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Connacht's McCarthy faces Dublin hearing

RUGBY: Connacht flanker Mike McCarthy and London Irish centre Steve Shingler will face European Club Rugby disciplinary hearings in Dublin tomorrow after incidents in last weekend's Heineken Cup games.

McCarthy was cited after an alleged high tackle on Toulouse winger Vincent Clerc during Saturday's 36-10 loss. Shingler was sent off in the first half of his side's 24-18 defeat to Cardiff Blues on Friday for a dangerous tackle on opposite number Dafydd Hewitt.

Aussies appoint Arthur

CRICKET: South African Mickey Arthur has been named as Australia's new coach -- and the 43-year-old becomes the first foreigner to lead the Australians.

Arthur, who ended a five-year spell in charge of his native South Africa in January last year, takes over the post vacated by Tim Nielsen. Australia beat South Africa yesterday in the second and final Test in Johannesburg by two wickets to draw the series 1-1.

Roche in World Tour

CYCLING: Nicolas Roche's Ag2r La Mondiale and Irish national champion Matt Brammeier's Omega-Pharma Quickstep were two of seven teams officially accepted into the UCI World Tour for the 2012 season yesterday.

Roche's squad had missed out on selection in the first wave of licencing.

Double blow for Murray

TENNIS: Andy Murray's hopes of winning the ATP World Tour Finals were dealt a double blow in London when he lost his opening group match to Spain's David Ferrer 6-4 7-5 and then warned he could have to withdraw from the tournament with a groin injury.

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