Monday 19 March 2018

In brief: Beaten Murray faces the boos


BRITAIN's top-ranked player, Andy Murray, was sent packing from the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday, suffering an embarrassing 6-2 6-1 defeat by German Philipp Kohlschreiber

The world number four never found his stride and was booed by a section of the crowd as he left the court after going down in just over an hour.

Spanish wizard Rafael Nadal demolished Dutch qualifier Thiemo De Bakker 6-1 6-0, while top seed Jovak Djokovic also eased into the third round with a 6-2 6-3 win over France's Florent Serra

Niland doubles up in Mexico

IRELAND'S Conor Niland followed up his first-round singles victory with a doubles success in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Leon, Mexico, yesterday.

Niland, who overwhelmed France's Jean-Noel Insausti 6-3 6-1 on Tuesday, partnered Australia's Nima Roshan to a fine 6-2 4-6 10-5 (champions' tie-break) win over Mexican duo Javier Herrera-Eguiluz and Marco-Aurelio Sanchez after a thrilling contest.

James McGee and France's Olivier Charroin, the No 2 seeds, overcame Russians Evgeny Donskoy and Andrey Kumantsov 6-3 6-4.


Pike thrown out of Junior Cup

Pike Rovers have been thrown out of the FAI Junior Cup by the Senior Council appeals committee.

St Michael's, who lost 4-2 to Pike in the quarter-finals, lodged an objection with the FAI Junior Council on the grounds that six of the Limerick club's players were ineligible.

The objection centred on the movement of players from League of Ireland clubs back to junior soccer.

The FAI Junior Council ruled that the original game was null and void and that, in the interest of fair play, the tie should be replayed.

Both clubs appealed that decision to the FAI Senior Council, who ruled that the match should be awarded to St Michael's, who will now meet Clonmel Town in the semi-final, with Limerick's Fairview Rangers awaiting the winners.

Pike Rovers have the option of taking their case to arbitration.

Irish Independent

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