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In brief: Heffernan called into Ireland team

IRELAND'S team at the European Indoor Championships in a week's time has been increased to eight after the inclusion of Cork 400m runner Marian Heffernan (Togher AC), WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

The selectors felt her winning time of 54 seconds flat at last weekend's Irish Indoors was a strong indicator of form; Heffernan (nee Andrews) reached the semi-finals of the last European Indoors in 2009 and ran 53:55 outdoors last season.

"Marian is a member of the 4x400m squad for the World Championships in Korea later in the season and we feel she will benefit greatly from the experience in Paris," said Ray Flynn of Athletics Ireland.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have set up a rematch of their recent Australian Open semi-final as the top two seeds both won through to the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

But Djokovic, who has now won his last 13 matches including his Melbourne clash with Federer, described his 6-7 (7-5) 6-2 4-2 win over Tomas Berdych -- with Berdych retiring hurt late on -- as a "catastrophe". "It was the worst match this year for me," he said.

DUBLINER Pat Crowe has been appointed as non-playing captain of the Ireland women's team for this year's Fed Cup campaign.

Crowe, who is full-time tennis director at the Carrickmines club in south Dublin, has formerly managed Irish adult and underage teams in the annual Four Nations International Championships. This year's Fed Cup Europe-Africa Zone Group Three campaign is on May 2-7.

West Indies' World Cup hopes have suffered a major blow after a knee injury ruled all-rounder Dwayne Bravo out of the rest of the tournament.

Bravo (27) twisted his knee during the defeat against South Africa on Thursday and had to be carried from the field. West Indies confirmed the problem will keep Bravo out of action for four weeks.

Harry Og Conlan and Aidan McGarrity scored the vital goals as St Patrick's Dungannon got the better of St Michael's Enniskillen 2-9 to 0-13 in a thrilling MacRory Cup semi-final at Healy Park last night.

Both goals came in a pulsating second half, and while the Fermanagh lads produced a courageous response, they were unable to claw back the second strike, which came just three minutes from the end.

scorers -- St Patrick's: H Og Conlan 1-0, A McGarrity 1-0, L Girvan 0-5 (4f), C McFall, D Quinn, S McGarrity, E Deeney 0-1 each. St Michael's: S Quigley 0-4 (2f), R Donnelly 0-3 (2f), R Brennan 0-2, JJ Strain, A Breen, E Courtney, M Blake 0-1 each.

St Patrick's -- M McReynolds; R Jones, S Molloy, M McAleer; E Deeney, S McGarrity, S Quinn; C McFall, P Barker; D Quinn, K Morgan, H Og Conlan; S Lavery, R Devlin, L Girvan.

Subs: A McGarrity for Quinn, J Carberry for Barker, M Campbell for Deeney

St Michael's -- B McAleer; N Shannon, R Brennan, K Connor; T Daly, L Leonard, R Porteous; R Hyde, R Donnelly; A Breen, R Corrigan, E Courtney; JJ Strain, S Quigley, B Owens.

Subs: M Blake for Strain, J Strain for Hyde, S Lynch for Porteous, L Martin for Blake

Ref --M McErlane (Derry)

Irish Independent