Sunday 21 January 2018

In brief: Cahill bags Davis Cup skipper role

Tennis: IRELAND Fed Cup boss Garry Cahill has fought off the challenge of 20 other candidates to nail down the position of national Davis Cup non-playing captain for the next two years.

Cahill, who had to contend with four overseas applicants, was always a front-runner to secure the position due to his role as technical director with Tennis Ireland for the past seven years, and his involvement with the Ireland women's team since the 2007 Fed Cup campaign in Estonia.

A native of Mullingar, Cahill takes over at the Davis Cup helm from former international player Sean Sorensen, who served in the position for four years. In order to concentrate on his new role, Cahill will step down as Fed Cup boss at the end of this month.

Ireland host Luxembourg in a first round Davis Cup tie in Dublin on March 4-6 next year. And, depending on first round results, Cahill's charges could face Great Britain, who entertain Tunisia first time out, in a second round clash in Dublin on July 8-10.

Shaun Murphy shattered Neil Robertson's hopes of adding the UK Championship to the world title he already owns with a high-quality 9-7 quarter-final win over the Australian in Telford.

Murphy kept his nerve in a 16th frame that was delayed due to a scoreboard malfunction, seizing his chance with a brilliant long red to set him up to secure his place in the last four.

Murphy will meet two-time UK Championship winner Mark Williams in the semi-finals after the Welshman finally ended the glory run of qualifier Mark Joyce, also with a 9-7 victory.


Sri Lanka and West Indies have agreed to postpone their one-day international series until January because of persistent monsoon rains.

The five-match series was due to begin at Sri Lanka's new Suriyawewa International stadium yesterday.

However, with the rain showing no sign of abating, the tour was abandoned. The matches are expected to be played in January, ahead of the 2011 World Cup which is being co-hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh from February 17.

Irish Independent

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