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Lendl success to drive Murray on

TENNIS: Andy Murray believes the success of his two-year partnership with coach Ivan Lendl will stand him in good stead for more Grand Slam success after announcing the end of their partnership.

Murray's link-up with eight-time Major winner Lendl corresponded with the best period of his career, as he won an Olympic gold in London, the 2012 US Open and the Wimbledon title last summer.

Murray said: "I'm eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years – the most successful of my career so far."

SKY WITHDRAW HENAO

CYCLING: Team Sky has withdrawn Colombian rider Sergio Henao from racing to conduct further tests after its monthly review provoked questions over his blood values.

The 26-year-old, who was born at altitude in Rionegro and lives and trains in the region outside of the racing season will be subject to an "altitude research programme", Team Sky has announced. Henao is likely to miss the Giro d'Italia, which begins in Belfast on May 9.

IRISH STARS' CHARITY CLASH

RUGBY: A host of current and former Ireland stars will be on hand when a Jesuit Schools' XV take on their Holy Ghost counterparts in a charity game in Donnybrook tonight (6.30).

A Clongowes/Belvedere/ Gonzaga selection will take on Blackrock/St Michael's/St Mary's and Templeogue College in aid of Jack Kavanagh, who broke his neck in a swimming accident in 2012. Tickets from €10 are available from participating schools, Ticketmaster and Lifestyle outlets in Donnybrook, Dundrum, Carrickmines and Mary Street.

ROVERS TARGET PLAY-OFFS

Hockey: Three Rock Rovers and Pembroke Wanderers can both secure places in the Irish League play-offs with a game to spare at the weekend.

The two Dublin sides need one more win apiece to put them into next month's semi-finals. Pembroke welcome Cork Harlequins while Rovers are away to Lisnagarvey.

LAST VEST UP FOR GRABS

BOXING: John Joyce and Caomhin Hynes will fight for the last vest on the Irish team for the AIBA World Youth Championships in Bulgaria next month.

The welterweights meet in tomorrow's Ireland v Irish Defence Force clash at the National Stadium. AIBA world male and female Junior champions Willie Donoghue and Ciara Ginty have been named in the Irish squad for Bulgaria.

The World Youths will act as the only qualifier for August's Youth Olympics in China.


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