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Murphy turns on his magic

SHAUN MURPHY launched an inspired comeback to beat Marco Fu and reach the Masters semi-finals at Alexandra Palace yesterday.

The 'Magician' trailed 3-0 and 4-1 before finding his most fluent break-building form to reel off five frames in succession.

Asked what happened to spark the turnaround, Murphy said: "I've no idea – and isn't that the frustrating thing about snooker?

"When it's going bad, you've no idea why, and when it's going well, you've no idea.

"I've realised playing my natural, more aggressive style is where it's at for me. The likes of (Mark) Selby and (Neil) Robertson are more rounded players, but that's not my style, it's not the way I'm made."

 

Barry's Davis woe

TENNIS: Ireland have suffered an early blow ahead of their forthcoming Davis Cup first round tie against Belarus as Sam Barry has been forced out with a hip injury.

Barry will not play any competitive tennis for four weeks and it is hoped he will be fit again for the home tie against either Egypt or Moldova on April 4-6.

Garry Cahill, captain of the Irish Davis Cup team, has announced that 23-year-old David O'Hare will replace Barry.

O'Hare is currently on scholarship at the University of Memphis and is part of the third-ranked doubles pair in all of collegiate tennis in the US.

The team of Daniel Glancy, John Morrissey, James Cluskey and David O'Hare will travel to Minsk on Sunday week in advance of the first round tie at the Republic Olympic Tennis Centre from Jan 30 – Feb 2.

 

Dennis takes control

FORMULA 1: Ron Dennis regained control of McLaren's Formula One team yesterday, returning as chief executive in a bid to revive the team's flagging fortunes. Dennis stepped aside from his involvement with the F1 side of the business in 2009 after 27 years as team principal amid the fallout from a lying scandal.

 

Poynter recalled

CRICKET: Cricket Ireland have named a squad of 15 for their Caribbean tour later this month. The team will play in the West Indies domestic 50 over competition, the Nagico Super50, followed by two T20I's and an ODI against the West Indies in Jamaica.

Bready speedster Craig Young is included, and there's also a recall for Clontarf batsman Andrew Poynter.

IRELAND SQUAD: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, John Mooney , Tim Murtagh, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.


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