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Andy eases past Tomic

TENNIS: World No 3 Andy Murray cruised to victory over Bernard Tomic at the Sony Open but the Williams sisters had contrasting fortunes in Miami.

Top-ranked Serena overcame a slow start to turn away Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-3 6-3 in the third round, but Venus was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a back injury.

Murray, meanwhile, needed only 56 minutes to defeat sluggish Australian Tomic 6-3 6-1 in his second-round match.

"I don't know if he was tired or struggling with the humidity, but he was playing pretty low percentage tennis," said Murray. "With the conditions like they were today, that played into my hands."

The 2009 Miami champion won 80pc of his first service points and broke Tomic twice in each set to take his overall tally to 2-0 against the Australian.

Murray, runner-up to world number one Novak Djokovic last year, will face Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the third round.

Dimitrov was leading 6-4 1-1 when Italy's Simone Bolelli was forced to retire.

Serena Williams, seeking a record sixth Miami title, fell 3-0 behind in the first set against her Japanese opponent but capitalised on four of her six break points to win.


Demons delight

BASKETBALL: UCC Demons coach Paul Kelleher believes that claiming a first national title will fill his team with the belief needed to progress next season.

The Cork side claimed the Champions Trophy as they proved too strong for DCU Saints. "To be honest, for this group of players, I think it is the monkey off the back," he said. "We have had so much building over the last three years, we were right there this year again, I wouldn't say we fell apart but we just lacked a bit of fluency."

HOCKEY: Monkstown ended their 99-year wait for Irish Senior Cup glory, breaking their hoodoo in a thrilling final as Andy Ewington steered the South Dublin club to a 5-4 win against Pembroke.