lead. Doherty shaded a scrappy fifth frame on the blue, but there was no sustained comeback. Li, who had compiled breaks of 68, 78 and 63, added a run of 61 in the sixth to ensure victory.
Doherty has failed to progress beyond the last 32 in any of this season's eight world ranking events and closed the campaign with five consecutive defeats in ranking matches.
O'Connor, Hayes leave Cork squad
Two of Cork's most experienced players have parted company with the football squad.
John Hayes, who was a substitute in last year's All-Ireland final, and Kieran O'Connor, who started the 2009 decider, have both left of their own accord.
Neither player has featured much over the last 12 months and that lack of game time convinced them it was time to go.
They bring to four the number of players who have left the Rebels squad since last year's All-Ireland final, joining Derek Kavanagh and Kevin McMahon.
Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan faces a race against time to be fit for today's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand as he struggles with a bruised knee and a hamstring injury.
The 38-year-old, who is the leading wicket-taker in Test and one-day international cricket, will retire from the international scene after the World Cup.