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Thursday 27 April 2017

In brief: Morgan gets England nod

Cricket

EOIN MORGAN was yesterday named in England's squad for the World Twenty20 -- and the Dubliner will also provide cover at wicketkeeper after Matt Prior was left out.

England named uncapped Michael Lumb as well as wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter in their 15-man squad for the competition in the West Indies, which begins at the end of the month. Morgan is likely to face Ireland on May 4.

Elsewhere, Australia wrapped up the second Test match against New Zealand shortly before lunch on the final day in Hamilton to clean-sweep the series 2-0, dismissing New Zealand in the final innings for 302 to claim a 176-run win.

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan turned in an error-strewn display yesterday as he made a first-round exit in the China Open.

The Essex cueman was beaten 5-3 by wildcard Tian Pengfei, a bizarre mistake on the black in the final frame seeing O'Sullivan concede defeat with the ball resting in the jaws of the pocket.

O'Sullivan inexplicably tried to gently roll in a straight black, which would have given him the frame, but it failed to drop and he conceded without asking Tian to take on the simple pot to seal the win.

Athletics

Lawyers for Caster Semenya said they would protect the world 800m champion's right to compete as it was revealed the results of gender verification tests would not be received by the athlete until June.

South African Semenya (19) released a statement on Tuesday saying she planned to race this season even though her case has yet to be resolved.

Semenya announced her plan to return to the track hours after Athletics South Africa (ASA) had said they would abide by the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) request not to allow the athlete to compete until the world body had concluded its investigation.

Tennis

Roger Federer became the latest big-name victim at the Sony Ericsson Open when he went down 6-4 6-7 7-6 to 16th seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the fourth round.

Federer's defeat means the top three men's seeds have all been knocked out, Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Britain's Andy Murray having both suffered shock defeats earlier in the tournament.

Andy Roddick beat Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-6 6-3 while Rafael Nadal saw off Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 7-6 6-4.

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