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In brief: Injured Murray takes a break

Andy Murray took the sensible decision yesterday to withdraw from the Barcelona Open to avoid aggravating his injured right elbow.

There is plenty of important and lucrative tennis to be played over the next two and a half months, so there was no point in risking his health and fitness at a minor clay-court tournament in Catalonia.

Murray, who required a cortisone injection to play last Saturday's semi-final against Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Country Club, will have four or five days of rest before returning to the practice court.

He intends to play at next month's tournaments in Madrid and Rome before competing at the French Open, and then he will immediately play on London's grass courts, starting with the Wimbledon tune-up event at Queen's Club.


Police in England are investigating an incident in a London pub which left Wales international Andy Powell with a head injury.

Powell and England prop Tim Payne have both been suspended "with immediate effect" by their club side Wasps, pending an internal investigation.

The two Wasps players were drinking in the Walkabout pub in Shepherds Bush on Monday when the altercation took place with a group of men.


Grete Waitz, the Norwegian runner who won nine New York Marathons and the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, died in Oslo yesterday after a six-year battle with cancer. She was 57.

A former Oslo schoolteacher, Waitz won her first New York Marathon in 1978, setting a world best in 2 hours 32 minutes 30 seconds in her first attempt at the distance.

She went on to win the event eight more times over the next decade, with her last victory coming in 1988.


The NFL have announced that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Chicago Bears at Wembley on October 23 if the league season goes ahead despite a labour dispute.

Should the fixture be held as planned it will be the fifth consecutive year that a regular-season game has been played in London. The Buccaneers are the first side to return, having played the Patriots in 2009.

The Bears also have links to Wembley after playing a pre-season game, the first official NFL match held in Britain, at the old ground 25 years ago.

Irish Independent