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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Sport in brief: Murray shines in Miami spotlight

Published 24/03/2014 | 02:30

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Tennis: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray appeared to be adjusting just fine to life without coach Ivan Lendl, storming into the fourth round of the Sony Open with 6-4 6-1 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

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After getting the defence of his Sony Open title off to a shaky start with a three-set win over Matthew Ebden on Friday, the sixth seed needed just 73 minutes on a sweltering centre court to claim an easy victory.

Murray has been in the Miami spotlight for more than his play this week after announcing he had ended his partnership with Lendl, who steered him to a pair of Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold.

Cricket

India inched closer to a World Twenty20 semi-final spot as half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli secured a seven-wicket victory over holders West Indies in a Super 10 stage match.

The 2007 champions restricted their big-hitting West Indian counterparts to a below-par 129-7 on a slow track and returned to chase down the target with two balls to spare.

England captain Stuart Broad, meanwhile, has been fined 15pc of his match fee for criticising the officials after his side's rain-affected World T20 defeat to New Zealand.

Broad, who admitted a charge of publicly criticising officials, said the decision to keep players on the field during lightning strikes was "distinctly average".

Athletics

THE AIT International Arena in Athlone saw four new championship-best performances (CBP) in the 60m hurdles events at the Woodie's DIY Juvenile Indoor Championships.

Jason Foley (Lios Tuathail AC) ran a superb time of 8.19 to break the record held by Fearghus Hannon (Tullamore Harriers) since 2008.

Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo AC) was on the double when he set two new CBPs in the U-16 60m hurdles (8.14) and long jump (6.58m). Niamh Foley (St Mary's Limerick) and Miriam Daly (Carrick-on-Suir AC) also set new CBPs of 9.58 and 9.20 in their U-13 and U-14 60m hurdles events.

Elsewhere, Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) bagged three national indoor titles. Following on from her long jump gold on Saturday, she won the 60m hurdles (8.55) and set a CBP in the high jump (1.73m).

Motorsport

Scoring their fourth win of the season in Monaghan, Longford pair Colin Duffy and Sam Johnston made it a hat-trick of titles as they added the Squealing Pig Border Navigation Trial Championship to the National and Munster series that they had already clinched.

They were the only crew to complete the 85-mile route based on Threemilehouse without penalty, leaving them three marks ahead of Richard Cassidy and Paul Phelan, who also took runner-up position in the National Championship.

Boxing

tributes have been pouring in for Liam Walsh, who passed away on Saturday. Walsh, father of Irish head coach Billy, was a former Irish and club boxing coach and one of the great stalwarts of the sport.

His grandson Dean Walsh won his first Elite title last month. Liam, Dean's dad Donal and Billy were working his corner.

Hockey

A Stephen Dowds hat-trick helped Banbridge stroll into the semi-finals of the Irish Hockey League as they beat Annadale 4-0.

Former 'Dale forward Fraser Mills gave his new side the lead at Lough Moss and then Dowds stamped his authority.

The winners allowed themselves the luxury of resting regulars Eugene Magee, Josh Moffett and Colin Dowds as they qualified for the end-of-season play-offs with Monkstown with a game to spare.

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