Wednesday 21 February 2018

Murray crashes out of Sony Open


Andy Murray suffered a shock 6-1 7-5 loss to American qualifier Alex Bogomolov in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open yesterday, continuing his miserable start to the US hardcourt season.

Meanwhile, Ireland's James Cluskey reeled off two wins yesterday to advance to the doubles final in the ITF Men's Futures event in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

The Dubliner and France's Fabrice Martin, the No 1 seeds, clinched a semi-final place by defeating Italian duo Alessandro Bega and Riccardo Sinicropi, 7-6 (7/3) 6-2.

And in the penultimate contest, Cluskey, a member of the Ireland team for the recent Davis Cup clash with Luxembourg, and Martin put the No 4 seeds, Erik Crepaldi of Italy, and France's Albano Olivetti, to the sword on a 4-6 6-3 10-5 (champions' tie-break) margin.

Elsewhere, Ireland's unseeded Julia Moriarty put up a brave fight against Brazil's No 8 seed Vivian Segnini in the second round of the ITF Women's Circuit event in Poza Rica, Mexico, pushing her opponent to a 2-6 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 scoreline.

Moriarty had some consolation when she partnered Puerto Rico's Jessica Roland-Rosario to a 6-1 6-1 win over No 4 seeds Maris-Fernanda Alvarex-Teran (Bolivia) and Aranza Salut (Argentina) in the doubles.

Lurgan College confirmed Limerick as a happy hunting ground when they claimed their second ESB Electric Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirl's hockey title, emulating the feat of their 2003 predecessors on the same Dooradoyle turf.

It was a surprisingly fraught affair, though, as the Ulster champions won by a single strike on goal difference from Alexandra College.

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Former multiple world champion Roy Jones Jnr will return to the ring in May to fight Russian light-heavyweight Denis Lebedev in a non-title bout, Lebedev's manager said.

"Both sides have already signed contracts. The fight will take place in Moscow on May 22," Vladimir Khrynov said.

Jones (42), who has won eight world titles in four weight classes ranging from middleweight to heavyweight, has not fought since losing to fellow American Bernard Hopkins last April.

Irish Independent

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