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Murphy set to miss most of the season Sony Open delayed Woakes vindicated

RUGBY: Is the Irish No15 jersey becoming hexed? Geordan Murphy looks set to miss most of the upcoming season after breaking two bones in his foot.

The attack-minded Leicester Tigers full-back was stretchered off in his side's win over Northampton in the English Premiership last weekend and now joins Rob Kearney on the injury list, which could possibly leave the door open for Keith Earls.

"Effectively, my chances of playing in the Six Nations this year are gone," said Murphy.

"It's very frustrating really. It's the nature of the game, though, nothing can be done. You have to just get on with it, really."

Sony Open delayed

GOLF: The first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii has been postponed after heavy overnight rain left the course at Waialae Country Club unplayable.

The first two rounds will now be played today and tomorrow with the final two rounds scheduled for Sunday.

The cut will be the nearest number to 60 player. Heavy rain meant several fairways and bunkers were unplayable because of standing water with almost four inches falling in the area around the course and Hawaii under a flash-flood watch.

Woakes vindicated

CRICKET: Chris Woakes believes his decision to walk away from a promising football career to play cricket has been vindicated after making his England debut this week.

The 21-year-old made an instant impact in England colours when he hit the winning run from the final ball of Wednesday's one-wicket win in the first game of the current Twenty20 series against Australia.

It was a satisfying moment for Woakes and the high point of a young career that continues to blossom since he left Walsall's youth programme at the age of 14.

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